Our beloved Shaykh
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
It has now has reached us with great regret and sadness that the erudite Scholar, Shaykh Hasan Bodhanvi (RA) just passed away at Walsall (UK). Death of a Scholar is a calamity in its own right but passing away of a great personality such as Shaykh Hasan Bodhanvi (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]
Birth & influence of Father
Hadhrat Shaykh Maulana Muhammad Hasan (Damat Barakatuhum) was born in Bodhan Gujarat India in the year 1930. His father’s name was Yusuf (Rahmatullah Alaih).
His father besides being punctual of his obligatory duties was also very punctual in praying Nawafil (supererogatory) prayers particularly the nightly (Tahajjud) prayers, the Chasht and the Awwabin prayers. He passed away when Shaykh (DB) was about 12 years old. His father expressed his wishes before passing away to the relatives who came to meet him that he wanted to make his son an Alim (scholar of Islam).
Name: Muhammad Hasan
At birth Shaykh (DB) was given the name Hasan. However, when he went to study in Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel his Ustaadh (teacher) Maulana Abdul Jabbar Azmi (RA) stated that another name before or after Hasan should be added, so his Ustaadh started calling him Muhammad Hasan and Shaykh (DB) became well known by the name of Muhammad Hasan.
Memorisation of the Quran Majeed
Shaykh (DB) completed his Hifdh (memorisation) of the Qur’aan Majeed in about a year. His father would wake him up for Tahajjud Salah at about 3AM. Shaykh’s (DB) father prayed Tahajjud Salah while Shaykh (DB) would memorise his Hifz lesson, before going to Madrasah Shaykh (DB) would recite his lesson to his father daily.
Jamia Islamia Talimuddin Dabhel
Shaykh (DB) completed his first year of Persian by Maulana Musa Ameji (RA) in Bodhan and then enrolled in the Madrasah Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel in the year 1943 and studied for a further 8 years. At the time, the Mohtamim (rector) of the Madrasah was also one of Hadhrat’s teachers. He was the Grand Mufti of Gujarat, Mufti Isma’il Bismillah (RA).
Shaykh (DB) graduated as an Alim from Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel in the year 1951.
During Shaykh’s (DB) stay in Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel he always used to come first in his class.
Names of some of the notable Scholars from whom Shaykh (DB) benefited during his stay in Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel are Mufti Isma’il Bismillah (Rahmatullah Alaih), Maulana Yusuf Binnori (RA), Maulana Abdul Jabbar Azmi (RA), Maulana Shamsuddin Barodvi (RA), Maulana Ibrahim Chintaman (RA), Maulana Abdul Raouf Peshawari (RA) etc.
Darul Uloom Deoband
Shaykh (DB) then enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband to further his studies of Hadeeth.
Names of some of the notable Scholars from whom Hadhrat benefited during his stay in Darul Uloom Deoband are Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA), Maulana Ezaz Ali (RA), Maulana Ibrahim Balyawi (RA), Maulana Qari Muhammad Hifz ur Rahman (RA).
Ijaazah (permission) by Shaykh ul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmed Madani (RA)
Upon completion of his studies, Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) gave Shaykh (DB) special written Ijaazah of الاجازة المسندة لساءر الكتب والفنون المتداولة (Permission of all the Kitaabs and Sciences which are taught in the curriculum of Darul Uloom), Shaykh (DB) was also given special Ijaazah (permission) of Amaliyat by Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA).
Mazahir e Uloom Saharanpur & Ijaazah (permission) by Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA)
Shaykh (DB) then went to Mazahir e Uloom Saharanpur where he participated in the Dars (Lessons) of Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA). Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA) had a lot of love for Shaykh (DB) ,during lesson he would make Shaykh (DB) sit at the front with himself and not with the students. Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA) gave Shaykh (DB) written Ijaazah of Hadith Shareef.
Shaykh (DB) also had the opportunity of serving Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA) and participated in meals with him.
Bay’at to Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmed Madani (Rahmatullah Alaih)
Shaykh (DB) became Bay’at to Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) when he went to study in Darul Uloom Deoband in the year 1952. After getting Bay’at to Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA), Shaykh (DB) would go to Deoband to benefit from Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA). Shaykh (DB) would do the prescribed Adhkar and attend the Majlis of Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) which used to take place after Asar Salah.
Shaykh (DB) took the Adhkar up to Muraqaba from Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA).
Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) also gave permission to Shaykh (DB) to lead the Zikr Majlis.
Shaykh (DB) was Bay’at to Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) and received all the Adhkar from him and then received Khilaafat from Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA).
Shaykh (DB) has Ijaazah in multiple Silsila and his chain are as follows:
- Hadhrat Shaykh Maulana Muhammad Hasan (DB)
- Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA)
- Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi(RA)
- Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (RA)
- From here, the chains are given in the table below:
|Silsila Chistiya Sabiriya Imdaadia||Chistiya Nizaamia||Qadariya||Naqshabandi-Aafaaqiya||Naqshabandi-Imdaadia||Suharwardiyya|
|Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)||Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)||Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)||Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)||Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)||Sayyiduna Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam)|
|Ameerul-Mumineen Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib (RA)
||Ameerul-Mumineen Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib (RA)||Ameerul-Mumineen Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib (RA)||Khaleefatur-Rasool Sayyiduna Abu-Bakr (RA)||Khaleefatur-Rasool Sayyiduna Abu-Bakr (RA)||Ameerul-Mumineen Sayyiduna Ali ibn Abi Taalib (RA)|
|Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri RA||Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri RA||Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri RA||Sayyiduna Salman Farsi (RA)||Sayyiduna Salman Farsi (RA)||Hazrat Khwaja Hasan Basri RA|
|Hazrat Abdul Wahid bin Zaid RA||Hazrat Abdul Wahid bin Zaid RA||Hazrat Khwaja Habeeb Ajmi RA||Hazrat Qasim bin Muhammed bin Abu Bakr RA||Hazrat Qasim bin Muhammed bin Abu Bakr RA||Hazrat Khwaja Habeeb Ajmi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Fudhail bin Ayaaz RA||Hazrat Khwaja Fudhail bin Ayaaz RA||Hazrat Khwaja Dawood Tai RA||Hazrat Imam Jafar Saadiq RA||Hazrat Imam Jafar Saadiq RA||Hazrat Khwaja Dawood Tai RA|
|Hazrat Sultan Ibrahim Adham Balkhi RA||Hazrat Sultan Ibrahim Adham Balkhi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Maroof Karkhi RA||Hazrat Sultaan Baayazid Bustaami RA||Khwaja Imam Moosa Kaatham RA||Hazrat Khwaja Maroof Karkhi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mirashi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Huzaifa Mirashi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Sirri Saqqti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abul Hasan Kharqaani RA||Hazrat Imam Ali Ridhaa RA||Hazrat Khwaja Sirri Saqqti RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Abu Hubaira Basri RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Hubaira Basri RA||Hazrat Khwaja Junaid Baghdaadi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ali Farmadi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Maroof Karkhi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Junaid Baghdaadi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Ali Dinawari RA||Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Ali Dinawari RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Shibli RA||Hazrat Khwaja Yusuf Hamdhaani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Sirri Saqqti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Mumshad Ali Dinawari RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shaami RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ishaq Shaami RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Wahid bin Abdul Aziz Tamimi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abdul Khailq Gujadwani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Junaid Baghdaadi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Dinawari RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmed Abdaal Chisti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ahmed Abdaal Chisti RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abu Farh Tartuwsi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Aarif Riogri||Hazrat Sheikh Abu Bakr Shibli RA||Sheikh Abu Muhammed ibn Abdullah RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammed Chisti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Muhammed Chisti RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Ankaari RA||Hazrat Khwaja Mahmood Injir Faghnavi||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Qasim Nasrabaadi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Wajeehuddeen Abdul Qaahir Suharwardi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chisti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Yusuf Chisti RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abu Saeed Makhzoomi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Azizaan Ali RAamitni RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ali Daqqaaq RA||Hazrat Sheikh Dhiyaaud Deen Abul Najeeb Suharwardi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddeen Maudud Chisti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Qutubuddeen Maudud Chisti RA||Gauthuth Thaqalain Abdul Qaadir Jailani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Baba Samaasee||Hazrat Imam Abul Qasim Qusairi RA||Sheikh Shihabuddeen Suharwardi RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Hajee Shareef Az-Zindaani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Hajee Shareef Az-Zindaani RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdur RAzzaq Qaadri RA||Hazrat Sayyid Mir Kalaal RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abu Ali Farmidi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Bahauddeen Zakariyya Multaani RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Uthmaan Harooni Chisti RA||Hazrat Khwaja Uthmaan Harooni Chisti RA||Hazrat Sayyid Zainud Deen RA||Hazrat Sayyid Bahaauddeen Naqshabandi||Hazrat Khwaja Yusuf Hamdhaani RA||Hazrat Sheikh Sadruddeen Aarif Multaani RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Mueenud Deen Hassan Sanjaree RA||Hazrat Khwaja Mueenud Deen Hassan Sanjaree RA||Hazrat Sayyid Yahya Zaahid RA||Hazrat Khwaja Alauddeen Attaar RA||Hazrat Khwaja Abdul Khailq Gujadwani RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ruknuddeen Abul Fath Multaani RA|
|Hazrat Khwaja Kutubud Deen Bakhtiyaar kaaki RA||Hazrat Khwaja Kutubud Deen Bakhtiyaar kaaki RA||Hazrat SAyyid Abdul Wahaab RA||Hazrat Molana Yaqoob Charkhi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Aarif Riogri RA||Hazrat Sayyid Jalaaluddeen Bukhari Makhdoom Jahaanyan RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Fareedud Deen Masood Shakar Ghanj RA||Hazrat Sheikh Fareedud Deen Masood Shakar Ghanj RA||HAzrat Sayyid Abdul Qaddir RA||Hazrat Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar RA||Hazrat Khwaja Mahmood Injir Faghnavi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Ajmal Bahriachi RA|
|Hazrat Makhdoom Alawud Deen Ali Ahmed Saabir Kalyari RA||Hazrat Sheikh Nizaamud Deen Auliyaa RA||Hazrat Sayyid Ahmed Qudsi RA||Hazrat Molana Muhammed Zaahid RA||Hazrat Khwaja Azizaan Ali RAamitni RA||Hazrat Sayyid Budhn Bahriachi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Shamsud Deen Turk Paani Patti RA||Hazrat Sheikh Naseeruddeen Mahmood Chiragh Ad Delhlwi RA||Hazrat Molana Muhammed Maghribi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Durwesh Muhammed RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Baba Samaasee RA||Hazrat Sheikh Durwesh bin Qasim Audhi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Jalaalud Deen Kabirul Awliya Paani Patti RA||Hazrat Sayyid Muhammed Hussaini Gesu Daraz Banda Nawaaz RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdul Haqq RA||Hazrat Molana Khwajgi Umkangi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Mir Kalaal RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Quddoos Ganghohi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Haq RAdowlwi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Sadruddeen AwdhI RA||Hazrat Sayyid Ilyaas Maghribi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Baqi billah RA||Hazrat Sayyid Bahaauddeen Naqshabandi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ruknuddeen Gangohi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Aarif RAdowlwi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Alaud Deen AwdhI RA||Hazrat Sayyid Shah Qameesul Azam Qaadri RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf Thaani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Alauddeen Attaar RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Ahad Sirhindi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Muhammed RAdowlwi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ibn Hakeem AwdhI RA||Hazrat Sayyid Shah Muhammed RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Ma’soom RA||Hazrat Molana Yaqoob Charkhi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf Thaani RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qudoos Ganghohi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qudoos Ganghohi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abu Muhammed RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Naqshabandi Thaani RA||Hazrat Khwaja Ubaidullah Ahrar RA||Hazrat Sayyid Adam Binori RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Jalaalud Deen Thanesari RA||Hazrat Sheikh Jalaalud Deen Thanesari RA||Hazrat Sayyid Muhammed Gauth RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Zubair RA||Hazrat Molana Muhammed Zaahid RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdullah Akbar Aa’baadi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Nizaamud Deen Balkhi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Nizaamud Deen Balkhi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdul Haqq RA||Hazrat Khwaja Dhiyaullah RA||Hazrat Khwaja Durwesh Muhammed RA||Hazrat Shah Abdur RAheem Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Abu Saeed Ganghohi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Abu Saeed Ganghohi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdur RAzzaaq RA||Hazrat Shah Muhammed Aafaaq Dehlawi RA||Hazrat Molana Khwajgi Umkangi RA||Hazrat Shah Waliyullah Muhaddith Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Sheikh Muhibullah I’laahabaadi RA||Hazrat Sheikh Muhibullah I’laahabaadi RA||Hazrat Sayyid RAham Ali Shah Qamisi RA||Hazrat Molana Naseeruddeen Dehlawi RA||Hazrat Khwaja Muhammed Baqi billah RA||Hazrat Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Sayyid Shah Muhammadi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Shah Muhammadi RA||Hazrat Shah Abdur RAheem Shaheed Wilaayati RA||Kutubul Aktaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA||Hazrat Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi Mujaddid Alf Thaani RA||Hazrat Sayyid Ahmed Shaheed RAi Barelwi RA|
|Hazrat Shah Muhammed Makki RA||Hazrat Shah Muhammed Makki RA||Hazrat Miyanjeewoe Noor Muhammed Jhinjhanawi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Adam Binori RA||Hazrat Miyanjeewoe Noor Muhammed Jhinjhanawi RA|
|Hazrat Shah Azdud Deen Amrohi RA||Hazrat Shah Azdud Deen Amrohi RA||Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA||Hazrat Sayyid Abdullah Akbar Aa’baadi RA||Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA|
|Hazrat Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi RA||Hazrat Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi RA||Hazrat Shah Abdur RAheem Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Shah Abdul Baari Amrohi RA||Hazrat Shah Abdul Baari Amrohi RA||Hazrat Shah Waliyullah Muhaddith Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Shah Abdur RAheem Shaheed Wilaayati RA||Hazrat Shah Abdur RAheem Shaheed Wilaayati RA||Hazrat Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dehlawi RA|
|Hazrat Miyanjeewoe Noor Muhammed Jhinjhanawi RA||Hazrat Miyanjeewoe Noor Muhammed Jhinjhanawi RA||Hazrat Sayyid Ahmed Shaheed RAi Barelwi RA|
|Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA||Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA||Hazrat Miyanjeewoe Noor Muhammed Jhinjhanawi RA|
|Qutubul Aqtaab Hazrat Hajee Imdaadullah Muhaajir Makki RA|
Participating in Making the programme of Shaykhul Islam (RA)
Shaykh (DB) also participated in making the programme Schedule for the Tablighi tour of Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) coming to Gujarat, with Hajji Ibrahim Patel (RA) of Kosamba.
Benefiting from Shaykhul Islam (RA)
Shaykh (DB) went to Deoband to benefit from Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) before he passed away, he stayed with Shaykh ul Islam (RA) constantly for 4 months doing Dhikr, Adhkar.
When Haji Ibrahim Patel (RA) came to Deoband from Kosamba to meet Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA), he mentioned that he didn’t think that Shaykh (DB) would stay for such a long time because of the cold weather in Deoband, Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) smiled and said that he Shaykh (DB) will complete the whole year in Deoband. When Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) passed away Shaykh (DB) made intention to leave Deoband and go back home but Maulana Syed Asad Madani (RA) etc gave mashwara to not hasten in going back home, and to stay in Deoband, because of the mashwara Shaykh (DB) decided to stay in Deoband and completed one whole year, even though the family were persuading him to return back home, as stated by Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) that he will complete the whole year in Deoband, it was his blessings.
Shaykh (DB) also participated in the Janazah of Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) .
Shaykh (DB) was very close to Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) and his family, they were like part of his own family.
Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Raipuri (RA) & Hadhrat Shaykh Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA)
After the demise of Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Hussain Ahmed Madani (RA), Shaykh (DB) benefited from Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Qadir Raipuri (RA) and Hadhrat Maulana Zakaria Kandhelvi (RA) by attending their Majalis.
Hadhrat Maulana Syed Asad Madani (Rahmatullah Alaih) & Khilafat (Ijaazah of Bay’at)
Shaykh (DB) accompanied Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) on Tablighi tours in India, Bangladesh, UK etc.
Shaykh (DB) has Ijaazah in the 4 Silsilas, Chishtiya, Qadriya, Naqshbandiya, Soharwardiya.
Shaykh’s (DB) teachings of Azkar are based on Chishtiya SilSila.
Those who got Bay’at to Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA), he used to tell them to take Adhkar and keep spiritual connection with Shaykh (DB).
Invitation to teach at Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel
After graduating from Madrasah as a Alim Shaykh (DB) was invited to teach Alim class Kitaabs (because of his capability), by then Mohtamim (Principal) of Dabhel Madrasah Grand Mufti e Gujarat Mufti Isma’il Bismillah (RA) in Jamia Islamia Talim uddin Dabhel, but with respect Shaykh (DB) declined because of some personal issues and Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Syed Husain Ahmad Madani (RA) also advised Shaykh (DB) to stay in Kosamba as Imam.
Imamat in India
Prior coming to England UK, Shaykh (DB) stayed as a Imam in Kosamba Gujarat India where he served the people of Kosamba for about 17 years (1953 -1970).
Imamat in UK
Shaykh (DB) came to Walsall England UK in the year 1970, to serve the community of Walsall as an Imam & Ustaadh (teacher). He served the community of Masjid Al-Farouq for About 3 years and the community of Masjid Abu bakr for about 13 years.
Invitation to teach at Darul Uloom Bury
Shaykh (DB) was also invited by Maulana Yusuf Motala Saheb (DB) to teach in Darul Uloom Bury but the committee members of the Masjid refused to let him go, they persuaded him to stay and serve the people of Walsall.
Inviting Hadhrat Maulana Syed Asad Madani (RA) to the UK
Allah Ta’ala made Shaykh (DB) the means of Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) coming to the UK.
After coming to Walsall England UK Shaykh (DB) requested Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) by writing letters, to visit UK, so that the people in UK can benefit from him, at first Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) declined, but then he made mashwera with Haji Ibrahim Patel (Rahmatullah Alaih) of Kosamba saying “Shaykh (DB) is persuading me to visit the UK,but the environment in the UK is not good” Haji Ibrahim Patel (Rahmatullah Alaih) gave mashwera that “go Insha Allah the people of UK will benefit”,so he decided to come over.
Hadhrat Maulana Syed Asad Madani (Rahmatullah Alaih) coming to the UK
Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) first visit to England UK was in 1971. Shaykh (DB) sent a invitation to Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) to visit UK every year, Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) fulfilled the invitation request of Shaykh (DB) by visiting UK every year, except for a few years in between.
Regarding Shaykh (DB), Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Asad Madani (RA) used to say that ‘he is my main host’.
Active Involvement with the Jamiat & other Organizations
When Shaykh (DB) was in India, he was actively involved with Jamiat Ulama e Hind. he was the Secretary of Jamiat Ulama e Hind in Surat District , he was also in the management Committee of the Jamiat.
In the UK Shaykh (DB) was actively involved in Jamiat Ulama Britain, he was the General Secretary and Allamah Khalid Mahmood (Damat Barakatuhum) from Manchester was the President, Shaykh (DB) was told to take the the post of Presidency (because of experience for working for the Jamiat in India) but declined to take the post, Shaykh (DB) also held the post of vice President.
Shaykh (DB) also founded Wifaqul Ulama.
Shaykh (DB) is also the Patron of many other Organizations.
Shaykh (DB) has also been active in the work of Dawah (Tabligh), Shaykh (DB) has travelled to to the following country’s for the noble cause of Dawah (Tabligh): India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, America, South Africa and many European countries.
Demise of a great Wali of Allah
أُولَئِكَ آبَائي، فَجِئْني بمِثْلِهِمْ، إذا جَمَعَتْنا يا جَرِيرُ المَجَامِعُ
As the cold wintery sun set on the 28th of December 2017, so did the frail and fragile beacon of Ilm and Hidayah which had been shining brightly for the past 9 decades, delivering the message of Qur’an and Sunnah, come to a steady grinding halt on the blessed eve of Jummatul Mubarak, leaving behind an ocean of followers in floods of tears that could not have been held back at any cost.
It was as if a businessman who has a very important meeting to attend and carries on looking at his watch to make sure he doesn’t get late, Hadhrat continuously had been asking which day it was today and what time it was? He had mentioned that Shaykhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani (RA) is waiting for him to take him to meet the blessed Prophet Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam.
Whilst on his death bed, he started to prepare for his journey to the next world by beginning his Esha salah only to leave it incomplete and slip into the next stage of life leaving many spiritual orphans shedding tears behind with reality kicking in that what a priceless gem they had just lost right before their eyes. It was a befitting translation of the Hadith, ‘Kama tahyowna tamootoon’ (you will die doing whatever you done as you lived). Hadhrat’s life had been all engrossed with the remembrance of Allah.
Everyone who was attached to Hadhrat Maulana Hasan Sahib Rahmatullahi Alayh in one way or another, will have very fond and unique memories of Hadhrat. On this first night of Hadhrat having departed from the surface of this world and with the small town where his temporary abode was, feeling very hollow, shallow and empty, I will attempt to share a few experiences to contribute to the tributes that have been pouring in, from around the world in different shapes and forms, in order for us to get an idea of what a great pillar of Taqwa and Tawaqqul he was, whilst he spends his first night in the grave which will be turned into a garden from amongst the gardens of Jannah Insh’Allah.
Our link with Hadhrat goes a very long way back. I was fortunate enough to be named by him the day I was born. He was the first Alim/Scholar that I witnessed in my life when I opened my eyes of childhood. A great role model that would frequent our house from the 70’s. After my late father purchased one of the first Masjid in Walsall in 1975, he employed Hadhrat as the main Imaam after noting the high level of piety and Taqwa Hadhrat had within. The town witnessed the fruit of this appointment by witnessing the great bunch of Huffaz, Hadhrat was to produce. Much of the great work we see today is all testimony to the efforts and enthusiasm of Hadhrat’s selfless labour in the days where coal was used to heat up old buildings, warm water for wudhu was scarce and toilets used to be detached at the bottom of the long gardens where snow was shovelled away by whoever got up first in the morning to use it. Such were the hardships.
Through Hadhrat, we were introduced to Hadhrat Maulana As’ad Madani RA and enlightened by his fuyooz and barakaat. The frequent trips to Heathrow with Hadhrat to receive Hadhrat Maulana Asad Madani RA in late 70’s early 80’s are mere fond memories which have had long-lasting positive impacts.
Hadhrat was a compilation and holder of many great qualities. Despite his old age, he was well versed in his Qur’an memorisation and recitation. He used to correct the huffaz in taraweeh. He would never engage in backbiting and would always change the subject if anyone was engaged in it. If anyone ever hurt his feelings due to any reason, he would forgive them for the sake of Allah and never burden himself by harbouring any ill feelings towards anyone.
He was an Aalim ba Amal, an Aamil, a Da’ee, a Sufi and much more. His regular Zikr Majlis in the Idara consisted of not only humans but there were occasions were Jinnaat who were students of Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani RA also felt it necessary to attend. I was able help numerous patients who were afflicted by various ailments via Hadhrat’s amaliyaat. He was always willing to help anyone in distress whilst he could, regardless of who he was and never had any desire for any financial remuneration in return.
His love for those around him was so immense that he would continuously pick up the phone and call me at home regardless of the time of day or night and share thoughts and ideas about any on going issues or just even to check on how I was doing. Subhan’Allah such selflessness and levels of piety can only be the signs of great Waliullahs.
I remember the day I went to share with him that I was going to go to Darul Uloom Deoband for Dora. His face was gleaming with joy and shining with Noor. He shared many fond memories of the time he had spent there and gave advice on how I could maximise the benefit. He was extremely delighted for me and promised that he would write letters for the elders there for me take, which he did. After graduation when I came to visit him again, he was extremely delighted to see me and he shared the news with me that he had found out from Deoband that I had came second position in exams from my class.
Hadhrat was always very hospitable and humble. During visits to his house he would serve the tea himself by mixing the water and milk together and offer it along with other refreshments. He never had any desire for fame or publicity but he had a deep love for his Shaykh and his family. He would mention their names with great reverence and affection. When he took out his Sanads of Hadeeth and put them on display, he proudly ordered me to read the sanad out that was given to him by his Shuyookh and requested me if I could make a similar one that he could give to his students and those close to him.
During his final stay of 3 weeks in the hospital, I would visit him whenever possible. A few days ago I went at 1am and stayed there till early hours of the morning. He held onto my hand tightly and repeated the following words very passionately…
“O Allah O Allah I want to go into Jannah. Protect me from Jahannam
Ya Rahman Ya Rahim Ya Ar-Hamar-rahemeen Ya Akramal Akrameen I want to go into Jannah. Save me from Jahannam.
All of you make sure that you stay steadfast on Deen. Never go astray from Deen.
Do not cry when I leave. Do not worry about me I have served Allah well. I am about to leave.
Even the Prophet Sallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam departed from this world. How can I stay. Now it’s my time to leave this world.
O Allah Paak I want to go into Jannah. Save me from Jahannam.
I am a student and mureed of Hadhrat Madani Rahmatulli Alayh
I am a Khalifah of Hadhrat Maulana Asad Madani Rahmatullahi Alayh
My Shaykh was very happy when I was appointed as an Imaam
O Allah bless me with Jannah and protect me from Jahannam.
Tell everyone not to worry about me once i go.
Look your father has passed away as well. He was my close companion for many years. He has gone and now it’s my turn. I am about to leave as well.
Allahumma inna nas’aluka ridaaqa Wal-Jannah.
Laa ilaaha illal laa Muhammadur-Rasoolullah Sal lal lahu Alayhi Wasallam.”
Subhan’Allah, many on their death beds are encouraged by their familes to utter the Kalimah and even that becomes a task itself. Here is an example of Da’ee who is giving Dawah to the those around him as he is departing this temporary abode.
During that night Hadhrat also spoke to Hadhrat Maulana Arshad and Asjad Madani DB over the phone and informed them of his desire and wish to go into Jannah and to be protected from Jahannam.
After the phone call he said to me to tell them not to trouble themselves to come and visit him, as if he knew that he will have long gone by then and started his journey for the Hereafter before they are able to arrive Subhaan’Allah!
As I departed from Hadhrat, he recited the Dua of bidding someone farewell; Astowdi Ullaha Deenaka wa Amaanataka wa khaaateema Amalik, just as he always would do.
After Maghrib on Thursday evening, I received a message from one of my students who had devoted himself for the khidmah of Hadhrat saying, ‘Hadhrat’s health hasn’t been good at all today. Please continue making Dua’. Doctors had be planning to send him home that day but Allah had other plans. That evening during Esha Salah, Hadhrat departed for the Hereafter to begin the eternal life.
Within minutes, news of his demise spread like wildfire around the world with tributes pouring in with flashbacks and great memories of Hadhrat being rekindled. Whilst tying the strip of cloth around his head it reminded me of something that I had done with my late father and Hadhrat’s life long companion and dear friend, not too long ago.
Walsall had never witnessed such a massive Janazah before. The council had put up messages on Twitter for people to be aware of the traffic congestion due to the Janazah. There was a helicopter flying overhead. Coaches had been provided from the Masjid for those that didn’t have their own transport to ferry them to the graveyard. Thousands of people flocked from all corners of the country to gain their share of barakah from this Janazah. Despite the short time slot, the salah was delayed 15 minutes due the sheer amount of people rushing to the graveyard to make it on time. Even with the great crowds of attendees huddled up in their winter coats and woolly hats braving the fierce cold air of a sunny winter afternoon, there was a pin drop silence with a very somber mood. Everyone was reflecting over their memories and attachments with this great humble Wali of Allah whom they had come to say their farewells. Hadhrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Sahib DB was to lead the Janazah. With the first Allahu Akbar, there was an instant glow of the wintery sun which came out from behind the clouds as if it was to signal its farewell too.
After the burial many people were still arriving in large numbers into the graveyard full of tears, very remorseful that they had missed the Janazah due the miles of tail backs. There were queues of traffic as far as the eyes could see. They said that everyone was being turned away from the roundabout and told that the Janazah was over.
Upon hearing of the demise of such a great Scholar, many queried that how come we didn’t know about such a great Wali of Allah during his lifetime? Well such great personalities do not rely on the mercy of billboards, posters, advertisements or videos for publicity but they dwell in the hearts and souls of those that recognise their lofty status close to Allah.
May Allah make us from amongst them as well Insh’Allah. Aameen
The lamp withered away and it became dark…
Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Hasan Bodhanwi R.A., a graduate of Jamia Islamia Dahbel has passed away. Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Rajeoon.
Maulana Muhammad Hasan Bodhanwi R.A was a resident of the well-known village of Surat District, Bodhaan. He was born in 1930. He began his education from the local school and maktab in the village. Maulana’s father was a very pious individual who was very observant his deen.
Maulana lost his father when he was 12 years old. He father would say to his friends that I want my son to become an Alim (Scholar). Maulana’s father would wake him up early in the morning when he used to get up for tahajjud and make Maulana memorise the Qur’an.
Maulana memorised his Qur’an by Maulana Hafiz Musa Ameeji R.A. and got admitted into Gujrat’s famous educational institute, Jamia Islamia Taleemuddeen Dahbel in 1943. Maulana Ibrahim Godarwi R.A., Maulana Fazalur Rahman Deobandi R.A., Mufti Ismail Bismillah R.A. were from amongst Maulana’s teachers.
From beginning till his graduation, Maulana R.A. was a diligent pupil who would adhere to Shariah and was well liked by the teachers. Allah had blessed Maulana with a great talent for memorisation and he was from amongst the well-accepted pupils of the Madrassah because of his piety and sanitation. When this writer was in the year of Mishkaat Shareef (2nd last year), Maulana was in Dora-e-Hadeeth (final year). We both stayed in the living quarters of Jamia in room no. 42. Maulana was always a jolly person who was very polite who showed affection towards his companions. Food used to be distributed from the kitchen of Jamia and students from every room would collect their lunch and sit and eat with their roommates and thereafter take turns in washing their plates. Although Maulana was of a high calibre, he never detested cleaning his room or washing the plates. Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Jabbar A’azami R.A. and Maulana Abdur Ra’oof Peshawari R.A. used to deliver Bukhari Shareef lessons and they both would keep a close eye on him out of affection for him.
Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Jabbar A’azami R.A. would travel to different parts of Surat and Bharuch on Thursday evenings to deliver lectures. His talks were well-accepted therefore people used to gather in large numbers to listen to him. Out of love for Maulana Hasan Sahib and me, Hadhrat Maulana R.A. used to take us both along with him and for our tarbiyyah, he would instruct us to deliver a 15 minute talk each, after the Qur’an recitation and before Hadhrat Maulana R.A’s talk. We benefited greatly from this very kind gesture of Hadhrat Maulana R.A. May Allah reward them with the very best.
During examinations, Muhaadithul-Asar Hadhrat Maulana Yusuf Bannori R.A. was very thrilled when he saw Maulana Hasan’s exam papers and gave 52 marks. He said that I know the total marks that are given are either 50 or 51 but this pupil has produced such an remarkable exam paper that I have given him an additional mark from myself.
We learn from the records of Jamia that Maulana used to always come first in his class in all the exams. He came first in his final year as well. From the beginning, Maulana had a cheerful and innocent character. He had a habit of praying in the front row for Salah and was very punctual for his lessons. He had beautiful calligraphy therefore his writing books were well presentable.
After graduation from Dahbel, Maulana left for Deoband and gained knowledge from well-known scholars such as Shakyhul Islam Madani R.A., Maulana Ibrahim Balyawi R.A., Maulana Ejaaz Ali Amroohi R.A. Qari Hifzur Rahman R.A. Hadhrat Madani R.A. blessed Maulana with his special chain of authority (in Hadith). During his stay in Deoband, he would go and sit in the lessons of Shayhkul Hadith Maulana Zakariya R.A.
After graduation he started teaching. I cannot recall where he taught initially but later he taught for several years in the maktab in Kosamba. Whenever Hadhrat Shaykhul Islam Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani R.A. would tour Gujrat, Haji Ibrahim Patel from Kosamba would organise his entire tour therefore Hadhrat R.A’s first stop used to be Kosamba.
Maulana Muhammad Hasan Sahib had deep love for Hadhrat Madani R.A. hence he would accompany Hadhrat during his tour. He performed bay’ah with Hadhrat and became punctual with the azkaar. After the demise of Hadhrat, he built a connection with Hadhrat Maulana Sayyad As’ad Madani R.A. and was blessed with Khilaafah which he was entitled to. We used to say that he was a Wali by birth because we were well aware of his great characteristics. I was aware of his high calibre and great potential in education, therefore I endeavoured to get a commitment from him to teach Arabic books in Darul Uloom Falahe Daarayn but he would always give the same reply that give me a chance to do istikhara and I will give you reply. I was very frank and open with him so I used to say to him that I know that in your istikhara you will see Janab Ibrahim Patel Sahib. He would smile it off. Maulana was also invited to teach in Jamia Dahbel.
He had a very profound love for the entire family of Hadhrat Madani R.A. and would feel blessed in being able to serve them. After Hadhrat Madani R.A. passed away in 1957, Maulana went to Britain and started delivering lessons and serving the work of Deen in Walsall. He would always organise the tour and accompany Hadhrat Maulana Sayyad As’ad Madani R.A. during his visits of UK. Maulana As’ad Madani R.A. first visited in 1974 and after him, it continued with Hadhrat Maulana Arshad Madani R.A.
I used to travel to Britain and stay at Saeed Bhai Kalang’s house in Walsall. Saeed bhai would invite my friend Qari Muahmmad Usman Surati, Maulana Muhammad Hasan Sahib, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sahib Baardoli and Maulana Abdul Awal Sahib, for breakfast where we would have a very friendly catch-up. After Maulana fell quite ill, we would pay a visit to Maulana’s house and request him for Duas.
After all, the promised time arrived and on 10th Rabius Thani 1439 coinciding with 29th December 2017 he handed over his life. Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Rajeoon. I called his son for condolences and he told me that he had seen Hadhrat Shaykhul Islam Madani R.A, in his dreams a week ago and he had said to him that you will arrive by me very soon.
Maulana had prayed Esha Salah and with a tasbeeh in his hands doing Zikr, he closed his eyes and said farewell to this temporary abode. May Allah forgive him, have mercy upon him, bless him and enter him into Jannatun Na’eem through His mercy and blessing.
It was only a few days ago that we heard the distressing news of Dr. Mustafa A’azami R.A. passing away and now we received this heart-wrenching news.
Al-Mutanabbi the poet said: “Those that were beloved to us departed before us. The cure for death startled every doctor.
They preceded us in this world, and if its dwellers lived (forever), we would be prevented from entering and leaving.”
Numerous scholars and those that were in touch, attended the Janazah Salah from various places around the country. The Khalifah of Hadhrat Qutubul Aqtaab Shaykhul Hadith Maulana Zakariya R.A., the founder and Shaykhul Hadith of Darul Uloom Bury, Hadhrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Sahib lead the Janazah Salah. Many people were deprived of the Janazah. The sheer number of people attending this Janazah in Britain was a sign of acceptance, close to Allah.
May Allah bless this pious individual and Alim ba Amal with forgiveness and grant patience to his family and those that were connected with him and may He bless us with Imaan at our final appointed final moments. Aameen
(Translated from original by M Asad, Walsall)
11th Rabius Thani 1439 coinciding with 30th December 2017