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Birthplace: Daryabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Death: January
Place of Burial: Daryabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Main interest(s) Quran translation, Education
Occupation: Academic

Maulana Abdul Majid was born in Daryabad, Barabanki district of India in the Qidwai family. His grandfather Mufti Mazhar Kareem was sentenced to Andaman Islands for signing a fatwa against the British Raj.

He obtained his BA(Hons) in Philosophy from Canning College, Lucknow in 1912. In his academic career, he edited the Urdu weekly Sach and then Sidq (1925–76). Amin Ahsan Islahi, another Indo-Pak Muslim scholar, also worked with him on his weekly newspaper, Sach. For higher studies, MA Philosophy, he joined the then MAO College and then went to St Stephen’s College of Delhi, but because of his financial crisis, he could not complete the course. His first book in English, The Psychology of Leadership, was published by Louis Fisher, London in 1913.

Since childhood, he took great interest in reading a variety of books and writing articles. His first article was published in an Urdu daily, Wakeel Amritsar at the young age of nine years. Philosophy, logic and psychology were his favourite subjects. He studied several books of Orientalists and under their influence, became sceptical of religion and called himself a “rationalist”. For almost nine years, he remained away from religion but repented and became a devout Muslim.

He came in contact with the great Muslim scholar, Shibli Nomani and assisted him in the composition of Sirat-un-Nabi. He developed friendship with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Syed Sulaiman Nadwi, Muhammad Ali Jouhar, Akbar Allahbadi and many prominent literary figures. He wrote more than fifty books on the Quran, the life of Prophet Muhammad, travelogues, philosophy and psychology. He also penned biographies, literary and critical essays, hosted radio talks and also translated a number of books into chaste Urdu in accordance with the Lucknow School of writing.

 

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