In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

This state­ment is being issued on the 11th of July 2017 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

It has now has reached us with great regret and sad­ness that the eru­dite Schol­ar Shaykh & Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) just passed away at Mad­i­na Munawwra. Death of a Schol­ar is a calami­ty in its own right but pass­ing away of a great per­son­al­i­ty such as Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) is an irre­place­able loss to the Mus­lim Ummah. We make Dua for Allah Ta’ala to for­give his sins and grant him the par­adise (Ameen).


We are remind­ed of this blessed say­ing of Nabi (Sal­lal­la­ho Alai­he Was­sal­lam) at this occa­sion:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَقْبِضُ الْعِلْمَ انْتِزَاعًا يَنْتَزِعُهُ مِنْ الْعِبَادِ وَلَكِنْ يَقْبِضُ الْعِلْمَ بِقَبْضِ الْعُلَمَاءِ حَتَّى إِذَا لَمْ يُبْقِ عَالِمًا اتَّخَذَ النَّاسُ رُءُوسًا جُهَّالًا فَسُئِلُوا فَأَفْتَوْا بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ فَضَلُّوا وَأَضَلُّوا

Sayyid­i­na Abdul­lah ibn Amr (RA) report­ed: The Mes­sen­ger of Allah (Sal­lal­la­ho Alai­he Was­sal­lam) said, “Ver­i­ly, Allah does not take away knowl­edge by snatch­ing it from the peo­ple but rather he takes away knowl­edge with the death of the schol­ars until he leaves no schol­ar behind and the peo­ple turn to the igno­rant as their lead­ers. They are asked to give reli­gious judg­ments with­out knowl­edge, thus they are led astray and lead oth­ers astray.” [Bukhari]

Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA)

By Mawlana Yunus Badat (Pre­ston)

In the name of Allah, the Com­pas­sion­ate, the Mer­ci­ful

Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) was born around 1945 in Nani Naroli (India).

He mem­o­rised the Quran in his local Mak­tab, Madrasa e Targeeb under by Mov. Ismaeel Sarkar Sahib RA & then went com­menced his Alimiyyah stud­ies at the famous sem­i­nary of Gujarat, Darul Uloom Jamia Hus­sainiyyah in Ran­der.

Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) would fre­quent Saha­ran­pur in the month of Ramadan, mak­ing Itikaaf and ben­e­fit­ing from the spir­i­tu­al dis­cours­es and com­pa­ny of Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulanaa) Zakariyya Kand­hal­wi (RA). After com­plet­ing his Alimiyyah, he indef­i­nite­ly went into the Khidmah of Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulanaa) Zakariyya Kand­hal­wi (RA), wish­ing to serve his spir­i­tu­al mas­ter as a full time atten­dant. Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) was total­ly devot­ed to his Shaykh, and on his first meet­ing with him he actu­al­ly faint­ed due to being over­whelmed.

In the Ramad­han of 1969 both Khadim and Shaykh were in the blessed city of al-Madī­nah al-Munawwarah, where Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulanaa) Zakariyya Kand­hal­wi (RA) one night after the Taraweeh called him and Shaykh Yusuf Mota­la and grant­ed both Ijazah as Khal­i­fa.

In 1972 Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) migrat­ed to the blessed city of al-Madī­nah al-Munawwarah, where he remained till his demise in 2017 (over 45 years).

Shaykh Maulana Ismaeel Badat (RA) led a very sim­ple life in extreme­ly mod­est dwellings. He was extreme­ly gen­er­ous towards the numer­ous pil­grims who would vis­it al-Madī­nah al-Munawwarah.

He would recite one full Quran every­day, sit­ting in the same spot in Majid-e-Nabawi, fac­ing the rest­ing place of our beloved prophet (peace and bless­ings be upon him). How for­tu­nate he was to be in the city of the noblest of mankind.

He leaves behind 4 sons, 2 daugh­ters & 24 grand­chil­dren, all resid­ing in Mad­i­nah. May Allah grant them patience and stead­fast­ness, and grant Marhoom a lofty sta­tus in the here­after, Ameen.

I humbly request you all to remem­ber Marhoom in your pious & sin­cere Duas.

Yunus Badat (Pre­ston, UK)
Mater­nal nephew of Mov. Ismail Badat RA

Detailed biog­ra­phy and thoughts of Shaykhul-Hadeeth (Maulana) Moham­mad Ayub Bande Ilahi to fol­low.