JIH President pays glowing tribute to scholar and Hindi translator of Quran Maulana Farooq Khan, says ‘he dedicated his knowledge and expertise to the cause of Islam’

July 5, 2023

New Delhi: A renowned Islamic Scholar and a veteran leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind(JIH), Maulana Muhammad Farooq Khan,  passed away at 91, on June 28, 2023. He is famous for translating the Holy Quran into the Hindi language.

In his condolence message, paying glowing tribute to Maulana Farooq Khan, JIH President Syed Sadatullah Husaini said, “the immense love of the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful Lord was the main feature of Maulana’s personality. He was a living example of a person who unwaveringly bowed to the Greatness of the Almighty. Maulana Farooq was a multi-dimensional unique personality. He was a part of the golden chain of leadership of the Islamic movement, who dedicated their entire lives and strengths single-mindedly to the path of Allah. Maulana served the Islamic movement in different domains with his blood and sweat. He dedicated his knowledge and expertise to the cause of Islam. An entire generation of modern educated youths learned the finer points of Hadiths through his writings. He was a literary person of high repute in Urdu as well as Hindi. He was the tallest scholar of Sanskrit, Hindi literature, and Indian philosophy among our top brass. He was also a poet and a philosopher, but the most attractive aspect of his personality that mesmerized us was his down-to-earth and unworldly approach to life. He was an ascetic personified.”

Muhammad Farooq was born at Masuran village in Kadipur tehsil of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradeshin 1932. He did M.A. in Hindi from M.M.H. College, Ghaziabad. He started his career with teaching at Azamgarh. Afterwards he switched over to writing, as he had a knack for it. He joined Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in 1956 and served the organisation with utmost commitment and devotion till the end of his life. He was on the Jamaat’s Markazi Majlis-e-Shoora and Central Council of Representatives for many terms, and in-charge of its Hindi section at the JIH headquarters. Earlier, he also served as Sub-Editor of Kanti Weekly. As commissioned by the first JIH Ameer Maulana Abul Lais Islahi Nadvi, he translated the Holy Qur’ān into the Hindi language under the guidance of Maulana Amanatullah Islahi and Maulana Sadruddin Islahi. This was his first work. Thereafter he translated Maulana Syed Abul A’laMaudoodi’s Urdu Tarjuma-eQur’ān into Hindi. Maulana Farooq Khan also did his own translation of the Qur’ān. Besides, he has written tafsīr of the Qur’ān which is soon to be published. His many Urdu books on Qur’ān studies published from Markazi Maktaba Islami Publishers and other publications include Shah Abdul Qadir ki Qur’ān Fahmi, Intikhab-iQur’ān, Qur’ān keTadrisiMasail, Qur’ān ka Sauti Ejaz, Qur’ān Majeed keAdbiMuhasin and Eimayi-Qur’ān, etc. His compilation of Ahadith with commentary named Kalaame-Nabuwwat in seven volumes has been widely acclaimed. A number of books on various subjects like Dawah, guidance and comparative study of religions are to his credit. He wrote both in the Hindi and Urdu languages. He has also translated many books from Arabic and Urdu into Hindi.

Maulana had a charismatic personality. Besides being a prolific writer, he was an orator par excellence, equally skilled in Urdu and Hindi languages. He would regale his audience with anecdotes and stories but with a moral lesson.

Maulana spent most of his life at the JIH headquarters, both in Chitli Qabar (Old Delhi) and Jamia Nagar (Okhla). Until the very end, he would pray five times in congregation in the Ishaat-e-Islam mosque on the JIH campus in Abul Fazal Enclave and deliver lectures and talks in various programmes at JIH headquarters. He was extremely down to earth, to the extent that he was known in JIH circles as having a “kalandar-mizaaj” (ascetic temperament).

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