Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (b. 1925 in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh India) received his early education at the Madrasatul Islah at Sarai Mir where he graduated in a traditional Islamic education in 1944. He is an Islamic scholar and prolific writer including many articles in the Urdu magazine, al-Risala which he began in 1976. Al-Risala later started to be published in English in 1984. He has been recognized with the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour; and the National Citizen's Award, presented by Mother Teresa.