Allamah Ehsan Elahi Zaheer
BIOGRAPHY OF ALLAMAH EHSAN ELAHI ZAHEER (raheemullah)
He was born on Thursday the 31st May 1945 corresponding to 18 Jumada al-Oolaa 1364H of the Islamic calendar in the City of Sialkot in Pakistan.
His Education and Studies
He studied at Jamia Islamiyyah Gujranwala and at Jamia Salafiyyah in Faisalabad before leaving to study abroad at the prestigious University of Madina in Saudi Arabia. After graduating from the department of Shariah he returned to his country and pursued further education and received his Masters in Arabic, Islamic Studies, Urdu and Farsi.
He was taught by some of the major scholars of this century, amongst them were:
Shaikh Muhammad Amin Shanqiti,
Shaikh al-Muhadith al-Allama Nasir-ud-Din al-Albani
Shaikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Baaz
Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbad
Shaikh Abdul-Qadir Haybatul-Hamd
Shaikh-ul-Hadith Abul-Barkat Ahmad
Shaikh-ul-Hadith Hafidh Muhammad Ghondalwi,
Shaikh Atiyyah Muhammad Salim
His Efforts in Da'wah and Trials
He wrote a weekly editorial in the magazine Ahle-Hadith which was set up by the great Shaikh Sanaullah Amritsari.
The people of innovation raised false allegations of murder against him, which he was free of and he had to bear these trials and was poisoned for a while. He began giving the weekly khutbahs in the large central mosque in Lahore called Chinyawali, people from far would travel just to come and listen to him.
He travelled extensively around the world for Dawah purposes and delivered lectures in Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, England, Yugoslavia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, America, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
He authored many famous works, amongst which are:
-ash-Shia Was-Sunnah [refutation]
-ash-Shia Wa-Ahlul-Bayt [refutation]
-ash-Shia Wal-Qur'aan [which includes over 12,000 narrations of the Shia]
-ash-Shia wat-TaShia [refutation]
-Baynash-Shia Wa Ahlus-Sunnah [refutation]
-at-Tassawuf al-Mansha Wal-Masadir [refutation of the Sufis]
-A explanation of Kitaab al-Wasilah by Shaikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah
-Saffar Hijaaz & many many more.
Shaikh Ehsan Elahi had also planned to write refutations on the Christians, Jews and Hindus but died before ever having a chance to do so. Before his death he was working on a refutation on the Deobandis, which he never completed.
During his final year of study at Madina University, Shaikh bin Baaz asked him to deliver lectures, which is a very rare achievement amongst the students of knowledge studying at the university. During this time his book al-Qadiyaniyyah was also to be printed in Madina. Ehsan Elahi however wanted to include on the book Graduate of Madina University' but at that time he had not actually graduated. He went to see Shaikh bin Baaz who was at that time the chancellor of Madina University, Shaikh bin Baaz agreed and granted him permission to do so. Ehsan Elahi then asked the Shaikh What if I fail my degree? to which Shaikh bin Baaz replied, I will close the University.
He died on 30th March 1987 after spending 22 hours in the Riyadh hospital. Shaikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz (rahimullah) whilst crying abundantly, led his funeral prayer in Riyadh.
It was one of the most historical funerals ever prayed in Riyadh that included countless scholars and students of knowledge. The second janaza was prayed inside the Prophets Mosque in Madina, led by the Imam of the Holy Mosque. People in there thousands attended the funeral, after which his body was taken to the Baqi graveyard where he was laid to rest.
Allamah Ehsan Elahi Zaheer died as a result of a bomb blast inside a mosque in Lahore on the 23rd of March 1987, whilst delivering a speech on the Seerah of the Prophet (sal-allaahualayhi wa sallam). His contemporary Shaikh Habib ur Rahman Yazdani (raheemullah) also died as a result of the blast.
Undoubtedly Shaikh Allamah Ehsan Elahi Zaheer was a great mountain of knowledge who did a great service to this ummah by refuting many of the deviant sects and groups that have risen in this ummah. His powerful fiery historic speeches were responsible for thousends of people leaving shirk and bidah and following the way of the Ahlul-Hadith.
May Allah have mercy upon him. Ameen.