ARABIC- MAKHDOOM MUHAMMAD HASHİM THATWİ SİNDHİ: HIS WORKS AND SCHOLARLY SERVİCES FOR QURAN AND HADİTH
مخدوم محمد هاشم التتوي السندي: جهوده و آثاره العلمية في خدمة القرآن والسنة
There have been many scholars in every age of Islamic history who devoted their lives for the propagation of Islam. They accepted the challenges of their time and defended Islam very well by presenting the true teachings of Islam. We know many of these scholars and their works but there are still some whose works are kept within private libraries. Makhdoom Muhammad Hashim Thatwi is one of these scholars who left a vast treasure of writings about various subjects of Islamic sciences. However, he is not known to the academic world to the extent he deserves. He was born in Thatta in 1104/1692 and was contemporaneous with Shah Waliullah al-Dehlawi (1703-1762 A.D). In this article, we introduce Sheikh al-Thatwi and explore his academic stature by discussing services rendered by him, especially towards the Quran and Hadith which are the two basic pillars of Islamic Ideology. Only his services towards Quran & Hadith have been focused on within this article because his work was diverse and cannot be completely discussed in one article. The purpose of the study was to highlight his legacy and draw the attention of scholars to the hidden treasure left by him in the form of books. It was concluded that Sheikh al-Thatwi was a great scholar who defended Islam against the threats of his time, removed misconceptions about Islam and presented true teachings of Islam. This paper shows that his strenuous work for both the Quran & Hadith is simply unique and unprecedented.