Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari
Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah, Al-Azhari (R.A.) was born on 1st July
1918, (Monday 21st Ramadan al-Mubarak, 1336 Hijri), in Bhera Sharif,
Pakistan. The Honourable Shaykh obtained initial education through
his beloved father, Shaykh Muhammad Shah (R.A.). After his education
at school, the Honourable Shaykh enrolled at the Madrassah Naeemia,
Muradabad, India till 1942. Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat
then went on to enrol at one of Pakistan’s famous universities,
Punjab University, where he obtained his Master Degree in 1945.
The Honourable Shaykh then went on to travel to Cairo, Egypt,
the world's famous Al-Azhar University, during the periods of
1951-1954 in, which he obtained the highest degree in Islamic
Jurisprudence. When Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat
returned to Pakistan, he became the Spiritual Disciple of Shaykh-ul-Islam
wa’l-Muslimeen, Khawaja Muhammad Qamar-al-Din Sialvi, (1906-1981).
Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari was a Saint in the Chishti
Nizami Sufi Order.
After completion of his studies, Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat,
Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah, Al-Azhari (R.A.), founded the world's
famous, Dar-ul-‘Uloom Al-Muhammadiya Al-Ghawthiyya, (DMG
University Bhera, Pakistan). This was one of the first educational
institutes of its kind to use syllabus of both Islamic Knowledge
and B.A. in English, for both boys and girls.
has translated the Holy Quran in the Urdu Language, by the name
of Jamal-ul-Quran and provided the detailed exegesis of the Holy
Quran in five volumes, by the name Zia-ul-Quran. The Honourable
Shaykh also wrote the detailed masterpiece, Seerah of the Holy
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Aalehi Wasallam, in seven
volumes, by the name Zia-un-Nabi. One of the first books of the
Honourable Shaykh was the Sunnah Khair-ul-Anaam. Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat,
also was the founder of the world famous Islamic Magazine Zia-e-Harem,
which has subscribers all over the world.
Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (R.A.), served in the Federal
Shariah Court as the Chief Justice. The Honourable Shaykh, also
held the position of a Judge on the bench of the, Supreme Court
of Pakistan, on the request of the Government of Pakistan till
the day of his passing away. Along with many, many achievements
and awards, Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat
Shaykh Muhammad Karam Shah Al-Azhari (R.A.), on 6th March 1993,
was presented with the Naut-ul-Imtiaz by the President of Egypt,
(R.A.) passed away on the day of Eid-ul-Adha in the year of 1998,
(Inna lillahi was inna ilayhi rajioon). On Wednesday 7th April
2004, on the death anniversary of Huzoor Zia-ul-Ummat
(R.A), Pakistan Post Office issued a commemorative postage stamp
of two rupees. The Honourable Shaykh was known as, The Luminary
Light of the Islamic Nation.