Childhood[ edit ] He lost his mother at the age of 5 and was raised by his father with special care and attention. During these years, he traveled to various cities and villages, delivering lectures in the hope of reforming people. Printed versions of his lectures and discourses usually became available shortly after these tours. Until then, few Islamic scholars had had their lectures printed and widely circulated in their own lifetimes.
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Ashraf Ali was from the first wedlock of Abdul Haq Sahib. From his first wife, Maulvi Abdul Haq had four sons. Thus Thanvi had seven immediate siblings and four step siblings. Ashraf Ali Thanvi himself wed twice. From the first wife he had no children. However, he took his nephew Shabbir Ali Sahib Thanvi from his brother and took responsibility of his upbringing.
Thanvi married second time with a widow who brought with herself a daughter. Hence Thanvi had no biological son or real daughter of his own. Gangohi wanted to test this student by asking the most difficult questions that he could think of. His teaching attracted numerous students and his research and publications became well known in Islamic institutions.
During these years, he traveled to various cities and villages, delivering lectures in the hope of reforming people. Printed versions of his lectures and discourses would usually become available shortly after these tours. Until then, few Islamic scholars had had their lectures printed and widely circulated in their own lifetimes.
The desire to reform the masses intensified in him during his stay at Kanpur. It is hoped that people will benefit from you spiritually and physically. As for myself, I am always praying for you and attentive towards you.
Tafseer E Bayan Ul Quran
He was a prolific writer, a Faqih, a Mufasir and a spiritual leader. He has left a good no of books written on different themes of Islam and Islamic Civilization. Compilation of Tafsir Bayanul Quran was his great contribution in the field of Tafsir. The present paper is an attempt to highlight the distinctive features of this Tafsir. It is also an endeavor to discuss the style of the author adopted in writing this important Tafsir.
1280-1362 AH: Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi