Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi
He will long be remembered for his lasting contribution to the Qur'anic studies, especially for his approach based and evolved around the concept of order and coherence in the contents of the divine book.
He was influenced by the Indian freedom movement and, for some time, he acted as the president of the local Congress Party. Maulana Islahi was one of the founding members of Jama'at-e-Islami in 1941 but he left the Jama'at in 1958 over some policy differences. Later he migrated to Pakistan though in his view the Pakistani society was a broken and disintegrated one, afflicted with a most dangerous malaise: hypocrisy.
He authored tafsir, Tadabbur-I-Qur'an (pondering the Qur'an) in eight volumes, the exegesis of the Qur'an which he considered pivotal as a reference work for any future work for Islam. His language and form was scholarly and accessible to educated readers.
Amin Ahsan was born in Bhimpur, Azamgarh (India), and was a most prominent pupil of Farahi. He became a principal of Madrasah Al-Islah, the educational institution associated with Shibli N'umani and Farahi. He was very sensitive, courteous and caring frank yet very reasonable, warm and loving. He died in Lahore.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan