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Allama Aslam Jairajpuri (1882-1955)
By:Dr Shabbir
Date: Friday, 25 December 2009, 9:29 am


- Allama Aslam Jairajpuri (1882-1955)

Allama Aslam Jairajpuri was a great scholar of the Qur'an. Here is some info about him from Wikipedia.

Aslam Jairajpuri (urdu:علامہ اسلم جیراجپوری) was a Quranic scholar who wrote Talimat-e-Quran. He was born 27 January 1882 (7 Rabi-ul-Avval 1299) in Jairajpur (Azamgarh-UP – India), and died 28 December 1955 (13 Jumaada al-awal 1375) in Delhi.

His father, Maulana Salamtullah Jairajpuri (1850-1904) was a devout member of Ahl-e-Hadith movement (not the Ahl-e-Hadith sect), hence Allama Aslam's house at his birth, was a city center for Ahl-e-Hadith ullema. After his birth his father was asked by Nawab Siddik Hasan Khan (نواب صدیق حسن خان) to take the chair of presidency of Madrisah Vakfiah in Bhopal, which he took whilst his son stayed behind in Jairajpur. For his infancy years he was mostly raised by his maternal parents, which made him closer to the two.

His father sent him to the maktab (school) at the age of five. This school was just next to Allama Aslam's house in Jairajpur.

Next year his father took him and his mother to Bhopal and enrolled him to memorize the Quran.

After memorizing the Quran he learned Mathematics, Persian, Fiqh and Arabic. The subject of Tafsir was taught by his own father.

Allama Aslam also learned the martial arts of Bana, Bank, Banot and shooting.

In his early years, with his friend Tauqeer al-Hasan (توقیر الحسن), after work and discussion of many weeks regarding the reason of tradition (تقلید) these two came to the conclusion that Fikah, which is the name of the constitutional laws, is the duty of the center (of Islamic State) and the center has the authority to change and amend the laws according to its time and necessity.

After finishing the education, in 1903 Allama Aslam Jairajjpuri joined Paisa Newspaper in Lahore, as a translator.

Next year in June 1904 he received the letter regarding his father's illness and he hurried back to Bhopal. Next day his father died. It was 15 June 1904 / 30 Rabi-ul-Avval 1322.

In 1904 Allama Aslam met with Molvi Abdullah Chakralvi (مولوی عبداللہ چکڑالوی)

When he heard that he did not believe in ahadith but after a discussion of three hours he was not able to convince Allama Aslam of his own ideas. Even after this Allama Aslam kept searching about the true place of Ahadith in Islam until

In 1906 Allama Aslam came to Aligarh College and for six years taught Arabic and Persian at college level. In 1912 he was put in charge of the Eastern section of the Litton Library of the college where he catalogued the books. When the college turned into Aligarh University, he was made the professor of Arabic and Persian.

Though he was doing fine in his practical world, but in his spiritual world he was still haunted by only one article, namely: the position of ahadith in Islam. This he ultimately solved and in his own words, "When Allah showed me the facts of Quran at that point I came to know the position of Ahadith in Quran, which is history of Islam. To consider the Ahadith as Islam is not correct. If they were in Islam, then Rasool Allah would also have left a written manuscript of these, like he did in case of Quran. For Islam, Quran is enough which is a complete book and in which Islam has been finalized."

This was around 1912 when he was in Aligarh after which he wrote "Talemat-e-Quran."

At the insistence of Molana Muhammad Ali Johar, he left the job, joined Jamiah Milliah Islamiah where he taught history of Islam.

Other than his gift Talimat-e-Quran to the nation, his Islamic history book, "Tarikh-e-Ummat" is also an asset for the Islamic Nations.

Quranic Scholarship

Talimat-e-Quran – تعلیمات قرآن

This book is about the rules and regulations proving that Quran is enough to explain itself and the Quran in itself is complete. Based on this, his friend Allama Parvez did his magnificient "Mafhoom-ul-Quran".


Tarikh-ul-Ummat – تاریخ الامّت

This is one of the best written books on the history of Islamic Nation. This book only considers the authentic and rationale historical evidences in its inclusion.

Al-Wuratha fil-Islam – الوراثۃ فی الاسلام

This book includes all the reasoning that had entered the Hanfi Fiqh against Quranic Teachings.

Risala Mehjob-al-Arth – رسالہ محجوب الارث

Allama Aslam has proved in this by the Quran and Ahadith that even by fiqh orphaned children cannot be left out of the will.

Navadirat – نواردات

This book contains Allama Aslam's articles.

Faateh Misr – فاتح مصر

This book is the biography of the conqueror of Egypt, Umar bin al-Aas' history

Hayat-e-Hafiz – حیات حافظ

This book is Khwaja Hafiz Shirazi's biography.

Hayat-e-Jami – حیات جامی

Tarikh-ul-Quran – تاریخ القرآن

Aqaaed-e-Islam – عقائد اسلام

Arkaan-e-Islam – ارکان اسلام

Tarikh-e-Najad – History of Najad