Hamka or Haji Abdul Malik Karim Abdullah was the most prolific of Indonesian writers. He founded the first Muhammadiyah journal in 1925. His involvement in the Muhammadiyah organisation brought him to Makasar, where he published a book on Islamic history and wrote some novels.
Hamka authored Tasauf modern, Falsafa hidup, Ayahku (my father), Sejarah umat Islam and his thirty volume Tafsir al Azhar. He wrote more than one hundred books on history, biography, Islamic doctrine, tafsir and fiction.
Hamka was awarded a honourable degree in literature by the National University of Malaysia for his contribution to Muslim age especially for Nusantara caucus.
Hamka was elected 'great Imam' of Al-Azhar mosque in 1960.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan / Ghulam Mohiuddin / M. Ali Tajid