Sir Zafrulla Khan, a Polymath: Introducing Islam to the West

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Encylopaedia Britannica states about Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan:  zafrullah khan

“Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan was a Pakistani politician, diplomat, and international jurist, known particularly for his representation of Pakistan at the United Nations (UN).

The son of the leading attorney of his native city, Zafrulla Khan studied at Government College in Lahore and received his LL.B. from King’s College, London University, in 1914. He practiced law in Sialkot and Lahore, became a member of the Punjab Legislative Council in 1926, and was a delegate in 1930, 1931, and 1932 to the Round Table Conferences on Indian reforms in London. In 1931–32 he was president of the All-India Muslim League (later the Muslim League), and he sat on the British viceroy’s executive council as its Muslim member from 1935 to 1941. He led the Indian delegation to the League of Nations in 1939, and from 1941 to 1947 he served as a judge of the Federal Court of India.

Prior to the partition of India in 1947, Zafrulla Khan presented the Muslim League’s view of the future boundaries of Pakistan to Sir Cyril Radcliffe, the man designated to decide the boundaries between India and Pakistan. Upon the independence of Pakistan, Zafrulla Khan became the new country’s minister of foreign affairs and served concurrently as leader of Pakistan’s delegation to the UN (1947–54). From 1954 to 1961 he served as a member of the International Court of Justice at The Hague. He again represented Pakistan at the UN in 1961–64 and served as president of the UN General Assembly in 1962–63. Returning to the International Court of Justice in 1964, he served as the court’s president from 1970 to 1973.

He was knighted in 1935. He is the author of Islam: Its Meaning for Modern Man (1962) and wrote a translation of the Qur’an (1970).”

His books for the beginners to know about Islam:

Sir Zafrulla Khan was a polymath and a prolific writer.  However, I suggest only three of his books for a basic orientation to Islam.  A book about Islam, one about the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him and the third one about Islam and Human Rights:

Islam: Its Meaning for the Modern Man

Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

Islam and Human Rights

Sir Chaudhry Muhammad Zafarullah Khan introduced as “Thomas Jefferson of Pakistan and Bigger than life person.”

Watch 1950 on CBS radio-episode:

His translation of the Holy Quran is perhaps the most articulate for Western audience:

The Quran: The Eternal Revelation Vouchsafed to Muhammad the Seal of the Prophets [Paperback]

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