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Name :Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi
Period :1916 - 2003
Biographical detail : Muslim scholar.

Allama Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi not only left his mark as a theologian but he also left his footprints in the realms of education, literary criticism, historical research, journalism and medicine and as an activist in his country’s independence movement against the British colonial power.

Allama Qasmi in his early period went to Darul Uloom, Deoband, for learning and then he went to Delhi where he learnt about Shah Waliullah’s philosophy from Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi at his Darul Hikmat.

He, as a scholar, wrote, translated and edited dozens of books in Sindhi, Arabic and Persian, and, as a teacher, produced many scholars including Dr G A Allana, the first PhD scholar to write a thesis in Sindhi language.

He published 32 books on Shah Waliullah and their Sindhi translation, edited Urdu periodical Al-Wali and a Sindhi journal Al-Rahim. Prior to that, he had edited the daily Naeen Sindh in the 1950s.

Allama Qasmi remained honorary chairman of Sindhi Adabi Board, and was honoured on numerous occasions including with prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz.

Allama Qasmi, as a journalist, exposed political injustice and bureaucratic corruption in the early days of the birth of Pakistan, and, as a man, he was unprejudiced, broadminded, simple, humble, loving and caring to those around him.

Allama, as a political activist, vehemently opposed colonialism, imperialism and capitalism, which he considered as the causes of all evils, and, therefore, he preached social justice. He was a Sindhi nationalist. He considered himself unfit for the politics in Pakistan and thus he devoted his energies to research, writing and education.

Ghulam Mustafa Qasmi was born in a village, near Larkana, in Sindh.
 (Compiler : M. Nauman Khan)


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