Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Islahi (born 9 July 1932 at Formulli, Attock District) is a popular Indian writer on Islam. He is a scholar, writer and an orator. He is a member of the decision-making and leadership organ of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, the Markazi Majlis-e-Shura (Central Advisory Council). He is also the chief patron of Project “Why Islam” of Islamic Circle of North America.
He received his primary education in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, British India. He was educated in Islamic Studies initially from Mazaher ul-uloom, Saharanpur District and Higher studies and Fazilat from Madarsat ul-Islah, Sarai Mir. He memorized Qur’an and also learnt Tajweed. After passing high school, his father Shaikh-ul-Hadees Maulana Abdul Qadim Khan sent him to Madrasa Mazahir ul Uloom, Saharanpur, Later he joined Madarsat ul Islah, Sarai Mir, Azamgarh, he spent four years under the guidance of Maulana Amin Ahsan Islahi and received Sanad Fazilat with distinction.
He became a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in 1953 and has been entrusted with various key posts. He is a member of Markazi Majlis Shura (Central Advisory Committee) for the last many years.
Yusuf Islahi is also guiding many educational and welfare institutions. He is the Rector of Jamiat us-Salehat, Rampur which was founded by Maulana Abd al-Hayy al-Lucknawi) as a unique and very well known institution for higher Arabic and Islamic education for girls.
Markazi Darsgah-e-Islami, Rampur runs under his guidance for the last few years. Several other educational and welfare institutions also seek advice and guidance from him.
He is also associated with Islamic Circle of North America. He spends a few months every year giving lectures in the United States, Japan and Australia.