Noble Saints of Islam, Respected Scholars of Islam

Remembering our Pious Predecessors

Mawlana Abu Majid Muhammad Shahid Attari Madani

Dhū al-Qadah al-Ḥarām is the 11th month of the Islamic year. Regarding the noble saints and scholars of Islam that passed away in this month, 107 of them have been briefly mentioned in the 1438-1444 AH Dhū al-QaꜤʿdah editions of Faizan-e-Madinah Monthly Magazine. 12 more are mentioned herein.

Noble Saints of Islam رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ

1.   Ghawth al-Ḥaqq, Sayyidunā Makhdūm Nū Surūr Lufullāh iddīqī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 911 AH, in Hala in Matiari district, Sind. He passed away there on 27th Dhū al-Qadah, 988 AH. His resting place in Hala is visited profusely. He was born a saint and possessed ilm ladunnī. A shaykh in the Suharwardiyyah Uwaysiyyah Surūriyyah order, he was known for his saintly marvels and translated the noble Quran into Persian.[1]

2.   Maqbūl al-Nabī, Sayyidunā ꜤAbd al-Ramān Wujūdī Luknawī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 1161 AH, in Kot Makhdūm ꜤAbd al-akīm, Ghotki district, Sind and passed away on 6th Dhū al-Qadah, 1245 AH in Lucknow (UP; India). His resting place effuses blessings. He was a major scholar, accomplished writer, and renowned saint.[2]

3.   Sayyid Mahdī asan Mārihrawī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 1287 AH. The grandson of Shāh Āl-i-Rasūl, he was a murshid respected by all, noted for his generosity and served as spiritual head of the Marehrah spiritual lodge. He was laid to rest here after passing away on the 18th of Dhū al-Qadah 1361 AH.[3]

4.   Fanā fi al-Rasūl, Sayyidunā Khawājah Nūr Muhammad Murtazāˈī Mujaddidī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 1314 AH, in Sheikhupura’s Qila Lal Singh. Known for his immense love of Allah’s Messenger صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, he spent his entire life guiding others to righteousness, and passed away on the 2nd of Dhū al-Qadah 1377 AH. His resting place can be found in Usman Ganj, Lahore. He was an erudite scholar, Quranic exegete, hadith specialist, accomplished debater and a spiritual guide with profuse blessings.[4]

5.   Sayyid ābir usayn Bukhārī Qādirī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 1321 AH, in Rawalpindi’s Ghora Gali Murree. He passed away on the 18th of Dhū al-Qadah 1378 AH and was laid to rest in Peshawars Abdara Sharif. A shaykh in the Qādirī order, he was known for his profuse spiritual striving and sufi mannerisms.[5]

Respected Scholars of Islam رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ

6.   Imam Abū al-usayn Ayyūb b. asan Nīshāpūrī anafī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was a student of Imam Muhammad b. asan Shaybānī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه renowned for his juristic expertise, abstinence and piety. He passed away in Dhū al-Qadah 251 AH.[6]

7.   Mawlānā Ghulām Qub al-Dīn Muayyib Naqshbandī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was a great devotee of Allah’s Messenger, a scholar, poet in Arabic and Persian, and spiritual head of the Afaliyyah spiritual lodge in Ilahabad, UP, India. He left India to perform Hajj in 1186 AH and passed away in al-Madinah al-Munawwarah in Dhū al-Qadah 1187 AH.[7]

8.   Mawlānāakīm Sirāj al-aqq Badāyūnī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was the son of the scholar and independence activist, ꜤAllāmah Faiz Amad Badāyūnī. Born in 1246 AH, he passed away on 28th Dhū al-Qadah 1323 AH. He was an expert in rational and transmitted sciences, a prolific teacher, a poet in Arabic and Persian, a prolific writer, and a skilled physician.[8]

9.   Allāmah Muhammad Awwal Khān Mardānī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه acquired Islamic knowledge from scholars of the Ahl al-Sunnah and proceeded to spend 40 years teaching. He penned marginal notes upon a host of academic works, whilst his students numbered in the thousands. He passed away on the 3rd of Dhū al-Qadah 1357 AH. His resting place is found in Mardans Behram Kheyl village, Shahbazgarh, attached to Jāmi Masjid Sahib-e-Haqq.[9]

10.   ꜤAllāmah ꜤAāˈ Muhammad Bandyālvī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was an unmatched scholar and prolific teacher. He was born in Dhoke Dehman, interior Padhrar, Khushab District of Punjab. He passed away on the 4th of Dhū al-Qadah 1419 AH and was laid to rest at his birthplace. Not only was he an expert in rational and transmitted sciences but was also renowned for his unrivalled teaching in the rational disciplines. Thousands of scholars studied under him, and despite his busy teaching schedule he authored over two dozen works.[10]

11.   Mawlānā Muhammad Akram Faizī Shāh Jamālī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was a shaykh of tafsīr and hadith born on 24th Jumādā al-Ākhirah 1359 AH, in Sandela Sharif in Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan. His initial studies were conducted under the tutelage of local scholars, after which he took entry to Jāmiah Arabiyyah Sirāj al-Ulūm (Khanpur), and completed Hadith studies in Jāmiah Arabiyyah Anwār al-Ulūm (Multan).

He wrote numerous works and founded Dar al-Ulūm iddīqīyyah Shāh Jamāliyyah Akram al-Madāris. Many religious institutions were established under this. He passed away on the 8th of Dhū al-Qadah 1438 AH and around 100,000 people took part in his funeral prayer. His resting place is at Shāh Jamāliyyah spiritual lodge, Murshidabad Sharif, near Aaliwala in Dera Ghazi Khan. [11]

12.   Amīn al-SharīꜤah Mufti Abd al-Wājid Qādirī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه was born in 1352 AH in Dharbanga, Bihar, India and passed away in Amsterdam, Holland on 13th of Dhū al-Qadah 1439 AH. He was laid to rest at his birthplace. He was a student, disciple, and successor of Imam Amad Razā Khān’s two sons, Mufti AꜤẓam Hind and Hujjat al-Islām رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ. Alongside being an erudite mufti and poet who composed an entire anthology, he was an outstanding teacher and excellent speaker. He wrote over 50 books, headed or established 16 masājid and madāris, and was the leading Islamic authority of Holland. Fatāwā Europe was his magnum opus.[12]

[1] Tadhkirah Awliyā-i-Sind, p. 370

[2] Nuzhat al-Khawāir, vol. 7, pp. 281-284; Anwār Ulemā-i-Ahl-i-Sunnat Sindh, p. 408; Nūr al-Ramān, pp. 15 - 94

[3] Tārīkh Khāndān-i-Barakāt, pp. 45,58; Tadhkirah Nūrī, p. 246

[4] Khawājgān-i-Murtazāiyya, p. 551; Tadhkirah Awliyā-i-Lahore, pp. 420-425

[5] Encyclopedia Awliyā-i-Kirām, vol. 1, pp. 590 - 591

[6] Al-abaqāt al-Saniyyah fi Tarājim al-anafiyyah, vol. 2, p. 225; Tārīkh al-Islām, vol. 19, p. 89

[7] Tadhkirah Shuarāˈ ijāz, pp. 360,364,365

[8] Mawlānā Faiz Amad Badāyūnī, p. 63

[9] Tadhkirah Ulamāˈ wa Mashāˈikh Sarhad, vol. 2, pp. 240-241

[10] Tadhkirah Fualāˈ Bandiyāl, pp. 80-108

[11] Faiz Shāh Jamālī, pp. 76-77





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