Arshad Madani

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Amirul Hind,[1] Maulana
Arshad Madani
1st President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind's Arshad Faction
Assumed office
4 April 2008
Preceded by"office established"
11th Principal, Darul Uloom Deoband
Assumed office
14 October 2020
Preceded bySaeed Ahmad Palanpuri
8th President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind
In office
8 February 2006 – 6 March 2008[2]
Preceded byAsad Madani
Succeeded by"office bifurcated"
  • Arshad Madani, as the president of Arshad faction
  • Usman Mansoorpuri, as the president of Mahmood faction
Born1941 (age 81–82)
DenominationSunni Islam
Alma materDarul Uloom Deoband
OccupationIslamic scholar
RelativesAsad Madani (elder brother)
Usman Mansoorpuri (brother-in-law)
Mahmood Madani (nephew)

Arshad Madani (born 1941) is an Indian Muslim scholar and the current Principal of Darul Uloom Deoband. He succeeded Asad Madni as the eighth president of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind.[3][4] The organization split around 2008, and Madani continues to serve as the president of its Arshad faction.

Early life and education[edit]

Arshad Madani was born in 1941 (1360 AH) to the fourth wife of Hussain Ahmad Madani, whom he married after the demise of his third wife and the mother of Asad Madani.[5]

Madani began his education under Hussain Ahmad Madani's authorised disciple, Asghar Ali Sahaspuri, with whom he completed the memorization of the Qur'an at the age of 8, after which he completed a 5-year course in Persian at Darul Uloom Deoband. Then he started his Arabic education in Darul Uloom Deoband in 1955[6] and completed the Darse Nizami in Darul Uloom Deoband in 1963 (1383 AH).[7][8][9]

His Hadith teachers include Sayed Fakhruddin Ahmad, Ibrahim Balyawi, Fakhrul Hasan Muradabadi, Naseer Ahmad Khan, Zahoor Ahmad Deobandi, Mehdi Hasan Shahjahanpuri, Muhammad Tayyab Qasmi, and Abdul Ahad Deobandi.[6] His other teachers in Deoband include Izaz Ali Amrohi, Jalil Ahmad Kairanawi, Akhtar Hussain Deobandi, and Wahiduzzaman Kairanawi.[6] He is the authorized disciple of his elder brother Asad Madani.[10]


After graduating from Darul Uloom Deoband, Madani started his teaching career in Jamia Qasmia, Gaya, in 1965[11] and did teaching services there for about one and a half years. At the beginning of 1967, he went on a pilgrimage to Madinah and stayed there for about fourteen months.[8]

On his return from Madina, on the advice of his teacher, Syed Fakhruddin Ahmad, in Shawwal 1389 AH (1969 AD), he became a teacher at Madrasa Shahi, Moradabad, and stayed there for 14 years until 1403 AH (1983 AD). Apart from the secondary books, the teaching of hadith books like Mishkat al-Masabih, Sahih Muslim, and Muwatta Imam Malik were also assigned to him to teach.[12] On 21 Dhu al-Qadah 1391 AH, he was also made the convener of the Academic Council along with teaching. On 11 Jumada al-Ula, 1393 AH, he was appointed the Deputy Chief of the Academic Council, and due to his efforts, the advisory committee in Madrasa Shahi approved the classification of Dars e Nizami in 1396 AH, and the educational standard of the madrassa increased. Similarly, on 14 Sha'ban 1396 AH, he was elected as a member of Madrasa Shahi's Appointment Committee.[12]

Madani was appointed as teacher at Darul Uloom Deoband in Dhu Qa'dah 1403 AH (1983 AD). He served as the Deputy Chief of Darul Uloom's Academic Council between 1987 and 1990 AD, and then as the Head of the Academic Council from 1996 to 2008.[11][13]

In Safar 1442 AH (October 2020 AD), he was elected as the Sadr al-Mudarrisin (Head of the Teaching Faculty) at Darul Uloom Deoband by Darul Uloom's Advisory Committee.[11][14][15]

Political approach[edit]

Arshad Madani has criticized the partition of India and espoused Hindu–Muslim unity, stating: "Our elders from Hindu and Muslim communities went ahead on the path of unity and liberated the country from the slavery of the British, but unfortunately partition also took place. This partition has become a cause of destruction and ruin, not just for a particular community, but for both Hindus and Muslims."[16] He suggests that secularism is the only path to a cohesive and united India.[17]

He asserts that the current prime minister Narendra Modi is not acceptable to all Muslims of India. Muslim hostility to Modi is not softening recently at all as some circles in the Indian news media have suggested. He questions whether Indian Muslims can forgive Modi for his assertion that he initiated and condoned the 2002 Gujarat riots and the ensuing violence against Muslims in India, which Madani calls a mass murder of Muslims. Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time.[18]

See more[edit]


  1. ^ "আমিরুল হিন্দ নির্বাচিত হলেন সাইয়্যেদ আরশাদ মাদানী". Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Jamiat-Ulama-E-Hind splits". Hindustan Times. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  3. ^ Maulana Arshad Madani addresses an Eid gathering on website Archived 14 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Published 12 March 2016, Retrieved 17 July 2017
  4. ^ "Its cowardly act, Jamiat condemns it Pulwama attack in strongest possible terms: Maulana Arshad Madani". Newsd Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  5. ^ Sharifi, Tanweer Ahmad (September 2012). "حضرت آپاجان رحمۃ اللہ علیہا زوجۂ محترمہ شیخ الاسلام حضرت مولانا سید حسین احمد مدنی" [Aapajan, wife of Ms. Shaykh al-Islam, Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmad Madani] (in Urdu). Allama Muhammad Yusuf Banuri Town, Karachi: Jamia Al Uloom Al Islamia. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b c Muzaffarnagari, Muhammad Taslim Aarifi; Saharanpuri, Abdullah Sher Khan (2023). أساتذة دار العلوم و أسانيدهم في الحديث [Asanīd of Hadith teachers of Darul Uloom] (in Urdu) (1st ed.). Deoband: Maktaba al-Haramain. pp. 40–43.
  7. ^ Hardoi, Muhammad Tayyib Qasmi (2017). Darul Uloom Diary: Dicaples of Fakhr al-Muhadditheen (in Urdu). Deoband: Idara Paigham-e-Mahmud. p. 35.
  8. ^ a b Benglori, Muhammad Farqan (6 July 2021). "5th Amir-ul-Hind Maulana Sayed Arshad Madani: Life and Services". (in Urdu). Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  9. ^ Barni, Khalilur Rahman Qasmi (2016). Qafla-e-Ilm o Kamāl (in Urdu). Bangalore: Idara-e-Ilmi Markaz. p. 375.
  10. ^ Jami'i, Muhammad Salim, ed. (April 2007). "List of Asad Madani's authorized disciples". Al-Jamiat Weekly (in Urdu). Madani Hall, 1–Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi: Office of Jamiat Ulama e Hind. 4 (11–12): 578.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  11. ^ a b c Qasmi, Muhammadullah Khalili (October 2020). Darul Uloom Deoband Ki Jami'-o-Mukhtasar Tareekh (in Urdu) (3rd ed.). Deoband: Shaikhul Hind Academy. p. 749, 752, 758, 764, 767.
  12. ^ a b Qasmi, Muhammad Salim; Rashidi, Sayed Akhlad; Mansoorpuri, Muhammad Salman, eds. (December 1992). "Son of Hussain Ahmad Madani". Nida-e-Shahi Monthly (in Urdu). Moradabad: Madrasa Shahi. 4 (11–12): 508–509.
  13. ^ Mubarakpuri, Muhammad Arif Jameel (2021). "47-Madani". Mausoo'ah Ulama e Deoband (in Arabic) (1st ed.). Deoband: Shaikhul Hind Academy. pp. 31–32.
  14. ^ "مہتمم دارالعلوم دیوبند مفتی ابو القاسم نعمانی شیخ الحدیث اور مولانا ارشد مدنی صدر المدرسین منتخب" [Abul Qasim Nomani, VC of Deoband appointed as Shaykh al-Hadīth, and Arshad Madani as the Principal of Darul Uloom Deoband]. AsreHazir. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  15. ^ "Meeting of Darul Uloom Deoband's Advisory Committee: Safar 1442 AH (October 2021)". (in Urdu). Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  16. ^ "Partition was a loss for both Hindus and Muslims: Madani". Awaz. 18 August 2022. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  17. ^ 'Arshad Madani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind says Owaisis are traitors', newspaper website, Published 17 January 2015, Retrieved 17 July 2017
  18. ^ Indian TV interview of Maulana Arshad Madani on Headlines Today program, indiatoday website, Published 19 February 2013, Retrieved 17 July 2017

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