THE DISTINCTION OF DĀRUL ‘ULŪM DEOBAND

Muftī Muḥammd Shafī‘ (1897 – 1976) narrates the following statement from his father, Mawlānā Muḥammad Yāsīn Deobandī (1865 – 1936) [1], about his experience at Dārul ‘Ulūm Deoband in the late 19th century: “I witnessed such a period at Dārul ‘Ulūm [Deoband] when, from the headmaster to the lowest teacher, from the chancellor to the…

Dharb of ‘Allah Allah’

  If water falls drop by drop on a stone, it makes a hole in it. So it is impossible that dharb of ‘Allah Allah’ is struck (on the heart) and and the heart does not become tender. Keeping away from all types of gains or losses, placing the Greatness of Allah ahead, keep striking you…

Letter of Khwājah Muḥammad Maʿṣūm Sirhindī (2)

Letter 58, written to Mullā Qāsim, “Honoured sir! Ṣalāh is the Miʿrāj of the believer. The state that you perform your Ṣalāh in, is like the state of your Miʿrāj, and is superior to all spiritual states. Other states compared to Ṣalāh is like a picture compared to reality. For example, consider the reflection seen…

The Track ( Maslak ) of Darul Uloom Deoband

The track of Darul Uloom Deoband, shall be in accordance with the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, Hanafiate practical method (Mazhab) and the disposition (Mashrab) of its holy founders, Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Qasim Nanautavi (Allah’s mercy be on him!) and Hazrat Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi (may his secret be sanctified). The preservation of the track of Darul Uloom…

Letter of Khwājah Muḥammad Maʿṣūm Sirhindī

  Letter 177 written to Mullā Jamālud Dīn, “It is necessary that in resolving to bring about the implementation of Islāmic Law, that you be active and alert. Make ordering good and forbidding evil your habit and way. Reviving abandoned Sunnahs should be considered a great work. Try to hide the spiritual occurrences which befall…

Advice of Khwājah ʿAbdul Khāliq Ghajadwānī

One day Khwājah ʿAbdul Khāliq Ghajadwānī رحمه الله took the hand of his son, Khwājah ʾAwliyāʾ Kabīr رحمه الله , in his hand and said, “O my son! Make Taqwā your distinguishing feature. Be firm with your Wazhāʾif and worship. Meditate over your condition. Fear Allāh. Fulfil the rights of Allāh, Rasūlullāh ﷺ and the…

Maulana Husayn Ahmad Madani in the words of Shaykh Zakariyya Khandalwi

Hadhrat Maulana Husayn Ahmad Madni (ra) probably needs no introduction. He is among the senior khulafa (successors) of Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (ra.) He was appointed as Head Teacher and Shaykh al-Hadith of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband after ‘Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (ra) had left the post. He filled this position for approximately 28 years. Prior to…

Submission before Allah

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned: My beloved friends! Express submission before Allah Ta’ala, (that Being who has complete control over everything), and everything will become submissive and obedient to you. The incident of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) is well known, where they were once in the jungles of Africa and they…