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Abdul Wahab Hasbullah
Abdul Wahab Hasbullah.jpg
Born(1889-03-31)31 March 1889
Died29 December 1971(1971-12-29) (aged 82)
Home townJombang
  • KH. Hasbulloh Said (father)
  • Nyai Latifah (mother)
Founder ofNahdlatul Ulama
Muslim leader
TeacherMahfudz at-Tarmisy
Ahmad Khatib
Abdul Karim ad-Daghestany
Abdul Hamid
Umar Bejened

Kyai Hajj Abdul Wahab Hasbullah (31 March 1889 – 29 December 1971) was one of the founders of the Indonesian Nahdlatul Ulama movement. He also initiated the usage of newspaper for dakwah, with the establishment of the newspaper of Nahdlatul Ulama, Soeara Nahdlatul Oelama. He also created the lyrics for the anthem of Nahdlatul Ulama, Ya Lal Wathon, in 1934. He was declared a National Hero of Indonesia on 7 November 2014 by President Joko Widodo.

He was the father of Mundijah Wahab, the current Mayor of Jombang.

Early life

Abdul Wahab Hasbullah was born in the village of Gedang, in the Jombang region of East Java. According to correspondence with Hasbullah, he didn't know the exact date of his birth. In the parliamentary almanac, his birth date was 31 March 1888, he approved his birth year as 1887.[1]He was born as the first son of the eight brothers from his father Chasbullah and mother Nyai Latifah. Chasbullah was the head of the Tambakberas Jombang pesantren. Hasbullah's genealogy can be traced back to Joko Tingkir and Brawijaya VI.[2]


His childhood wast mostly spent in Pesantrens (Islamic boarding school). Before he was seven year old, his father taught him about religion. After his father decided that he was mature enough to study in a pesantren, he was sent to the Langitan Pesantren under Kyai Ahmad Sholeh. Then, at the age of thirteen, his father decided that Wahab should study at several different pesantrens, in order to experience the uniqueness of each pesantrens, especially in the Islamic studies, such as Al-Quran study tafsir, hadith, Arabic, and tasawuf.



  1. ^ Anam 2015, p. 92.
  2. ^ Noer 1980, p. 250.