Maulana Abdul Majid Daryabadi (16 March 1892 – 6 January 1977) was an Indian Muslim writer and exegete of the Qur’an. Daryabadi was actively associated with the Khilafat Movement; Royal Asiatic Society, London; Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Nadwatul Ulema, Lucknow; Shibli Academy, Azamgarh, and several other leading Islamic and literary organisations. In addition to contributing an extensive commentary on the Qur’an in English, Daryabadi wrote also an independent Tafsir in Urdu published as Tafsir Majidi (Academy of Islamic Research and Publications, Lucknow). He also authored book Hakeem -ul- Ummat in 1950. He also authored biography named Muhammad Ali Zati Diary in 1943.
He was born in Daryabad, Barabanki district of India in the Qidwai family. His grandfather Mufti Mazhar Kareem was sentenced to Andaman Islands for signing a fatwa against the British Raj.
He obtained his BA(Hons) in Philosophy from Canning College, Lucknow in 1912. In his academic career, he edited the Urdu weekly Sach and then Sidq (1925–76). Amin Ahsan Islahi, another Indo-Pak Muslim scholar, also worked with him on his weekly newspaper, Sach. For higher studies, MA Philosophy, he joined the then MAO College and then went to St Stephen’s College of Delhi, but because of his financial crisis, he could not complete the course. His first book in English, The Psychology of Leadership, was published by Louis Fisher, London in 1913.
Since childhood, he took great interest in reading a variety of books and writing articles. His first article was published in an Urdu daily, Wakeel Amritsar at the young age of nine years. Philosophy, logic and psychology were his favourite subjects. He studied several books of Orientalists and under their influence, became sceptical of religion and called himself a “rationalist”. For almost nine years, he remained away from religion but repented and became a devout Muslim.
He came in contact with the great Muslim scholar, Shibli Nomani and assisted him in the composition of Sirat-un-Nabi. He developed friendship with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Syed Sulaiman Nadwi, Muhammad Ali Jouhar, Akbar Allahbadi and many prominent literary figures. He wrote more than fifty books on the Quran, the life of Prophet Muhammad, travelogues, philosophy and psychology. He also penned biographies, literary and critical essays, hosted radio talks and also translated a number of books into chaste Urdu in accordance with the Lucknow School of writing.
Following is the list of books authored by Daryabadi listed at The Universal Digital Library:
Falsafa e Ijtima Yani Jamaat Ki Dimaghi Zindagi Ki Tamseel Wa Tashrih
Language: Urdu, Year: 1915, Subject: Philosophy, Psychology, 258 pgs
Falsafa e Jazbat
Language: Urdu, Year: 1920, Subject: Philosophy, Psychology, 264 pgs
Feeh Ma Feeh Malfuzat Muhammad Jalaluddin Rumi Wa Tabsira
Language: Persian, Year: 1928, Subject: Religion, Theology, 302 pgs
Mardaun Ki Seemaee
Language: Urdu, Year: 1943, Subject: Language, Linguistics, Literature, 310 pgs
Mazameen Abdul Majid Darya Badi
Language: Urdu, Year: 1943, Subject: Language, Linguistics, Literature, 260 pgs
Muhammad Ali Zati Diary
Language: Urdu, Year: 1943, Subject: Geography, Biography, History, 194 pgs
Tafseer e Quran (Tafseer e Majidi) Vol 1
Language: Urdu, Year: 1968, Subject: Religion, Theology, 810 pgs
Tafseer e Quran (Tafseer e Majidi) Vol 2
Language: Urdu, Year: 1996, Subject: Religion, Theology, 860 pgs
Tafseer e Quran (Tafseer e Majidi) Vol 3
Language: Urdu, Year: 2000, Subject: Religion, Theology, 530 pgs
Wafiyat e Majdi Ya Nashri Marsiye
Language: Urdu, Year: 1975, Subject: Language, Linguistics, Literature, 250 pgs
Muhammad Ali Zati Diary
Language: Urdu, Year: 1943, Subject: Religion, Theology, 192 pgs
Following is the list of books authored by Daryabadi listed at ‘Islamic Books Library’:
Tafseer – e – Majidi
Tafseer – e – Majidi – English
Bashriyyat -e- Ambiya [A.S] Hakeem -ul- Ummat
Mutalaa-e-Quran: Beesween Sadi Mae