Bismillah Al-Rrahman Al-Rrahim
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF HAZRAT PROF. DR. MUHAMMAD MASOOD AHMED
When the pure light of Islamic literacy and knowledge shadowed by
the darkness of so called self-constructed and personal oriented Islam
---- when the heart and soul of Muslim Ummah became confused----He, one
of the most qualified, learned and spiritually strengthened personality
---- acted like a guiding star and became the centre for those who have
thirst for right knowledge of Islam and for those who want to follow the
Sirat-i-Mostaqim. He removed thick layer of sand and mask of
misconception from the pure and real knowledge of Islam.
No doubt he is Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed. He is respectable
and brightly excellent towards the approaches and true interpretation of
Islam. He is the son of Mufti Azam Hind Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar
Ullah Rahmatullah Alayh, the great Mufti, Khatib and Saint of India
Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed born in Delhi in 1930 and acquired
his education from his father Mufti Azam Hind Hazrat Shah Muhammad
Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah Alayh and in Madarsa Alia, Delhi and in
Oriental College, Delhi. He migrated from India to Pakistan in 1948.
Here in Pakistan he continued his education in different institutions
and Colleges, Punjab University (Lahore) and Sindh University, Jamshoro
(Hyderabad). Educational and academic career of Prof.Dr. Muhammad Masood
Ahmed set an example of great achievements. He toped in all examinations
of M.A. & M.Ed. at Sindh University and got silver and gold medals. He
completed his Ph.D. Programme in 1971 on the topic of "URDU MAIN QURANI
TARAJIM-O- TAFASIR" and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
from Sindh University, Jamshoro, Hyderabad. Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa
Khan, who was the guide of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed in his Ph.D.
research work, writes: -
"It is my proud privilege to say that he
is one of the top-most Research Scholars
of the country."
(Hyderabad. Dated: - Feb
Govt. of Pakistan awarded "IZAZ-I-FAZILAT" award in 1992. He also
received awards from Imam Ahmed Raza Research Institute, Karachi in 1991
and from Pakistan Intellectual Forum in 1992.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed worked as Lecturer, Professor,
and Principal in Govt. Cadre and Additional Secretary (Academic) Govt.
of Sindh (Pakistan). He acted as paper setter, examiner and member of
board of studies at Sindh University, Jamshoro; Khairpur University,
Khairpur; Punjab University, Lahore etc. He was also paper setter in
Public Service Commission (Sindh). He is Guide and Director of Ph.D.
students at the University of Karachi and the Khairpur University,
Khairpur Mirs(Sindh). He retired as Principal Govt. Degree College and
Post-Graduate Studies Center, Sukkur, Sindh (in Grade 20.) in 1992.
Performance of Prof.Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed (as his ACRS shows)
remained excellent throughout his service career.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed started writing Research Papers
in 1958 which were published in the leading journals of the
Sub-continent, thus up to 1966 he was the famous scholar in the
Sub-Continent in the academic circle as confessed by Khawja Hassan Sani
Nizami of Delhi (Monthly Munadi, Delhi, Dec.1966). Afterwards he started
his research on Imam Ahmed Raza ----- a neglected Genius of the East. No
doubt he is Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed who removed the thick sand of
misconceptions and misunderstandings from the great personality of Imam
Ahmed Raza. He started his work on Imam Ahmed Raza since 1970 on purely
research basis and contributed nearly 30 books on Imam Ahmed Raza, as
well as 120 articles, 50 prefaces and introduction of Imam Ahmed Raza up
to 1992. Some important books of Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed on Imam
Ahmed Raza are as follows: -
* Fazal-i-Bareilwi Aur Tark-i-
Mawalat. (Lahore , 1971)
* Fazal-i- Bareilwi U'lma-i-Hijaz ki Nazar
Main. (Lahore, 1973 )
* Neglected Genius of the East. (Karachi,Lahore,South
* Hayaat-i-Maulana Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Bareilwi
(Sialkot, 1981) (English translation -- The Reformer of
the Muslim World) (Tamilnado,India,1995)
* Ikram-i-Imam Ahmed
* Da'ira Ma'ariff-i-Imam Ahmed
Raza. (Karachi, 1982)
* Imam Ahmed Raza Aur
'Alam-i-Islam. (Karachi, 1983)
(Lahore,Karachi,1986) (English translation - The Saviniar guide
and Guidance) (Durban, 1969)
* Tanqidat-o-Ta'aqubat Imam Ahmed Raza.
* A'ena-i-Rizviyat (three
1989, 1993, 1996)
* Imam Ahmed Raza Awr
'Alam-i-Jami'at. (Sadiqabad, 1990)
* Imam Ahmed Raza Awr Uloom-i-Jadida-o-Qadima.
* Khulafa-i-'Ala Hazrat. etc.
etc. (Lahore, 1996)
These and lots of other marvelous book on Imam Ahmed Raza by
Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed brought the personality of Imam Ahmed Raza
in the lime light. A doctoral dissertation may be composed on his
research work on Imam Ahmed Raza Muhadis-I-Bareilwi. Prof.Dr.Muhammad
Masood Ahmed is known as specialist in Rizviyat throughout Sunni world.
He guided the scholars who were doing research work on Imam Ahmed Raza,
such as Dr. Usha Sanyal [Columbia University (U.S.A.)], Dr. Babra Midcaf
[Berkeley University (U.S.A.)], Prof. Ghayas-uddin [Birmingham
University (U.K.)], Prof. Dr. Majeedullah Qaadri [Karachi University
(Pakistan)] and Dr. J.M.S. Baljon [Liedin University (Holland)] etc.etc.
As it was mentioned before, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed
enlightened the way of Sirat-i-Mustaqim, he satisfied the confused mind
of Muslim Ummah and it is not wrong to say as the Saint of Qadriyya
order Dr. Ali Ahmed Qureshi declared in 1991: -
"Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed is the
Revivalist of the Fifteenth Century Hijra"
The following books (A new International Series) of Prof. Dr.
Muhammad Masood Ahmed are proof of his marvelous achievements especially
for modern Muslim youths: -
¡ Knowledge of Unseen (Karachi, Delhi, South
Africa, 1994 )
¡ Respect and Reverence (Karachi, Delhi, South
¡ Spiritual Significance of Affinity (Karachi, Delhi, South
¡ Supreme Festival (Karachi, Bareilly,
¡ The Novelties (Karachi, Delhi,
South Africa, 1995)
¡ Women and the Veil (Karachi, 1996)
¡ Salutation and Adoration (Karachi, 1996)
¡ Facial Focus (Karachi,
¡ Sirat-i-Mustaqim (Karachi, 1996)
¡ The Ibrahim's Prayer (Karachi, 1997)
¡ Islamic Economic System (Karachi, 1997)
¡ Following (Karachi,
¡ Tolerance etc. etc. (Karachi,1999)
The literary works of Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed are being
presented in different languages such as Arabic, Persian, French, Dutch,
English, Sindhi, Hindi, Gujrati, and Bangali etc.etc. These translated
books are being circulated throughout the world.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed has Ijaza in Naqshbandiyya as
well as Qadriyya orders. His caliphs are twenty in number and his
neophytes (Murreedins) are spreading in the subcontinent, Arabia,
Canada, U.S.A, U.K, U.A.E. etc. Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed
spiritually blessed by two late great figures of Naqshbandiyya order,
his father Mufti Azam Hind Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah
Alayh (Delhi, India) and Hazrat Muhammad Mahmood Alwari Rahmatullah
Alayh (Hyderabad, Pakistan) and in Qadriyya order from Hazrat Syed Zain
Ul-Abidin Shah Qadri (Nurai Shareef, Sindh, Pakistan).
Mufti Azam Hind Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah Rahmatullah
Alayh was Shahi Khateeb of Fatehpuri Mosque, Delhi, India.
Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed worked a lot on his father and the
following books on Mufti Azam Hind Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar Ullah
Rahmatullah Alayh have been compiled: -
o Mawa'iz-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1969)
o Fatawa-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1970)
o Hayat-i-Mazhari (Karachi, 1974)
o Makateeb-i-Mazhari etc.etc (Vol.1,
Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed also wrote on great Saint of
Naqshbandiyya order Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani
Rahmatullah Alayh: -
¡ Hazrat Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani Haalat-o-Afkar-o-Khidmat
¡ The Influence of Shaykh Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani on Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
¡ Mujaddid Hazara-i-Doam etc.etc
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed also works on different topics of
Islamic ideology, some of his great work is given below: -
¡ Hazrat Shah Muhammad Ghaus Gawaliyari (Mirpurkhas,
(Karachi, Bombay, 1977)
¡ Tahrik-i- Azadi-i-Hind Aur Al-Sawad Al-Azam (Lahore,
¡ Muhabat Ki
(Karachi, Lahore, 1984)
¡ Aakhari Paygham (Karachi,
(Karachi, Lahore, 1988)
¡ Maktubat-i-Qazi Ahmed
¡ Tasawwar-i-Pakistan etc.etc
Many scholar of international fame paid homage to Prof.Dr.
Muhammad Masood Ahmed and expressed excellent views about his academic
and spiritual career. Yes! He is the personality on which separate
research work is required. Al-Hamd-u-Lillah Dr.Ijaz.Anjum Latifi of
Manzer-i-Islam, Bareilly has completed his doctoral thesis on
Prof.Dr.Muhammad Masood Ahmed from Bihar University (India) and awarded
Ph.D. degree. Also Prof. Nabila Ishaq choudry (Dept. of Urdu languages
and translations of Al-Azhar University, Cairo) wrote an article on
Prof.Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed, which was published from Cairo in 1999.
Prof. Dr. Hazim Muhammad Ahmed Al-Mahfooz Al-Misery (Dept. of Urdu
languages and translations of Al-Azhar University, Cairo) has started a
series of four books on the life and achievements of Prof.Dr. Muhammad
Masood Ahmed in the memory of the completion of seventy years of his
Following scholars and writers has written more than ten
biographies of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masood Ahmed, which have been
o Prof.Dr. Syed Muhammad Arif. (Tazkar-i-Mas'ud,Appendix
of Seerat-i-Mujaddid Alf-i-Thani,Karachi, 1976,p.429-472)
o R.B. Mazhari.
(Jahan-i-Mas'ud, Karachi, 1985)
o Muhammad Abdul Sattar Tahir. (Manzil-ba-Manzil etc.etc.
o Dr. I'jaz Anjum Latifi. (Dr. Mas'ud Ahmed
: Hayyat awr Nasri Kidmat, Bihar University, Muzafarpur,
o Prof. Nabila Ishaque chowdhry. (Mas'ud -i- Millat awr
o Dr. Abdul Naeem Azizi. (Dr. Muhammad Masood
Ahmed Ki Urdu Nasri Khidmat, Karachi, 2000)