Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi

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Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi (24 November 1914 - 31 December 1999) also spelt Abul Hasan Ali al Hasani an-Nadvi (affectionately 'Ali Miyan') was an Indian, Islamic scholar, and author of over fifty books in various languages.


  • The Musalmans of Hindustan (and) Musalmans of the whole world were looking to Pakistan with hope and longing eyes for guidance and help. Indian Muslims were also affected by whatever was happening in Pakistan or any other Muslim country. Indian Muslims were greatly pained at the defeat of Pakistan in 1971.
    • Karachi in July 1978 at the First Islamic Asian Conference. Addressing the delegates of the Conference. Quoted from Lal, K. S. (1999). Theory and practice of Muslim state in India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 6
  • If you make Muslims one hundred per cent mindful of their supererogatory prayers, making them all very pious, but leave them cut off from the wider environment, ignorant of where the country is heading and of how hatred is being stirred up in the country against them, then, leave alone the supererogatory prayers, it will soon become impossible for Muslims to say even their five daily prayers. If you make Muslims strangers in their own land, blind them to social realities and cause them to remain indifferent to the radical changes taking place in the country and the new laws that are being imposed and the new ideas that are ruling people’s hearts and minds, then let alone [acquiring] leadership [of the country], it will become difficult for Muslims to even ensure their own existence.
    • in Muhammad Nafis Hasan, Meri Tamam Sarguzasht: Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (Delhi: 2000), p:35
  • Cow slaughter in India is a great Islamic practice—(said) Mujaddid Alaf Saani II. This was his far-sightedness that he described cow slaughter in India as a great Islamic practice. It may not be so in other places. But it is definitely a great Islamic act in India because the cow is worshipped in India. If the Muslims give up cow slaughter here then the danger is that in times to come the coming generations will get convinced of the piety of the cow.
    • while addressing Indian and Pakistani pilgrims in Jeddah on 3 April 1986. Maulana Abul Hasan All Nadwi, Zimmedarian aur Ahl-e-watan ke Haquq, Majlis Tehqiqaat o’ Nashrat Islam, Lucknow, 1986. quoted in Arun Shourie - The World of Fatwas Or The Sharia in Action (2012, Harper Collins)
  • "The fundamental aim and purpose of knowledge is to impart a new life and a new soul to the country and the nation."
    • Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī, Tuhfa-e-Kashmir, Lucknow: Majlis Tehqeeqat-o-Nashriyat-e-Islam, p. 100
  • "The real success of a university lies in moulding the personality of its scholars in a way and giving such citizens to the society who do not put themselves up to auction nor can be lured away by a destructive ideology or misguided movement."
    • Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī, Tuhfa-e-Kashmir, Lucknow: Majlis Tehqeeqat-o-Nashriyat-e-Islam, p. 99
  • "Knowledge is one and indivisible, and to separate it into parts, into ancient and modern, eastern and western, and ideological and practical is incorrect."
    • Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī, Tuhfa-e-Kashmir, Lucknow: Majlis Tehqeeqat-o-Nashriyat-e-Islam, p. 94
  • "The teacher has an impact on student from within then by mere relying on books as a guide will made the static impact specially on practice of deen Where as the kinetic and mobile companionship will bring a dynamic impact Specially in attaining Wisdom (Hikmat e Amli) contextual understanding (Faham o Baseerat)."
    • Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi, Education and Nurturing of Muslim Mass, p. 16

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