Mujad-did-e-Maslak-e-Ahle Sunnat, ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool, Khateeb-e-A’zam Pakistan Reviver of the True Sunni path, Passionate Lover of the Beloved Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam), The Greatest Orator of Pakistan.
HAZRAT MAULANA MUHAMMAD SHAFEE OKARVI Rahmatul Laahi ‘Alaieh (May Allaah have mercy on him) Brief outline of his Biography
(Maulana Haafiz) Muhammad Shafee Okarvi Father’s Name 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.Date of Birth (2 Ramadaan ul Mubaarak 1348 A.H) February 2, 1930 Place of Birth Khem Karan, East Punjab (India).Education Middle school, and in religious education completed Dars-e-Nizaami and courses of Hadees-o-Tafseer.
Discipleship and Allegiance Shaiekh-ul-Mashaaikh Hazrat Peer Miyaan Ghulaam-ul-laah Saahib Sharq Puri (May Allaah have mercy on him) known as Saani Saahib Qiblah, younger brother Shayr-e-Rabbaani A’laa Hazrat Miyaan Shayr Muhammad Saahib Sharq Puri (May Allaah have mercy on him) (Silsilah Aaliyah Naqsh Bandiyah Mujadi-di-yah). (Hazrat Miyaan Shayr Muhammad Saahib Sharq Puri (May Allaah have mercy on him) had given the good news to Haaji Miyaan Karam Ilaahi about the Maulana’s excellences and perfection before his birth. His parents had also viewed and mentioned auspicious dreams.
- In 1947 after migrating from India he came to Okara and with his father built Masjid Ghausiyah in the town Okara.
- The 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.
- Started addressing Friday prayer at Jaame Masjid Muhaajireen, Montgomery, (Sahiwal) and remained as the head of the Islaamiyaat Section at Birla High School, Okara.
- 1952-53 the honorable Maulana took active part in the tahreek-e-Khatm-e-Nubuwwat (Finality of Prophethood Movement) only for the respect and sovereignty of Saiyyid-ul-‘Aalameen (the Master of the Universes), Khatmi-e-Martabat (the Last Prophet) Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam.
The honorable Maulana replied; “I have worked for the respect and honor of the Holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam) and it is my belief that the Holy Prophet Saiyyidinaa Muhammad (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam) is the Last Prophet of Allaah Ta’aalaa, therefore; the question of asking for apology does not even arise. The children have passed away; even if my life is also taken away I will still remain steadfast on my belief and will not ask for any apology.” On this reply the Government became very furious, and more hardships were given to him. Therefore; under Section 3 he was kept in lockup and there were more restrictions and strictness even on visitations etc. Till the end he tolerated all the troubles with patience and steadfastness.
During his stay in Okara, the honorable Maulana always prominently participated in holy, religious, national, and social welfare activities.In 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.
After 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.
In 1972 the honorable 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 masjid for the last 100 years and started honorary Khitaabat. Established its trust, by the name of Gulzar-e-Habeeb(Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam) Trust.The honorable 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.Every night regularly for forty years, the honorable Maulana addressed religious gatherings. His academic qualification, beauty of describing, melodiousness and the quality of oration were very unique and therefore; loved by every heart. In every congregation there would be a gathering of thousands and millions of people.In the month of Muharram-ul-Haraam the largest religious gathering in the country on the eve of Shab-e-‘Aashuur (10th night of Muharram) would be the congregation of oration by the honorable Maulana. There is hardly any area in Pakistan where the honorable Maulana had not satisfied hearts and souls with his oration.For the preaching of religion and the true Sunni path, the honorable 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.The honorable 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:On 16th October 1962, in the area of Khadda Market in Karachi, under a conspiracy due to conflicting beliefs some people merely being the victims of prejudice did brutal assassination attack on the honorable Maulana Okarvi with knives and daggers during his speech, due to which he received very serious wounds on his neck, shoulders, head and back.