Muḥammad Manz̤oor Nomānī (Urdu: محمد منظور نعمانی; c. was born on 15 December 1905 (18 Shawwal 1323 AH) in Sambhal, United Provinces, British India. His father, Sufi Muhammad Husain, was a moderately wealthy businessman and landlord. Nomani received his primary education in his hometown, graduating from Madrasa Sirajul Uloom Hilali Sarai Sambhal and later went onto study at Darul Uloom Mau.
Nomani studied for two years at Darul Uloom Deoband and graduated in 1927. He had studied hadith under the eminent Anwar Shah Kashmiri. After completing his studies he taught for three years at Madrasa Chilla, Amroha.
In 1934 (1353 AH) he established a monthly journal, al-Furqan, from Bareilly. The journal began with a focus towards polemics, but in 1942 (1361 AH) it became more of an academic and religious journal.
He held the post of Shaykh al-Hadith at Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama for four years, and was a close associate of Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi. Muhammad was a founding member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1941. At its Founding Session in August 1941 he led the seven-member committee that proposed Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi as Amir. He was later elected as the group's Deputy Amir, second to Abul A'la Maududi. However, in 1942, following disagreements with Maududi he led a group in resigning from the organization and returned home to Sambhal. Detailing his time with Maududi and the reasons for his departure from Jamaat-i Islami he wrote Maulana Maududi ke sath meri rifaqat ki sarguzasht aur ab mera mauqif (1980).
After leaving Jamaat-e-Islami, he and Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi became affiliated with the Tablighi Jamaat movement of Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. Nomani's compilation of the malfuzat (sayings) of Muhammad Ilyas comes from the period of 1943 to 1944, mostly during Ilyas's final illness.
In 1943 (1362 AH) he was appointed a member of the Majlis-e-Shura of Darul Uloom Deoband. He regularly attended its meetings and those of the Majlis-e-Amilah (Executive Council) and was a member of the Muslim World League.
He died in Lucknow on 4 May 1997 and is buried in Aishbagh
Prominent among his written works are Maariful Hadith, Islam Kya Hai?, and Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution.
Published on November 28, 2020
A short biography and efforts of Muḥammad Manz̤oor Nomānī (محمد منظور نعمانی)
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