Wifaqul Ulama (Britain)
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
The news of the passing of Maulana Saleemullah Khan (RA) has reached us with great regret and sadness. He (RA) was the teacher of many great Scholars such as (Mufti) Taqi Usmani (DB). Death of a Scholar is a calamity in its own right but passing away of a great personality such as Maulana Saleemullah Khan (RA) is an irreplaceable loss to the Muslim Ummah. He (RA) spent close to a century serving Islamic sciences and Islam. 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]
Maulana Saleemullah Khan (RA):
Founder of the Jamia Farooqia (Karachi), Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth, Maulana Saleernullah Khan (RA) son of Abdul Aleem Khan was born in District Muzaffarnagar, India. He belonged to Hasanpur, Lohari of Doaba, U.P. which is famous with reference to many learned scholars and respected spiritual leaders. The spiritual teacher (Sheikh) of Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Mohajir Makki (RA), Sheikh Mianji Noor Mohammed (RA) passed his whole life in the said village.
Maulana Salimullah Khan (RA), since his childhood sought education in different important religious institutions. At last in 1942, he reached Darul Uloom Deoband to complete the scholastic career. There, in Deoband, he received education of Quraan, Hadeeth and other related sciences through learned scholars of the time which includes, Hadhrat Syed Hussain Ahmad Madani (RA), Hadhrat Ezaaz Ali (RA), Hadhrat Mohammed Idress Kandhlavi (RA) and other prominent religious personalities. Sheikhul Hadeeth remained busy in gaining knowledge and seeking education till 1947. In the same year, he got the degree for completion of Islamic studies.
Then he was given the responsibilities teaching and some administrative matters in Madrasah Miftahul Uloom, Jalalabad, India, situated in his own locality, under the supervision of his teacher Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah Khan (RA). After continuous efforts of 8 years, the institution became so reputed that Darul Uloom Deoband and other big institutions started welcoming the students of the institution.
Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA) writes about the incident of Maulana Salimullah Khan (RA)’s memorization of the Qur’aan:
There is a friend of mine – Maulana Saleemullah Khan Sahib (RA). He lived in Jalalabad for a long period and was a very close acquaintance of Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah Khan (RA). He then moved to Pakistan where he is a principal of a Madrasah in Karachi which also publishes a magazine. He memorised the Qur’an in this manner that daily in the morning he used to learn one Juz and at night he used to recite it to someone. In this way within twenty-nine days he memorised the entire Qur’an. He had known one Juz prior to that.
After working for eight years in this institution, Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth (RA) came to Pakistan for teaching in Darul Uloom Tando Allahyar, Sindh, founded by Hadhrat Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani (RA). He taught there for 3 years and then came to Darul Uloom Karachi, a well known religious institution of Pakistan. In Darul Uloom Karachi he taught, Quraan, Hadeeth, Fiqh, History, Mathematics, Philosophy and Arabic literature. In the meantime, he had been teaching in Jamiatul Uloomil Islamia, New Town, Karachi, as visiting faculty for a year on intense and repeated requests of Hadhrat Maulana Mohammed Yousuf Binnori (RA).
Almighty Allah has gifted him with a strong and natural religious enthusiasm, that is why he was not satisfied with his even successful services and always thought for the necessity of such a religious institution which can fulfill the needs and demands of today as well.
Therefore, in 1967, he laid the foundation of Jamia Farooqia (Karachi). His sincere efforts have been so much blessed by Almighty Allah that since its foundation till now, Jamia Farooqia (Karachi) has advanced a long way in Islamic Education and related fields which seems almost unbelievable.
Today Jamia Farooqia (Karachi) is famous and known inside and outside Pakistan as a international university of Islamic studies. This all is only due to sincere efforts of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth (RA) and by the grace of Almighty Allah.
Shaykhul-Islam (Mufti) Taqi Usmani (DB) is his student.
Besides, realizing the services of Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith in the field of Islamic education, he was elected for the position of General Secretary of Board of Religious Educational Institutions in Pakistan (Wifaqul Madarisal Arabia, Pakistan) by all the scholars of Pakistan. After sometimes, while appreciating his unmatched services, he was elected as President of Board. He held the same position in the Board until he passed away on Sunday, the 15th of January 2017.
Wifaqul Madarisal Arabia, Pakistan, is a large and influential organisation. The number of its membership reaches to more than seven thousand religious institutions in Pakistan. In beginning as Secretary General, he had done the services for raising the importance of the Board, advancement and organisation of religious institutions and increasing the standard of education which is the brightest chapter of the history of Board.