Prominent Islamic scholar Maulana Aslam Sheikhupuri was killed in Karachi today when his car was fired upon in Dhoraji. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.
This is a tragic loss for Muslim Ummah. He was a great scholar, author of several books and used to give regular bayans. Reportedly, he was going back after having a monthly bayan session in Bahadurabad, near Tooso snacks.
For those who are unaware of this mufasir-e-Qura’an, here is an introduction by Maulana Aslam Sheikhupuri himself (published at his website Darsequran.com)
My name is Muhammad Aslam Sheikupuri. I was born in an unknown village Chuck No.116. At the moment I’m about 45 years of age. Our family was a landlord family. My father, late Muhammad Hassan was a farmer. He studied in school for four or five years but he did not get any religious education. When I was at the age of three, Polio attacked on my both legs and I became handicapped. I was admitted in a school in the village. When I was in class three, an spiritual leader had came to our mosque. I started reading the Holy Quran by sight (Nazirah). I was very intelligent that time. Imam Masjid forced my father to have me learn the Holy Quran by heart i.e. to encourage me to become a Hafiz e Quran. My father agreed to it. Imam Masjid started teaching the Holy Quran along with four more children. We used to learn the Holy Quran from morning till night.
By the Grace of Allah I memorized the Holy Quran within eleven months. The other children quit one by one without completing the Holy Quran. After completion of the Holy Quran, I was admitted in a school at Lahore. Then I came to Karachi. I studied for five years in “Jaami’a tul Uloom Allama Binnori Town” I learnt Hadith from “Madressah Nusratul Uloom” Gujranwala.