Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه
Bilal Husayn Attari
Amongst the great personalities born in Pakistan who contributed towards the dissemination of knowledge is Allamah Mufti Muhammad Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه. He was born on 29 Sha’ban 1352 AH (28 September 1933) in Mansehra, a city in the province of Khayber Pakhtunkhwa.
Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه learnt how to recite the Holy Quran from his honourable father, and he undertook his initial studies with his uncle Maulana Mahboob-ul-Rahman. In addition to attending a religious institution in Jeendar Sharif (Gujrat), he acquired knowledge from numerous other madrasas across Pakistan. In 1955, he graduated from Hizbul Ahnaaf, the central Dar-ul-Uloom in Lahore.
His passion for Hadith led him to the great Hadith scholar of Pakistan: Maulana Muhammad Sardar Ahmad Chishti Qadiri رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه. He acquired authorisation in Hadith (sanad) from Jami’ah Razawiyyah Mazhar-e-Islam in 1956, which is also where his graduation ceremony (Dastaar-e-Fazeelat) took place.
The list of his teachers includes the names of illustrious scholars, such as Maulana Sardar Ahmad Chishti Qaadiri, Maulana Mahboob-ul-Rahman, Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Anwar Shah and Allamah Ghulam Rasool Razavi رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ.
Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه served as headteacher at Jami’ah Nizamiyah Lahore in addition to his role as a teacher of Hadith (Shaykh al-Hadith). He also founded Jami’ah Razawiyyah in Sheikhupura and oversaw its affairs. Furthermore, he produced many written works, of which al-Tawassul, al-Aqaaid wa al-Masaail and Ilmi Maqalaat are most famous. 49 years of his life were spent in teaching and educating students, and 29 years were dedicated to teaching Hadith. His efforts led to the establishing of Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan—a prominent education board—for which he was the director and chair for 29 years.
He also worked on Imam Ahmad Raza Khan’s رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه scholarly 12 volume masterpiece Fatawa Razawiyyah. Tailoring it according to the needs of the time, Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه had its Arabic and Persian sections translated and oversaw its printing and publication in 33 volumes with references. 24 volumes were published during his lifetime, with the remaining nine being published after he passed away.
Mufti Abdul Qayyoom رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه was the teacher of hundreds of scholars. Amongst his famous students are names such as Allamah Abdul Hakeem Sharaf Qaadiri, Professor Mufti Muneeb-ul-Rahman (Director of Tanzeem-ul-Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan and head of Dar-ul-Uloom Na’eemiyyah), Allamah Muhammad Siddeeq Hazarvi, Maulana Abdul Sattaar Sa’eedi, Maulana Ziya-ul-Mustafa Qusoori, and Maulana Ghulam Naseer-ud-din.
Allah Almighty blessed him with four sons: Maulana Sa’eed Ahmad, Maulana Abdul Mustafa, Maulana Hafiz Abdul Mujtaba and Maulana Hafiz Abdul Murtaza رَحِمَهُمُ الـلّٰـهُ.
On 27 Jumadal Ukhra 1424 AH (Monday 26 August 2003) Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه suffered a cardiac arrest after Maghrib Salah and passed away in Lahore.
Prominent scholars from across the country and thousands of people participated in his funeral prayer.
Mufti Abdul Qayyoom Hazarvi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه, an embodiment of knowledge and wisdom, was laid to rest at Jami’ah Nizamiyah Razawiyyah, Sheikhupura (Punjab, Pakistan).
May Allah Almighty have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم