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Published on 17 May 2012 | over 6 years ago

From the Khatme Nubuwat Conference 2012, Croydon. A short clip from Shaykh Abdur Raheem's speech.

Hazrat Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari Rahimullah (September 23, 1892 - August 21, 1961), was a Muslim Pakistani scholar, religious and senior political leader. He was one of the Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam's founding members. He learned the Qur'an by heart from his father Hafiz Syed Ziauddinat the age of 10.

He began his career as a religious preacher in a small mosque in Amritsar, and taught the Holy Quran for the next 40 years. He became one of the best reciters of the Qur'an of his time.He started his religious and political career in 1916. His speeches were entertaining, eloquent, lucid and full of witty anecdots and stories from Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Punjabi, and Multani. He graphically portrayed the sorrows and sufferings of the poor, and would promise his audience that the end of their sufferings would come about with the end of British rule in India.

He was an exceptional leader who travelled across the length and breadth of the country yet never made any statements to the press. He delivered a stirring speech at the Khilafat Conference held at Amritsar in December 1919. As the first step of his political career, he began to participate in the movements of the Indian National Congress in 1921 from Kolkata and here again he delivered a very impressive and impassioned speech. Soon his popularity soared high, and turned him into a known leader, though he was arrested on 27 March 1921 because of that speech. He believed in attaining independence through non-violent and constitutional means, and as an active Indian National Congress member, toured the country, often purporting to be an emissary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He combined his politics with missionary zeal, and followed the injunctions of Quran as a devotee throughout his life. He became an eyesore to the administration, and an official view about him said: "Ata Ullah Shah is a man, who it is better to lock up in jail, away from Congress leaders than to parley with. He has spent a considerable part of his life preaching sedition. He is an amusing apeaker, who can influence a crowd."

He created the All India Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam with Maulana Mazhar Ali Azhar, Chaudhry Afzal Haq, Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, Sheikh Hissam-ud-Din, Master Taj-uj-Din Ansari and Maulana Zafar Ali Khan in December 29, 1929. Due to his significant role in this movement the important religious figures choose him as the Ameer-e-Shariat in 1930. He was also the founding father of Majlis-e-Ahrar, Indian nationalist Muslim political movement in India. He led a movement against Qadianis and held a Ahrar Tableegh Conference at Qadian in 21--23 of October 1934.

He was a central figure in the Khatme Nabuwwat Movement of 1953, which demanded that government of Pakistan declare the Qadianis as non-Muslims. He died on August 21, 1961. A crowd of above 200,000 attended his Janazah in Multan.
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