By Sayyid Mahbub Rizwi
Translated by Prof. Murtaz Husayn F. Qurayshi
He was a resident of Chandpur, District Bijnor. He was also amongst the well-guided pupils of Maulana Muhammad Yaqub Nanautavi. He graduated from the Dar al-Ulum in A.H. 1304. He had an acute intelligence and was very ingenious, with a lively twist for wit and humour. He was famous for his sermonical lectures and speeches and held a very high rank in the art of polemics; and he was greatly fond of refuting heretical innovations and Qadianism. Many of his polemical books that have been published are replete with remarkable discussions on their themes. At one time every nook and corner of the country had been reverberating with his powerful oratory, sermons and declamations. Besides being a voracious reader, he was also a bibliophil, very fond of collecting especially rare manuscripts. Accordingly, he has left as a memorial a large library comprising nearly eight thousand precious manuscripts and published works, which his son, Muhammad Anwar, has passed on to the Dar al-Ulum, Deoband.
Maulana Chandpuri served as principal for a long time in the madrasahs of Darbhanga, Moradabad, etc. but the real place of his services was the Dar al-Ulum, Deoband. As such, the authorities selected this rare jewel for the Dar al-Ulum and firstly entrusted him with the administration of the educational branch, but in view of the frequency of his preaching journeys he was charged with the administration of the Department of Preaching. He had had the honour of vowing allegiance to Maulana Rafi’ al-Din but later on he resorted to Hazrat Thanvi and was authorized to receive allegiance.
He retired from the Dar al-Ulum on 1st Ramazan, A.H. 1350, and settled down in his native place Chandpur where he died in Rabi al-Akhir, 1371/December, 1951.
Rizvi, Sayyid Mahboob (1981). History of the Dar al-’Ulum Deoband, Volume 2. Deoband: Idara-e Ihtemam. p. 42-3.