Ustadh Saleem Kayani

21 November 2016

The MCB is saddened to learn of the demise of the distinguished Qur’anic scholar Muhammad Saleem Kayani. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’iun.




Ustadh Saleem passed away on 19th November, at his home in North London, aged 82. He had devoted his life to Islamic causes, first in Pakistan, and from 1970, in Britain, where he settled.

In London, his Qur’anic study circles touched the lives of many: conducted at the Pakistan Students Hostel, Lowndes Square; at his own home in Islington, and later at a family home in Willesden Green. He also took up the challenge of translating Tadabbur-e-Qur’an (Pondering the Qur’an), an eight volume tafsir by his teacher Maulana Amin Ahsa Islahi. He was renowned translator of Islamic texts from Arabic and Urdu to English. Among his key contributions are the translations of Islahi’s Tadabbur-e-Qur’an (Pondering the Qur’an). At the time of his demise two volumes had been published by the Islamic Book Trust, Kuala Lumpur – Volume One, Tafsir of Surah al-Fatiha and Surah al-Baqarah (2007); Volume Two, Tafsir of Surah Ale’ Imran (2015). For AbdulWahid Hamid, author of Islam, the Natural Way, the former is ‘one of the most profound commentaries available in English’.

For a detailed obituary, click here.