The Project at a Glance!

Nafees Library – A Memoir of Sayyid Nafees Al-Hussaini

This library is dedicated to preserve the unique and outstanding works did by Hazrat Nafees Shah Sahib. The uniqueness of this website is that it contains many original scannings of some rare manuscripts and old books that are of crucial importance to Muslims, but are long forgotten. We are certain that this collection will be most beneficial to scholars and common readers alike. Below is a short overview of various sections of the project.

  • Books written/re-published by Hazrat Sayyid Nafees Shah Sahib
  • Authentic Islamic Books on some crucial subjects like Karbla, Sufisim, History etc.
  • Calligraphy by Hazrat Shah Sahib
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts

Kindly note that Nafees Library is a special purpose collection of books and lacks books on general topics. With the advent of Internet, the digitization processes and spread of books have gained a tremendous boost. Many projects have been started where books are being preserved and shared. There can be no doubt in the value of such projects, however, we at Nafees Library have the aim to preserve books in their original state by scanning. Books are scanned at a printable quality and are made available in PDF format. Moreover, we have limited ourselves, at this website, to works only related to Nafees Shah Sahib, his ideology or asked by him to provide here. The project started in around 2007. No more books are being added after the demise of Hazrat Nafees Shah Sahib. This website remains as a tribute to his efforts.

It is worth mentioning that Nafees Library is an absolutely non-commercial project and all the publishing rights of these books are the property of their respective owners and we in no way intend to violate them.

Hazrat Sayyid Nafees Al-Hussaini

Hazrat Sayyid Nafees Al-Hussaini was born at village Gadiala, district Sialkot, on 11 March 1933. After elementary education Shah Sahib shifted to Lahore and studied Urdu and Persian languages at Oriental College Lahore.

His family name was “Sayyid Anwar Hussain” and “Nafees Raqam” was his pen name, as a calligrapher. He also got famous by the name “Nafees Shah Sahib”.

Hzarat Shah Sahib belonged to a very noble family of famous Sufi Saint of the subcontinent, Hazrat Khawaja Sayyid Muhammad Gesu-Daraz. Also the art of Islamic Calligraphy, specially that of Holy Quran, was the hallmark of this family. Hazrat Shah Sahib learnt this art from his father Sayyid Ashraf Ali, who was a renowned calligrapher of Holy Quran.

Hazrat Shah Sahib was a  Calligrapher, a Sufi Saint, a literary person and above all a beloved person with many qualities, which are hard to express in words. His life was so versatile and diverse that it is hard to summarize it here. Many people are working on the Life History of Hazrat and as soon as they will be finished, we will present it here also, Inshallah.

Although his books are available in print format too, but he showed keen interest in spreading the knowledge to masses, and hence didn’t copyrighted most (if not all) of his work. This website was created after his humble desire and the purpose is to make his work accessible to all, free of cost. You are free to benefit from this site as you wish, but do not use this for commercial purposes solely.

Hazrat Shah Sahib passed away on Februrau 5th, 2008. This project started in the last year of His life and is now “A memoir of that great personality.”

A detailed article about Hazrat Shah Sahib can be found at Wikipedia:


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