A tribute to Professor Muhammad Hamidullah
At the age of 95, Professor Muhammad Hamidullah breathed last on December 17, 2002, in Jacksonville, Fl. He woke up for Fajr (Dawn) prayer and then after breakfast went to sleep never to wake up again.
Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah, was born in 1908, and obtained a degree in Theology and Law from Osmania University in the state of Hyderabad Deccan (India). He also studied in Germany and France where he received his PhD in International Law. He was a law professor in his native city. Later he settled in France and a few years ago he came to the United States. The professor never married. He was being taken care by his the grand daughter of his brother, sister Sadida who left her job to devote herself for him.
Professor Hamdiullah's scholarship is unparalleled in the last century. He translated the Quran in French and many other languages. He also translated a number of other important Islamic books in many European languages. He authored more than 250 books and research papers. He lived a life of anonymity in France and the United States without seeking any help from anyone or recognition for his work. He was a silent scholar.
Opportunists pirated his books and made hundreds and thousands of dollars, yet he never thought of settling the accounts in a court of law. His books have been printed illegally in different languages all over the world. I had the opportunity to visit him a few years ago in Wilkes Berre. At his feet I learned the lesson of humility and anonymity. I learned the art of patience and total service and dedication to Islam. He had no grudge against those who harmed him. He even prayed for those who often tried to humiliate him for his opinions.
|It is He (God) who hath power over all things.|
As a great researcher of this century, Professor Hamidullah went to those original Islamic sources that were often buried in the dusty shelves of libraries in the Muslim world. He was the one who discovered the earliest hadith manuscript in a Damascus library that he published in the Urdu language known as Sahifa Hamam. He wrote several researched treatise on the early life of Muslims.
He remained a neglected scholar because he retained his individual freedom and identity. He didn't join any group or organization.
His was a life of dedication to Islamic research and he left behind him a legacy of intellect that many generations will benefit from. Soon, people will discover him as perhaps the greatest Islamic scholar of the previous century. Soon the people will regret that they could not benefit from him when he was alive.
Thank you Professor Muhammad Hamidullah for giving us the research on crucial Islamic issues. Thank you for your remarkable contribution to the body of Islamic literature. You lived a full live. You remained in poverty but enriched the life of others with your knowledge. You stayed away from the usual temptation of life, yet you inspired many to dedicate their lives for Islam.
Good-bye Professor. We will meet again. We pray that you will be among the categories of those selected scholars who will have the blessings of God upon them. You will be the one blessed because you were the real inheritor of Prophets.
Topics: France, Muslim Scholars, United States Of America
I read this "A tribute to Professor Muhammad Hamidullah"
I have read about this great man.
I am very happy that someone has brought some information about him.
I would like to interact with you in case you are free to discuss
I am also a professor of International Law from India.
I am blessed to be a student of Dr. Yusuf Zia Kavakci (Imam at
Islamic Association of North Texas), a student of Professor
Hamidullah. Alahmdulillah it is such a blessing to have his students
and Dr. Kavakci always speaks very very highly of Professor
Hamidullah, saying that he has never seen any scholar in his life,
like Professor Hamidullah.
May Allah bless Professor Hamidullah & Dr. Kavakci for their
dedication and contributions to this Ummah.
Marcus Vinicius Pereira Monteiro
He seemed like a great man.
may allah rest his soul in peace
loss. A crucial loss for Muslims at this trying period of time. I am certain I am one of the many who have benefited thru his writings. We pray that you will be among the blessed. Ameen.
May ALLAH - The Most Kind, The Most Merciful - bless Dr. Muhammad Hameedullah's soul with HIS (SWT) infinite bounties and cause the loss sustained by the Muslim Ummah by his death set right! Allahumma Aameen wa Innaa Lillahi wa Innaa 'Alayhi Raaji'oon.
The work and the dedication that you have contributed to Islam, cannot be comparable with any thing else in this world.May Allah accept you amoung the victorious people and provide you Jennathul Firdouse,Insha Allah.
We will pray for you and for your family.
Please accept our heartfull condolence and your thoughts will be in our mind and heart.
May Allah Accept his rewarding task to get in to Jannat.
Thanks to Islamicity for this great presentation.
How about his all books preserved, how we can get access.
Please drop some line of reply for me please
As a person of God i believe in Prosperity, i believe in Wisdom, i also believe in knowledge.
I am a peacful person who wants to share his knowledge with the world one day. Iam only 16 and my friend Joad Fuad is 19, He is from Morocco. Like almost al religions theres always a God, And in my later lofe i would like to pass on my knowledge to my children. Muhammad hamidullah was a great person. He has my regards and i will pray for him
Josue Gabriel Bonilla
Peace and e-Greetings be upon you.
For a few hours after Juma salat in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood Musalahthis this past Friday December 20th, I gave what turned out to be a full lecture on Islam to a young muslim brother, Asif, who is all of 15 years of age. He was fasting and waiting for Maghrib.
Our young brother listened intently and reminded me that yes, there are muslim youth eager for the life of a true muslim scholar. In passing I mentioned some works of Dr. M. Hamidullah and wondered whether he was still alive...?
Serendipity combined with sadness then as I read these words just minutes ago about the passing of our Great Scholar of Islam.
Just before Ramadan, T.B. Irving returned to Our Lord, and now just after, M. Hamidullah has done so as well.
Mat Allah bless and ease the burden on both their families.
May Allah forgive our neglecting of the Old among us during their lifetimes, and moreso our Elder Scholars.
May Allah bless us with new scholars of the same calibre who can teach us and remind us anew.
HiMY Syed aka Abul-Hasnat Syed
Toronto Downtown, Ontario, Canada.
May Allah bestow him with His blessings!
I pray to Allah to grant himh heaven and to all muslims as well.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji`un.
I am deeply saddened at the passing of Professor Muhammad Hamidullah, a man of extraordinary scholastic skills and singular intellectual acumen.
While I do not very much about his personal life, I know a great deal of his massive scholarly output. As noted in this article, he is undoubtedly one of the most prolific Muslim writers of the last century.
Above all, he was generous with his scholarly works--that is, he permitted others to use his writings freely, as they see fit, without royalties or attribution, as part of his idea of not hoarding or concealing spiritual knowledge.
May Allah (swt) bless him and grant him peace and mercy .... Amin ya Rabbal alamin!
we need scholars like him to guide the ummah, and not the Mullah.
As salaam wa le kum
Are any of his books online?
During a question answer session, he was asked about his opinion over the different ways of saying prayers by different sects of islamic ummah. That was a very critical & tricky question to drag & indulge the late prof. in ugly sectarial war. The late prof. calmly and bluntly replied to it. In his opinion the holy Prophet(pbuh) somehow adopted those different ways while performing prayers and Allah (subhan-e-taalah) wanted to keep that sunnah of his Prophet(pbuh) alive till the day of judgement.That's why u see Muslims performing and saying their prayers in different ways around the world.
I believe that late prof. would remain the great scholar of this century too. May Almighty Allah rest his soul in heavens and his grave be a part of heavens too. Ameen!!!!