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Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2011, 01:24:12 PM »
Professor Dr Mukhtaruddin Arzoo, Dean of the Department of Arabic, Muslim University Aligarh, said: "His affection and hate were all for the sake of Allah. Believers in Almighty Allah were his friends, and non-believers his enemies. Followers of Allah and His Last Prophet (s.a.w) were close and dear to him. He was not unkind to his personal opponents. He was never harsh to them, but he never spared the enemies of Islam. The entire life of Ala Hazrat was illuminated with the glorious observance of Sunnat-e-Nabawi (s.a.w)."
Obedience towards Parents
After the demise of his father, Hazrat Allamah Mawlana Naqi Ali Khan (R.A), Ala Hazrat inherited all his properties. Although he was the sole owner and beneficiary of these properties, Ala Hazrat never spent a single cent of this wealth without first seeking the permission of his blessed mother. Even if he wished to buy a Kitaab for study purposes he asked permission from his mother!
When Ala Hazrat wished to fulfil his heart's desire of being present in front of the Rawza-e-Anwar, the Blessed Tomb of Sayyiduna Rasulallah (s.a.w), he first sought the permission of his blessed mother.
She immediately granted him permission by saying: "Bismillahi Khuda Hafiz."
Respect towards the Superior Ulema
While studying the life of Ala Hazrat (R.A), it is difficult not to comprehend that he was, towards the enemies of Islam, an example of "Ashidda'aoo alal kuffar" (harsh upon the Kufaar). Towards the pious Muslims he was the shining example of "Ruhhamaoo bainahuma" (caring towards each other).
Ala Hazrat always showed immense love and respect towards the Ulema of the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat. He had a liking towards Allamah Abdul Qadir Badayouni (R.A).
Concerning the Ulema-e-Haq, Ala Hazrat always praised them with the following words, "these Ulema are such that if they had to enter a barren town, then it turns into a bright city, and when they depart from a city, it becomes a barren town."
Hazrat Mahdi Hassan Barkaati (R.A), the Sajjada Nasheen of Sarkaare Kilan Mahrerah Sharif states, "When I used to go to Barelvi Sharif, Huzoor Ala Hazrat would personally bring out the food for me, and he would also wash my hands. Once, while washing my hands, he requested me to give him my ring and bangle, which were made of gold. I immediately presented them to him. Later, I departed to Bombay. When I returned to Mahrerah Sharif, my daughter informed me that there was a parcel for me from Barelvi Sharif. I opened the parcel and found enclosed the ring and bangle. There was also a note in it which Ala Hazrat wrote presenting the jewels to my daughter."
Subhanallah! Look at the respect and wisdom that Ala Hazrat showed towards his superiors. He practised upon the law of "Amr bil Ma'roof Wa Nahi Anil Munkir" (forbidding that which is not proper and practising that which is good), and at the same time showing great respect towards Hazrat Mahdi Hassan Barkaati (R.A).
Respect for the Masjid
Once, Ala Hazrat was performing Itikaaf in the Masjid in Barelvi Sharif. It was a cold winter's night. It was raining quiet heavily. Ala Hazrat went to perform his Wudhu.
In order not to allow the Masjid floors from becoming wet, he placed the blanket that he was wearing on to the Masjid floor by folding it four times to soak in the water. He then made his Wudhu on the blanket. Thus, he did not allow one drop of water to fall in the Masjid.

Ala Hazrat then spent the entire night shivering in the cold since he did not have a blanket to cover himself with because it was damp with water.
Love and Respect towards Pilgrims
Ala Hazrat always showed great respect to Pilgrims (Hajis). He made it his duty to meet with the Hajis when they arrived from the Haramain Sharifain.

Whenever he would meet a Haji, the very first question he used to ask was, "did you visit the Mazar of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w)?" If the answer he received was in the affirmative, then he would kiss the feet of the Haji. If the Hajee replied that he did not, then Ala Hazrat would show his dissatisfaction and would end his conversation with that person.
Care for children
Hazrat Allamah Zafruddin Bihari states that while he was still a student in Barelvi Sharif, he and many others used to spend their Eid in Barelvi Sharif. They did not go home to their families as they lived far from the Madrassa.
But, he says that Eid was always spent joyfully because Ala Hazrat used to treat them like his very own children. He used to also give them "Eidi" (spending money) on that day.
When Muffasir-e-Azam-e-Hind, Hazrat Ibrahim Raza Khan (R.A) (who is the father of Tajush Shariah, Hazrat Allamah Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Al Azhari) was born, his grandfather, Ala Hazrat (R.A), out of great joy, invited all the students of Madrassa Manzare Islam to a meal.
Before preparing the meal, Ala Hazrat asked each group of students as to what they enjoyed eating. Accordingly, he prepared the meals for them - fish and rice for the Bengali students; Firini, Zarda and Biryani for the Bihari students; and sheep for the Punjabi and other foreign students.
Ala Hazrat loved and cared for children. He always made them feel comfortable around him. He never shouted or scolded at them unnecessarily.
If any child did something wrong, he would gently explain to that child their error, and show them the right path. He always returned the Salaams of little children.
A few of Imam Ahmed Raza’s Unique Habits
1. He never kept any ordinary book on the books of Ahadith.
2. He would be displeased if anyone spoke out unnecessarily while he explained the Ahadith.
3. He did not prefer anyone to sit with one leg onto the lap of the other leg. He would usually sit with both knees erect.
4. He would sit in the position of Tashahhud from the beginning to the end in a Mehfil-e-Milad (s.a.w), which sometimes lasted for 5 or 6 hours.
5. He would never chew paan during a lecture.
6. On hearing the name "Muhammad", he would immediately say "sallal lahu alaihi wa sallam."
7. He would never laugh out loud.
8. He slept in the position of the Arabic form of the word "Muhammad", as advised by Rasulallah (s.a.w). This is also known as the foetal position.
9. He would never spit or stretch his feet in the direction of the Qibla.
10. He always did everything form the right-hand side.

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Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2011, 01:24:12 PM »


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2011, 01:25:17 PM »
His Mystical (Sufi) Powers
Without any exaggeration, an entire book on the Karaamats (Miracles) of Ala Hazrat can be compiled.
In this time, the greatest Karaamat that any person can display is his followance of Shariat-e-Mustafa (s.a.w). Ala Hazrat never fell short of this in any way. We also wish to state that, in reality, the mere existence of Ala Hazrat was a miracle on its own.
However, for the sake of attaining blessings, a few or his Karaamats are being quoted for the benefit of his lovers.
Janaab Amjad Ali was a resident of Bhasouri. He was a dedicated Mureed of Ala Hazrat (R.A). Once Amjad Ali took his rifle and went out hunting. While he was hunting, a stray bullet from his rifle accidentally hit a passer-by, killing him. Amjad Ali was later arrested for murder. He was tried and the verdict was passed that he was to be hanged.
A few days before his execution, a few members of his family came to visit him. With the mere thought of his execution, they began to weep bitterly.
He smiled at them and said, "Go home and do not weep. I will return on the day of my execution. My Peer-o-Murshid, Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat has stated that he has released me."
On the night of his execution, his mother went to visit him. Thinking how near the time of his execution had come, she began to weep out of fear. But Amjad Ali's faith in the words of his Peer-o-Murshid was very strong.
He asked his mother to go home and to stop worrying. He told her that through the Will of Almighty Allah, he will return home in a little while to have breakfast with her. Being visibly shaken, she returned home.
The time had finally arrived. Amjad Ali was escorted to the gallows to be hanged. The noose was put around his neck. The authorities asked him if he had any final request.
Very calmly, he replied, "There is no need to request anything. My time of death has not yet arrived."
The authorities were baffled by his composure. Nevertheless, they decided to proceed with the hanging. As they were about to hang him, the authorities received a telegram. The telegram stated that due to the crowning of Queen Elizabeth, a certain number of prisoners were being released. Amjad Ali Sahib's name was on that list! He was immediately released.

As promised he went home to have breakfast with his mother. In this Karaamat of Ala Hazrat(R.A), not only was Amjad Ali pardoned but, many other prisoners were freed.
Once, a woman came crying to Ala Hazrat (R.A). She reminded him that he had once made Dua for Allah to gift her with a child, and through his Dua a male child was born. She told him that the child had now passed away and she could not bear this loss. She cried and begged Ala Hazrat to bring the child back to life.
Ala Hazrat went to her home. He noticed that the child was lying on a bed and was covered with a sheet. In the meantime, the mother of the child continuously asked Ala Hazrat to bring the child back to life.
Ala Hazrat removed the sheet from the face of the child, placed his blessed hands over the child's eyes and commanded the child, "Son! Wake up and listen to that which your mother is saying."
All of a sudden, the child began to cry. All those present were astonished. They thanked Ala Hazrat abundantly. He humbly smiled and said, "I did not do anything. He was asleep. All I did was wake him up."
There lived a certain person in Barelvi Sharif who had very false concepts concerning Ulema, Awliyah and Peer-o-Murshid & Mureed relationships. One of his friends, who was on his way to meet Ala Hazrat (R.A), asked this person to accompany him and meet Ala Hazrat (R.A).
He also suggested that by discussing his false concepts and beliefs with Ala Hazrat (R.A), he would be shown the right path.
While discussing whether or not to go, that person with the false concepts saw a vendor selling fresh sweetmeats. He said, "First buy me some sweetmeats then I will go with you." His friend agreed to buy it for him on the way back home.
Nevertheless, after much convincing he agreed to accompany his friend to the house of Ala Hazrat (R.A). They entered his blessed house and sat there. A Mureed arrived and brought some sweetmeats. It was the procedure in the court of Ala Hazrat that those persons with beards would get two shares, and those without beards would receive only one share as they were still taken as children.
The Mureed who was responsible for distributing the sweetmeats only gave one share to the person who had misconceptions about Awliyah and Ulema. Ala Hazrat (R.A), who was present there and witnessing the entire incident, commanded the Mureed to give that person two shares.
The Mureed remarked, "Huzoor! He has no beard. He should grow one." Ala Hazrat replied, "Give him two. He desires to have two."
When the person heard this, he immediately repented and became the Mureed of Ala Hazrat (R.A). His desire was to receive two shares and he realised that Ala Hazrat was even aware of the thoughts in his heart.
Works of Imam Ahmed Raza
Earlier in this book, we learnt that Ala Hazrat gained proficiency in more that fifty branches of knowledge.
With this, Ala Hazrat wrote many books on various aspects of Islam. Ala Hazrat was an author of amazing genius. He wrote numerous books and treatises in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu on diversified topics.
To date, it has not been fully ascertained as to exactly how many books he wrote, for in doing so, requires research and many personnel.
There has risen, over the past years, many Islamic Scholars in the Indo-Pak sub-continent and in other parts of the world, who are making serious attempts in studying or translating the works of this great Mujaddid of Islam.
In 1887, at the age of 30 years, Imam Ala Hazrat had completed writing 75 books and treatises. In 1909, at the age of 43 years, this number increased up to 500.
However, it has been estimated that the number of books written by Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat exceeds 1,000 on more than 50 branches of knowledge.
Apart from these contributions, he had written annotations and commentaries on more than 150 books pertaining to various branches of learning.
Professor Dr Muhammad Hassan, Shaikhul Adab, Islamia University, Bhawalpur, said: "Mawlana was a prolific writer. He wrote a large number of treatises. It is due to the fact that his head and heart had surging waves of knowledge which were hard to restrain."
From the many books that were written by him, a total of 549 books have been classified.
The names of a few books written by Ala Hazrat have been listed below:
1. Fatwa Radawiyyah (12 volumes approx. 12 000 pages)
2. Husaamul Haramain
3. Ad Daulatul Makkiya Bil Madatul Ghaibiya
4. Al Mu'tamadul Mustanad
5. Al Amn o wa Ula
6. Alkaukabatush Shahabiya
7. Al Istimdaad
8. Al Fuyoozul Makkiyah
9. Al Meeladun Nabawiyyah
10. Kanzul Imaan (translation of Holy Quran)
11. Fauze Mubeen Dar Harkate Zameen
12. Hidayake Bakhshish
13. Subhaanus Subooh
14. Sallus Say yaaful Hindiya
15. Ahkaame Shariat
16. Az Zubdatuz Zakkiya
17. Abna ul Mustafa
18. Tamheede Imaan
19. Angote Choomne ka Mas'ala
Professor Abdul Shakoor Shad, Kabul University, Afghanistan, said: "The research works of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan are worth presenting. There is due need that Historical and Cultural Societies of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran together with other such institutions keep all his writings duly catalogued in their libraries."
His divinely bestowed intelligence was such, that when Ala Hazrat completed a quarter of any given book at the feet of a teacher, he used to study and memorize the remainder of the book by himself. It is recorded that he completed an Arabic commentary on the book, "Hidaayatun Nahw", on Arabic Syntax, when he was only 8 years old!
Organisations and Institutes Spiritually Affiliated to Imam Ahmed Raza
In the year 1904, Ala Hazrat founded "Darul Uloom Manzare Islam" in Barelvi Sharif. This great religious institution has thus far served the Muslim world superbly.
Each year, a large number of students graduate from this institution as Fadhils, Aalims, Hufaaz and Qur'ra.


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2011, 01:26:17 PM »
Many of Ulema of South Africa are also students of Madrassa Manzare Islam.
To name a few: Mawlana Abdul Hadi Al Qaderi; Mawlana Abdul Hamid Palmer Al Qaderi; Mawlana Ahmad Muqaddam Al Qaderi; Qaari Ahmad Khalil Razvi; Mawlana Sayed Muhammad Husain Al Qaderi; Mawlana Muhammad Khan Al Qaderi Barkaati; Mawlana Ghulam Mu'hiyyuddeen Jaafar; Mawlana Zainul Abedeen Al Qaderi Razvi; Mawlana Muhammad Mustaqeem Al Qadri; Mawlana Muhammad Afthab Razvi; Mawlana Nazir Farouk Razvi.
With the exception of Madressa Manzare Islam, there are also scores of institutes and organisations world-wide that are spiritually affiliated to Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat (R.A).

A few of them are:
1. Jaamia Nooria Radawiyah (Barelvi Sharif) - India
2. Madressa Mazhare Islam (Barelvi Sharif) - India
3. Razvi Darul Ifta (Barelvi Sharif) - India
4. Raza Academy (Bombay) - India
5. Idara Tahqeeqaat-e Imam Ahmad Raza - Pakistan
6. Raza Masjid - London
7. Raza Academy - London
8. Imam Ahmad Raza Academy - South Africa
9. Sunni Razvi Centre - Mauritius - S. Africa
10. Muhibbane Raza-e-Mustafa - South Africa
11. Jamia Razvia (Lahore) - Pakistan
12. Jamia Razvia Zia Ul Uloom (Rawalpindi) - Pakistan
13. Darul Uloom Imam Ahmad Raza - India
Comments by the Noble Ulema of Makkatul Mukarramah
Ustaad Ulema-e-Haram, Allamah Sa'eedullah (R.A):
"My respected brother, who is striving in the path of Nabi (s.a.w), is a perfect teacher, in other words, Hazrat Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A).
May Almighty Allah grant him great reward, and accept his endeavour, and may Almighty Allah build his respect into the hearts of the people of knowledge." Ameen.
Allamah Mufti Muhammad Saleh Kamal (R.A):
"The learned person on this earth, the sea of great knowledge, the coolness of the eyes of the Ulema-e-Haq, is Mawlana Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). Salutations upon the Prophet (s.a.w) and all the spiritual guides, especially Hazrat Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). May he always be protected." Ameen.
Aftaabul Uloom, Allamah Sheikh Ali bin Siddique Kamal (R.A):
"Our leader and bright star, the sharp blade on the throats of the Wahabis, our respected teacher, our famous leader, is Hazrat Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). May Almighty Allah grant him tranquillity and keep him victorious over his opposition." Ameen.
Comments by the Noble Ulema of Madinatul Munawwarah
Mufti Taaj'uddeen Ilyaas Hanafi (R.A):
"The famous and professional Aalim, Mawlana Ahmed Raza Khan is from amongst the Ulema-e-Hind. May Almighty Allah grant him great reward and success. May Almighty Allah grant him Barkah in his life and destroy all those false sects through his blessing." Ameen.
Sheikh Malikiya, Allamah Sayed Ahmad Juz'iri:
"May Almighty Allah brighten up the lives of the Muslims through (the Sadqa of) Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). May Almighty Allah increase his age and allow all his future generations to be amongst the Ahle Jannah." Ameen.
Allamah Khaleel bin Ibrahim Kharbooti (R.A):
"May Almighty Allah grant the Muslims benefit forever through the blessings of this Kaamil Faadhil, Allamah Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). O Allah! Give glad tidings to Islam and Muslims." Ameen.
Allamah Mawlana Umar bin Hamdaan (R.A):
"Imam Ahmed Raza Khan is that great Aalim, great philosopher and such a great researcher that his research baffles the mind. May Almighty Allah protect him and always keep him pleased." Ameen.
Comments by the Noble Ulema of the Indo-Pak sub-continent
Sayyiduna Shah Aale Rasul (R.A): "On the day of Qiyamah, when Almighty Allah asks me concerning what I had brought for Him from earth, then I will present Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A)."
Hazrat Sayed Shah Abul Husain Ahmad Noori (R.A): "Ala Hazrat is the brightness and the torch of the Khandaan-e-Barakaati."
Hazrat Allamah Ali Hussain Kichauchawi (R.A): "My path of Shariah and Tariqah is that which is the path of Huzoor Purnoor, Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat (R.A)."
Hazrat Mawlana Mu'eenuddin Sahib (R.A): "Phira hoo me us gali se Nuzhat ho jis me gumra sheikh o kaazi Raza e Ahmad Usi me samjunga muj se Ahmad Raza ho Raazi."
Allamah Naee'muddin Muradabadi (R.A): "The expertise that Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat possessed in Fiqh was such that great Ulema of the East and West were humbled before him."
Imam Ahmed Raza in the Eyes of Others
Justice Mufti Sayyid Shujaat Ali Qadri (R.A), Shariah Court, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad (Pakistan): "Ala Hazrat’s appearance is such a commanding stature in terms of knowledge and action that every man of letters considers it an honour and pride to write about him. This worthless man also has the honour of opportunity and has contributed some write-ups and articles of Ala Hazrat. My first compilation in Arabic, entitled 'Mujaddid-al-Mata' has been published and distributed the world over, and this practice is going on regularly and steadily.
"All the men of letters know that Ala Hazrat was born in such a period when the Muslim Ummah was being threatened by different Fitna (sedition) from all sides. Among all the prevalent sedition, the most dangerous and harmful was one which meant to infect non-Muslim elements in the beliefs of the Ahle Sunnat.
"Ala Hazrat performed incomparable services to safeguard the beliefs of the Ahle Sunnat. He wrote several books for the rejection of Shirk (Polytheism) and for the dissuasion from the Bid'ats (innovations in Deen causing divergences). He safeguarded the status of Nabuwat (Prophethood), Sahabiyat (Companionship), Ahle Bait (the Members of the Prophet's s.a.w family) and Wilayat (the Friendship with Allah the Magnificent).

He published crushing and silencing articles against the criticism brought forward by the atheists, heretics and apostates against the revered Mystics of Islam and Islamic Mysticism. As far as my study is concerned, Ala Hazrat always had good opinion about all the Muslims, and took all Muslims as Muslims, did not scratch and touch the people's beliefs, and did never scold unreasonably or speak rubbish to others. However, if someone committed any mistake in writing or speech, he invited him repeatedly to the Truth. This is the method which is called the good conduct of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w).
May Allah the Magnificent favour us through the benevolence of the Awliya Allah (Friends of Allah)."
Ziya-ul Mashaa'ikh, Allamah Muhammad Ibrahim Farooqi Mujad'didi (R.A): "No doubt that Mufti Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi was a great scholar. He had the insight in the norms of Muslim conduct and behaviour and stages of spiritual transcendentalism (Tariqah). His competence as regard to exposition and explanation of the Islamic thought; his approach to the inner knowledge deserves high praise, and his contribution in Islamic Jurisprudence will always be remembered in respect of their relevance to the basic principles of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat. Finally, it is not an exaggeration to state that his research works shall always serve as a beacon light for those who traverse this faith."
Professor Muhammad Rafi'ullah Siddique, Director of College Education, Hyderabad, Region - Hyderabaad (India): "Let the thought of recollecting minds recall the circumstances of Muslims in 1912, when Hazrat Ahmed Raza Khan appealed to the Ummah to control conspicuous consumption and save money to use for productive purposes. Now, everywhere the governments are emphasising the need for austerity to solve the multifarious economic problems.

Will the men of vision not realise the far sightedness of the late Ala Hazrat Barelvi? J.M. Keynes was awarded the highest title for the same proposition and exposition which Mawlana Barelvi had disclosed at least 24 years before him. Alas! Muslims did not pay heed to his advice."
Professor Preshan Khattak, (Former Chairman) Pakistan Academy of Letters, Government of Pakistan: "Imam Ahmed Raza's personality needs no introduction to Muslims of the Indo-Pakistan. Such a rare encyclopaedic person is born after a long awaiting period. He served as a searchlight for his own people and proved a strong rock for the powers of persecution and cruelty. Nobody can doubt his knowledge and greatness.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) has declared academic differences as sources of blessing and goodness for the evolution of the Deen of Islam and civilisation. This has opened new vistas of thinking and has helped in creating more vastness and comprehension in the Deen of Islam in order to cope with the need of the changing time. Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi has completed an important role for the evolution of the Islamic thinking in the sub-continent. It is not easy to present and interpret Islamic teachings in the present age without making use of his writings and views."
Professor Dr Ayub Razvi, Head of Department Urdu, Urdu College, Pakistan, Karachi: "The learned Mawlana Ahmad Raza Khan (1856-1921) was a famous scholar, Jurist, Mathematician, Writer and Genius. He had special insight in Mathematics. There is no parallel to his expertise in Jurisprudence."
Dr Ilahi Bakhsh Ali Awan, Peshawar (Pakistan): "Various aspects of his personality are very impressive and valuable. His real contributions in different fields are so comprehensive and exhaustive that men of thought and vision find it difficult to pinpoint the most attractive and impressive aspect of his intellectual personality which is so vast in every direction that sight is lost in wilderness."
Dr Muhammad Tahir Malik, Chairman, Department of Islamic Learning, University of Karachi (Pakistan): "After a thorough study of many books and treatises of Imam Ahmed Raza, I have concluded that he gives much importance to the teacher, book, paper and school, etc. in the articles allied to Education. In our present day education system, a teacher is no more estimated than a salaried servant, and the book is regarded as a collection of letters and works. From our teaching institutions, the respect of the book and teacher has faded away. This is why the restrictions of a teacher and pupil have been reduced to nothing at our schools, colleges and universities.
"Today, to ignore or to forget the books of knowledge, gifted by these teachers has become a common practice. One sees often the pupils dancing for pleasure on the teachers promenade and playing with their turbans. Why is this? The answer outlined by Mawlana Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi is that our ideology of education is lacking in high and sacred values. The Imam Sahib says, 'Keep in vies (striving) the bonds of your teachers. If respect is given to the paper, the book and the school, this undesirable situation can not happen'."
Dr Ghulam Yahya Anjum, Department of Comparative Religions, Hamdard University, New Delhi: "Imam Ahmed Raza Khan is an outstanding personality among 20th century renowned scholars of Islam. Very few can claim his eminence because if someone has some similarity with him in certain particular fields, he lacks significant achievement in some other field in which Imam Ahmed Raza is leading."
Dr Hassan Raza Khan Azami, Patna: "A study of the 'Fatwa Razvi' (Judicial Opinions) of Ala Hazrat, has revealed his multi-dimensional personality to me.
1. As a Jurist his discussion reflects his reach of imagination, deep insight, wisdom, sagacity and unparallel scholarly talent.
2. I found him a great historian that goes on quoting numerous historical references to support his viewpoint in the matter under consideration.
3. He appears to be an expert in Arabic grammar and diction alongside being an inspiring Naatia poet.
4. He is observed as a great scholar of Ahadith, when he mentions logical interpretation of the Ahadith that he quotes.
5. After a deep study of his works, one finds in him not only a renowned Jurist, a great Logistician but also an outstanding Physicist, Astronomer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Philologist and Geographer whose expertise covers the smallest of details on the subject."
Professor Wasim Barelvi, Rohailkand University, Barelvi, U.P (Dawn, Karachi, May 13 1992): Indian poet, Wasim Barelvi, speaking at a function in his honour on Monday night, emphasised the need for fresh research on our Beloved Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi and other Muslim scholars of the Sub-Continent, particularly those from Barelvi.
Eulogising Allamah Ahmed Raza Khan, Professor said that his services as a pioneer of a religious school is known to everybody, but his achievements as a writer have not yet been properly highlighted.
He said that a research work on Allamah Ahmed Raza Khan compiled in Rohailkand under his supervision has made revelations regarding the writings of Allamah Barelvi. This research work is likely to challenge the history of Urdu prose as it proves that Allamah Barelvi should be counted as one of the pioneers of Urdu prose, and as one of the great writers who spread modern thought in the Sub-Continent."
Justice Naeemuddin, Supreme Court of Pakistan: "Imam Ahmad Raza's grand personality, a representation of our most esteem ancestors, is history making, and a history uni-central in his self.


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2011, 01:28:06 PM »
"You may estimate his high status from the fact that he spent all his lifetime in expressing the praise of the great and auspicious Holy Prophet (s.a.w), in defending his veneration, in delivering speeches regarding his unique conduct, and in promoting and spreading the Law of Shariah which was revealed upon him for the entire humanity of all times. His renowned name is 'Muhammad' (s.a.w), the Prophet of Almighty Allah.
"The valuable books written by a encyclopaedic scholar like Imam Ahmed Raza, in my view, are the lamps of light which will keep enlightened and radiant the hearts and minds of the men of knowledge and insight for a long time."
A Western Scholar, Dr Barbara D. Metcalf, Department of History, Barkley University, United States of America: "He was outstanding from the very beginning on account of his extra- ordinary intelligence. He enjoyed a divine gift of deep insight in Mathematics. It is said that he solved a mathematical problem for Dr Ziauddin for which the learned Mathematician was intending to visit Germany. Ahmed Raza himself was a towering figure, revered for his extra-ordinary memory, mental agility, and intellectual capacity, and honoured as a Mujaddid and a Sheikh. Guarded in his relation to the British Government, he sought above all to guard what he saw as correct practice and make religion vital in the personal life of Muslims of his day."
The great poet, Hazrat Allamah Doctor Iqbal says:
"I have carefully studied the decrees of Imam Ahmed Raza and thereby formed this opinion; his Fatwa bear testimony to his acumen, intellectual calibre, the quality of his creative thinking, his excellent jurisdiction and his ocean-like Islamic knowledge.

Once Imam Ahmed Raza forms an opinion he stays firm on it; he expresses his opinion after a sober reflection. Therefore, the need never arises to withdraw any of his religious decrees and judgements. With all this, Shah Ahmed Raza would have been the Imam Abu Hanifa of his age." (Arafat, 1970, Lahore)

In another place he says, "Such a genius and intelligent jurist did not emerge."
Imam Ahmed Raza in the Eyes of the Opposition
Abul Ula Maudoodi: "I have great respect in my heart for the knowledge and status of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). He has great foresight over the knowledge of Deen and even his opposition are forced to accept this fact."
Ashraf Ali Thanwi: "I have great respect in my heart for Ahmed Raza Khan (R.A). He calls us Kaafirs, but he says this only on the basis for his love for the Prophet (s.a.w) and not out of any other reason."
Muee'nuddeen Nadwi: "The late Ahmed Raza Khan in this present time was "The Person of Knowledge". His every Fatwa, be it in support or refutal of anyone, is worthy of being studied."
Imam Ahmed Raza’s final advice before his demise
1. Nothing with photos of living objects should be near me when my Ruh (Soul) leaves.
2. Recite Sura Yasin and Sura Ra'ad beside me.
3. Recite Durood in abundance.
4. Keep those who are weeping away from me.
5. Give my Ghusl according to the Sunnah.
6. Either Mawlana Haamid Raza or Allamah Amjad Ali should perform my Janaza Salaah (R.A)
7. Do not delay my Janazah.
8. When taking my Janazah, recite "Kaabe ke Badru Duja".
9. Do not read anything in my praise.
10. Place me softly in the grave.
12. My grave should be dug according to my height.
13. My Kafan should be according to the Sunnah.
14. The food of my Fatiha must be given to the poor.
15. Haamid Raza must give a fair share of everything to Chothe Mia (Huzoor Mufti Azam Hind). If not, my Rooh will be displeased. (R.A)
16. All of you must remain steadfast on Deen. Do not leave the path of Shariah. Stay on the Deen on which I was.
Wisaal of Imam Ahmed Raza
The brightly shining sun of Barelvi Sharif, the Coolness of the Eyes of the Ulema, the Mujaddid of the Century, the Imam Abu Hanifa of his time, the Ghawsul Azam of his time, the Sweet-scented Rose from the Fragrant Garden of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w), Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat , Imam Ahmad Raza Khan left this mundane world on Friday, the 25th of Safar 1340 A.H. (28 October 1921) at 2.38 p.m. It was the exact time of the Jummah Azaan.
The date of the Wisaal of Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat was actually deduced by himself from the Holy Qur’an four months and twenty days prior to his passing away.
At the time of the demise of Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat (R.A), a certain Saint of Syria dreamt of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) while he was in the Baitul Muqaddas. In his dream, the Saint saw many Sahaba Ikraam (R.A) seated around the Holy Prophet (s.a.w). All of them seemed to be waiting for someone.
The Saint says that, in his dream, he asked, "Ya Rasulallah (s.a.w)! Whose presence is being awaited?" The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) replied, "Ahmed Raza Khan." The blessed Saint then asked, "Who is Ahmed Raza Khan?" The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) answered, "An Aalim from Barelvi."
When this Saint awoke, he immediately journeyed from Syria to Barelvi Sharif to meet Ala Hazrat (R.A). However, to his dismay, he learnt that Ala Hazrat had already departed from this world.
It is said by those true lovers of Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat that after he passed away he was spiritually transported to Madinatul Munawwarah to be close to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w).
They say this because once, Ala Hazrat personally said: "the time of demise is close and India is India. But, I do not even feel like passing away in Makkah. My desire is this, that I should pass away with Imaan in Madinatul Munawwarah and then be buried with kindness in Jannatul Baqi. Almighty Allah is most powerful."
Mazar Sharif
The Mazar Sharif (Blessed Tomb) of Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat is situated in the Mohalla Saudagran, Barelvi Sharif in India (U.P).

Each year, in the month of Safar, during the Urs Sharif of Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat (R.A), hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over the world present themselves in Barelvi Sharif to partake in the Urs Sharif of the Mujaddid of Islam, Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat (R.A).


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2011, 01:29:09 PM »
May Almighty Allah shower his choicest blessings upon the Mazar-e-Anwaar of these great Saint and Scholar of Islam. Ameen!



Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #35 on: December 13, 2011, 01:31:39 PM »
Birth Name: Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani
Born in: Jilan, Iran on 1st Ramadan 471H

Parents and Ancestry
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was born into a pious Syed family (descendants of the Holy Prophet) in Jilan, Iran. His father Abu Swaleh Jangidost was an extremely virtuous person and was married to the equally saintly daughter of Syed Abdullah Saumi, a well-known divine of his time.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani's father, Hazrat Abu Swaleh Musa Jangidost during his spiritual meditation once passed along a riverside. He had not eaten for several days, and saw an apple fall beside the river. The intense hunger resulting from not eating for over three days naturally made him eat the apple. However, after eating it, he realized that he had not obtained the permission of the owner.

Consequently, he set out in search of the owner of the apple. He had only gone a short distance when he saw a garden which had trees laden with ripe apples hanging over the water. Understanding that the apple he had eaten came from this garden, he learnt that the owner was a man named Abdullah Saumi. He approached the owner with an apology for eating the apple without his permission. Hazrat Abdullah Saumi, who himself was a righteous and God-fearing person, recognized this young man's extraordinary piety. He therefore decided to keep Hazrat Abu Swaleh as a caretaker of this garden for a while, as part of his apology.

Hazrat Abu Swaleh worked with much dedication and the end of the appointed term arrived. Hazrat Abdullah Saumi then told him there was one more condition that Hazrat Abu Swaleh would have to fulfill. He said that he had a daughter who was blind in the eyes, deaf in the ears and handicapped in the arms and legs. For the apology to be accepted, Hazrat Abu Swaleh would have to accept her in marriage.

On the night of the marriage, Hazrat Abu Swaleh found his wife free from all the external defects mentioned, and instead she was blessed with extreme external beauty. Seeing this, he became apprehensive that perhaps he had married the wrong girl and he left the room, perplexed.

Hazrat Abdullah Saumi sensed his dilemma and said, "O Prince, this is your wife! What I had said about her is true; She is blind in that she has never lifted her eyes towards a non-Mahram. She is deaf in that she has never heard anything against the Shariah. She is handicapped in the hand in that she has never used them against the rules of the Shariah, and she is handicapped in the legs in that she has never stepped out of the house against the Shariah."

Hazrat Abu Swaleh was ecstatic upon hearing these words and proclaimed his gratitude to Allah. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani is the blessed son of these two extraordinarily pious individuals.

The name of his mother was Fatima, a pious lady, who gave birth to him when she was 60 years old. After his birth, he was named Abdul Qadir Jilani.
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani was considered a great Divine blessing.
A miracle is in the fact that when he was born, he did not drink the milk of his mother during the daytime due to it being the Holy Month of Ramadan (the month of Fasting).

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani lost his father at an early age. When he reached the age of 8 or 9, his mother decided to send him away to Baghdad so that he could be properly educated.

Before he left, she told him to never tell a lie and gave him 40 Dinars (coins). For safety, she had sewn the coins on the inside of his jacket.
After bidding farewell to his mother, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani joined a caravan destined for Baghdad. They had barely reached Hamdan, when suddenly they were attacked by a group of bandits.

A few of the bandits at last approached a poor simple-looking boy sitting quietly at one side. They asked him "have you got anything with you?"
"Yes", he replied, "I have 40 Dinars with me."

The robbers did not believe it and thought that the boy was telling a lie, so they took him to their Chief. Their Chief again asked him, "You say you have 40 Dinars with you. Where are they?"

The boy tore open a portion of his jacket and took out 40 Dinars to the utter surprise of the robbers. The Chief enquired "Why do you disclose your precious property?"
The boy replied that "I was instructed by my mother, who had stitched these Dinars into my jacket, never to speak a lie."

The Chief was moved to the inner-most depth of his heart and tears rolled down his face. He exclaimed by saying, "While I am disobedient to even my Creator, this boy is obedient to his mother." The Chief ordered to return all the looted property to the members of the caravan and renounced his evil ways, thus becoming a devoted Muslim.

Furthermore, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani never told a lie during his lifetime. There even exist records to prove that a caravan bound for Baghdad from Jilan, on which he was travelling, was encountered by a band of robbers.

Spiritual Elevation and Struggles

Once Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) had nothing to eat for several days and he wandered near the ruins of the palace Kasra in search of Mubah (something which is permissible to eat). But when he reached there he saw 70 other pious men searching for food.
Seeing them, he returned to Baghdad, tired and sad. On the way back he met a foreigner who had a message from his mother; she had sent him some money.
It was a gift from Allah. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) went back and distributed the money amongst the 70 pious men and kept a little for himself.

After many trials and tribulations, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) developed extraordinary levels of tolerance, willpower, determination and complete faith in Allah. He avoided situations and conditions that would disturb his prayers as he longed for closeness to His Lord. His steadfast faith took him to higher levels of Sainthood, til he eventually became the King of Saints.

Once Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) resolved neither to eat or drink or change dress until he was given all those by a pious person favoured by Allah. Thirty nine (39) days passed in this manner by meditation and prayer.

On the 40th days someone left a plate of food by his side and went away. Although he was attracted towards the food due to hunger, he did not break his pledge. Also he was a Syed, and if the food was Zakat or charity then it was forbidden to him. Hence, he decided not to partake the food.

After sometime his teacher, Abu Saeed Mukharruni (R.A) arrived and enquired about his welfare and invited Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) to his house. He accepted his master’s invitation and informed that his nafs (self) was restless but his spirit was blessed by Allah and His secret was now revealed to him.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A)'s successful struggle made the master so happy that he served Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A)'s food with his own hands. He also awarded Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) the khiqa (robe) and made him his Khalifa.
The teacher also informed him that the robe was that of Rasulallah (s.a.w) who had bestowed it to Hazrat Ali (R.A) and thereafter it passed on through generations, from saint to saint, until it had reached him.
Baghdad was then a great centre of Islamic learning and Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani became the favourite pupil of Allama Abu Zakariya Tabrezi, Principal of the Jamia Nizamiah. He studied there for 8 years and acquired mastery in all branches of learning. During this period young Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani had to pass a life of trials and tribulations, including that he passed some of his days under starvation, but he loathed begging of food from any one.

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) often left the city life and wandered the lonely deserts and jungles of Iraq. He endured hardships and self denial to discipline his self (ego) and purify his soul, heart and mind. He urged his entire self towards Allah as done by Rasulallah (s.a.w). He would recite the Qur’an Sharif and often perform prolonged prayers during the whole night. Often there would be no need for fresh ablution for the morning prayers due to the extent of his worship during the night. He wore a long woollen robe and lived on dates and water.

Enlightening Baghdad
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) had come to Baghdad to serve humanity, but moral degeneration and Islamic values exploited by men in power disgusted him. He decided to leave Baghdad and help people in the rural areas.

With the Holy Qur’an in his hands, he left the city but he had hardly reached Bab-e-Halbah on the outskirts of Baghdad when he heard a voice restraining him from leaving Baghdad. It was the will of Allah and so Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) returned to Baghdad.

The next day while he was passing through a street, an elderly man opened a door and greeted Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A). He enquired about his earlier intentions on leaving the city and then closed the door. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) was shocked as his intentions were not disclosed to anyone and wondered how this stranger could have known about it.

After many days Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) saw the same elderly man passing through the street and he was invited to his house. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) went to his house, and the man was Sheikh Hammad Al Dabbas who was a pious Syrian and a syrup vendor. This Dervish was a reputed saint of Baghdad and emphasized spiritual training, Tasawwuf and Tareeqat. He taught students to act in consonance with the Will of Allah while maintaining their individuality.
Sheikh Hammad al Dabbas adored Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani and gave special attention and trained him in Tasawwuf. At first, Sufi religious aspirants did not include Aalim (scholar) and Faqih (Jurist). Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) paved the way to change this; he was a Sufi, Aalim and Faqih.

On completion of his education, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani set out to acquire spiritual training. He spent several long years undergoing the rigorous and spiritual life, and passing his time in meditation and in search of truth & Allah.

Title of Mohiuddin; the Reviver of Religion
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) was gifted the title of Mohiuddin i.e. the Reviver of Religion.

In the year 511 AH, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) saw in a vision that he was walking along a street in Baghdad. There he met on the roadside an old and sick man who greeted him with Salaam and asked him to help him get up. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) answered his salutation and helped him up.

No sooner did Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) help him, the man's health improved dramatically and his stature healed. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) was wonderstruck and a little afraid, but the man allayed his fear and said, “I am Islam, the religion of your Grandfather. I had become diseased and poorly but Allah has revived me through your help."

Later at a public appearance in the Masjid, a man addressed Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) as ‘Ya Syed Mohiuddin’ and since then people have addressed him with this title.

Connection with the Holy Prophet
Blessed by Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w), he became a great preacher, orator and reformer. Through this spiritual wealth, he enriched Islam with a fresh example and vision of the Straight Path shown by the Holy Prophet.

Once in Shawwal 521 AH, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani saw Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w) in his dream advising him to make a speech and to impart his knowledge to others.
Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani asked to be blessed with eloquence as he was an Ajami (non-Arab). Allah’s Messenger recited the verse of the Qur'an, “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preachings’ (16:25) seven times and blew on the face of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A).

The same day after Zuhr prayer, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani mounted the pulpit and addressed the people with a sermon. The audience were entranced by his words. His assemblies were attended by men of all calibre.

About 400 men remained engaged in recording his speeches (Akhbarul Akhyar).
Many embraced Islam under the influence of his sermons. His fame for learning, piety, inner illumination, truth and strict adherence to Shariah spread all over. People flocked to hear his lectures and benefit from the sermons that covered all aspects of life and enlightened their understanding. Muslim sinners would change their course of life after listening to his discourses and his spiritual personality awed even the greatest of men.

When Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani (R.A) spoke he was prompted by the Grace of Allah causing the miraculous and revolutionary impact of his words.

The Departure of Sheikh Abdul Qadir
The greatest of all divines and mystic saints of Islam, Hazrat Peeran-e-Peer Ghaws e Azam Shah Abdul Qadir Jilani breathed his last on the 11th Rabi-us-Sani, 561 A.H. at the age of 91 years. His death cast a gloom over the world of Islam but his life and teachings will forever illuminate the hearts of Muslims.

His blessed tomb (Mazaar Sharif) is in Baghdad, Iraq and is situated at Babul-Sheikh, Resafa (East bank of the Tigris).


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2011, 03:53:11 PM »
Wonderful sharing Aakash Ji..


Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #37 on: December 14, 2011, 10:09:44 AM »
Thanx Radhika Ji

Sometimes you need to move on if anything bad happens. It's gonna be a chapter in the past - but be careful, do not ever close the book! Just turn the page.



Re: Great Sufi Saint
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2011, 10:09:05 AM »

Abu Darda (may Allah have mercy on him) was one of those people who found an opportunity to win what is greater than the heavens and the earth. There was a companion of the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) who cultivated his garden next to the property of an orphan. The orphan claimed that a specific palm tree was on his property and therefore belonged... to him. The companion rejected the claim, so the orphan boy went to the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) to complain. The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) measured the two gardens and found that the palm tree did indeed belong to the companion. The orphan erupted crying. Seeing this, the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) asked the companion, “Would you give him the palm tree and for you is a palm tree in Jannah?” However, the companion in his disbelief that an orphan would complain to the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam), missed the opportunity and went away angry.

But someone else saw the opportunity – Abu Darda (radi Allahu anhu). He went to the Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) and asked, “Ya RasulAllah, if I buy the tree from him and give it to the orphan shall I have that tree in Jannah?”

The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) replied, “Yes.”
Abu Darda (radi Allahu anhu) had chased after the companion and asked, “Would you sell that tree to me for my entire garden?” (Abu Darda had a garden of 600 trees)

The companion answered, “Take it, for there is no good in a tree that was complained to the Prophet about.”

Immediately, Abu Darda (radi Allahu anhu) went home and found his wife and children playing in the garden. “Leave the garden!” shouted Abu Darda. “WE HAVE SOLD IT TO ALLAH! WE HAVE SOLD IT TO ALLAH!” Some of his children had dates in their hand and he snatched the dates from them and threw them back into the garden. “WE HAVE SOLD IT TO ALLAH!”
When Abu Darda was later martyred in the battle of Uhud, RasulAllah (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) stood over his slain body and remarked, “How many shady palm trees does Abu Darda now have in Paradise?”

What did Abu Darda lose? Dates? Bushes? Dirt? What did he gain? He gained a Jannah whose expanse is the heavens and the earth.

Subhan’Allah, how Beautiful is this story, of one Sahabi who gave up everything he had, just to have one palm tree in Jannah. Allahu Akbar


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