Mufti Isma’il Bismillah: Grand Mufti of Gujrat

By Sayyid Mahbub Rizwi
Translated by Prof. Murtaz Husayn F. Qurayshi

He was born in 1316 H/1898 C at Dabhel, a small village in Surat district. He received primary education at his native-place and a nearby village named Kathor. Then he took admission in the Dar al-‘Ulum, Deoband. Due to arrangement of marriage during the course of his studies he went back to his native-place. Thereafter, living at Madrasah Aminiyyah, Delhi, he practised the art of fatwa-writing under Mufti Kifayat Allah al-Dehlawi’s guidance. In 1336 H he again took admission in the Dar al-‘Ulum, Deoband, and completed the Dawrah Hadith.

After having completed the educational career he served as a teacher in his native-place and then departed for Johannesburg (South Africa). But very soon he returned from there and was appointed a teacher in Madrasah Ta’lim al-Din (present Jamiyyah Islamiyyah), Dabhel. In 1353 H/1934 C he was appointed as a mufti in Burma. There, besides fatwa-writing, he established Jami’yyat al-‘Ulama Burma in collaboration with Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ashraf Randeri, and started many religious schools at different places. In this way he got a chance to render religious and political services to the Muslims of Burma.

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Mawlana Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad bin Qasim al-Nanautwi

By Sayyid Mahbub Rizwi
Translated by Prof. Murtaz Husayn F. Qurayshi

Hafiz Muhammad Ahmad was Mawlana Muhammad Qasim al-Nanautwi’s well-guided son. He was born at Nanautah (dist. Saharanpur) in 1279 H/1862 C. After his memorising the Qur’an, his august father sent him to Gulaothi (dist. Bulandshahr) for his primary education in Madrasah Manbe al-‘Ulum, which Mawlana al-Nanautwi himself had established there. Mawlana ‘Abdullah Anbahtawi was a teacher in that madrasah. Thereafter, for further studies, he went to Madrasah Shahi of Muradabad where Mawlana al-Nanautwi’s well guided disciple, Mawlana Ahmad Hasan al-Amrohi used to teach. After having studied different books of religious arts and sciences, he came to Deoband and became a pupil of Shaykh al-Hind Mawlana Mahmud Hasan al-Deobandi.  He read some lessons of Jamial-Tirmidhi under the instruction of Maulana Muhammad Yaqub al-Nanautwi. Reaching Gangoh he completed the Dawra Hadith in Mawlana Rashid Ahmad al-Gangohi’s circle of teaching and studied Tafsir al-Jalalayn and Tafsir al-Baydawi also there.

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Shaykh al-Islām Mawlānā Sayyid Ḥusayn Aḥmad Madanī

By Abu ʿĀṣim Badrul Islām

Born in Bāngar, Mao, the Indian district of Annow on 19 Shawwāl 1296 AH (5 October 1879 CE), Shaykh al-Islām Mawlānā Sayyid Ḥusayn Aḥmad Madanī began his primary Islāmic education in Faizābād. At the age of twelve he travelled to the Dār al-ʿUlūm at Deoband where he studied the intermediate and higher level books of the traditional Dars-e-Niẓāmī course. During his seven and a half years at the Dār al-ʿUlūm the Shaykh al-Islām studied about sixty books, twenty four of which were taught by the legendary imām of undivided India, Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan Deobandī (1268-1339 AH/1851-1920 CE). He describes in his two-volume Urdu autobiography (Naqsh-e-ḤayātA Sketch of My Life) how, as a young student at the Dār al-ʿUlūm, he was very close to Imām Shaykh al-Hind and had free access to the latter’s home. Similar affection was shown by all his illustrious teachers at the Dār al-ʿUlūm.

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A Biography of Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

SHAYKH ʿABD AL-FATTĀḤ ABŪ GHUDDAH

(1336-1417 AH/1917-1997 CE)Based on an obituary by
ʿAllāmah Muftī Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Foreword by Shaykh Muhammad Saleem Dhorat

Obituary translated by Abu Unaysah & Ibrahim Amin al-Kuwaiti

Endnotes and addendum by Abu Asim Badrul Islam & Zameelur Rahman

http://www.friendsofdeoband.com/?page_id=1112