Mufti of Pakistan, Maulana Muhammad Rafi Usmani dies at 86

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Mufti of Pakistan and veteran Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Rafi Usmani passed away on Friday at the age of 86 in the provincial capital.

Maulana Rafi Usmani was the president of Jaamiyah Darul Uloom Karachi. He was born in the United-India’s Deoband town on July 21, 1936. He was also the patron of the Wifaq ul Madaris Al-Arabia, Pakistan.

An intellectual leader of the Deobandi movement, he has authored 143 books in Urdu, Arabic and English, including a translation of the Qur’an in both English and Urdu as well a 6-volume commentary on the Sahih Muslim in Arabic, Takmilat Fath al-Mulhim and Uloomu-l-Quran. He has written and lectured extensively on hadith, and Islamic finance.

Mufti Usmani’s other influence comes from his position as a global author­ity on Islamic finance. He has served on the boards, and as chairman, of over a dozen Islamic banks and financial institutions, and currently leads the Interna­tional Sharia Council for the Accounting and Audit­ing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain. He is also a permanent mem­ber of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, one of the highest legal bodies in the Muslim world.


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