Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf Husseinpour was a senior Iranian Sunni scholar in Baluchistan, a social reformer and activist and a knowledgeable personality, struggled for Sunnis’ rights in Iran and dedicated his whole life to serve knowledge and society. He was the founder of the Coordination Council of Sunni Seminaries in Sistan-Balochistan, Iran.
Sayyed Muhammad Yusuf Husseinpour was son of Sayyed Muhammad Kareem who was son of martyr Sayyed Ghulam Muhammad son of Sayyed Mohammad Noor. This family’s root reaches to the grandson of the prophet, peace be upon him, Imam Hussain. They are famous for taking part in reform activities and Da’wah.
The brightest face of this family was Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Goshti, known as Hazrat Sahib. He was the son of Sayyed Mawlana Ghulam Muhammad and uncle of Shaikh-ul-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf.
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf was born in 1349 Hijri in Gosht District of Saravan County in Sistan-Baluchistan, Iran. He lost his father when he was a child. Later his mother passed away after two years. Shaikh-ul-Hadith had said that he was remembering his mother only as much as his mother was praying for his success and he felt the impact of his mother’s prayer in his life.
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf grew up under supervision of his uncle.
He attended four classes in elementary school. When the seminary of Aynol-Uloom Gosht\Saravan was founded by his uncle Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Shah, he studied basic books at that Seminary.
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf traveled to Pakistan with his uncle’s consultation for higher education in the early years of Pakistan’s independence. He studied one year in Teydi of Sindh province; then he joined Darululoom Seminary of Tando Allahyar, Sindh, where the great scholars of Darululoom Deoband were gathered for teaching; he studied there for three years.
In 1373 Hijri, he joined Qasim-ul-Uloom Seminary of Multan where he completed his Islamic education. At that time, Mawlana Mousa Khan Bazi was his classmate; they were forty students.
In 1374 A.H. Shaikh-u-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf got his specialization in Hadith from Jamia Binnuria Al-Alamia of Karachi.
He learned the interpretation and translation of the Holy Qur’an from Mawlana Abdullah Darkhwasti, the ex-Amir of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Pakistan and one of the eminent scholars of Pakistan, died in 1994.
- Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Goshti called Hazrat Sahib;
- Shaikh-ul-Hadith Mawlana Abdullah Darkhwasti;
- Mawlana Sayyed Muhammad Yusuf Binori;
- Shaikh-ul-Hadith Mawlana Abdul-Khaliq Multani;
- Mufti Mahmoud (father of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman);
- Mawlana Badr Alam Meerathi;
- Mawlana Abdur-Rashid Nu’mani;
- Mawlana Ishfaq-ur-Rahman Kandehlvi
- Mawlana Abdol-Haqq Nafe’;
- Mawlana Abdol-Aziz Kamilpouri.
Social and religious activities
When Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf Husseinpour was about to complete his studies in Pakistan, Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Goshti commanded him to return back to Iran after completing studies; he obeyed the order and requested Mawlana Binori to allow him to return home. Mawlana Binori first opposed his request of return to Iran, then he agreed when he realized that Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf Husseinpour was commanded by Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Goshti to return.
Mawlana Sayyed Abdul-Wahed Goshti appointed him as principal of Aynol-Uloom seminary of Gosht, Saravan. He was president and rector of the Seminary for sixty four years.
The first graduation ceremony of Baluchistan seminaries was held by Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf in 1390 Hijri in Aynol-Uloom Gosht where the great scholars of the that time took part in the ceremony such as Mawlana Abdol-Aziz, Mawlana Muhammad Omar Sarbazi, Mawlana Shahdad Saravani and other famous Ulama.
Shaikh-ul-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf was the founder of the Coordination Council of Baluchistan seminaries. He provided his services as Secretary General of the Coordination Council of Sunni Seminaries until he passed away.
He was a senior advisor to Mawlana Abdol-Aziz, the founder of Darululoom Zahedan and member of the Assembly of Experts for the Constitution. Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf accompanied Mawlana Abdol-Aziz in his trips to Tehran and he was engaged in demanding a masque for Sunnis in Tehran.
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf was a high intellectual personality who made efforts in scientific, political and social grounds. Actually he was a knowledgeable authority of Sunnis in Iran especially in Baluchistan. He resolved disputes and ended tribal and social differences with tolerance and patience.
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf used to prefer simple life, avoid fame, wear ordinary clothes, serve guests with condescending, as well as he was farming personally. He opposed injustice, told the truth, respected students, appreciated scholars, served the nation, did his personal works personally, recited the Holy Qur’an continuously and spent nights in prayer.
Shaikh-ul-Hadith used to teach carefully and explain the texts in simple words. He used to make students understand in easy way and describe the historical events as if he was present on the scene.
He could explain the book for two hours without leaning on pillow.
His position among scholars
Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf was known as Shaikh-ul -Hadith and Ustaz-ul-Ulama/ teacher of the scholars. He was teaching jurisprudence (Fiqh), Hadith, and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an for nearly half a century. A numerous number of scholars in the country and province are his students, directly or indirectly.
In 1430 Hijri, Jamia Islamia Binnuria of Karachi held a celebration to honor his scientific position.
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Osmani has said that Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf was one of the most beloved scholars in the region.
Mawlana Sayyed Abdol-Wahed Goshti and Mawlana Abdol-Aziz loved him too much. They always praised him.
The books which were translated from Urdu into Persian:
- Tafseer of Ma’arif-ul-Qur’an, written by Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Osmani, the ex-Grand Mufti of Pakistan.
- Seerat-ul-Khulafa, written by Abdol-Shakoor Farooqi Lakhnawi.
- Anwar-ul-Bari, Urdu explanation of Sahih Bukhari, written by Mawlana Anwar Shah Kashmiri and some other scholars.
- “Story of my friendship with Mawlana Maudoodi”; the Persian edition of the book has not been published yet.
- Uloom-ul-Qur’an written by Mawlana Shams-ul- Haqq Afghani; it is the compilation of unfinished translation of Mawlana Shahdad Saravani.
The books which were translated from Arabic to Persian:
- Hujjatullah Al-Balighah authored by Shah Waliullah Dehlawi.
- Drugs in Islamic Jurisprudence; authored by Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Ahmad Al-Tayyar.
He passed away after a heart sugary in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday evening, 9 Oct. 2017. Once a group of scholars and students offered funeral prayers on him in Karachi and then his body was shifted to Iran. He was buried next to Ayn-ul-Uloom Gosht in a general graveyard.
May Allah bless his soul and give him place in paradise.
Translated into English by: SunniOnline English