Maulana Haafiz Hazrat Muhammad Shafee Okarvi
The Greatest Orator of Pakistan
Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Shafee Okarvi visited South Africa for the second time in 1979-80
Family and EducationShafi father was Haaji Shaiekh Karam Ilaahi son of Shaiekh Allaah Dittaa son of Shaiekh Imaam-ud-deen (May Allaah have mercy on them) who belonged to a respectable business family of Punjab.Middle school and in religious education completed Dars-e-Nizaami and courses of Hadees-o-Tafseer.
Some Particulars and ServicesIn early days of receiving education along with his Peer-o- Murshid Hazrat Saani Saahib Sharq Puri and other Scholars of Ahle Sunnat he participated with full zeal in the Movement of Pakistan and remained active in it till the partition of India.
Migrating from IndiaIn 1947 after migrating from India he came to Okara and with his father built Masjid Ghausiyah in the town Okara. He also established Jaami’ah Hanafiyah Ashraf-ul-Madaaris on G.T. road (Grand Trunk Road) and remained as its mentor and one of the founders.
Religious EducationThe honorable Maulana received religious education and on completion was awarded certificates for the courses of Dars-e-Nizaami and Hadees-o-Tafseer from Shaiekh-ul- Hadees Wat-Tafseer, Hazrat Shaiekh-ul-Qur’aan Allamah Maulana Ghulaam Ali Saahib Ashrafi Okarvi and Shaiekh ul Hadees Wat-Tafseer Ghazaali-e-Dauraan Hazrat Allamah Maulana Saiyyid Ahmad Sa’eed Saahib Kaazimi, of Madrissah Arabiyah Islaamiyah Anwaar-ul-Uloom, Multan.
SahiwalThe honorable Maulana started addressing Friday prayer at Jaame Masjid Muhaajireen, Montgomery, ( Sahiwal), which attracted very large crowds and he remained as the head of the Islaamiyaat Section at Birla High School, Okara.During his stay in Okara, the honourable Maulana always prominently participated in holy, religious, national, and social welfare activities.
Khateeb and ImaamIn 1955 due to immense persistence of the religious circle of Karachi, he came to Karachi. And in 1956 he became the Khateeb and Imaam of the biggest central masjid of Karachi, Memon Masjid (Bolton Market) Karachi. And till the end, all day and night with heart and soul he remained busy in the preaching of Deen and the Sunni Path.
Honorary Obligations of KhitaabatAfter the Imaamat and Khitaabat of Memon Masjid, he performed honorary obligations of Khitaabat and kept leading the Friday prayers for nearly three years at Jaame Masjid Eidgah Maidaan, for two years and four months at Jaame Masjid Aaram Bagh and for twelve years at Noor Masjid near Jubilee Cinema. There would always be an enormous crowd in each place. In all these masaajid he kept giving the Dars (explaining) on the Tafseer-e-Qur’aan in order and narrated the explanation of nine Quraanic Parts over a period of 29 years.
Masjid GhausiyahDuring these days in 1964 he built Masjid Ghausiyah. With the affiliation of Masjid Ghausiyah Trust in P.E.C.H.S Society he established a religious education school with the name of Daar-ul-‘Uloom Hanfiyah Ghausiyah. (He was also the Founding Chairman of this school.) Al-Hamdu-Lil-Laah after receiving religious education from here many students are preaching the religion and the true Sunni path all around the world.
Founder and PresidentIn 1972 the honourable Maulana laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Masjid in Doli Khata, Gulistan-e-Okarvi (Soldier Bazaar), Karachi on a piece of land which was reserved for a masjid for the last 100 years and started honourary Khitaabat. Established its trust, by the name of Gulzar-e-Habeeb (Sallal Laahu 'Alaiehi Wa Sallam) Trust. The honourable Maulana was its founder and the president. Under the management of this trust, Jaame Masjid-e-Gulzar-e-Habeeb and Jaami’ah Islaamiyah Gulzar-e-Habeeb are under construction. In the side of this Masjid is the Mazaar Shareef (holy grave) of the Honourable Maulana which is a Marja-e-Khalaaiq (the holy place of spiritual asylum for all).
Preaching of ReligionFor the preaching of religion and the true Sunni path, the honourable Maulana traveled to Far East, Middle East, India, Palestine, South Africa, Mauritius and many other countries around the World. Till 1980 only in South Africa, 100,000 cassettes of Maulana’s speeches were sold. The quantity of sold cassettes in other countries is also not small. And now the video cassettes of his speeches are also widely distributed.
BooksThe honourable Maulana Okarvi is the author of many books which are based on his oceanic knowledge, academic research work and religious intelligence on the love of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu 'Alaiehi Wa Sallam). These are seen in religious circles with great respect. Each book is still printed in millions and is still very popular. These are their names:
List of Books
- Zikr-e-Haseen (2-Vols)
- Imaam-e-Paak aur Yazeed Paleed
- Barakaat-e-Meelaad Shareef
- Safeena-e-Nooh (2 Vols)
- Musalmaan Khaatoon
- Mas’alah-e-Siyaah Khizaab
- Angoothay Choomnay ka Mas’alah
- Akhlaaq-o-‘A’maal (broadcasted speeches)
- Ta‘aaruf ‘Ulama-e-Deoband
- Nujuumool Hidaayat*
- Mas’alah-e-Bees (20) Taraveeh*