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Shah Muhammad Usmani

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New Delhi:  Shah Mohammad Usmani, father of the well-known scholar Professor Muhsin Usmani, was born at Seemla village in Bihar’s district Gaya. His education started at the hands of Maulana Muhammad Sajjad, founder of Imarate Shariah. He received his early education at the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, thereafter he received his English education up to high school in Calcutta. After that he served India’s freedom movement and came in contact with prominent Jamiat Ulama leaders as well as  Maulana Azad and Dr Zakir Husain. In his book Toote Hue Tare, he has mentioned them all. He served as editor of Naqib, organ of the Imarate Shariah Bihar & Orissa. Later he served some news papers in Calcutta. In 1968 he migrated to Makkah and settled there permanently. He died there on 22 April, 2011 at the age of 100 years, having spent  nearly half a century in the holy Makkah. He was buried in the holy city after funeral prayer in the Haram. He was connected to the Chishti sufi silsilah.

To his credit, he has five books apart from a work on Sirah of the Prophet in Milad form. These books are: (1) Husne Hayat, life story of his brother and mentor Qazi Ahmad Hasan, former MP and Nazim of Imarate Shariah; (2)Toote Hue Tare; (3) Ishare Manzil ki Taraf  (collection of articles); (4) Muhabbat ka Paigham (Forty Ahadith); (5) A book on Tajweed. He was blessed to perform Hajj 20 times in his lifetime.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 16

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