Dr. Shehzad Saleem








March 2012

Launched www.tadabbur-i-quran.org a site on the tafsir of Imam?Amin Ahsan Islahi

June  2010

Launched www.hamid-uddin-farahi.org a site on life and works of the Qur'anic Scholar Imam Hamid Uddin Farahi

Apr 2008

Initiated short talks on Islam on youtube and dailymotion channels
www.youtube.com/shehzadsaleem and www.youtube.com/shehzadsaleemurdu

http://www.dailymotion.com/drshehzadsaleem and http://www.dailymotion.com/drshehzadsaleemurdu

Jan 2008

Appointed Research Fellow of Al-Mawrid (www.al-mawrid.org)

Mar 2004

Launched www.amin-ahsan-islahi.org a site on life and works of the Qur'anic scholar  Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi

July 2003

Launched Studying Islam www.studying-islam.org   a website that offers online courses on Islam in English and in Urdu.

Jan 2002-July2003

Initiated a Distance Learning Program on Qur’anic Studies at the Al-Mawrid Website

Nov 1999-

Launched the website of Renaissance, a monthly Islamic Journal (www.monthly-renaissance.com)

Mar 1998-Jan2003

 Deputed as Director, Al-Mawrid, Institute of Islamic Sciences (51-K, Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan). Resumed this position after expiry of earlier deputations. Job responsibility as Director involved development of the institute and management of all its affairs. The objectives of Al-Mawrid include organizing academic research work on Islam, its dissemination and educating people in its basis

Aug 1997-Dec2003

Deputed as Instructor for Qur’anic studies at Al-Mawrid. Responsibility involved developing the pedagogy and curriculum for teaching the Qur’an to Masters level students

Dec 1997-

Launched a Islamic Query Service (IQS), an email based service that answers questions on or about Islam. Till Dec 2003 more than 3000 questions have been answered by this service.

Mar –

Aug 1997

Deputed as President, Al-Mawrid’s Centre for Islamic Communications. The objective of this centre was organization and marketing of various media of Al-Mawrid as journals, audio-video cassettes, lectures, seminars to disseminate and propagate the message of Islam.

March 95

 Aug 96

Appointed Vice-president of Al-Mawrid and as Director of the Research Department for sometime during this period. Was also Associate Fellow for some time during this period.

Sept 93 –

Mar 95

Appointed Director, Al-Mawrid. Job responsibility included development of Al-Mawrid and managing all its affairs.

Jan 92 –

Sept 93

Director Administration, Al-Mawrid. Job responsibility involved assisting the President in the administration of the institute.

Jan. 1991-

Launched, Renaissance, a monthly Islamic journal. Renaissance publishes research work done at Al-Mawrid and other articles dealing with various aspects of Islam. Besides editing the journal, also wrote articles and editorials on various topics related to Islam and have translated some works of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and Amin Ahsan Islahi.. Some of the major works completed or undertaken while writing for Renaissance are:


1.  Translation of  â€˜Al-Bayan’

This ongoing project is a translation of Ghamidi’s Al-Bayan from Urdu. The idea in this exegesis is to unfold the coherence in the Qur’an through the translation itself keeping the explanatory notes to a bare minimum.


Work on the last group of the Qur’an (Surahs Mulk- Naas) has been completed.


Surah Mulk

Surah Qalam

Surah Haqqah

Surah Ma‘arij

Surah Nuh

Surah Jinn

Surah Muzzammil

Surah Muddaththir

Surahs Qiyamah-Dahr 

Surahs Mursalat - Naba

Surah Nazi’at - ‘Abas

Surahs Takwir - Infitar 

Surahs Mutaffifin- Inshiqaq

Surahs Buruj - Tariq

Surahs A`la - Ghashiyah

Surahs  Fajr-Balad

Surahs Shams-Lail

Surahs Dhuhaa-Alam Nashrah

Surahs Teen-Alaq

Surahs Qadr-Bayyinah, Zilzaal-Aadiyaat 

Surahs Qaariah-Takaathur

Surahs Asr-Humazah 

Surahs Feel-Quraish 

Surah Ma‘un-Kauthar

Surahs Kafiun - Nasr, Lahab - Ikhlas, Falaq - Nas

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim



2. Translation of ‘Mizan’

Islam: A Comprehensive Introduction (Urdu title of Mizan) is an extensive study of the contents of Islam by the author. It is an effort which spans almost two decades of both creative and critical thinking. The entire endeavour is a fresh interpretation of Islam from its original sources. In his own opinion, the reason that he has undertaken it is that interpretation of sacred texts is a human endeavour and since this can never remain fault free, the process should never discontinue. It is as a result of this principle that the author has continued to evaluate and re-evaluate even his own findings.


3. Translation of al-Islam

Islam: A Concise Introduction  (Urdu title of al-Islam) is a condensed version of Mizan, a comprehensive treatise on the contents of Islam by the author: Javed Ahmad GhāmidÄ«. The author himself has produced this abridged version.



4. Playing God: Misreading a Divine Practice

In order to understand divine religions, it is essential to comprehend a certain unalterable practice of God. Simply put, it is: God, through natural disasters or through His messengers, punishes and humiliates in this very world their foremost and direct addressees who deliberately deny the truth, and rewards in this very world those among them who adhere to the truth. However, many scholars have misread this practice of God; they have regarded it to be a part of the shari‘ah, and as a result think that after the departure of the Prophet (sws), later Muslims too have the right to punish and subjugate people who deny the truth. As a consequence of this misreading, many other erroneous inferences have also resulted. Matters which were to be left to God have been taken up by human beings. In this manner, they are now guilty of inadvertently playing God.


This Book describes this divine practice in detail in the light of researches carried out by Hamid al-Din Farahi (1863-1930) and Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-1997) and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi (b. 1951).



5. Common Misconceptions about Islam
One significant reason for the various misconceptions which exist about Islam is the erroneous presentation of the stance of Islam on certain issues by some of our scholars. In recent times, the works of Hamid al-Din Farahi (1863-1930), Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-1997) and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi (b. 1951) have served to clarify some of these misconceptions. Although these misconceptions are numerous, presented in this booklet are some common ones. Most of them have been clarified by presenting excerpts from the works of these scholars, whilst in some cases, the author has attempted to dispel them himself  keeping in view the approach adopted by these scholars.



6. Islam and Women: Msconceptions and Misperceptions

Many controversies regarding the stance of Islam on women have arisen because of misunderstanding the view of Islam in this regard. In recent times, the works of Hamid al-Din Farahi (1863-1930), Amin Ahsan Islahi (1904-1997) and Javed Ahmad Ghamidi (b. 1951) have attempted to clarify the stance of the Islamic shari‘ah on various issues. Most of the clarifications presented in this booklet are based on their research.


7. A Text Book of Qur’anic Studies

This ongoing work is a comparative study of the Qur’an in certain specific areas between the traditional thought and the ideas developed by the Farahi school. Initial work on the following topics has been completed:


i. Revelation of the Qur’an

ii. Theme of the Qur’an

iii. History of the Qur’an

iv. Arrangement of the Qur’an

v. Language of the Qur’an

vi. Interpreting the Qur’an


(The above are available in course format at www.studying-islam.org)


8. Collection and Transmission of the Qur’an

This tract critically analyzes the traditional view on the collection and transmission history of the Qur’an and presents the research of some contemporary scholars like Farahi, Islahi, Ghamidi and Imadi. It also presents the view of the Orientalists.


9. Understanding the Qur’an: A Fundamental Premise

This exposition presents a fundamental premise which must be understood if one is to properly understand the Qur’an. As per this premise, there are certain directives of the Qur’an which have a specific application and cannot be extended beyond this sphere.


10. Islam and Non-Muslims: A New Perspective

This article discusses various directives of Islam regarding non-Muslims and goes on to show that they have a specific sphere of application. Some of the conclusions drawn are: non-Muslims of today cannot be waged war against in the name of religion, Jizyah cannot be imposed on them and apostates of today are not punishable by death. The article is developed on the basis of research work carried out by Ghamidi.


11. Selected Surahs of the Tadabbur-i-Qur’an

This booklet (currently under print) contains a translation of fourteen short surahs of the Tadabbur-i-Qur’an, a monumental exegesis of the Qur’an by Imam Amin Ahsan Islahi.


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Surah Jinn Surah Muzzammil Surah Qiyamah
Surah Balad Surah Mursalat Surah Dahr
Surah ‘Abas Surah Takwir Surah Infitar
Surah Mutaffifin Sūrah Fajr Sūrah Burūj
Sūrah Tāriq Sūrah A‘lā Sūrah Ghāshiyah
Surah Shams Surah Duha Surah TÄ«n
Sūrah Bayyinah Sūrah ‘Alaq Sūrah ‘Asr
Sūrah ‘ādiyāt Sūrah Kāfirūn Sūrah Nasr
Sūrah Lahab Sūrah Falaq Sūrah Tāriq
SÅ«rah Qadr Bismillāhi’l-Rahmāni’l-RahÄ«m   SÅ«rah Kawthar
SÅ«rah FÄ«l SÅ«rah Quraysh SÅ«rah Alam Nashrah  
Sūrah Humazah Sūrah Mā‘ūn Sūrah Nās
Sūrah Ikhlās Sūrah Zilzāl Sūrah Qāriah
Sūrah Takāthur Sūrah Naas Surah Humaza
Surah Kauthar SÅ«rah Fil SÅ«rah Quraysh  
Surah Alam Nashrah SÅ«rah Mā'Å«n SÅ«rah Ikhlas  
Surah Qadr Surah Zilzaal Surah Takathur
SÅ«rah Qāriah    


12. A New Economic Framework

In this article (published as a booklet as well), Ghamidi’s ideas have been presented regarding the Islamic guidelines for the economy and economic activity. This article also presents the outlines of Ghamidi’s proposition for managing finance in the economy in accordance with the principles of Islam. This proposition is based on the premise that Banking -- Institutional Credit Creation to be more precise -- cannot be run without interest and, therefore, the solution lies not in finding an alternative to interest but to Banking itself.


13. The Islamic Concept of Taxation

In this article, Ghamidi’s ideas regarding this subject have been presented. The basic premises include the assertion that Muslim citizens of an Islamic state are under no legal obligation to pay any other tax to the government apart from Zakah, that Zakah is levied on all forms of wealth produced, save three exceptions, and that the receipts from Zakah can be spent on all areas of state affairs at individual as well as collective levels. Questions as the problem of revenue generation and the advantages of a system based on this principle over those of systems based on other taxes have also been addressed.


14. Marriages of the Prophet (sws)

The rationale behind the marriages of the Prophet (sws) and explanation of the Divine directives in this regard. Based on Farahi’s research, this article attempts to dispel many misconceptions about the issue of the Prophet’s marriages.


Under the tutelage of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi for studying Arabic, Islam and various Islamic discipline


PhD from the University of Wales, UK in the History of the Qur'an


B Sc Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan


Assistant Editor "The Ravi", journal of the Government College Lahore, Pakistan


F Sc (Pre-Eng), Government College, Lahore, Pakistan


Senior Cambridge (O-Levels) Saint Mary’s Academy, Rawalpindi, Pakistan


Born on 18 June

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