Professor Nadir Ali Khan Aligarh Islamic scholar and urdu writer

Prof Nadir Ali Khan was born on 16 June 1931 in Ratauli in Bagpath district of Western U.P. into a family of Islamic scholars. He was appointed as reader in Aligarh Muslim University, 

During his services he refused to apply for professorship. That is thrift. Contemporaries insisted but he held fort.

That is the standard the Elders set. If I can sustain my family with the salary of a Reader then I shall not apply for the post of a Professor, they seem to say. No attachment to the honour that comes with a higher academic post.

Khan journeyed to acquaint himself with the centres of Islamic importance in India, where he met Sheikh ul-Hadith Muhammad Zakariya al-Kandahlawi (1898-1982) and the reformer Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Kandhalawi, from whom he learned dawah and reformation.


Khan is a prolific writer in Urdu. Perhaps his best-known work is A history in Urdu Journalism (1822-1857) (1991), which examines newspapers from nine different cities.

His works are part of the syllabi in various universities, and several have been translated into English.  He prepared grounds for the utilization of journalistic literature for the reconstruction of the cultural history of India during the 19th century.

Present Stay

Dr Nadir Ali Khan spends most of his time in Nizamuddin Markaz (Head Quarter) of (Tablighi ) Jama-at, Bangle Wali Masjid (Bungalow Mosque), Do Chhatti (Double Roof).

Although he is not Alim. His talk remain full of Quranic Ayahs and Ahadith with his unique style he is a very good orator.

He was part of Jamaat in America which got an accident and two brothers got shahadah.Professor Nadir Ali Khan returned with crutches on both leg, But now you cant recognise him. Even at age of 80 he is Alhamdulillah with good voice and health.May Allah give barkah in his health and life.

Due to his sermons and simple and modest lifestyle, Dr Nadir Ali Khan commands respect from Muslims all over the world.

He has a simple, eloquent and distinctive style of explaining the purpose of human life and its creation and often uses scientific examples to support his argument.

He sometimes speaks with speed and some times slowly. There are also moments of meaningful silence. Sometimes he cajoles the audience in a deliberately chosen local dialect but at other occasion the Urdu is really chaste. In the spurt of a moment the speech rises to extremely high levels of rhetoric (balaghat).

You get the impression that the speaker must be a scholar of rather high stature. You also get the impression that the author has put the best of his abilities in the service of Lord Most High.

His untiring efforts brought real Islamic values in the lives of many Muslims.