Abdul Karim Amrullah

Abdul Karim Amrullah (10 February, 1879 – 1945), known as Haji Rasul, was a Muslim reformer who led reformation of Islam in Sumatra.

Personal life

Haji Rasul was born in Sungai Batang, Maninjau, West Sumatra on February 10, 1879. His father was Muslim ulema, Syekh Muhammad Amarullah Tuanku Kisai and his mother Andung Tarawas. In 1894, he went to Mecca, studying Islamic law under Shaikh Ahmad Khatib. After he graduated, he taught Islam in Mecca until 1906.[1] Upon his return to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), he founded an Islamic organization known as Muhammadiyah in West Sumatra. In 1915, Haji Rasul founded Sumatera Thawalib in Padang Panjang. Thawalib was an Islamic school that produced many progressive students. He died in Jakarta before independence day on June 2, 1945.


Haji Rasul's son Hamka was also a prominent ulama, politician, and author. Rusdi Hamka, his grandson, is a politician, a member of DPR from United Development Party.

See also


  1. "HAMKA atau HAJI ABDUL MALIK KARIM AMRULLAH (HAMKA)". Minang Forum (in Indonesian). Minang Forum. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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