80 countries visited by Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

80 countries visited by Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

80 countries visited by Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

By Yusuf Shabbir

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful 

During the past week, Allah Almighty blessed me and my colleagues Mawlana Hanif Dudhwala, Mawlana Rafiq Sufi and others to accompany Shaykh al-Islam Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani (b. 1362/1943) on his journey to Malta and Cyprus and coordinate this trip. During this journey, I presented a list of countries to Mufti Ṣāḥib and requested him to tick all the countries he has visited. The list is outlined below. The purpose of sharing this is to highlight the life-long efforts and sacrifices of Mufti Ṣāḥib and illustrate the breadth of his experience and service to humanity.

It is worth noting that three collections in Urdu have been published featuring the travelogues of Mufti Ṣāḥib for many of the countries below, they are Jahāne Dīdah, Dunyā mere Āgey and Safar dar Safar. A further volume will be published Inshāʾ Allah featuring the travelogues written since the publication of the final of the three collections Safar dar Safar. These travelogues are a fascinating read, they are brief but comprehensive, infused with gems and pearls from a range of sciences and disciplines along with personal anecdotes and invaluable reflections.

List of countries

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Bahrain
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Barbados
  10. Belgium
  11. Bosnia
  12. Brazil
  13. Brunei
  14. Canada
  15. China (including Hong Kong)
  16. Cyprus
  17. Czech Republic
  18. Denmark
  19. Egypt
  20. Fiji
  21. Finland
  22. France (including Reunion)
  23. Germany
  24. Ghana
  25. India
  26. Indonesia
  27. Iran
  28. Iraq
  29. Ireland
  30. Italy
  31. Japan
  32. Jordan
  33. Kazakhstan
  34. Kenya
  35. Kuwait
  36. Kyrgyzstan
  37. Lebanon
  38. Luxembourg
  39. Macedonia
  40. Malawi
  41. Malaysia
  42. Maldives
  43. Malta
  44. Mauritius
  45. Monaco
  46. Montenegro
  47. Morocco
  48. Myanmar (Burma)
  49. Nepal
  50. Netherlands
  51. New Zealand
  52. Nigeria
  53. Norway
  54. Oman
  55. Pakistan
  56. Panama
  57. Qatar
  58. Russia
  59. Saudi Arabia
  60. Singapore
  61. South Africa
  62. Spain
  63. Sri Lanka
  64. Sudan
  65. Sweden
  66. Switzerland
  67. Syria
  68. Tajikistan
  69. Thailand
  70. Trinidad and Tobago
  71. Tunisia
  72. Turkey
  73. United Arab Emirates
  74. United Kingdom
  75. United States
  76. Uzbekistan
  77. Vatican City
  78. Yemen
  79. Zambia
  80. Zimbabwe

Mufti Ṣāḥib has visited many of the aforementioned countries several times. The countries he has visited the most in order of frequency are as follows: (1) Saudi Arabia (2) Bahrain (3) United Kingdom.

The following is a computer-generated map of the countries Mufti Sahib has visited, shaded in red:

Region Number of countries Percentage
Asia 19 61.29%
Africa 14 25%
Caribbean 3 13.64%
Europe 25 52.08%
Middle East 15 71.43%
North America 2 50%
Pacific 3 15%
South America 1 7.69%
Total Visited 82 (this includes Reunion & Hong Kong) 37.96%

We pray to Allah Almighty to bless Mufti Ṣāḥib in his knowledge, age and deeds and grant us and the entire Ummah the ability to benefit from him.

Yusuf Shabbir

13 Dhū al-Qaʿdah 1440 / 15 July 2019


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