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Yousaf Saleem Chishti

Yousaf Saleem Chishti Pakistani philosopher, iqbal scholar

Pakistani philosopher, iqbal scholar
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Intro Pakistani philosopher, iqbal scholar
Was Philosopher Scholar
From Pakistan
Type Academia Philosophy
Gender male
Birth 1895
Death 1984 (aged 89 years)
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Prof. Yousaf Saleem Chishtiپروفیسر یوسف سلیّم چشتی (or Yusuf Salim Chishti) (1895–1984) was an eminent scholar and writer from Pakistan. He was an expert on Allama Muhammad Iqbal's work and during 1925 – 1938 he was continuously in his company.

Early Life & Education

Born in Bareilly (India) in 1895, Muhammad Yousaf Khan (Later known as Yousaf Saleem Chishti) got his early education in Allahabad. He obtained BA Honors in Philosophy from Aligarh Muslim University (1918) and in 1924 he did his MA Philosophy from Ahmadabad University.


He taught in Forman Christian College Lahore and from 1929 to 1943, he served as Principal, Ashaat e Islam College Lahore. In 1948, he shifted to Karachi and started his literary career. He has very close relations with Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal, he used to attend meetings in Javid Manzil, Lahore (Allama Muhammad Iqbal's residence). He recorded conversations in his diaries but in 1955 most of them were destroyed by an upsurge in Ravi, at Lahore. He is famous for his commentaries on Allama Muhammad Iqbal's works and these commentaries are particularly known to be grounded in philosophy and comparative religion, as he was particularly knowledgeable in Hinduism, as "during his stay in Lahore, he met Lala Lajpat Roy Lahori and on his advice studied Vedas and Shastras from a Hindu pundit. Later, Swami Prakash Anand taught him Upanishads, Gita and Hindu philosophy of mysticism."

Literary Work

He has written many books and his major subject was Iqbal and his poetry. Some of his books are mentioned below:

  • Sharah Asrar-i-Khudi
  • Sharah Rumuz-i-Bekhudi
  • Sharah Payam-i-Mashriq
  • Sharah Bang-i-Dara
  • Sharah Zabur-i-Ajam
  • Sharah Javid Nama
  • Sharah Bal-i-Jibril
  • Sharah Zarb-i Kalim
  • Sharah Pas Cheh Bayed Kard ai Aqwam-e-Sharq
  • Sharah Armughan-e-Hijaz (in Persian and Urdu)
  • محکمات عالم قراني .يوسف سليم چشتي(شارح) . لاہور: مجلس تعمير ملت ، 1969۔
  • شرح ديوان غالب، ایڈیشن ۰۱. يوسف سليم چشتي(شارح) . لاہور: عشرت پبلشنگ ہاؤس ، 1969۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . رادھا کرشنن اور اقبال: مماثلت و مطابقت افکار . لاہور۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . تعليمات اقبال . لاہور: اقبال اکيڈمي لاہور ، 1949۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . شرح رومي عصر: اقبال کي نظميں . لاہور: عشرت پبلشنگ ہاؤس ، 1959۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . انوار مجددي . لاہور: عشرت پبليشنگ ہاؤس ، 1961۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . علامہ اقبال مرحوم: حيات ، فلسفہ ، پيغام . لاہور: انجمن خدام القرآن ، 1977۔

يوسف سليم چشتي . مولانا سيد حسين احمد مدني کے بارے ميں اپنے سابقہ گستاخانہ اور توہين آميز رويے پر اعتراف تقصير و اظہار ندامت اور

  • علامہ اقبال مرحوم کے اشعار متعلقہ سيد حسين احمد مدني کي ضروري وضاحت . لاہور: دفتر ماہنامہ انوار مدينہ ، 1978۔
  • يوسف سليم چشتي . تاريخ تصوف مع اسلامي تصوف ميں غير اسلامي نظريات کي آميزش: ہندي، يوناني، اسلامي . لاہور: دارالکتاب ، 2009۔

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