About Amin Ahsan Islahi
Islahi was born in a small village in India in 1904. In the third grade, he was admitted to Madrasah al-Islah. At a convocation there, he was first noticed by Hamiduddin Farahi, who would later on become his guide and mentor. After graduating in 1922 he became a journalist until in 1925 when Farahi offered Islahi to come and study the Quran with him. Islahi would spend the next five years studying with Farahi until Farahi’s death in 1930. He then went on to study hadith with the scholar Abdu’l-Rahman Muhaddith Mubarakpuri. Soon after, he would begin the groundwork for his book. In 1970 he fell ill and had to discontinue all his work. Within two years, he miraculously recovered and continued his work. On the 29th of Ramadan 1400/ 12th August 1980 he finally finished writing Pondering Over the Quran. He then began studying the hadith in-depth. He gave weekly lectures on the Muwatta of Imam Malik, and after completing that, he taught some portions of the Sahih of Imam Bukhari. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 93. [summarized from his website]
Pondering Over the Quran is the product of forty years’ work. He spent the best part of his youth in preparing for it. His book represents forty years of effort along with thirty to thirty-five years of work on the part of his teacher Hamiduddin Farahi. He also says, “Nothing beside the Quran ever fascinated my heart and mind. If I had any interest in any of these things, it was solely for the Quran and subservient to my interest in it.” [taken from the Introduction to Pondering Over the Quran]
His Other Works
He has written many other books in Urdu, a few of which have been translated into English.
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