Justice Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a leading scholar of Islamic jurisprudence. He is considered to be the intellectual leader of the Deobandi movement. He specialises in financial matters and presented a paper in January 2010’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, entitled: “Post-Crisis Reforms: Some Points to Ponder”.
Usmani’s chief influence comes from his position as a global authority on the issue of Islamic finance. He has served on the boards, and as chairman, of over a dozen Islamic banks and financial institutions, and currently leads the International Shariah Council for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) in Bahrain. He is also deputy chairman of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, one of the highest legal bodies in the Muslim World.
Usmani is very important as a figurehead in the Deobandi movement—one of the most successful of the Islamic revivalist initiatives of the past century. Usmani was born in Deoband, India, the son of Mufti Muhammad Shafi (the former Grand Mufti of Pakistan) who founded the Darul ‘Uloom Karachi, a leading center of Islamic education in Pakistan.
For some Muslim scholars, photography is permissible, or halal, since it differs from the types of image-making prohibited in the Quran and the statements of Muhammad recorded in the Hadith. Other commentators, however, rely on the same texts to argue ...and more »
... A. Sheikh, Rashid Latif Khan, Nazim Hussain Siddiqui, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Bhagwan Das, Mian Ajmal, Deedar Hussain Shah, Javed Iqbal, Abdul Hamid Dogar, Tanvir Ahmad Khan and Taqi Usmani for taking oath ...and more »
The Arab Spring events have not significantly affected the influence of the Mufti Usmani.