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Honourable Mr. Justice Dr. Muhammad Al-Ghazali

 

DR. MUHAMMAD AL-GHAZALI 

Academic Profile

 

Name:                     Muhammad Al-Ghazali son of Muhammad Ahmad

                                Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan,

                                Ad-hoc Membmer, Shariat Appellate Bench

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

1. Ph.D. (Islamic Studies), Islamia University, Bahawalpur

     Doctoral Dissertation: Socio-Political Thought of Shah Wali Allah

2.  M.A. Arabic, University of the Punjab, Lahore

3.  Fazil-i-Arabi (Hons.) i.e. Honours Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies

4. Fazil-i-Dars-i-Nizami, i.e. Graduate Degree from a traditional Madrasah, awarded after completing an 8-year programme, with the following core courses:

     Arabic Language, Linguistics, Syntax, Morphology, Stylistics and Rhetorics and Classical Logic and Dialectics

                    Islamic Law and Jurisprudence

     Qur'anic Exegesis

     Hadith

     Theology and Scholastics

5.  Certificate in French Language and Civilization (up to 5th degree), from Alliance Franciase, Islamabad.

6. Hafiz-i- Quran, i.e. committed the entire Qur'an to memory in accordance with the principles of recitation.

Background

Ø            Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan, (ad-hoc Member, Shariat Appellate Bench), since 25th March 2010.

Ø        Member, International Board of Experts, Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilization, Doha, Qatar, since February 2014.

Ø           Professor and Head of Islamic Thought, Civilization and Social Sciences Unit, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad from February 1999 to March 2007.

Ø                  Professor and Head, Quranic Studies Department since March 2007.

Ø          Associate Professor and Head Islamic Social Sciences Unit, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad (March 1995 to Feb. 1999.

Ø              Associate Professor, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur,     Malaysia (July 1991- June 1993)

Ø             Assistant Professor, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad (1985-1991 – 1993-1995).

Ø               Assistant Professor, Department of Arabic language and literature, International Islamic University, Islamabad (October 1981- April 1985).

Ø         Editor, Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah, a quarterly and refereed research journal of Islamic Research Institute published since 1965 in Arabic (1987 to-date).

Ø                 Associate Editor, Integrated Encyclopedia of the Quran (2007-2010).

Ø            Senior Research Officer, Council of Islamic Ideology,    Government of Pakistan (from July 1979 to October 1981).

Ø                 Taught Virtual Courses of Arabic language from Pakistan Television     sponsored by Allama Iqbal Open University (1978-79), under the title:       al-lisan al-Arabi.

SCHOLASTIC WORK

7.         Supervised postgraduate research works for M.Phil. and Ph.D. by the students of the Faculty of Islamic Studies, IIU, during the last thirty five years.

8.         Served, since the last thirty years, as an External Examiner for M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. dissertations for the following universities in Pakistan and abroad:

(i)                 University of the Punjab, Lahore

(ii)               Islamia University, Bahawalpur

(iii)             Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan

(iv)              Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

(v)                Karachi University

(vi)              Fatima Jinnah Women’s University

(vii)            International Islamic University, Islamabad

(viii)          Melbourne University, Australia

(ix)              International Islamic University, Malaysia

9.         Editor, Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah, a quarterly refereed research journal of Islamic Research Institute. This journal was established in 1965 and has completed its 50th volume.  During the last 30 years of editorship, Prof. Muhammad al-Ghazali worked to insure regularity and high standard of this journal, reviewed and edited hundreds of research articles written by scholars from Pakistan and abroad, published in 120 issues, running into roughly 50,000 pages concerning significant areas of Islamic studies viz. Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Kalam, Sirah, Tasawwuf, Akhlaq, History, Sociology, political Science, Economics, Language and Linguistics, Poetry, Literature, Grammar, Rhetoric, and problems of contemporary Muslim world etc.

10.       Editor, Annual Journal of the International Islamic University             (a bi-lingual refereed research journal published in Arabic and English) (2001-2005).

 

11.       Editorial Advisor for a number of years to the following journals:

(i)         Islamic Studies, Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

(ii)        Intellectual Discourse, International Islamic University, Malaysia

(iii)      Maarif-i-Isami, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan

(iv)      Islamabad Law Review, Faculty of Shariah, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

(v)   Journal of Gender and Social Issues, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

 

PEDAGOGY

12.       The following graduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. courses were taught by Prof. Muhammad al-Ghazali at various faculties of International Islamic University, Islamabad (1981-1984, 1993-2007) and the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1991-1993):

(a)               Arabic language, Grammar and Rhetoric

(b)               Sciences of the Quran

(c)                Kalam

(d)               Foundations for Sociology in the Quran

(e)               Contribution of Indian Subcontinent to Arabic/Islamic Literature

(f)                 Introduction to Social Sciences

(g)               Sociology of Religion

(h)               Philosophy of Religion

(i)                 Islamic Creed and Ethics

(j)                 Islamic Philosophy

(k)                Islamic Sociology

(l)                 Literary Study of the Quran (Course conducted at Ph.D. level).

 

RAMADAN LECTURES

13.       During 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1989, Dr al-Ghazali visited Australia, under the order of the President of Pakistan/Chancellor, International Islamic University, to participate in various religious activities of Ramadan and to deliver lectures on the Qur’an and its message to the members of the Muslim community of Australia. The duration of each visit had been four weeks. He visited various Islamic religious and educational institutions in Sydney, New Castle and Melbourne.

 

SOME RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS

NAME / TITLE

NAME OF JOURNAL/

PUBLISHER

DATE OF PUBLICATION

Universal Social Culture

American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Herndon, Virginia, USA

Spring 1994

Reason and revelation: Conflict or Convergence

Muslim Education Quarterly, Cambridge, UK

Summer 1994

Rashid Ahmad Gangohi

Turkish Encyclopaedia of Islam, Istanbul

1995

The Problem of Evil: An Islamic Approach

Catholic University Press,

Washington DC

1996

Socio-Political Thought of Shah Wali Allah (Book) pp.335

Islamic Research Institute, IIU, Islamabad

2001

Status of Women in Pakistani Society: Problems and Prospects

International Human rights Perspective, Peshawar University

January 2002

The Political Model of the Madinan State

Ma‘arif-i-Islami, Allama Iqbal Open University

March-April 2002

English translation of Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s book: (‘How should we respond to the Prophet’s Sunnah?)

International Institute of Islamic Thought, London, UK

 

2002

This World and the Hereafter (UNESCO Project on Culture of Islam)

UNESCO Press, Paris, France

2003

Criteria of religious Devotion

Intellectual Discourse, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Winter 2003

The Beautiful Names of Allðh (Book)

Dawah Academy, IIUI

2006

Raison D’etre of Madrasah

Islamic Studies,

No.2, Vol.45

Summer 2006

Dialogue Between Two Savants on the Spirit of Fasting

Al-Dirasat Al-Islamiyyah

No.2, Vol. xxxxi

July-Sep 2006

Dimensions of Islamic Da’wah and our Intellectual Realities Today

Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah

Winter 1980

Draft Islamic Constitution of al-Azher

Islamic Studies

Summer 1981

The Collective Exercise of Ijtihðd in the Present Times

Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah

Winter 1983

Finality of the Prophethood

Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah

Summer 1985

Teachings of the Prophet and the Intellectual Renaissance of Mankind

Fikr-o-Nazar

(Urdu Quarterly)

October-December 1995

Issues in the Cognition of the Divine

Fikr-o-Nazar

Summer 1996

Reflections on Islamic View of Art and Literature

Islamic Studies

Winter 1996

Islam between East and West

Islamic Studies, Special Issue on ‘Islam in the Balkans’, Vol.36, Nos. 2-3

Summer 1997

 

Exegetical Urdu Translation of Imam Ashraf Ali Thanvi and some of its characteristics

Al-Dirasat al-Islamiyyah,

Issue No.3, Vol.xxxvi,

July-Sep. 2001

From Empiricism to Normatism:

Toward Sociology of Islam (pp.450)

A Project of Islamic Research Institute

Awaiting publication by Islamic Research Institute

Reflections on Islamic Education.

The Islamic Culture University of Karachi

Vol. XI 2006

Some Rhetorical Features of the Quran

(Book pp. 244)

Islamic Research Institute Press.

2014

 

Reflections on Islamic Education. An Article in Arabic

The Islamic Culture, University of Karachi

 

2007

Love of the Prophet (SAW)

(English translation of a book by Dr. Fazal Ilahi)

Islamabad

2008

Modern Reformist Trends in India and Pakistan

Paper submitted to a seminar in Alexandria Library, Egypt

 

June 2008

Secular Modernist Bias in Western Social Sciences

Islam and Science, Canada

Summer 2008

Religious Language:

In Islamic and Western Perspectives

Annual Journal of IIUI

2009

Written detailed critical comments on the following entries of Integrated Encyclopadia of the Quran:

1.  Comments on Al-Aqsa

2.  Comments on Atom

3.  Comments on Kaffarah

4.  Comments on the Angels

5.  Comments on Ability

6.  Comments on Arabic Language

7.  Comments on Arteries & Veins

8.  Comments on Authority

9. Comments on Bedouins

10. Comments on Blessings

11. Comments on Books

12. Comments on Buying & Selling

13. Comments on Agriculture (outline)

 

Integrated Encyclopaedia of the Quran (Canada)

 

2008-2010

The Prophet’s Sunnah as the Normative Matrix of Islamic Culture and Society

Insights, Vol.1, No.3

Spring 2009

Basmalah: Some Reflections

Insights

Winter 2009

    

 (C)  Work Completed - UNPUBLISHED

 

(i)                 From Empiricism to Normatism: Towards Sociology of Islam (pp.344).

(ii)               Contribution of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi to Islamic Thought in the Sub-continent.

(iii)             English translation with annotation and introduction to the long prologue to al-Tahrir Wal Tanvir by Shaikh Ibn ‘Ashur, a prominent Tunisian writer of Tafsir.

 

14.       SEMINARS/CONFERENCES ATTENDED AND ACADEMIC VISITS UNDERTAKEN

 

Ø              National Congress for the Promotion of Arabic held at the University of Karachi under the patronage of the President of Pakistan in April 1974. Contributed a paper entitled: ‘Practical Dimensions of the Promotion of Arabic Studies in Pakistan’ (Urdu).

 

Ø                  International Conference of Muslim Scholars held in March 1980. Topic of the paper presented in this Conference was: ‘Crime and Punishment in Islamic Shariah’ (English).

 

Ø                  14th Seminar on Islamic Thought held in Algiers in August 1980. Contributed a paper entitled: `Dimensions of Islamic Da’wah and our Intellectual Realities Today’ (Arabic).

 

Ø                  Visit to the Vatican City: On the invitation of late Cardinal Jean Jadot, he visited Vatican in June 1981. In this visit, he attended a number of round table discussions with leading scholars of Christianity alongwith three other Pakistani scholars including Dr. Mahmood A. Ghazi. These discussions were focused on Christian-Muslim Understanding.

 

Ø           16th Seminar on Islamic Thought held in Constantine, Algeria in July 1983. Read a Paper on: ‘Collective exercise of Ijtihad in the present times’ (Arabic).

 

Ø                International Seminar on Islamic Solidarity for World Peace held at Islamabad in September 1984 under the aegis of World Muslim Congress, and inaugurated by the President of Pakistan.  Read a paper on ‘The Role of Governments in the Achievement of Civilizational Objectives’ (Arabic).

 

Ø          National Science Conference organized by Islamia University Bahawalpur in December 1982.  Read a paper on `The Evolution of Neo-Scholastics in Islam’ (Urdu).

 

Ø                  Assembly of the World’s Religions held at New Jersy, USA, in November 1985 under the auspices of the International Religious Foundation. Presented a paper entitled: `Growing profanity in our lives — Impact of Secularity — An Islamic Point of View’ (English).

 

Ø                  International Conference on the Problem of evil, held in Seoul, Korea from 27th April, 1994 to 3rd May, 1994 under the auspices of International Religious Foundation, U.S.A. Presented a paper entitled: `The Problem of Evil — An Islamic Approach’.

 

Ø                  International Visitor Programme of U.S.A. He undertook a four week long tour of six major states/cities of U.S.A. in August-September 1996, on the invitation of USIS. In this tour, he visited the following leading universities in the U.S.A.: George Washington University, Georgetown University, Memphis University (Tennysee), Washington University (Saint Louis), Saint Louis University, Boston University, Harvard University, Chicago University and Catholic University (Washington D.C.). During these visits he held round table discussions with the Faculty members specialized in Islamic studies about their academic plans related to research and instruction in Islamic Studies.

 

Ø                  Annual Convention of Islamic Society of North America, 29th August-1st September 1996. Presented two papers, one in the plenary session (the audience numbered 10,000 participants) and the other in a regular session. The topics of the papers were:

 

(i)                 ‘The Early Madinan Model of Society And State’.

(ii)               ‘The Problem of Contemporary Family’ — An Islamic Response’.

 

Ø         International Seminar on Muslim perceptions of the West and Western Perceptions of the Muslims, held in Islamabad in October 1997 under the joint auspices of IRI and Georgetown University, USA. Presented a paper on: ‘A Critique of Western Approach to the Understanding of Islam’.

 

Ø                  National Seminar on Hadith in the Subcontinent December 2003.  Presented a paper: Shah Wali Allah’s Concept of ‘Peel and Core in Hadith Sciences’.

 

Ø                International Seminar on Sirah Islamia University, Bahawalpur, 1999, presented a paper on the contribution of the Prophet to statecraft.

 

Ø               International Cultural Week Seminar of the International Islamic University April 1999, presented a paper on “Islamic Critique of the Theory of Clash of Civilizations”.

 

Ø                  International Cultural Week Seminar of the International Islamic University, April 2000.  Presented a paper: ‘Terms of Engaging in Intellectual Discourse with the Modern Academia’.

 

Ø           International seminar on Shah Wali Allah, Aligarh Muslim University, India, March 2001.  Presented a paper on the ‘Contribution of the Magnum Opus of Shah Wali Allah to Islamic Thought’.  Also presided over the first working session and delivered presidential address on the significance of Shah Wali Allah’s magnum opus entitles Hujjat Allah al-Balighah.

 

Ø           Participated in 3 workshops on Islamic research organised by Allama Iqbal Open University for its M.Phil students as a resource person, in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

 

Ø                  Seminar on the Contribution of Shah Wali Allah Dihlavi to Islamic Thought, organized by International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 2003. Presented the Main Paper entitled: ‘Contribution of Shah Wali Allah to Islamic Thought in the Sub-Continent of India’.

 

Ø           International Conference on Future of Islam in Asia, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, September 21-23, 2003. Presented a paper entitled: “Islam: A Religion of Peace and Harmony”. However, travel to Canada had to be cancelled at the last minute due to his illness. This paper was read by someone else on behalf of Dr. Ghazali.

 

Ø                  International Conference on the ‘Terms for a Fruitful Dialogue’, organized by the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Algeria, 22-25 March 2003. Presented a paper: “Islamic View of Dialogue with Others” (Arabic). He had to cancel the travel to Algiers to attend the Conference due to the outbreak of Iraq War resulting in the cancellation of certain flights.  The paper was included in the proceedings of the Conference.

 

Ø       International Seminar on Waqf jointly organized by International Waqf Foundation, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and International Institute of Islamic Economics, International Islamic University, Islamabad.  Read a paper on the ‘socio-cultural significance of Waqf’ and presented comments as a discussant on the paper: ‘Waqf and a Plan for its Revival in South Asia’ by Professor Manzur Alam, Director, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, India, December 2003.

Ø               One day Seminar on the State of Islamic Education in Gulf Universities, organized by Qatar Foundation, February 2014. Presented a paper on the need to promote genius in Islam.

 

15.       MEMBERSHIP OF LEARNED BODIES

Ø        Quarterly Member, Editorial Board of Intellectual Discourse, Research Journal of the international Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1991-1993).

Ø            Member, Academic Council, International Islamic University (1999- to date).

Ø      Member, Board of Studies for Islamic Studies, Islamic University, Bahawalpur (1995-1999).

Ø         Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Usuluddin, International Islamic University, Islamabad, (to date).

Ø     Member, Board of Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University, Islamabad, (to date).

Ø    Member, Board of Studies, Department of Education, International Islamic University, Islamabad, (to date).

Ø      Member, Board of Studies for Arabic, Bahauddin Zakariyya University, Multan, (1999-2001).

Ø          Member, Foreign Teacher’s Promotion Committee, International Islamic University, Islamabad, (2000 - 2006).

Ø          Member, Executive Committee of International Institute of Islamic Thought (U.S.A.) Pakistani Chapter, (1989-2003).

Ø         Member, International Board of Experts, Qatar Centre for Muslim Contribution to     Human Civilization (since Feb. 2014).

 

16.       PROFICIENCY IN LANGUAGES

Ø                  Arabic:  read, write and speak

Ø                  English:  read, write and speak

Ø                  Urdu:  read, write and speak

Ø                  Persian:  read only

Ø                  French:  speak

 

15.       ACADEMIC JOURNEYS

 A.        In the course of his academic career, Dr. Muhammad al-Ghazali visited the following countries: India, Thailand, Singapore, Syria, Algeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, U.K. France, Netherlands, Czech Republic, USA, Libya, Lebanon and Qatar.

 

  B.              TRAVEL WITH EMINENT SCHOLARS

 Dr. Muhammad al-Ghazali had been blessed with a rare opportunity to travel within the country and abroad, with some of the most outstanding scholars of our time e.g. late Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah, late Dr. Ihsan Haqqi, late Mr. A.K. Brohi, late Dr. Mustafa al-Zarqa, late Dr. Ismail Faruqi, late Shaikh Muhammad al-Ghazali, Muhammad Sallam Madkour, Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, late Shaikh Muhammad Sa‘id al-Tantavi, the former Shaikh of al-Azhar, late Professor Abdel-Wahhab al-Messiri, and late Dr. Ma‘ruf al-Dawalibi.  These precious occasions afforded him an extremely rewarding opportunity to sit at the feet of these great luminaries and partake some of their knowledge and wisdom.

 

16.       REFERENCES:

 

1)         Prof. Dr. Malik Badri,

University Professor of Psychology,

International Islamic University,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

2)         Prof. S. Parvez Manzoor,

            Professor Emiratus, Stockholm University, Sweden,

            Editor, Muslim world Book Review,

            Leicester, U. K.

 

3)         Prof. Kamal Hassan,

            University Professor & former Rector

International Islamic University

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

 

 

 
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