Maulana Zahid ur Rashidi مولانا زاہد الراشدیwas born in a village in Gujranwala, Punjab, in 1948. Son of Maulana Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan, was a graduate of the Dar ul-Ulum, Deoband, where he had studied under the renowned scholar Maulana Husain Ahmad Madni. Began his education by memorizing the Quran and learning basic Arabic grammar under the instruction of his father and other teachers, and then went on to study the dars-i nizami, the curriculum in most South Asian madrasas, at the Madrasa Nusrat ul-’Ulum in Gujranwala, completing the final year, which was devoted to the study of Hadith, the traditions of the Prophet, in 1970. Since then he has been serving as a khatib (preacher) at the Markazi Jamia Masjid in Gujranwala. He is also engaged in teaching and writing. Maulana Zahid ur Rashidi teaches at the Madrasa Anwar ul-Ulum at the central mosque in Gujranwala and is the principal of the Madrasa Nusrat ul-Ulum as well. At the political level, he is associated with the Jamiat-i Ulama-i Islam Pakistan, a leading largely Deobandi political party, and for around 25 years he occupied various positions in the organization at both the provincial as well as central levels. He served for many years as assistant to Maulana Mufti Mahmud, leader of this party, but now his association with the party is simply that of an ordinary worker.