ISLAMABAD– The 98th death anniversary of versatile scholar and poet Allama Shibli Nomani was observed on Sunday.

Allama Shibli Nomani (June 3‚ 1857 - November 18‚ 1914‚ Azamgarh) was a respected scholar of Islam from Indian Sub-Continent during British Raj. He was born at Bindwal in Azamgarh district of present-day Uttar Pradesh. He is known for the founding the Shibli National College in 1883 and the Darul Mussanifin in Azamgarh.

Shibli was a versatile scholar in Arabic‚ Persian‚ Hindi‚ Turkish and Urdu. He was also a poet. He collected much material on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) but could write only first two volumes of the planned work the Sirat-un-Nabi.

His disciple‚ Syed Sulaiman Nadvi‚ made use of this material and added his own and wrote remaining five volumes of the work‚ the Sirat-un-Nabi after the death of his mentor.