Umar Bin Muhammad Daudpota

Umar Bin Muhammad Daudpota
Dr. Umar Bin Muhammmad Daudpota
Born June 1, 1897(1897-06-01)
Village Talti, District Dadu, British India (now in Pakistan)
Died November 22, 1958(1958-11-22)
Karachi, Buried at Bhit Shah.

Shams-ul-Ulama Dr. Umar Bin Mohammad Daudpota (Sindhi: عمر بن محمد داؤد پوٽو) (Urdu: عمر بن محمد داؤد پوتا ) was a Researcher, Historian, Linguist and dutiful Scholar of great Indus Valley, internationally acclaimed scholar as he served the field of literature. Umar Bin Muhammad Daudpota was born in 1897 and died in 1958.


Life History

Daudpota was born on June 1, 1897 (some say March 15, 1896), at Talti, Dadu District. His family was poor. His father, Mohammad Daudpota, was a farmer and a Carpenter. He got his primary education in his home town. For secondary education, he went to Larkana in 1914and later on Madressah school of Naushahro Feroze. Eventually, he passed Matriculation from Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam Karachi. He got first position in 1917. After passing his Matriculation, he went to D. J. Science College, Sindh at Karachi, where he passed his examinations getting first position overall. The Government of India awarded him scholarship for higher studies at Cambridge University. In 1927 he wrote his doctoral thesis entitled "[[The effect of Arabic Poetry on Persian Poetry]]" and got the degree of Ph.D. After completion of his doctoral degree he returned to his homeland in 1927 and was appointed as Principal of Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam. Later on, he joined Ismail College Bombay as professor of Arabic. He continued working there for 9 years. He was appointed Director of Public Instruction in Sindh in 1939 taking over from Khan Bahadur Ghulam Nabi Kazi. He was given the appellation [honorary title] of Shams-ul-Ulama (Sun of the Scholars) from the British Government in 1940. He was a member of the Pakistan Public Service Commission from 1950 to 1955. He performed Hajj in 1955. He served as superior (care taker) of Quarterly Mehran in 1957. Dr. Daudpoto did his scholarly research work in English, Arabic, Persian and Sindhi languages. His fields of research included History, Poetry, Criticism, Biography, Research, Religion and Sindhi literature. He wrote more than two dozens books and a number of columns and essays. Dr Daudpota died on November 22, 1958 at Karachi. His last resting place is at the Shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai at Bhitshah.

In Karachi, Dr. Daud Pota Road‎ was named after Dr. Umar Bin Mohammad Daudpota.


  • Murshid-ul-Mubtada (Arabic reader for students)
  • Minhaj-ul-Ashqeen (Translate: The Path of the Divine Lovers)
  • Shah Abdul Karim Bulri Wari Jo Kalam
  • Abdul Raheem Grohiri Jo Kalam
  • Abyat-e-Sindhi [Verses of Muhammad Zaman Luwaree Shareef]
  • Munhnji Mukhtasir Aatam Kahani [My short autobiography]
  • Surha Gul [Perfumed Flowers, essays]
  • Hindustan main Aam Taleem [Mass Education in India]
  • Sindhi Nazam
  • Choonda Sindhi Nasar Ain Nazam
  • Bayan-ul-Arfeen [A short version of Malfoodhaat of Shah Abdul Kareem of Bulri, the great grandfather of Shah Abdul Lateef]
  • Selection from Hafiz and Arif (English)


  • Maro je Malir Ja By Khadim Hussain Chandio
  • Muhammad Umar Chand A Sindhi Scholar
  • Mangrio

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