Friday, April 14, 2006

Abdullah Yusuf Ali - April 14, 1872

On April 14, 1872 Abdullah Yusuf Ali was born in Bombay, India to wealthy merchant parents. He received a religious education and could recite the Qur’an from memory. He completed an English translation and commentary of the Qur’an in 1938.

He was well respected by both his peers and the British government of India. Yusuf Ali was even asked to be principal of Islamia College in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Yusuf Ali supported Indian participation, fighting on the side of the Allies in World War I. He was a world traveler and married an English woman. However, the marriage didn’t last, though they had four children. He died in England on December 10, 1953.

Wikipedia Bio of Abdullah Yusuf Ali
The Holy Qur’an – Online Text
Books by Abdullah Yusuf Ali on Al-Islam.org
A blurb of a very unflattering bio of Abdullah Yusuf Ali that I include in the interest of fairness.
Another page linking to the biography referenced above (this is the source of my picture.)

PS: When I chose this subject, I thought there would be a lot on Yusuf Ali floating around the internet. I was wrong. Read the links for more information, but definitely read the translation he’s famous for. Even if, as is suggested in the unflattering blurb and biography, Yusuf Ali was deluded in believing as he did about the British government and his religion, his acclaimed translation of one of the Holy Books of this world merits him honors.

5 comments:

Zakaria said...

You are right that there is not about his life on the net. But this book is supposed to be his biography.

http://books.google.com/books?id=q2uPX9hQfyEC&pg=PA213&lpg=PA213&dq=translation+comments+abdullah+yusuf+ali+document&source=web&ots=Ue61tHDroY&sig=H3ZFnY_MbmUVWA68cneuKbenDEo#PPR3,M1
http://www.renaissance.com.pk/jabore96.html

It is also surprising that there are so many place that his translation is available but his commentry is not available you have to to his book for that

Shadowspun said...

Thanks for the link. I appreciate it. *sigh* More reading material. How wonderful.

Abu Akram said...

what happened to his childrenand his wife;Has had any sublings and if so what happened to them.

Anonymous said...

Please remove the links. Since this great believer and true scholar of the Qur'an died in a kind of anonymity yet there are pernicious hypocrite scholars commenting on his life in a disparaging way..May Allah deal with them in His Own Time and Manner. His service to the Word of God is praiseworthy mashallah. His commentary brings the reader closer and closer to God and opens numerous windows of your mind regarding His attributes. The way Abdullah Yusuf Ali has glorified the Prophets is another marvel.
Those he criticise rather blame (put buhtan) without any valid evidence on his personal life should read the command regarding buhtan.
What a curse that they not only call themselves muslims but ironically are recognized as scholars of Islam.What a pity...

Anonymous said...

He was a great scholar. Its not for us to judge his personal life.