Ashiquei RAsool s.a.w, Bareily ki Shaan, Hum Sunniyo ki Jaan, Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Fazilei Bareyli r.a
BRIEF HISTORY OF ALA HAZRAT IMAM AHLE SUNNAT MAULANA SHAH AHMAD RAZA KHAN REHMATULLAH ALAIH
Imam Ahle Sunnat Maulana Shah Ahmed Raza Khan Rehmatullah Alaih was born on a Monday, the 10th of Shawaal 1272 A.H. (14th June 1856), at the time of Zohar Salaah in a place called Jasoli, which is in the city of Bareilly Shareef, India.A few days before the birth of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, his father, Allama Mawlana Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, had a wonderful dream. He immediately disclosed this dream to his father, Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who interpreted this dream by saying: “This is a sign that you are going to be the father of a child, a boy, who will grow up to be pious and knowledgable. His name will gain prominence from East to West.”This was the good news that was given to Allama Mawlana Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih concerning the birth of none other than the “emerald from amongst the Treasures of Almighty Allah”, the “sweet-scented rose from the fragrant garden of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam”, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Rehmatullah Alaih.The date of birth of A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was extracted by himself from the Holy Quran. “These are they in whose hearts Allah has inscribed faith and helped them with a spirit from Himself.” (58:2)
The name that was given to him at birth was the beautiful name of “Muhammad.” The name corresponding to that year of his birth was “Al Mukhtaar.” His grandfather, a great Scholar of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaah, Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, also gave the young child the beautiful name of “Ahmed Raza.” It was by this name that he was famously known. Much later in his life, A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih added the title “Abdul Mustafa” to his name signifying his great love and respect for Sayyiduna Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The Grand Mufti of Makkatul Mukarramah, Sheikh Hussain bin Saleh Makki Rehmatullah Alaih, also gave him the title of “Zia’udeen Ahmed.”
ILLUSTRIOUS FAMILY HISTORY
Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al-Qaderi Rehmatullah Alaih, was the son of Allama Mawlana Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who was the son of Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who was son of Allama Mawlana Mohammed Kaazim Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who was the son of Allama Mawlana Shah Mohammed Azam Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who was the son of Allama Mawlana Sa’adat Yaar Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, who was the son of Allama Mawlana Sa’eedullah Khan Rehmatullah Alaih. The great forefathers of A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih migrated from Qandhar (Kabul) during the Mogul rule and settled in Lahore. Allama Mawlana Sa’eedullah Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, the first forefather of A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih, held a high government post when he arrived in the Indo-Pak sub-continent. His son, Allama Mawlana Sa’adat Yaar Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, after gaining victory in the city of Ruhailah, was elected as the Governor of that city. Allama Mawlana Hafiz Kaazim Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, the son of Mawlana Mohammed Azam Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, was a Tax-collector in the city of Badayun. His son, Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, the illustrious grandfather of A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih, did not serve in the Government. It was from this generation that the heads of the family began to adopt Tassawuf as their way of life.We have included a very brief history of A’la Hadrat’s Rehmatullah Alaih father and grandfather.
A’la Hadrat’s Rehmatullah Alaih father, Hadrat Mawlana Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih, received his education at the hands of his father, Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih. He wrote more than 50 books, among them, “Suroorul Quloob fi Zikri Mouloodul Mahboob”, which received a very high distinctive position amongst Islamic literature. The treatise is characteristic in its condemnation of the enemies of Islam, both internally and externally. A’la Hadrat’s Rehmatullah Alaih father passed away in 1297 A.H. (1880) when he was 24 years old.
One of the greatest Sufis of his time, Allama Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih was born in the year 1224 A.H. He was also a great warrior and fought with General Bakht Khan against English invaders in the year 1834. He received his early education at the hands of Molwi Khaleerur Rahman. At the age of 23, he had already completed his Islamic education, earning certificates of distinction in various fields of knowledge. He passed away in the month of Jamaadi-ul-Awwal in the year 1282 A.H. (1866). A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was at this time only 10 years old.
IMAM AHLE SUNNAT REHMATULLAH ALAIH PIETY AS A CHILD
A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was a child of 4 years when this incident took place. On that particular day, he was dressed in a long Kurta. As he stepped out of his house, a few female prostitutes walked past him. In order to cover his eyes, A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih quickly held the bottom of his Kurta with both his hands and lifted the Kurta over his face. When one of the prostitutes saw what he did, she said, “Well! Young man. You covered your eyes, but allowed your Satr to be shown.” With his face and eyes still covered, the young A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih replied, “When the eyes are tempted, then the heart becomes tempted. When the heart is tempted, then the concealed parts become tempted.” So shocked and affected was this woman on hearing such a reply from a child that she lost consciousness.
Another incident which happened in the Month of Ramadaan also s hows A’la Hadrat’s Rehmatullah Alaih piety and fear of Allah. Fasting was not Fardh (obligatory) upon him because he was still a child, but on that day he intended to keep fast. It should be known that for a little child to keep fast in India during the summer season was very difficult. The average temperature on a summer’s day rises to approximately 50 degrees Celsius. On that day, the heat of the sun was intense. Hadrat Allama Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih took his young son, A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih, into a room where sweets were kept. He closed the door and said, “There, eat the sweets.” A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih replied that he was fasting. His father then said, “The fasting of children is always like this. The door is closed and no one is looking. Now you may eat.” On hearing this, the young A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih respectfully said, “Through Whose command I am fasting, He is Seeing me.” On hearing this answer from a little child, tears began to flow from the eyes of Hadrat Allama Naqi Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih. He then left the room with A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih.
IMAM AHLE SUNNATS REHMATULLAH ALAIH FIRST LECTURE
Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih delivered his first lecture at the age of 6 years. It was during the glorious month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih stood on the Mimbar (Pulpit) and delivered a lecture before a very large gathering which also consisted of Ulema. His lecture lasted for approximately 2 hours. A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih spoke on the Wilaadat (Birth) of Sayyiduna Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. He brightened the hearts of the listeners with the love of Sayyiduna Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The people listening were thoroughly impressed by the maturity and eloquence of this lecture which was being delivered by a 6 year old child!
HIS INTELLIGENCE AS A CHILD
A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was so gifted and intelligent that there was no need for him to study beyond the fourth Kitaab of his course under the tutorship of any of his teachers. He studied the remaining Kitaabs by himself and used to later ask his teachers to test him.Once, his teacher asked him, “Mia! Are you a Jinn or a human being? It takes me much time to teach a lesson, but it does not take you much time to learn the same lesson.” A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih answered, “Praise be to Allah that I am a human.”When he was 8 years old, A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih wrote a Mas’ala concerning Fara’idh (Fards). When his father looked at the answer, he happily remarked, “If only some adult could answer in this manner.”At the age of 10, when he was studying the Kitaab, “I’lm-us- Thuboot,” under the guidance of his father, he noticed a few objections and answers of his father on the side of the page. A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih studied this book carefully and wrote such a well- explained footnote that even the need for an objection was ruled out. His father came across his research on that objection. He was so delighted that he stood up and held the young A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih to his heart and said, “Ahmad Raza! You do not learn from me, but you teach me.”
Professor Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Head of Department: Urdu, Sindh University, Sindh (Pakistan) said: “Allama Hadrat Ahmed Raza Khan Rehmatullah Alaih is among the outstanding scholars. His deep learning, intelligence, vision and acumen, surpassed that of great contemporary thinkers, professors, renowned scholars and orientalist. Indeed, there is hardly any branch of learning that is foreign to him.”
ASTONISHING EVENTS OF CHILDHOOD
At the age of 3, A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was once standing outside the Raza Musjid in Bareilly Shareef. An “unknown” person, attired in an Arabian garb, approached him and spoke to him in the Arabic language. Those who were present and witnessed this incident heard the young A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih converse with the person in pure Arabic. They were surprised. The person who spoke to A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih was never seen again in Bareilly Shareef!
A Majzoob (one drowned in his love for Almighty Allah Azzowajal) by the name of Hadrat Basheeruddeen Sahib Rehmatullah Alaih used to live at the Akhoon Zada Musjid in Bareilly Shareef. He spoke harshly to anyone who visited him. A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih wished to meet this Majzoob. One night, at about 11 o’clock, he set off alone to meet him. He sat respectfully for about 15 minutes outside the Majzoob’s house. After some time, the Majzoob became aware of him and asked, “Who are you to Mawlana Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih.”
A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih replied that he was the grandson of Hadrat Raza Ali Khan Rehmatullah Alaih. The Majzoob immediately embraced him and took him into his little room. He asked A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih if he had come for any specific matter, but A’la Hadrat Rehmatullah Alaih said that he had come to ask him to make Dua for him. On hearing this, the Majzoob, for approximately half an hour, made the following Dua: “May Allah have mercy on you, May Allah bless you.”
Karaamats of Aala Hazrat (Radi Alla Anhu)
Without any exaggeration, an entire book on the Karaamats (Miracles) of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) can be compiled. In this time, the greatest Karaamat that any person can display is his followance of Shariat-e-Mustafa (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) never fell short of this in any way. We also wish to state that, in reality, the mere existence of AalaHazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was a miracle on its own.
Janaab Amjad Ali was a resident of Bhasouri. He was a dedicated mureed of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). 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 then sentenced to death by hanging. 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 Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) 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 the queen, certain prisoners were granted pardon. 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 Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), not only was Amjad Ali pardoned but, many other prisoners were pardoned.
In Bareilly Shareef, there was a person who suspicious about Ulama, Awliyah and Peer-o-Murshid and Mureed relationships. One of his friends, who was on his way to meet Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), asked this person to accompany him and meet Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). He also suggested that by discussing his false concepts and beliefs with Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), he will 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 Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). They entered his blessed house and sat there. A mureed arrived and brought some sweetmeats. It was the procedure in the court of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) 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 Ulama. Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu), 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 get one.” Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) replied, “Give him two. He desires to have two.” When the person heard this he immediately repented and became the mureed of Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). His desire was to receive two shares and he realised that Aala Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was even aware of the thoughts in his heart.
ALA HAZRAT REHMATULLAH ALAIH JIHAD AGAINST THE INSULTERS OF SAYYIDUNA RASUULULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM
Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) spent much of his time also refuting those who insulted the dignity of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He left no stone unturned in safe-guarding the dignity and integrity of Holy Prophet, in spite of being personally attacked by the misguided. These personal attacks did not bother him in the least bit!
Allamah Abdul Hamid, Vice Chancellor of Al Jamia Al-Nizamiyya(Hyderbad, India), said:
“Mawlana Ahmed Raza Khan was a Sword of Islam and a great commander for the cause of Islam. He may justifiably be called an invicible fort that helped to defend the bsic tenets and ideas of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.”
It is on accord of his untiring efforts that due respect and regard for the Messenger of Allah, Holy Prophet Muhammad and other Sufis and Saints of Islam is still alive in the Muslim Society. His opponents had to mend their ways. No doubt he is the Imaam (Leader) of the Ahle Sunnah. His written and compiled works reflect immense depth and vision.”
Justice Allamah Mufti Sayyid Shuja’at Ali Qadri (Radi Allah Anhu), Shariah Court, Government of Pakistan (Islamabad), said:
“He was pious like Ahmad bin Hambal (Radi Allah Anhu) and Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (Radi Allah Anhu). He had true acumen and insight of Imam Abu Hanifa (Radi Allah Anhu) and Imam Abu Yusuf (Radi Allah Anhu). He commanded the force of logic like Imam Razi (Radi Allah Anhu) and Imam Ghazzali (Radi Allah Anhu), bold enough like Mujaddid Alf Thaani (Radi Allah Anhu) and Mansoor Hallaj (Radi Allah Anhu) to proclaim the truth. Indeed, he was intolerant to non-believers, kind and sympathetic to devotees, and the affectionates of the Holy Prophet .”
The adversaries of A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) levelled many accusations and tried desperately in defending their Kufr statements. After much proofs, when it became absolutely clear to A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) that certain misguided individuals were not prepared in withdrawing their Kufr statements and making Tauba, and in order to protect Islam, he passed Kufr Fatawas against those persons.
We should remember that he passed the “Fatawa-e-Takfeer” (Kufr Fatawa) against those persons who insulted the status and dignity of Almighty Allah and His Rasool . He passed the Fatawa-e-Takfeer on persons such as Ashraf Ali Thanwi, Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi and Khalil Ahmad Ambetwi and others because, through their writings, it was evident that they had insulted the Holy Prophet .
We will quote some of the following blasphemous statements that were made by them:
In page 51 of “Baraahin Qatia”, Khalil Ahmed Ambetwi says:
“After looking at the condition of Satan and the Angel of Death, it can be gained that they possess a great depth of knowledge and this has been proven from Quran and Ahadith. To prove such knowledge for Fakhre Aalam (Muhammad) without proof from the Quran and Ahadith, but from common sense, is a false thought. If, to do so is not a Shirk, then in which category of faith does it fall?”
In page 6 of “Hifzul Imaan”, (Printed in Mazahirul Uloom), Ashraf Ali Thanvi says:
“If Knowledge of the Unseen refers to partial knowledge, then what speciality is there in Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Such knowledge is possessed by Zaid and Amr (any Tom, Dick and Harry), every child, insane people and all types of animals.”
In page 5 of “Tahzeerun Naas”, (Published in Makhtaba Fayz Nazd Jami Masjid Deoband), Qasim Nanotwi says:
“Prophets are superior to their followers only in Knowledge, but in good deeds, followers sometimes seem equal and occasionally even become superior to them.”
In Part 2, page 12 of “Fatawa Rasheedia”, (Published Makhtaba Rasheedia Jami Masjid Delhi), Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi says:
“The word ‘Rahmatul lil A’lameen’ is not a speciality of Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). But other Prophets, Saints and great Ulema are also cause for mercy unto the worlds, even though Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the highest of them all. Therefore, to use this word on others, is also permissible.”
If one examines the original books that were written by such persons, one will find other similar disrespectful statements found in their writings. Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) cautiousness in declaring a person a Kaafir is to be noted in many of his books.
In his book, “Subhaanus Subooh”, he academically destroys the arguments of Molwi Ismail Dehlwi. Yet, at the end of the book, A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) says,
“The Ulema have not termed this individual as a Kaafir, therefore, one has to be careful.”
Once again, refuting the arguments of Molwi Ismail Dehlwi and a few of his “infamous” followers in another book, “Al Kaukabatush Sha’haabiya”A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) says,
“In our opinion (the opinion of Islam), to term a person a Kaafir and to control one’s tongue is an act of extreme precaution and analysis.”
In another treatise entitled, “Sallus Suyooful Hindiya”, A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) states:
“There is indeed a difference between accepting words of Kufr and branding a person a Kaafir. We have to be extremely careful. We have to remain silent. If there is the minutest possibility that he is still a Muslim, we should fear terming that person a Kaafir.”
In his book, “Subhaanus Subooh”, Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) says,
“We do not give any comment on the Kufr of Molwi Ismail Dehlwi, simply because Sayyiduna Rasulullah has warned us against terming the Ahle Qibla as Kaafirs. (It is only possible) to term a person a Kaafir if his Kufr becomes clear as the sun and the minutest indication does not remain that he is a Muslim.” (Tamheed-e-Imaan, pg. 42-43)
From the above statements, we clearly see how careful A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was, in terming a person a Kaafir. He was merely fulfilling his duty as a conscientious and responsible Muslim. The fault was indeed of those individuals, who even after being warned, remained steadfast in their own beliefs and words of Kufr.1 2 3As we have already stated earlier, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu) sent many of the blasphemous and insulting statements to the Ulema of Makkatul Mukarramah and Madinatul Munawwarah for clarification. They did not hesitate in passing the Fatawa of Kufr against such people who insulted Almighty Allah Azzowajal and the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
IMAM AHLE SUNNATS REHMATULLAH ALAIH OTHER BRANCHES OF KNOWLEDGE ATTAINED FROM VARIOUS ULEMA
CORRECT RECITATION WITH TAJWEED
NAMES OF NARRATORS OF AHADITH
BIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY PROPHET (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ARABIC AND LITERATURE
A’la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) states:
“These ten branches of knowledge, I achieved at the feet of the following teachers:
Syed Shah Aale Rasool Mahrahrewi (Rehmatullah Alaih)
Maulana Naqi Ali Khan(Rehmatullah Alaih)
Shaykh Ahmad Bin Zain Dahlaan Makki (Rehmatullah Alaih)
Shaykh Abdur Rahman Makki (Rehmatullah Alaih)
Shaykh Hussain Bin Slaeh Makki (Rehmatullah Alaih)
Syed Shah Abul Hassan Ahmad Noori (Rehmatullah Alaih)”
BRANCHES OF KNOWLEDGE ATTAINED WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF ANY TEACHER
A’la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) learnt:
THE TWELVE BRANCHES OF MATHEMATICS
SCIENCE OF INHERITANCE,
SCIENCE OF PROSODY
SCIENCE OF HISTORY
PROSE IN HINDI
PROSE IS PERSIAN
IN-DEPTH STUDY OF ARABIC
IN-DEPTH STUDY OF PLAIN PERSIAN WRITING
When A’la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) was questioned about his amazing capabilities in solving intricate and confusing Mathematical theories, and as to who his mentor was, he replied,
“I did not have a teacher in this field. Whatever you see, I achieved within the four walls of my room. This is indeed through the grace of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).” (Al Mizaan, pg. 342)
The above are merely a few branches of knowledge in which A’la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) reached such great heights of proficiency that he was considered to be the inventor of that branch of knowledge!
An example of this is to found in his book, “Ar Raudal Baheej fi Adaabut Takhreej”, dealing with the Principles of Chronomatic Recording of Ahadith. Commenting on this, the famous Historian, Mawlana Rahmaan Ali, (M.P. Madya Pradesh) states,
“If there are no books to be found on the subject of Chronomatic Recording of Ahadith, then A’la Hadrat (Rehmatullah Alaih) can be considered to be the very inventor of this branch of knowledge”. (Tazkerah Ulema-e-Hind, pg. 17)
Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih As An Astronomer
Thrilling news appeared in the English daily “Express” of the 18th October 1919 published from Bankipur, Patna (Bihar). It was regarding a unique and dreadful forecast made by Prof. Albert of USA, who happened to be an astronomer and mathematician of international repute. Its gist was as under:
“On 17th December, 1919, six planets which are most powerful viz. Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Neptune will be in conjunction and the Sun will come in opposite direction of these planets. These planets will fetch the Sun towards them with all their gravity. The result will be that the magnetic properties of these planets will pierce into the Sun and it will inflict hole into the sun, which will be in the shape of a big dagger. And, such a stain on the sun will be visible which everybody would see on the 17th December 1919 with naked eyes. Prof. Albert further predicted that conjunction of such planets, which was not witnessed for the last twenty centuries, would cause disorder in the air and it would bring about big storms, terrible rains and powerful earthquakes. The earth will return to its normal position after several weeks”.
The news spread like wild fire. Panic gripped the whole world. Some of the Muslims fell prey to it as well. Mawlana Zafaruddin of Bihar Rehmatullah Alaih, a disciple and caliph of Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih apprised Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih of such forecast of Prof. Albert. Thereupon, Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih wrote an article belying the forecast tooth and nail brandishing it as baseless and bogus, which was published in the monthly “Al Raza” of Bareilly.
This contradictory article too gained equal publicity. Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih was challenging Prof. Albert. A Mawlawi was challenging an astronomer. An Indian was challenging an American. It was towards the middle of November and the people were waiting impatiently for 17th December. In order to allay the fear on the part of his Muslim brethren, Alahazrat rose to the occasion and chose to get his article published. Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih consoled the frightened Muslims and advised them:
“Muslims, be afraid of Allah. Don’t be afraid of Albert. His forecast is false and baseless. It is neither desirable nor permissible for you to pay any heed to it”.
Interestingly enough, Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih gave as many as seventeen arguments to disprove the said forecast. The arguments advanced by Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih are astronomical and technical. Men of common understanding cannot understand. So, it is of no use to reproduce them in full. However, those who can and those who wish to make a deep study of these arguments, may please go through the booklet “Prof. Albert F. Porta Ki Peshin Goi Ka Rad” published from Maktaba Gharib Nawaz, Allahabad.
However, to present something for a common man, I would like to point out that Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih argued vehemently that the very basis of such forecast was wrong. The forecast was based on the principle that the “sun is stationary and the earth moves around the sun”. In the light of the Holy Quran, Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih declared: “The sun and moon do move according to their course. They are sailing within a circle. It is earth (not sun) that is stationary around which the sun and other planets revolve”.
According to the working of Prof. Albert, the mutual distance of six planets as on 17th December 1919, worked out to 26 degree, whereas Ala Hazrat presented a detailed chart depicting the real position of such planets as on 17th December, according to which, such mutual distance worked out to 112 degree. There was such a lot of difference between the two.
Prof. Albert gave all the weigh to Law of Gravitation. Confuting it, Alahazrat argued that the said conjunction did not conform with the Law of Gravitation as well. Either of the two shall have to be discarded then. Have all the planets made a pact to attack the sun alone? Why will they not attack each other, Alahazrat quipped? If the Law of Gravitation is correct, it is bound to affect all – more effect upon what is nearer and sharper effect upon what is weaker. When the attack of six planets can cause such an injury to the sun, then why the Saturn could not be destroyed by the gravity of the remaining five planets, especially when the Saturn is smaller than Sun by thousand times, Alahazrat asked.
Mars is smaller than Saturn. Mercury is the smallest of all. So in this way, these are bound to be shattered into pieces. What an absurd it is to believe that the weaker might not suffer at all and the strongest (sun) will lose the battle, Alahazrat argued. Even on the basis of the Law of Gravitation, there can be no such conjunction of planets, Alahazrat declared. That is Alahazrat beat Albert from both ends.
By and by, the time passed and the crucial day of 17th December arrived. As the sun rose, the panic-stricken people began to take it as Doomsday. The routine life went to standstill. Clouds of horror hovered heavily. Some people laid hope in Albert. Some people laid hope in Alahazrat. The names of Albert and Alahazrat were running on the lips and tips of one and all. By the grace of Almighty Allah, the day went off peacefully. The sun set setting the pandemonium at rest. Nothing untoward took place anywhere. The position of Albert was all burst.
Everybody witnessed that what Alahazrat had observed and declared, came true word by word. It bagged three cheers for Alahazrat. Prof. Albert also conceded the talent of Alahazrat in the field of astronomy.
Fatwa On Marrying A Convert
Fatwa on marrying a convert
What is the opinion of the fuqaha in the following matter: A sharīf converted a cobbler woman (non-muslim) to Islam, married her and brought her home. When his kin came to know that this sharīf has tarnished the name of a family of Qadiri Sayyids and keeps a cobbler- woman covered (in Hijâb) at home, [they were enraged].
This woman has been a widow for the past two years. All the muslims in the neighborhood and the Hindus [joined them] uncovered the woman, dragged her out in the street; they humiliated and dishonored this woman. Non-mahram men even beat her and they locked her up in the police station.
My question is, does Allah Azzowajal and His Rasool Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam permit such treatment of this newly convert woman?
Are those who treated this woman in such a manner sinful or the sharif who converted her and married her?
Is it permitted by the shariáh to boycott this sharif and expel him from the community?
Is there any way that the woman can become an equal (kufw)?
[Sayyid Ábd al-Karīm Qādiri Rizwi, Masjid Gharib Shah, Pahar Ganj, Delhi. Shawwāl the 9th, 1339 Hijri]
To convert someone to Islam is an act of great virtue that shall beget a great reward. It is also a good deed to marry her and keep her veiled in his home. To expel (such a man who does so) from the community or boycott him is gross oppression and cruelty.
Those who treated that muslim woman (as described above) have committed a grave sin. It is Haram and emphatically Haram, oppression and cruelty to do so. Whosoever has done so has transgressed the rights of men. (ĥaqq al-íbād) Allah Azzowajal and His Rasool Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam will be unhappy with such people. For a pubert man, there is no condition that the woman should be an equal.
And Allāh knows best.
Ala Hazrat Rehmatullah Alaih on refuting heretics
A student of Imâm Râzi Radi Allah Anhu questioned an illiterate peasant: ‘What is your faith?’ He replied ‘I am a Sunni Muslim’. The student asked, ‘Do you have any doubts about this creed?’ The man replied:’I seek Allâh’s refuge. I am convinced that the creed of Ahlus Sunnah is true; I am sure of it with certainity as I believe that the sun is present in the afternoon’. The student broke into tears and wept so much that his shirt was soaked and said: ‘I am still unsure as to which is the most correct creed.’
Therefore it is said that the initiates, but even the masters shouldn’t read the books of the heretics. It is not permitted to look into them unless there is a need (like refuting them). After all we are human; who knows, something (from the heretic’s belief) might settle in the heart – we seek Allâh’s refuge – and may go astray and fall into perdition.
Imâm Hârith al-Muhâsibi Rehmatullah Alaih wrote a book refuting the heretics. And that was the first book refuting heresy [it is said]. Imâm Ahmed (ibn Hanbal) Rehmatullah Alaih stopped talking to him. Imâm Hârith Rehmatullah Alaih said, ‘Did I do anything wrong? After all I have refuted the heresies’ Imâm Ahmed Rehmatullah Alaih replied: ‘Is it not possible that the heresies you have copied in your book to refute may take root in the hearts of Muslims, and make them go astray?’
In the olden days many heresies were put down by the power of the sword. In these days we can do nothing but refute. In fact it is obligatory (Fard) to refute the heretics.
It is in the Hadîth: ‘when mischief and heresy is widespread, and the scholar does not refute them (demonstrate his learning), then Allâh’s Azzowajal damnation is upon him and the curse of the angels and men. Allâh Azzowajal will neither accept his obligatory nor superoragatory worship’.A heretic met Imâm Sa`yeed ibn Jubayr Radi Allah Anhu on the road. He said ‘Sir, I want to ask you something’. The Imâm said, ‘I don’t want to listen anything’. The heretic said, ‘But sir, please listen to just one word’, the Imâm gestured placing his thumb on his little finger and said, ‘I won’t listen to HALF a word’. When asked about it, he replied: ‘He wanted to simply argue’.
Come to think of it. The superiors (akâbir), the most knowledgeable amongst them are so careful and wary of such matters. Whereas these days we observe the ignorant folk arguing with the arya samajis and wahabis. They don’t seem to be concerned nor afraid of anything! (Only) that person who is a master of sciences, he who knows the pitfalls the nuances of argument, and he who has all the force and he who has all the weaponry with him should venture into refuting the heretics. Even then, where is the need for such a man should go in a forest full of jackals? Yes, when there is a pressing need, he (such a scholar) is compelled. He should do tawakkul on Allâh Azzowajal and use his weapons.
IMAM AHMED RAZA (Radi Allah Anhu) AND HIS IMPACT IN THE WORLD TODAY
IMAM AHMED RAZA (Radi Allah Anhu) AND HIS IMPACT IN THE WORLD TODAY
No tribute to Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) could be complete without understanding the sustained restlessness of the Imam in providing true leadership throughout his life, when he was faced with leading the Muslims in a fragile moment in the history of Islam in the Indo-Pak sub-continent. The continued emergence of false sects like the Qadianis, Wahabis, and other sects which sought to prove that Almighty Allah indulges in falseness – Ma’aazallah, Summa Ma’aazallah – proved a genuine threat when these sects began imitating unsuspecting but uneducated Muslims into their fold. It was against such a background that Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) rose forth to defend the true Islamic principles as a scholarly giant, and in doing so, also succeeded in securing a place in the Urdu language as a literary giant in Na’athia Kalam.
In typical tyrannical behaviour, the envious opponents of the Imam embarked on futile attempts at issuing propaganda aiming to discredit the Imam by labelling him as an “innovator” and “mischief maker”; and announcing that the sole providers of Islamic research in the Indo-Pak sub-continent were the Deobandi Ulema. It is interesting to note that history has proved that the volume of work the Imam had completed in Islamic Research singlehandedly was beyond the capability of the entire Deobandi Ulema to this day.
We thank the Almighty Allah Azzowajal that as He unfolds the truth before the masses. Islamic scholars the world over are recognising the Imam’s superiority in issuing Islamic judicial decrees with incisiveness and substantiated detail. Today, expensive research is being taken on the Imam’s writings and decrees the world over in the Urdu, Persian, Arabic and English languages. Special permissions for such research were made in Birmingham University, England, Holland, India and Pakistan.
Little publicised is the fact that Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) produced more researched decrees in annihilating Bid’at practices in India in the last century than any other scholar. Established anti-Islamic customs in Muslim society were accepted without question until Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) started a reform campaign armed with Quranic injunctions and researched Hadith to wipe out such customs.
More than just issuing Fatawas, Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) prepared researched treatises on an academic level on these issues which fast saw the decline of most of the anti-Islamic practices. To this day the Muslim masses benefit from his Fatawa-e-Razvia, Ahkam-e-Shariat, Irfaan-e-Shariat, Al Malfooz, Fatawa-e-Africa, etc. which deal with almost every masaa’il of our day-to-day life.
Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) was very sensitive to the pains and afflictions that befell the Muslim Ummah. In this regard he used every scholarly resource at his disposal to assist the Muslims regain their honour in the face of all anti-Islamic forces.
In his Hada’iq-e-Bakshish he wrote an entire nazm “Soona Jungle” warning the Muslims about safeguarding their Imaan. This Nazm became very popular with the masses as its clear message was arranged in a style that appealed to the masses. It should be the duty of the Ulema and organisers of Meelad to popularise this Nazm in our society as it stirs up the fear of Almighty Allah and the Aakirah in the minds of the listeners.
GREAT BREAKTHROUGH AT THE AL AHZAR UNIVERSITY
The famous Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt has granted permission for a graduate to research on the topic of A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) and his services for Hanafi Fiqah. This research is towards the M.Phil. Degree and Mushtaq Ahmed Shah of Pakistan is doing this research.
IMAM AHMED RAZA (Radi Allah Anhu) AND MEDICINE (TIBB)
Hakeem Mohammed Saeed Dehlwi, the founder of Madinatul Hikmat University, Karachi (Research Centre for Unani Medicine) and owner of Hamdard Dawa Khana did research and compiled A’la Hazrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) theory about medicine. The book is titled, “Imam Ahmed Raza aur Fann Tibb,” and is printed and published in Pakistan.
IMAM AHMED RAZA (Radi Allah Anhu) FOUNDATION
The IARF was recently established in the Kerala State India to research and propagate the teachings of Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu).
NEW TRANSLATIONS OF IMAM AHMED RAZA (Radi Allah Anhu) PUBLISHED
The “Islamic Times” of the U.K. has recently published two articles by A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu). These are: (1) “A Commentary upon Paper Currency Notes,” which was researched and translated by Dr. Muhammad A. Junejo and (2) “Imam Ahmed Raza and Topology,” by Dr. Abdul Naim Azizi of Jasoli, Bareilly Shareef.
HISTORIC A’LA HAZRAT (Radi Allah Anhu) MAZAAR STAMP PRINTED BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
The Postal Services Department of the Indian government have acknowledged the Islamic and Academic services of the great Mujaddid (Reviver) of Islam, A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al-Qaderi (Radi Allah Anhu). They have printed a new Indian stamp portraying the Mazaar Shareef of A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) in full colour. The words “A’la Hazrat Barelvi” have been printed along the side of the stamp in English and Hindi. This stamp is currently being sold at all Post Offices in India. This is India’s way of saluting a great genius and Islamic scholar of his time, A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu).
RESEARCH WORK ON IMAM AHMED RAZA KHAN (Radi Allah Anhu)
Hazrat Maulana Ahmed Raza Khan, an eminent jurist, also known as A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was born at Bareilly, India in 1856. He completed the Holy Quran at the age of four and became astonishingly well-versed in more than fifty branches of learning, pertaining to Ancient Sciences, Current Sciences and Oriental Learnings and left contributions in all these academic disciplines.
At Makkah Mu’azzama and Madina Munawwara, he was visited by many scholars who received diplomas and fatawas from him. Due to his distinction in this field, the Islamic world acknowledged him as a great Jurist. The renowned poet of the East, Dr. Allama Iqbal, remarked, “Such a genius and intelligent Jurist did not emerge.” Despite being well-versed in scores of branches of knowledge, he restricted his interest to the following branches:
To support and defend the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).
To uproot the innovations prevalent in the Muslim society.
To issue fatawa according to the Hanafi School of Jurisprudence.
In short, he was a Jurist, Theologian and a Reformer whose life revolved around the mott, “Love the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam).”
In recognition of this eminent personalities life, the following researches are being carried out by these individuals, amongst others:
Dr. Usha Saanyaal, Ph.D Colombo University, “Ahmed Raza and the Ahle-Sunnat Wa Jamaat Movement (1921-1947)”, Oxford University, Press, New Delhi.
Dr. Ghulaam Qureshi Dastageer, who translated A’la Hazrat’s Qalaam in English which was published in the “Islamic Times” U.K.
Muhammed Muazzam Ali who wrote “Fundamental Faith of Islam -Treaties of Ahmed Raza”
Prof. J.M. Baljo of Leiden University, Holland, who presented and delivered research material on A’la Hazrat at an international forum.
British scholar, Dr Muhammad Haroon, who has compiled a thesis on “The World Importance of Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu) Khan Bareilly.”
RESEARCH AND TRANSLATION OF A’LA HAZRAT’S (Radi Allah Anhu) WORKS
A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu), the Muslim Revivalist (Mujaddid) of the previous Islamic Century, wrote and compiled numerous commentaries and treatises on various topics. As an author, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al-Qaderi (Radi Allah Anhu) has left to his credit more than a thousand books on fifty different subjects ranging from Tafseer, Logic, Grammar, Literature, Islamic Jurisprudence, Education, Sociology, Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, History, Science of History, Engineering, Biographies, Philosophy, Mysticism to Persian, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi Literature. His poetry includes such works as “Mustapha Jaan-e-Rahmat.” At present, many Islamic and Western universities, colleges and Darul Uloom’s, throughout the world, are researching and translating the works of this great Muslim scholar. Some of the countries in which research is being carried out are: India, Pakistan, United States of America, England, Holland, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and South Africa. Perhaps one of his more famous scientific theories lies in his proof that the sun and other bodies revolve around the earth!
UNIVERSITIES CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON A’LA HAZRAT’S (Radi Allah Anhu) WORKS
More than twenty five Universities throughout the world are actively researching the works of the great Islamic Scholar and Saint, A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu).
“KANZUL IMAAN” NOW AVAILABLE
“Kanzul Imaan”, the internationally renowned Urdu translation of the Holy Quran by A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al-Qaderi (Radi Allah Anhu) has been translated into the English language by many Islamic scholars. This momentous task was first undertaken by Professor Fatimi, a highly acclaimed academic of the University of Kuwait. He had it published in Karachi, Pakistan. The second translation was undertaken by Professor Shah Fareedul Haq of Pakistan and was published in India and Pakistan. The commentary notes on “Kanzul Imaan” by Sadrul Faadhil, Maulana Na’eemuddeen Muradabadi (Radi Allah Anhu) has been translated into the English language by Dr. Professor Majeedullah of Lahore, Pakistan. A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza’s (Radi Allah Anhu) translation of the Holy Quran – “Kanzul Imaan” – is now available from our offices. This translation of the Holy Quran is in the English language, but is without a commentary (Tafseer). It is a must in every Muslim home.
KANZUL IMAAN IN SINDHI
The Urdu translation of the Quran, “Kanzul Imaan” by A’la Hazrat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu) has been translated into the Sindhi language by Mufti Muhammad Raheem Sikandari.
KANZUL IMAN – HOLY QURAN IN CREOLE LANGUAGE
In Mauritius A’la Hazrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) Kanzul Iman has been translated into the Creole language, thanks to the combined effort of Maulana Mansoor and Maulana Najeeb of Mauritius. This historic translation of the Holy Quran was first published on 17-01-96 under the guidance and patronage of the Khatib of the Jaame Masjid Mauritius, Hazrat Allama Shameem Ashraf Azhari. Many Ulema and politicians also partook in this great service. The translation was greatly welcomed and accepted by all
NEW RESEARCH MATERIAL ON A’LA HAZRAT (Radi Allah Anhu)
Three new research thesis on A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) by Professor Dr. Muhammad Mas’ood Ahmad was published in Pakistan. Two of his books, viz. “Fundamental Faith of Islam” and “Imam Ahmad Raza – The Reformer of the Muslim World”, are in English and one in Arabic. Whilst numerous books and research on A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) has been published in Urdu, only a limited material is available in English and Arabic. This move is, therefore, greatly encouraged. (Ashrafia Monthly Mubarakpur)
PH.D ON A’LA HADRAT (Radi Allah Anhu)
Twenty-one (21) Scholars in Pakistan have completed their research works on A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) and have received their Doctrate. Amongst them were:
Professor Dr Hafiz Abdul Baari Siddiqi
Professor Dr Majeedullah Qaaderi, who is also doing a indepth research on the works of A’la Hadrat (radi Allahu anhu).
Alhamdulillah, eleven volumes of A’la Hazrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) scholarly work “Fatawa Radawiyyah” has now been published by Darul Uloom Amjadiya under the expert supervision of Qari Raza-ul-Mustapha Azmi. This famous work, which contains hundreds of questions and answers pertaining to almost every aspect of Islamic life, is in the Urdu language. It is available from Sartaj.
T.V. DOCUMENTARY ON A’LA HAZRAT (Radi Allah Anhu)
An investigative and informative documentary on the life and services of A’la Hazrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was broadcast by the National Pakistan Television. It was featured as a special programme of “Television Encyclopedia.” This programme was unanimously applauded and due to popular public demand it was presented once again on the occasion of Urs-e-Razvi.
Consequently, a learned and well-known scholar of “Razviat,” Sayyed Aarif Ali Razvi, of Kalyaan Bombay has exhorted the Doordarshan, India’s state television channel, to present an indepth documentary on the life of Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu).
A’LA HAZRAT’S REHMATULLAH ALAIH HISTORY INCLUDED IN ENCYCLOPEDIA
The Islamic book publications section of the Punjab University is to launch a new Urdu Encyclopedia of Islam. In the 10th volume, pages 278 to 287, incorporates a brief history of the life and works of A’la Hazrat, Imam-e-Ahle Sunnat, Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu). This brief history was prepared by Professor Dr Muhammad Ma’sud Ahmed, M.A. Phd., on the request of Dr.Sayed Abdullah.
RESEARCH ON A’LA HAZRAT’S REHMATULLAH ALAIH “FAUZ-E-MOBEEN”
Scientists from the Allama Iqbal Open University in Islamabad have taken a keen interest in researching A’la Hazrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) “Fauz-e-Mobeen” which deals with the movement of the sun and planets around the earth. At present, research is about to commence on the subject.
CHRISTIAN CONVERTS TO ISLAM AFTER READING “KANZUL IMAAN”
In 1974, Dr. Hannif Faatimi of London University brought the Professor of Kuwait an English translation of “Kanzul Imaan” (A’la Hazrat’s (Radi Allah Anhu) translation of the Holy Quran) for printing. Prof. Faatimi at that time had met a Christian scholar who had revealed that he was interested in reading more about Islam. Prof. Faatimi was two-minded about giving him an English copy of Kanzul Imaan. Eventually, he gave him a copy to read. The Christian scholar, after reading this translation, accepted Islam.
SUNNI BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM RAZA ACADEMY – UNITED KINGDOM
1. Why I accepted Islam by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
2. Islam and Punishment by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
3. Eid Milad an Nabi by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
4. Islam and the Limits of Science by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
5. Importance of Truth of Holy Quran by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
6. The World Importance of Imam Ahmed Raza by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
7. Imam Ahmed Raza and British Converts to Islam by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
8. The Prophet of Mankind by Prof. G.D. Qureshi
9. Islamic Concept of Knowledge by Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu)
10. Parents Obligations to Children by Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu)
11. Sunni Islam and the Rule of Allah Alone by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
12. The Roots of Islamic Fundamentalism by Dr. Muhammad Rizvi
13. Sufism in Perspective by Imam Ahmed Raza (Radi Allah Anhu)
14. The World Importance of Ghaus-al-Azam Hazrat Sheikh Muhyiddin Abdul Qadir Jilan (Radi Allah Anhu) by Dr. Muhammad Haroon
Write to: Raza Academy, 16 Carmichael Street, Edgeley, Stockport SK3 9JX, United Kingdom
NEW SUNNI BOOKS FROM LONDON
The Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (London) has published three new books:
(1) Satanic Scholars
(2) The Greater Majority – The Group of Salvation
(3) Did the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) possess a shadow?
To obtain these books send and other free literature send a large SASE to: Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (South London), P.O. Box 4281, London, SW18 1EF, U.K.
SUNNI BOOKS AVAILABLE FROM OVERSEAS: IDARA-E-MAS’UDIA – PAKISTAN
1. The Novelties (English Version of the Urdu treatise “Na’iy Na’iy Batain”) by Dr. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmed M.A., Ph.D., Gold Medalist
2. Respect and Reverence (English Version of the Urdu treatise “Ta’zim-o-Tawqir”) by Dr. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmed
3. Eids of Eids (Festivity above all Festivities) by Dr. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmed
4. Spiritual Significance of Affinity (English Version of the Urdu treatise “Nisbaton Ki Baharain”) by Dr. Muhammad Ma’sud Ahmed
5. The Knowledge of the Unseen (English Version of the Urdu Treatise “I’lm-i-Ghayb”) by Dr. Muhammad Mas’ud Ahmed
Love & Respect For The Descendants Of The Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)
It is A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) who showed the Muslim world how to respect the descendants or family of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). His entire life is filled such with incidents.
Many are aware of this famous incident. Once, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu) was invited to the home of a certain person. In those days, the Ulema were carried in chariots as a means of transport. A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) was sitting in one of these chariots that was carried by the chariot-bearers. As they proceeded along the way, Sayyiduna A’la Hadrat (radi Allahu anhu) suddenly commanded the chariot-bearers to stop. He immediately alighted from the chariot and asked, “Who is a Sayyad from amongst you? I am receiving the scent of a Sayyad.” One of the chariot-bearer’s, who was a Sayyad, was too scared to speak. Nevertheless, when A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) further prompted that person to reveal himself, he came forward and admitted that he was Sayyad.
With tears in his eyes, A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) fell at his feet and began asking for pardon. The Sayyad continuously asked A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) to refrain from doing so but, A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) continued asking for pardon, by saying, “Please forgive me. What would I do on the Day of Qiyamah if the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) asks me concerning this incident, and says to me that I showed disrespect to his family?”
The Sayyad readily forgave A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu). But this Aashiq-e-Rasool (Salla Allahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was yet not satisfied. He commanded the Sayyad to sit on the Chariot, and placing the chariot on his blessed shoulders, carried the Sayyad for the same distance which he had been carried!
Those who had been witnesses to this incident could not believe that the Imam of the Ahl as-Sunnah Wa’h Jama’ah, the Mujaddid of Islam was carrying a chariot-bearer on his blessed shoulders. But to A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu), that person that he was carrying was no ordinary chariot-bearer. It was a family of the Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)!
It has also been stated that a child, who was a Sayyad, used to live in the vicinity of Bareilly Shareef. The child used to play in the presence of A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) while A’la Hadrat (Radi Allah Anhu) would be busy writing. EACH TIME THAT THE CHILD RAN PASS THE DOOR OR CAME IN THE PRESENCE OF A’LA HADRAT (Radi Allah Anhu), HE WOULD STAND UP IN RESPECT FOR THAT CHILD. EVEN WHEN THE CHILD PASSED THE DOOR TEN TIMES IN A DAY, THEN A’LA HADRAT (Radi Allah Anhu) USED TO STAND UP TENS TIMES IN A DAY IN RESPECT FOR THAT SAYYAD CHILD.
When Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (Radi Allah Anhu) was asked about the Islamic punishment that was to be meted out to a Sayyad, he remarked, “Even though a Judge is called upon to declare judgement and punishment upon a Sayyad, and the penalty that he has decreed is within the tenets of Islam, he (the Judge), should not have the Niyah (intention) that he is punishing the Sayyad. Rather, he should think that a small amount of mud has smeared itself on the Sayyad’s feet, which he is merely washing away”. (Al Malfooz Shareef)