Usul al-Shashi by Imam Nizam al-Din al-Shashi edited by Shaykh Muhammad Akram al-Nadwi

A commentor on the site requested the Usul al-Shashi edition edited by Shaykh Akram Nadwi and printed by Dar al-Gharb al-Islami. We have uploaded it here courtesy of Shaykh Ehzaz Ajmeri. A .doc file of the book is also available, but I believe the request was specific for the Nadwi edition pdf.

Usul al Shashi Ed. Akram Nadwi

15 thoughts on “Usul al-Shashi by Imam Nizam al-Din al-Shashi edited by Shaykh Muhammad Akram al-Nadwi

  1. Andrew Booso Says
    With regards to Deoband, I agree with Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi’s appraisal in Western Civilization, Islam and Muslims: “The movement [of people like Nanotwi and Deoband] was not without success in reviving the Islamic spirit of Indian Muslims…But as far as meeting the challenge of the times is concerned, Deoband has failed to make any noteworthy contribution. It has not been able to provide suitable answers to the questions thrown up by the Modern civilisation.” We’ve seen Deobandism, even now, largely marginalised from East to West.

    Did shaykh abul hasan ali nadwi say this

  2. Dear Naveed

    Here’s the reference for the above to the English translation entitled Western Civilization, Islam and Muslims by Mohammed Asif Kidwai: pp. 62-3 (Lucknow, India: Academy of Islamic Research and Publications, fourth English edition 1979).

    I’ll finish quoting the paragraph at the same page by Abul Hasan: “Its graduates have done little to bridge the gulf between the old and the new generations. Much as the Deoband people are advanced in their political views and praiseworthy as their role has been in the fight for freedom, in their educational outlook and in the appreciation of the law of social change they have tended, more or less, to be conservative and tradition-bound. The educational system and the syllabus there was out-dated.”

    Yet look how much love and co-operation he had with the general Deoband, and his specific love for the efforts and person of Muhammad Ilyas’s Tabligh movement for the time and place of Mewat and places like Mewat (which does not mean that what was right for Mewat is right for Paris!)! There’s a huge brotherly wisdom behind that critique and his actions. He wasn’t a Deoband ‘hater’ in any sense, in the same way he didn’t ‘hate’ on anyone he criticised in his works; but the fact is that he was an intellectual with opinions, looking to revive Islam, and he thus expressed his true views – not to offend, or put down, or ‘get one over’, but simply a constructive advice on the path of revival.

  3. I should clarify that M. Asif Kidwai is simply the English translator, and Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (may Allah have mercy on him) is the author of Western Civilization, Islam and Muslims

  4. Shaykh Nadwi was himself in fact a graduate of the Dar al-‘Ulum in Deoband, having completed his hadith studies there. His criticism, therefore, should certainly be considered internal and constructive, as brother Andrew points out. It is now to be seen how much the inheritors of the Deoband legacy can prove themselves and quell ‘Allamah Nadwi’s fears of ineffectiveness.

  5. I honestly don’t understand why some people insist on watering down Maulana Abul Hasan Nadwi’s affiliation with Deoband. The facts indicate he was more than a simple well-wisher.

  6. I found something fascinating in the malfuzat of mawlana tahanawi(alayhi rahmah)

    Actually,someone approached the ulema of deoband saying that The people of Nadwa had a dream that they were sittin g on a platform and sharing it with Rasool(alayhis salam)
    This was a source of great joy for them showing the consonance of their thinking with the sunnah.

    When it reached mawlana gangohi(alayhi rahmah) he said I do not say that this dream is a fabrication.
    But dream ta’bir is not the provenenace of every person.

    What this dream shows is that they are sitting in the same place as Muhammad(alayhi salam)
    They are putting their own opinions on a par with the opinions of Rasool(ALAYHI salam)
    And this is Nadwa

    THe beginnings of modernism

  7. would you mind to share the background of this book’s author, Imam Nizam al-Din..hope to hear from you soon..thanks

  8. […] All Arabic references are taken from Maktabat ash Shamela, available on I am not checking their text for accuracy so please use your own hardcovers. I know Sh. Akram Nadwi’s is considered solid. That attahawi blog has linked it here:… […]

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