Who Is Maulana Wahiduddin Khan? Quick Facts, Bio, Life And More

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The Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was a true patriot and lover of humanity. He was a peace advocate, who spent 96 years of his life supporting peaceful activism and dawah work. He highly encouraged the intellectual development and spiritual awakening of a human being.

He was mainly a sufi / spiritualist who believed in the mind-based spirituality. Additionally, maulana was a great philosopher and Islamic scholar

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan bio facts
  • He was a peace activist and dawah promoter
  • Maulana wrote 200 books on Islam, human intellectual development, spiritual awakening and discovery of God.
  • His message was of contemplative spirituality, and peaceful interfaith dialogue
  • He was against war, and political interpretation of Islam

Quick Information

Personal Info:

Full NameWahiduddin Khan
Display NameMolana Wahiduddin Khan
Date of Birth1 January 1925
Date of Death21 April 2021
Age (2022)96
GenderMale
Marital StatusMarried
BirthplaceAzamgarh, India
NationalityIndian

Educational Info:

QualificationTraditional Alim Course
Self StudyModern Scientific Knowledge
LanguagesHindi, Urdu, English, Arabic
MadrasaMadrasatul Islahi
Schooln/a
College n/a
Universityn/a

Professional Info:

Profession/CareerSufi/ Spiritualist, Islamic Scholar, Philosopher, Peace Advocate, Author, Teacher, Speaker
Debut1955 (as an author)
1967 (as an Islamic Scholar & Peace Advocate)
AwardsPadma Vibhushan – Jan, 2021

Demiurgus Peace International Award

The Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award

National Citizen’s Award presented by Mother Teresa

Communal Harmony Award by former president of India

National Amity Award by former Prime Minister of India

Dilli Gaurav Award by chielf minister of delhi

FIE Foundation Award

The Urdu Academy Award

Aruna Asaf Ali Sadbhavna Award

Sayyidina Imam Al-Hassan Ibn Ali Peace Award

Ambassador of Peace by International Federation for World Peace, Korea
Non-Profit ProjectsCenter of Peace and Spirituality
Youtube Channel
AchievementsHe opened Islamic Center in Delhi around 1970

He launched Al-Risala, a monthly magazine, in urdu in 1976 & english and hindi in 1984

Molana wrote a clear translation and commentary of Quran

He penned down over 200 books about Islam, prophetic wisdom, peaceful living and spirituality

Cofounded Goodword books; a publisher of Islamic books

Cultural Info:

Ethnicityn/a
Racen/a

Religious Info:

ReligionIslam
School of ThoughtHe Follows No Islamic Sect

Physical Stats:

HeightIn feet inches – 5’8
WeightIn kilograms – 70 kgs (approx)
In Ibs/Pounds – 154 pounds
BirthmarkCut on top of forhead
Hair ColourBlack (Original)
Eye ColourHazel Green

Popularity Stats(2022):

Famous forSpiritual teachings & Peaceful Ideology of Islam
Influenced50 Million people
Social Media FollowingFacebook: (1.7M)
Instagram: (105k)
Youtube: (72.3k)
Twitter: (15.4k)

Family Info:

Wife NameSabia Khatoon
Children7
Sons4
Daughters3
Mother NameZaibunnisa
Father NameFariddudin Khan
Siblingsn/a

Books:

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan wrote over 200 books on various topics concerning human life. His focus was to address the modern mind and give it Islamic solutions to life. He tried to represent real Islam through his in-depth research and literary work.

Maulana read all the western literature and criticism of top atheists and scientists like Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley, James jeans etc and together with his Islamic knowledge produced great works of Islamic literature.

Read All list of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Books

Something About His Childhood:

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was a very quiet child. He lost his father when he was four, it was a great shock to him because his father used to love him immensely. Due to it, he started spending time in nature.

The human corrupted world did not appeal to him. He was brought up in the times of world war ll, yet he developed a calm and positive character. His peace ideology of Islam was highly influenced by his deep reflection on the natural world.

4 Core Teachings of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

1. Positive Thinking

In his last days while expressing the crux of his life he said: “The highest virtue of this world is Positive Thinking and the greatest evil is Negative Thinking. This is the last discovery of my life.”

Maulana wrote several books on how to live a positive life.

2. Non Violence

He always said with conviction that there is no war in Islam except defensive war. And in modern times like today, Muslims don’t have any other option than peaceful activism.

Islam is a peaceful religion and prophet Muhammad’s (p.b.u.h) life is full of such examples.

3. Mind-Based Spirituality

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan believed in mind-based spirituality. It is received by contemplation over the universe. In this model of spirituality a person discovers God through reason and rational thought instead of meditation. It is opposed to heart-based spirituality.

He wrote books on spirituality, intellectual development, modern science and religion etc.

4. Simple Living, High Thinking

He taught the formula of success in both worlds is simple living and high thinking. When you lead a simple life, you save yourself from distractions and complaints, it makes a space for you to think great.

High thinking comes from positive thinking. When you think positive, you get a chance to plan well to achieve your aim or goals.

10 Interesting Facts about Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

1. One of the Best & Simplest Quran

He wrote the simplest and easy-to-read Quran translation and commentary. His quranic commentary fills a common man with the remembrance of God. Every ayah is explained in a way that expresses the greatness of God and the immortality of humankind. Through it, people can find clear divine advice on their personal matters.

2. Forty Years of Reading

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan spent forty years of his life reading Islamic literature, Arabic literature and western literature before his debut as an Islamic scholar and spiritualist on Indian ground.

He first completed his classical islamic education, he then learnt english and studied modern science and western books.

3. His Peace Ideology

According to Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, the biggest reason behind Muslim Ummah’s downfall is their inability to understand the modern world. Today is the era of industrial and economic competitiveness instead of the rivalry of land. Therefore, Jihad or Qitaal is not an option today.

4. Islam is not a Political System

He thinks that Islam is not a political system. It does not stress upon Islamization of the state instead it requires the Islamization of the mind. Islam came as a changer of mind, behaviour and soul. It wants people to discover God and for it, man must discover himself.

5. He Agreed that Babri Masjid Belonged to Hindus

After the court’s verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, there came a massive outrage against it by global Muslims. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was the only Islamic scholar who supported the Indian government’s decision and agreed that the land of the Babri Masjid originally belonged to Hindus.

He tried to compel Indian Muslims to forget about Babri masjid and avail other opportunities provided by Indian land and gave examples from the life of Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h).

6. He Believed Al Aqsa Mosque Belongs to Jews

He strongly believed that the land of Al Aqsa Mosque belongs to Jews because Muslims forcefully built masjid al Aqsa over their central place of worship – the first temple or Haikel Sulemani.
The Quran (5:12) tells that Allah assigned the land of Jerusalem to Moses and ordered them not to leave it. Even the second caliph of Islam – Omar Al Khattab – didn’t command it after the first conquest of Jerusalem.

7. The Ultimate Solution for Palestine & Kashmir Dispute

He thinks that the only solution to the Palestine-Israel and Kashmir-India dispute is that Muslims to adopt a realistic approach. They should not plan their destiny with emotions. The Palestine-Israel issue took place due to Arab’s negligence. The Arabs should dissolve military factions in Palestine, and Kashmiris should settle with the Indian government so that countless opportunities get opened for them.

8. He didn’t take part in Pakistan Movement

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan did not take part in Tehreek e Pakistan / Pakistan Movement because according to him Islam is God-oriented religion, not politics-oriented religion. He thought the demand for a separate Islamic state was not as per the needs and conditions of the Indian Minority Muslims.

9. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was a Sunni

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was a sunni. Though his aqeedah was as per Quran and Sunnah, he never called himself a sunni, wahabi, deobandi or ahle hadees. He kept himself out of the sect’s bias. In his books, he discouraged muslims to divide into sects and never declared any kalma-go muslim as kafir.

10. His Maslak Was Ahel e Sunnah

Maulana Wahiddudin Khan maslak was apparently of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat. He followed Quran, Sunnah, Ijma and Qiyas in Islamic fiqh. However, after deep consideration, he stated that there are two types of fiqhi issues: Issues of outward acts of worship and matters of daily life. The difference of opinion of Islamic scholars in the former is natural, but the latter cannot be settled without Ijtihad.

So, in terms of outward acts of worship, everyone must be free to choose from all rulings of the prophet Muhammad. This was the real maslak of al great hadith scholars too.

His Last Advice

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan passed away on 21, April, 2021. He gave last advice to his followers on his deathbed repeating the words of Abu Bakar (r.a). He said when you hear the news of my death that Maulana is no more, you must say that ‘But God Almighty is still alive.’ Everyone is born on a mission. Keep working towards your mission to spread the Word of God (Quran).

Reference:

  • Center of Peace and Spirituality – Official Youtube Channel & His Books

Read His Book Summaries:

The Way to Find God by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Muhammad (Peace be upon him): The Ideal Character