Those pious personalities who passed away or their ‘Urs is celebrated in Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam

Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam is the eighth month of the Islamic year. Those blessed companions, Islamic scholars and pious saints whose ‘Urs or day of demise falls in this month, out of them, 19 were mentioned briefly in the Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam 1438 AH edition of the monthly magazine ‘Faizan-e-Madinah’. Introduction of further [pious] personalities is as follows:

Sahabiyyat

1 Umm-ul-Mu`mineen [mother of believers], Sayyidatuna Hafsah Bint ‘Umar Bin Khattab رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا was born 5 years before the declaration of the Nubuwwah [Prophethood] in Makkah. She passed away in Sha’ban 45 AH in Madinah Munawwarah and was buried in Jannat-ul-Baqi’. She would keep Siyam [fasts] abundantly, perform worship abundantly, have a great interest in the science of Hadees and Fiqh [Islamic Jurisprudence], was extremely courageous, and a truthful woman. The number of Ahadees narrated by her are 60. (Tabqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 8, pp. 65-69; Faizan Ummahat-ul-Mu`mineen, pp. 94-115)

2 Sayyidatuna Umm-e-Ayman Barakatah Bint Sa’labah Habshiyah رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا was the foster mother of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the one who loved the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم immensely and obtained the honour of serving him, wife of Sayyiduna Zayd Bin Haarisah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, mother of Sayyiduna Usamah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and the one who embraced Islam in the early days. She رَضِیَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهَا migrated to both places, Ethiopia and Madinah. She passed away either in Sha’ban or Ramadan 10 AH or in Muharram 23 AH. (Zurqaani ‘alal Mawahib, vol. 1, pp. 308)

Islamic scholars

3 Sayyiduna Imam-e-A’zam Abu Hanifah Nu’man Bin Saabit رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 70 or 80 AH in Kufa (Iraq) and passed away in Baghdad on 2nd Sha’ban 150 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Baghdad (Iraq). He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه is a Taabi’i pious saint, Mujtahid[1], Muhaddis[2], a prominent personality of the Islamic world, founder of the Hanafi school of thought, and leader of millions of Hanafis. (Nuzhat-ul-Qaari, vol. 1, pp. 110, 164; Khayraat-ul-Hisaan, pp. 31, 92)

4 Shaykh ul Islam, Sayyiduna Imam Lays Bin Sa’d Misri رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 94 AH in Qarqashandah (Al-Qalaj, province of Qalyubia), Egypt. He was the Muhaddis of his time and Mufti[3] of the people of Egypt. He passed away on 15th Sha’ban 175 AH in Egypt. His blessed shrine is situated in Qarafah Sughra (Shara’ Imam Lays, Cairo), Egypt. (Hadaiq-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 140; Tareekh Ibn ‘Asakir, vol. 50, pp. 347, 349)

5 Imam-ul-Hanafiyyah, Sayyiduna Abul Hasan ‘Ubaydullah Karkhi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 260 AH in Karkh, Jadan (Iraq), and passed away on 15th Sha’ban 340 AH. He was laid to rest in Baghdad (Iraq). He was Mujtahid-fil-Masa`il, Mufti of Iraq, Shaykh-ul-Hanafiyyah and an embodiment of piety and asceticism. His book ‘Usool-e-Karkhi’ is his unique work in the rulings of Fiqh. (Tareekh-ul-Islam liz-Zahabi, vol. 25, pp. 48; Usool-e-Karkhi, pp. 366)

6 Ibn-ul-Kitab, ‘Allamah Jamaluddin Muhammad Bin Mukarram Ibn Manzoor Afreeqi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 630 AH in Egypt and passed away in Sha’ban 711 AH in Cairo, Egypt. He was a great author, historian, teacher of the [Islamic] scholars and Qadi [Islamic judge] of Tarablus. His Arabic dictionary ‘Lisan-ul-‘Arab’, comprising of various volumes, is a means of his global acclaim. (Lisan-ul-‘Arab, vol. 1, pp. 5; Ad-Durr-ul-Kaaminah, vol. 4, pp. 262, 265)

7 Teacher of the author of Durr-e-Mukhtar, Sayyiduna Muhammad Mahasini Aafandi Dimashqi Hanafi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 1012 AH in Damascus, Syria and passed away in Sha’ban 1072 AH. He was laid to rest in Bab-e-Faradees, Syria. He was an eminent [Islamic] scholar, teacher in Jaami’ Ummavi, and the Khateeb of Jaami’ Damascus. His footnotes on Sahih Muslim are his wonderful work. (Khulasa-tul-Asar, pp. 408, 411; Hadaiq-ul-Hanafiyyah, pp. 438)

8 Qutb of Syria, Imam ‘Abdul Ghani Nabulusi Hanafi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 1050 AH in Damascus, Syria. He was an illustrious [Islamic] scholar, poet and writer, teacher of the [Islamic] scholars, ‘Arif-Billah and author of over 250 books and booklets. He passed away on 24th Sha’ban 1143 AH. His blessed shrine is in Salihiyah, Damascus, Syria. Al-Madina-tul-Ilmiyyah has translated his book named ‘Al-Hadiqa-un-Nadiyyah’ with the title of ‘Islah-e-A’maal’. (Islah-e-A’maal – translated, vol. 1, pp. 56-70)

9 Muhaddis-e-A’zam Pakistan, ‘Allamah Maulana Muhammad Sardar Ahmad Qaadiri Chishti رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 1323 AH in the district of Gurdaspur (Mauza’ Diyaal Garh, East Punjab), India and passed away on 1st Sha’ban 1382 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Sardarabad (Faisalabad, Punjab), Pakistan. He was teacher of the [Islamic] scholars, a distinguished Muhaddis, Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, founder of Sunni Razavi Jaami’ Masjid and Jami’ah Razawiyyah Mazhar-e-Islam, Sardarabad. Moreover, he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was among the leaders of the Ahl-us-Sunnah. (Hayat Muhaddis-e-A’zam, pp. 27, 334)

10 Sharaf-e-Millat, ‘Allamah Muhammad ‘Abdul Hakeem Sharaf Qaadiri رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 1363 AH in Mazarpur (district Hoshiarpur, Punjab), India. He was teacher of the [Islamic] scholars, Shaykh-ul-Hadees and Tafseer, author and translator, Peer-e-Tareeqat and among the leaders of Ahl-us-Sunnah. He passed away on 18th Sha’ban 1428 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Juditional Colony, Lalazar, Phase – 2, Markaz-ul-Awliya, Lahore, Pakistan. (Sharaf-e-Millat Number Lahore, pp. 126)

Blessed pious saints

11 Shaykh-ul-Mashaaikh, Haafiz Abu ‘Abdur Rahman Muhammad Sulami Muhaddis Neeshapuri رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 325 AH in Nishapur (Khorasan province), Iran. He was an Islamic scholar, Haafiz-ul-Hadees, commentator of the Holy Quran, teacher of [Islamic] scholars, author of various books and an accomplished Wali [pious saint]. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه is the author of Tabqat-us-Sufiya. He passed away on 3rd Sha’ban 412 AH and was laid to rest in Nishapur. (Al-Muntazam, vol. 15, pp. 150, 151; Tabqat-us-Sufiya, pp. 15)

12 The renowned Wali, Sayyiduna La’l Shahbaz Qalandar Haafiz Sayyid Muhammad ‘Usman Marwandi Suherwardi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 573 AH either in Marwand (district Haraat), Afghanistan or Marand, Azerbaijan. He passed away on 21st Sha’ban 673 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Sehwan Shareef (district Jamshoro, Bab-ul-Islam, Sindh), Pakistan. He was proficient in the fields of religious knowledge and piety and asceticism, and was matchless in spirituality. (Tazkirah Awliya-e-Pakistan, vol. 1, pp. 144-159)

13 The Qaadiri Buzurg, Sayyid Abul Hasan Musa Pak Shaheed Multani رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 952 AH in Uch Shareef (district Bahawalpur, South Punjab), Pakistan. He passed away on 23 Sha’ban 1001 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Madina-tul-Awliya Multan. He is a descendant from the lineage of Sayyiduna Ghaus-e-A’zam, and Murshid [spiritual guide] of renowned Shaykh-e-Tareeqat of the Qaadiri spiritual chain, the famous Muhaddis, Shaykh ‘Abdul Haq Dihlvi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه. (Tazkirah Awliya-e-Pakistan, vol. 2, pp. 403-406)

14 Aeeshan, Peer Sayyid Khawand Mahmood Bukhari Naqshbandi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was born in 971 AH in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. He passed away on 12th Sha’ban 1052 AH. He was Haafiz of Quran, Islamic scholar, writer and Buzurg [pious saint] of the Naqshbandi spiritual chain. His beautiful shrine is situated in Begumpura (near Engineering University, Baghpura) Markaz-ul-Awliya, Lahore. (Tazkirah Khanwadah Hazrat Aeeshan, pp. 54-109)

15 Qadi of Kashmir, Khuwajah Fathullah Siddeeqi Shataari رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was probably born in the district Rohtak (Haryana), India. He was an Islamic scholar, Qadi-ul-Qudda[4] Kashmir and author of books. He passed away on 8th Sha’ban 1088 AH. His blessed shrine is situated in Gulhar Shareef (in the vicinities of Kotli), Kashmir. (Qadi Fathullah Shataari, pp. 59-207)



[1] Someone who can derive the rulings of Fiqh himself

[2] An expert in the science of Hadees

[3] Such highly skilled Islamic scholar who has the authority of issuing Fatwas [Islamic verdicts]

[4] The most superior [Islami] judge

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