Khurram Murad was born in Bhopal, India in 1932, and migrated to Pakistan in 1948. He studied civil engineering at the University of Karachi (BEng. 1952), securing 1st place in the University, and went on to study in the University of Minnesota (USA) (MSc. 1958), he worked as a leading consulting engineer in Karachi, Dhaka, Tehran and Riyadh.
Associated Consulting Engineers Ltd., with which he worked as a chief engineer and resident director, was responsible for the initial design and electrification of the extension of the Masjid al-Haram, Makkah and Khurram Murad played an important role in the formulation and implementation of the plans for extension of the Haram.
Khurram Murad's whole life, from early boyhood to his last moment, was dedicated to the service of the Islamic movement . He was initiated in the Jamaat-e-Islami, Bhopal, as a student and joined Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba, Pakistan, immediately after his arrival in Karachi in November 1948.
In the Jamiat he served as the President of the Karachi unit (1949-50) and as its Nazim-e-A'la (All Pakistan President) during 1951- 1952. After the conclusion of his student career, he joined the Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan and served as its Amir at the important cities of Dhaka (1963-71), and Lahore (1987-89), as a member of Central Shura (working Committee) and 'Amila (Executive Committee) (1963-1996) and as its Naib Amir (Vice-President) (1987-1996).
In 1992, he was appointed editor of the monthly Tarjumanal Qur'an, Lahore, the journal founded by Mawlana Abul A'la Mawdudi in 1932 and which has been the chief pace- setter for the Islamic movement in the Indo-Pak subcontinent.
Khurram Murad occupies a place of distinction in the intellectual firmament of contemporary Islam. A thinker, an orator and a prolific writer, he has been one of the architects of current Islamic resurgence. While his da'wah activities began in Pakistan, he has been involved in the promotion of the Islamic movement in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. As a teacher and a da'iyah his speeches and thoughtful orations have inspired thousands of young men and women all over the world.
As chief of the training departments of the Jamiat, the Jamaat and as an active resource-person in training programmes in the UK and America, he played a key role in the character-building of the youth in the Islamic Movement.
He also served as the Director General of the Leicester-based Islamic Foundation (www.islamic-foundation.org.uk) and was a household name among British Muslims throughout the seventies and eighties.
An author of over thirty works in Urdu and English, his thoughts have influenced two generations of Muslims all the world over.
"Inter-Personal Relations in an Islamic Movement" (Urdu),
"Way to the Qur'an,"
"Islamic Movement in the West: Reflections on Some Issues,"
"Shari'ah: The Way to God" and "Shari'ah: The Way to Justice,"
"Key to al-Baqarah",
"Gifts from Muhammad," (forthcoming),
"Who is Muhammad" (forthcoming),
are some of his major works. As a translator and interpreter of Mawlana Mawdudi, Khurram Murad has made his mark.
"Let us be Muslims,"
"Islamic Movement: Dynamics of Values, Power and Change,"
and "The Islamic Way of Life," (with Khurshid Ahmad)
are his major contributions. He also edited Mawlana Abul
Hasan Ali Nadwi'spioneering work, "Muslims in the West: Message and the Mission." Khurram also wrote over half a dozen books for children, edited and directed a video on "The Life of the Prophet Muhammad," and
contributed dozens of scholarly articles to different journals
and magazines. Over four hundred audio and video cassettes
of Khurram Murad are in circulation in Pakistan and different
parts of the Muslim World.
Khurram Murad was involved in Islamic da'wah and inter-faith dialogue in the West for the last twenty years. In this connection, he addressed dozens of conferences and seminars. His contributions in initiating and promoting strategic thinking on da'wah issues in Muslim countries as well as in countries where Muslims are in a minority have been immense.
As a leader of the Islamic Movement of Pakistan, which struggled for the democratic rights of the people, he was detained in prison without trial in 1964 in Dhaka for three months and was also a Prisoner of War for almost three years in India after the fall of Dhaka in December 1971.
His death came on Thursday 19th December 1996 (9th Sha'ban 1417 AH) at the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.
Courtesy: Prof. Khurshid Ahmed, The Islamic Foundation, Leicester