His name and lineage:
Ali Abu Al Hasan ibn `Abdulhay ibn Fakhrud-Din Al Hasany. His lineage traces back to Al Hassan ibn Ali ibn Abu Talib (may Allah be pleased with him). His grandfather, prince Sayyid Qutbud-Din Muhammad Al Madany, emigrated in (677), in the early seventh century AH.
His father was the scholar of India, As-Sayyid `Abdulhay Al Hasany, who wrote many famous books such as (Nuzhat Al Khatir Wa Bahjat Al Masami` Wan-Nawazhir Fi Tarajim `Ulama' Al Hind Wa A`yaniha) that was printed under the title (Al I`lamu bima Fi Tarikhil-Hund min A`lam) in eight volumes, (Al Hind Fi Al `Ahd Al Islamy), and (Ath-Thaqafah Al Islamiyyah Fi Al Hind).
His mother (may Allah bestow mercy on her soul) was one of the honorable great mothers and great instructors who wrote some books, memorized the Qur'an, and wrote poetry.
His birth and upbringing:
He was born in the village of Takia, Raebareli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 6 January, 1333 AH corresponding to 1914.
His scientific and practical life:
He joined the Arabic department in the University of Lucknow in 1927. He was the youngest student in the university then he studied the English language from 1928 to 1930, which enabled him to read English books that were written about Islam and Western civilization, and he took benefits from.
He was appointed as an instructor in Darul-uloom Nadwatul Ulama in 1934 and studied Tafsir, Hadith, Arabic literature, history, and logic.
He was chosen as a general secretary for Nadwatul Ulama after the death of his brother Dr. As-Sayyid Abdul-`Aly Al Hasany in 1961.
He established the Movement of Human Message in 1951 and the Scientific Islamic Complex in Lucknow in 1956. He participated in the establishment of Religious Education Body of Uttar Pradesh in 1960, the establishment of the Islamic Advisory Council of India in 1964, the establishment of the Islamic Personal Status Body of India in 1972, and the establishment of the Association of Islamic Literature in 1986.
He received the membership of a number of scientific academies and international institutions such as the Muslim World League, the Supreme Council of the World Islamic Call, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and the Arabic language academies in Damascus, Cairo, Amman, and others.
He also won numerous international awards including: King Faisal's Prize in Riyadh in 1400 and the Islamic Personality Award in Dubai in 1419.
His Arabic, Urdu, and English works exceeded seven hundred; of his most prominent Arabic writings are: (Nazharat Fi Al Adab), (Rawa'i` Iqbal), (Shakhsiyyat wa Kutub), (Fi Masirat Al Hayah), (Qasas min At-Tarikh Al Islamy), (Qasas An-Nabiyyin), (Rawa'i` min Adab Ad-Da`wah), and (Madha Khasira Al `Alam Binhitat Al Muslimin).
He passed away on Friday, 23 Ramadan, 1420 AH, corresponding to 31 December 1999 in Raebareli ,India.
 Dictionary of Muslim men, Dar Ad-Diya' for Publishing and Distribution, Amman, Jordan, and the Journal of Islamic Literature, special edition for Sheikh Abu Al Hasan An-Nadwi, 26-27.
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