Hammad was sitting with his elder brother Imad and watching Madani Channel. The programme “A’la Hadrat and poetry” was on-air at that time.
Hammad: Dear brother! “Who is A’la Hadrat رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ
Imad: “I do not know about him either. Let’s ask Qaari Sahib in Madrasah tomorrow afternoon.”
Hammad: Yes, this is a good idea
Next day, when both brothers approached their Qaari Sahib for reciting glorious Quran, Hammad humbly said: “Qaari Sahib! We want to ask you something.”
Qaari Sahib: Yes dear son! What do you want to ask?
ammad: A programme was aired on Madani channel last night, the name ‘A’la Hadrat’ was being mentioned over and over again. Who is this [person] ‘A’la Hadrat?
Qaari Sahib: A’la Hadrat رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ was a great Islamic scholar and Waliyyullah (saint) who served Islam well throughout his life and exposed the enemies of Islam.
A’la Hadrat رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ was born in Bareilly (India). His real name is ‘Muhammad’ but his grandfather called him by the name of “Ahmad Raza” and he became renowned with the same name.
Imad: Qaari Sahib! Then why is he called A’la Hadrat ?
Qaari Sahib: “Great Islamic scholars and honourable Muftis used to seek guidance from him regarding Islamic rulings. He was a highly revered personality for everyone; it is for this reason the admirers remember him by the name of, ‘A’la Hadrat’ with affection.
Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ had blessed him with many eminent attributes. He رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ was so intelligent that he had completed ‘Naazirah Quran’ in the early age of just 4½ years. (Tazkirah Imam Ahmad Raza, pp. 3)
He had so excellent memory that he had memorised the Glorious Quran only in one month. He رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ wrote a first Fatwa in reply to a question at the age of ‘13 years, 10 months and 4 days’. He was an expert in many sciences. He رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ authored approximately 1000 books as well as translated the glorious Quran, entitled “Kanz-ul-Iman”.
Hammad: “I have heard that he also used to write Na’ats.”
Qaari Sahib: Yes! He not only used to write Na’ats but he also had excellent command over writing Na’ats. There were many great poets in his time but there was a big difference between his and their poetry and that was the difference of true love of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم which had blessed him with supremacy over all other poets. He رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ has authored one such a unique Na’at which is written in four different languages: Arabic, Persian, Hindi and Urdu.
Imad: Qaari Sahib! Is the collection of all his Na’ats available in the form of any book etc.?
Qaari Sahib: Yes! The Na’ats of A’la Hadrat رحمۃ اللہ تعالیٰ علیہ have been collected in one book, entitled “Hadaiq-e-Bakhshish”.
Imad: “We will certainly buy it and will recite Na’ats.”
Qaari Sahib: “May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless both of you with happiness and always grant you Taufeeq (ability) of reciting Na’ats of His Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم
Hammad and Imad: “Qaari Sahib! Thank you so much. You have told us about a very great Islamic scholar who conveyed the message of blessed Deen of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ to the Muslims.”