1918-1998

Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhar

Introduction:

Zia Ul-Ummat Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari, a prominent figure in the service of Islam, was born on July 1, 1918, in Bhera Sharif. His lifelong commitment to the religion and his innovative approach to Islamic preaching and propagation set him apart.
He began his educational journey in Bhera Sharif, where he completed his Dars Nizami course and earned a B.A. diploma. His early years in this sacred place laid the foundation for his deep devotion and thirst for knowledge.

Dedication to Islamic Studies

Pir Karam Shah’s pursuit of knowledge extended beyond his hometown. Under the tutelage of Hazrat Sadr-ul-Afaadil Mawlana Naeem Ud-Din Muradabadi, he delved into Dawrah Hadith, deepening his understanding of Islamic traditions. In 1954, Pir Karam Shah embarked on a significant journey to Egypt, where he enrolled at the renowned Al-Azhar University. His decision to study both classical Islamic sciences and modern knowledge was a testament to his forward-thinking approach

Revolutionising Islamic Education

The changing times and evolving philosophies demanded a fresh perspective on Islamic education. Pir Karam Shah recognized this need and took a pioneering step in 1957. He introduced secular subjects alongside classical and modern Islamic sciences at Dar-ul-Uloom Muhammadia Ghousia. This innovative approach created a new generation of scholars equipped to navigate the challenges of the modern world while upholding Islamic values

Prolific Author and Scholar

Pir Karam Shah was not only a scholar but also a prolific author. His books underwent meticulous authentication and verification. His five-volume commentary on the Qur’an remains a hallmark of comprehensive explanations and profound research. Scholars from various backgrounds have drawn inspiration from his work.He began his educational journey in Bhera Sharif, where he completed his Dars Nizami course and earned a B.A. diploma. His early years in this sacred place laid the foundation for his deep devotion and thirst for knowledge.

Biography of the Prophet Muhammad

Among his notable works is a seven-volume biography of Prophet Muhammad titled ‘Zia-Ul-Nabi.’ This Urdu biography is considered one of the most important works on the life of the Prophet, surpassing many others in depth and detail. The final volumes of this biography delve into the history of Orientalism and provide responses to criticisms raised by Orientalists.

Pir Karam Shah’s contributions extended beyond writing. He penned essays on a wide range of subjects, defending the Sunnah and addressing topics such as moonsighting. His expertise led him to become a judge on the Federal Shariah Court and the Shariah Supreme Court Appellate Bench. To further propagate Islamic knowledge and principles, Pir Karam Shah founded the ‘Zia-e-Haram’ magazine, which continues to be published and disseminate valuable insights.

Spiritual Leadership and Guidance

As a spiritual leader, Pir Karam Shah delivered countless speeches on both internal and external global affairs. His guidance and wisdom were sought after by his followers, making him a revered figure in the Islamic community.

Legacy and Annual Urs Celebration

Pir Karam Shah’s contributions to Islam were immeasurable. His passing on April 8, 1998, marked the end of an era, but his legacy lives on. Each year, the Urs (annual celebration) of this esteemed scholar is held in Bhera Sharif from the 18th to the 20th of Muharram, honouring his enduring impact on Islamic education and propagation