Research on Imam Ahmed Raza Khan
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masud Ahmed has Ijaza (diploma given by Sufi Pir to his
disciple authorizing him to enroll disciples) in Naqshbandiyya as well as Qadiriyya
orders. Dr. Masud Ahmed is spiritually blessed by two late great figures of Naqshbandiyya
order; his late father Mufti-i-Azam Maulana Muhammad Mazha (may Allah be
pleased with him) of India and Hazrat Muhammad Mahmood Alwari (may
Allah be pleased with him) of Hyderabad [Pakistan] and in the Qadiriyya order from
Hazrat Syed Zainul-Abidin Shah al-Qadiri Nurai Shareef (may Allah be
pleased with him), Sindh [Pakistan].
Dr. Masud also wrote on the great Saint of the Naqshbandiya Order, Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi (may Allah be pleased with him) including different topics of Islam.
He started his research on Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (may Allah
be pleased with him) because he was indeed an unknown figure for western scholars
because of the negligence of the Muslims of Indo-Pakistan sub-continent who flung this
versatile scholar in obscurity. For this reason he called Imam Ahmad Raza Khan the
"Neglected Genius of the East". Had Imam Ahmad Raza (may Allah be
pleased with him) been in Europe, he would have attracted the scholars of the
His interest was first evoked by his late beloved father Mufti-i-Azam Maulana Muhammad Mazha (d.1386/1966) and secondly by Markazi Madjilis-i-Raza, Lahore, Pakistan. In 1970 the Madjilis-i-Raza initiated research programs. This incentive prompted him to go through the available resources. He was astonished! The scholars of the sub-continent not only unnoticed Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, but they also created misunderstanding regarding his scholarly Eminence and general influence.
Dr. Masud Ahmed tried to remove some of the cobwebs of misinterpretations and started in 1970 purely on a research basis. Subsequently he contributed nearly 30 books on Imam Ahmed Raza (may Allah be pleased with him), as well as 120 articles, 50 prefaces and introductions up to 1992. He is regarded among the foremost authorities on Imam Ahmed Raza (may Allah be pleased with him).
These humble efforts were fruitful because scholars and historians of the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent and other countries took favourable notice of these writings. He hoped his labours would encourage someone to further unveil the personality of this great scholar, divine and religious genius who had hitherto been shrouded in the midst of prejudice and ignorance. He thanked many other friends who gave valuable suggestions. Without their help this task could not have been accomplished.
Dr. Masud Ahmed is a scholar of high repute, erudite and a spiritually strengthened personality who requires no introduction. He removes the mask of misconceptions to reveal the pure and enlightened knowledge of Islam. He is respected and appreciated for his research. He is the son of the late Mufti-i-Azam Maulana Muhammad Mazha (may Allah be pleased with him), a great Saint of India.
Dr. Ahmed was born in Delhi in 1930 and acquired his education from his father
Mufti-i-Azam Maulana Muhammad Mazha and the Oriental College of Delhi. He migrated from
India to Pakistan in 1948. In Pakistan he continued his education in different
institutions and Colleges including Punjab University in Lahore and Sindh University in
Hyderabad. Dr. Masud set excellent standards and is a role model for great achievement
worth emulating. He was rewarded with silver and gold medals for his excellence in all
examinations of M.A. and M.Ed. at Sindh University. In 1971 he completed his Ph.D. on
Urdu Main Qurani Tarajim-o-Tafasir from Sindh University, Hyderabad. Dr.
Ghulam Mustafa Khan, who guided Dr. Masud in his Ph.D. research work, writes: -
"It is my proud privilege to say that he is one of the top-most Research Scholars of the country." (Hyderabad: Feb 1971)
The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Izaz-I-Fazilat award in 1992. He
furthermore received awards from Imam Ahmed Raza Research Institute, Karachi in 1991 and
from Pakistan Intellectual Forum in 1992. Dr. Masud worked as Lecturer, Professor, and
Principal in Govt. Cadre and Additional Secretary (Academic) of Sindh (Pakistan). He acted
as paper setter, examiner and member of board of studies at Sindh University, Khairpur
University and Punjab University, Lahore. He was a Guide and Director of Ph.D. students at
the University of Karachi and the Khairpur University (Sindh). He retired as Principal
Govt. Degree College and Post-Graduate Studies Center, Sukkur, Sindh in1992.