Afghan Biographies

Darul Uloom Haqqania Seminary

Name Darul Uloom Haqqania Seminary
Ethnic backgr.
Date of birth
Function/Grade Background and Names
History and Biodata

Background and Names:
Chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania:

Maulana Abdul Haq (1947) founder
Maulana Sami ul Haq of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Sami ul haq) is the son of Maulana Abdul Haq (2018)
Anwar-ul-Haq Haqqani (2018–present)


Darul Uloom Haqqaniais an Islamic religious seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and was founded along the lines of Darul Uloom Deoband. It has been dubbed as The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni.

Established: 23 September 1947; 73 years ago
Students: 4,000 (2016)


3. Biodata Samuil Haq:

Born on 18 December, 1937, in Akora Khattak of Nowshera district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Haq seemed to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father, Maulana Abdul Haq, was also a prominent religious cleric of the times, a report by The Express Tribune, said.

According to reports, he began his education in around 1946 at the Darul Uloom Haqqania, which had reportedly been founded by his father. In this institution, he studied fiqh, usul al-fiqh, Arabic literature, logic, Arabic grammar (sarf and nahw), tafsir, and Hadith.

Following his father’s death in the 1980s, Haq decided to enter the field of politics. Gaining influence and prestige, he became the head of his faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S), a party founded by Shabbir Ahmad Usmani as an offshoot of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) in 1947 in Pakistan, The Express Tribune reported.  Initially working as a teacher of grammar and literature, Haq specialized in the teaching of Hadith and Tafseer and later became the Chancellor of the seminary- Darul Uloom Haqqania, Akora Khattak.

Haq's sprawling Haqqani seminary taught many of Afghanistan's Taliban and thousands of other students a strict interpretation of Islam.

An influential Pakistani cleric, Maulana Samiul Haq- also dubbed the “Father of Taliban”, was killed at his residence in Rawalpindi by unknown assailants on Friday, 2 November 2018. Haq, an 82-year-old heart patient, was the head of the Islamic religious seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak town and also the chief of the hardline political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S).

Haq's sprawling Haqqani seminary taught many of Afghanistan's Taliban and thousands of other students a strict interpretation of Islam. His seminary even received funding of millions of dollars from President Imran Khan's provincial government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

Haq’s seminary, which was dubbed as the “University of Jihad”, had several other extremist leader among its alumni including Haqqani Network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AIQS) leader Asim Umar and slain Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, AP reported. According to The Express Tribune, Haq was also one of the drafters of Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (the Finality of the Prophethood) law that was put in action in former Prime Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government.

Last Modified 2020-11-21
Established 2020-11-19