Wahiduddin Khan was born in Azamgarh on 1 January 1925, He known with the honorific Maulana, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was an Indian Islamic scholar and peace activist known for having written a commentary on the Quran and having translated it into contemporary English, He was listed in the 500 Most Influential Muslims of the world, he considers non-violence as the only method to achieve success.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan received the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, India’s 3rd-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in January 2000, the National Citizens’ Award, presented by Mother Teresa and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2009). He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s 2nd-highest civilian honour, in January 2021.
After losing his father, Fariduddin Khan, at an early age in 1929, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was brought up by his mother, Zaibunnisa Khatoon and his uncle, Sufi Abdul Hamid Khan and they arranged for his education, the young Wahiduddin was enrolled at a traditional Islamic seminary, the Madrasatul Islahi, in Sarai Mir, near Azamgarh in 1938 to receive religious education. Where he spent 6 years, completing this course and graduating in 1944, From early age Maulana Wahiduddin Khan unconsciously loved to live in nature, During his days at the seminary he learnt that the holy book Quran teaches man to observe and reflect on nature, God’s creation; he consciously began to imbibe this principle in his life. Henceforth, observation and reflection became the seeds that were to develop in him a scientific and analytical bent of mind, which he effectively applies till his death in both religious and secular fields.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan thought that without studying English and modern science, his education would be incomplete, He immersed himself in learning English and then went on to study innumerable books on science and contemporary thought, Developing a voracious appetite for knowledge, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan would visit the library early in the morning and leave only when requested to do so by the librarian at closing time.
After getting the Scientific knowledge and research, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan became well versed in both classical Islamic learning and modern science, He then realized the need to present Islamic teachings in the style and language of modern times.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan authored more than 200 books including Naye Ahd Ke Darwaze Par, or ‘On the Threshold of a New Era’, Ilme Jadid Ka Challenge, or ‘Islam and Modern Challenges’, God Arises, Al Islam.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan established the Islamic Centre at New Delhi in 1970, In order to give full expression to these positive ideas, for that the organ of the Centre, Al-Risala – the monthly magazine – was launched in Urdu in 1976.
When the situation was worsen throughout India due to the Babri Mosque incident, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan felt the necessity to convince people of the need to restore peace and amity between the 2 communities, so that the country might once again come again on the path of progress, In order to fulfill this aim, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan went on a 15-day Shanti Yatra (peace march) through Maharashtra along with Acharya Muni Sushil Kumar and Swami Chidanand, and addressed large groups of people at 35 different places on the way from Mumbai to Nagpur.
The Shanti Yatra contributed greatly to the return of peace in India, he is respected by all communities and in every sphere of society, Invited to meetings by all religious groups and communities within India and abroad, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is in effect, India’s spiritual ambassador, spreading the universal message of peace, love and harmony.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan while realizing the need for a clear translation of and commentary on the Quran, he translated the Quran into Urdu along with a commentary in the form of Tazkirul Quran, It’s English – The Quran, and Hindi – Pavitra Quran, versions have recently been published.
In order to spread spiritual wisdom based on peace to mankind across the world, He established CPS International, i.e. Centre for Peace and Spirituality in January 2001, the organization aims to promote and reinforce the culture of peace through mind-based spirituality.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan son Zafar-ul-Islam Khan announced via Twitter that his father breathed his last on Wednesday evening as he had contracted COVID-19 last week, and was being treated at the Apollo Hospital Sarita Vihar in the Indian capital New Delhi.
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