[Source: Jasarat, Maududi Number, 1979]
Dr. Hamidullah was a linguist with fluency in 22 languages including his own Urdu, but his passion remains for Islamic studies. He authored several books in English and French and also translated the meaning of the Qur'an in French. He gave extension lectures in various universities around the world and some of his lectures are also in published form. His works on Islamic science, history and culture number more than 250.
Dr. Hamidullah's famous books are, 'Muhammad Rasulullah', 'The Battlefields of Prophet Muhammad', 'The Muslim Conduct of State; the First Written Constitution', etc. His compilation of Bibliography of the Qu'ran with excerpts from 120 translations in different world languages is another feather in his cap. Prof. Hamidullah went to those Islamic sources that were often buried in the dusty shelves of libraries. He discovered earliest Hadith manuscript in a Damascus library and he published in Urdu known as Sahifa Hamam. He has left behind him a legacy that many generations will benefit from.
Muhammad Hamidullah was born in Hyderabad, a princely state of British India. Dr. Hamidullah who never married was settled in France but had to move in 1996 to his grandniece, in the USA, to be taken care of, because of his illness. He died in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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Impact International - issue on Professor Hamidullah
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Syed Faiyazuddin Ahmad / Syed Basheeruddin