Praised by Scholars

Alahazrat went to Ganj-Murādābād in 1292 to meet Shaykh Fađl al-Raĥmān Ganj-Murādābādī; in that meeting, the shaykh asked Alahazrat about his opinion on Mawlid. Alahazrat said that he considered it mustaĥabb. The shaykh replied: “You people say that it is a praiseworthy bidáh, but I consider it a sunnah. Look at the companions – when they went on jihād and travelled far and wide, what did they say in places they ...

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Love of the Prophet ﷺ

There could not be a better description, nor a more fitting title; undisputed by friend or foe, admirer or critic. It is that praise for which the apex of humility would eagerly come down to embrace, and proudly wear on its sleeve, as a medal of excellence: The love of the Prophet ﷺ. Everything Alahazrat did or said was in the love of the Prophet ﷺ. He was drowned in ...

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Reviver of the 14th Century

In a şaĥīĥ ĥadīth, narrated by Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah raDi'Allahu anhu, RasūlAllāh ﷺ has said: Verily, Allāh táālā will send my ummah [a scholar] at the head of every century who shall revive the religion for them. This ĥadīth is narrated by Abū Dāwūd in his Sunan, Ĥākim in Mustadrak, Bayhaqī in Márifah, Ţabarānī in Mújam al-Awsaţ, Abū Nuáym in Ĥilyah.[1] Suyūţī in his marginalia of Abū Dāwūd has said that it ...

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Alahazrat Avoiding Royals

Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan avoided meeting princes and royalty. Shāh Mahdī Ĥasan had once invited the Nawab of Rampur,[1] who was eager to meet Alahazrat, and sent a message to Alahazrat seeking his consent; but Alahazrat refused to go. On another occasion, during a stopover at Bareilly, the Nawab sent his chamberlain with a gift of 1500 rupees, requesting an audience; Alahazrat, stood in the doorway and told the ...

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Alahazrat’s Generosity, Kindness and Contentment

He gave away his clothes or things without hesitation and particularly when the poor or needy asked him, he never refused. Friends and relatives gifted him expensive clothes and Alahazrat would give them away the same day or within a few days. In winter, it was his practice to distribute quilts to the poor. Once his younger brother had an expensive quilt made for him and a poor man came ...

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Alahazrat – Following the Prophetic Character

Alahazrat was pious, virtuous and mindful of the sunnah right from his childhood. He spent his entire life studying, researching, writing about and teaching Islām. He was exceedingly cautious and scrupulous in his affairs and strived to follow the sunnah in every word and deed. He was the epitome of simplicity and humility. His manner was modest and without affectation; many people who came from afar were astonished and could ...

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Alahazrat as an Orator

Alahazrat would not make speeches and when he did, it was usually when he was forced by others to speak. He would begin by saying: “I am a man who is incapable of preaching to my own self – how can I give counsel to others? However, if any of you wishes to inquire of a legal [sharaýī] ruling, I will answer - if I know the answer; because it ...

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Computational Skill

On another occasion, Shaykh Muĥammad Kichauchawī[1] who usually handled fatāwā related to inheritance, had to calculate the shares of fifteen branches (and their descendants) in the family tree. He took a whole day to compile his answer and came to Alahazrat for verification. The question was read out to Alahazrat that fifteen members of a line had all died leaving behind a number of descendants, whose names were read out. ...

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Process Optimisation

Once Mawlānā Amjad Álī and three others were handed a set of 29 letters [by Alahazrat]. These four scholars would read the letters aloud and Alahazrat dictated the answer and they would write down the answers. The queuing process was quite efficient: the first scholar would read the letter and Alahazrat would dictate a few lines and by the time the first scribe was busy writing, the second would read the ...

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Alahazrat’s Piety

Alahazrat was exceedingly pious, strict in adherence to sharīáh and brooked no laxity in any religious matter. Whether in word or in deed, he abstained from anything that contradicted the sharīáh, or anything that was opposed to the sunnah. He always held things in his right hand and started with the right side. He even wrote numbers from the right.[1] He always donned his clothes and shoes as prescribed in ...

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