Karam Shah al-Azhari

Karam Shah al-Azhari

Justice Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, was a Spiritual Leader and belongs to Silsila Chistiya and an Sunni Islamic scholar from Pakistan; a towering figure, he also served as a Judge of the "Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan" and "Shariat Appellate Bench" of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

He belongs to the descendants of Hazrat Baha-ud-Din Zakariya of Multan, who in turn was related to the Arab Habbari dynasty of Sindh, Habbari Sadat a sub tribe of Hashemite. Majority of their descendent settled in khushab. Muhammad Karam Shah began his education with the Quran and its memorization in his home village of Bhera, Sargodha. He did his basic primary education from 1925 to 1929 at Muhammadiyya Ghawthiyya Primary School. He completed his mastriculation at Governent High School Bhera in 1936.

He studied various Islamic disciplines from different ulamas, scholars and teachers during 1936 to 1941.

Muhammad Karam Shah enrolled in the Oriental College Lahore in 1941 for the "Fadil Arabi" course, which is equivalent to the modern day bachelor degree. He completed his degree securing first division and also took top position in that batch 
 in Punjab. 

Karam Shah took the course ‘Dawra-i Hadith’ under Shaykh Naeemm-ud-Din Muradabadi and completed in 1943. He completed his graduation in English from University of the Punjab in 1945.

He moved to Egypt in 1951 for study and in September enrolled at the University of Al-Azhar. During his study in Al-Azhar, he also enrolled in the Cairo University next year. At the University of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Karam Shah studied for his Master of Philosphy degree in the faculty of Law and Jurisprudence and the title of his thesis was ‘al-Hudud fi’l-Islam’, which was supervised by Dr. Ayyub Ali. At Cairo University,

He began his judicial career in June, 1981 at the Federal Sharia Court. Muhammad Karam Shah worked Federal Sharia Court for about one year and couple of months.

Muhammad Karam Shah founded the ‘al-Ghawthiyya Girls College’ in 1990 to cater for the educational and Islamic needs of the muslim females in that part of the world. 

Muhammad Karam Shah was awarded the "Decoration of Honor" by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on 6th March, 1993.

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