About the author: Moulana Syed Salman Husaini Nadwi (1954-) was born in the city of Lucknow into a pious, noble, and erudite family of scholars. His lineage can be traced back to the Holy Prophet (SAWS) through Husayn ibn ‘Ali (RA), whose noble progeny would become famous for its tireless services in propagating the religion and sacrifice in the path of Allah. His mother is the niece of the great Indian Islamic scholar and thinker Allamah Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi (may Allah shower His mercy on him), from whom Moulana benefited greatly.
Moulana began his elementary education at a branch school of Nadwat al-‘Ulama where he memorized the Qur’an at an early age. After studying elementary Islamic education, he joined the graduate program at the Faculty of Islamic Law in Nadwat al-‘Ulama’, Lucknow. After graduation in 1974, he, alongside a group of other graduates, established Jam‘iat Shabab al-Islam (Muslim Youth Assembly), an organization that is considered today to be one of the largest and most active Islamic organizations in India.
Moulana did his specialization in Hadith from Nadwat al-‘Ulama’ in 1976. A year later, he went to Saudi Arabia and joined the Faculty of Usul ud-Din at the Imam Muhammad ibn Sa‘ud Islamic University (Riyadh) and continued to pursue higher education in the field of Hadith. He received his masters degree in Hadith studies with honors in 1980. His Masters dissertation was completed under the supervision of the erudite Hadith and Usul scholar, Shaikh Allamah Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah (may Allah shower mercy on him). Moulana benefited extensively from Shaykh Abu Ghuddah in the field of hadith studies during his stay at the Jami‘ah and was amongst his most distinguished and beloved students.
Upon his return to India, Moulana was appointed as a lecturer of Hadith at Nadwat al-‘Ulama’ and later a full-time professor of Hadith. Eventually, he was chosen to be Director of the Faculty of Islamic Law therein, in which capacity he serves today, besides lecturing in Hadith and Tafsir.
Moulana travels extensively throughout the world for the sake of Islam. He has served as a guest lecturer at numerous universities and Islamic institutions in dozens of Muslim and non-Muslim countries around the world. As a representative and now substitute for his indirect grandfather, Allamah Abul-Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (may Allah shower His mercy on him), he has attended countless Islamic conferences on a wide variety of topics, delivering fluent Arabic speeches therein. His tender and mild character, boldness in matters of truth, and purity of language have captured the hearts of audiences wherever he has traveled. Coupled with the eloquence of his tongue and the magnificence of his speech, Moulana is also a true successor to his grandfather in academic prowess and zeal for da‘wah.
Moulana has served the Muslim community in India in many ways and in various social, educational and other fields. Amongst his most lasting and significant contributions has been the establishment of the Madrasat al-Imam Ahmad ibn ‘Irfan al-Shahid al-Islamiyyah in 1975, more about which you can read at http://salmanhusaini.com
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