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Jamia was founded at his behest. He was the spiritual guide of Jamia's Founder Hadhrat Hafiz Muhammad Hussain Sahib (RA). He belonged to family tree of Hadhrat Abu Ayyoob Ansari (RaziAllah Anhu). He was born on 6 Dhul Qa'dah 1244 AH / 19 May 1828 AD Monday in Gangoh. Having completed his primary education at home, he moved to Delhi which at that time housed various educational centers. He attended several classes but was not satisfied, and finally joined the class of Hadhrat Maulana Mamlook Ali Nanautawi, the Principal of Arabic College. At that time, Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi was also studying at Hadhrat Maulana Mamlook Ali. Thus, both completed their education and later they got their spiritual training from Hadhrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (RA) and thereafter honoured with his succession (khilafat). Hadhrat Gangohi then stationed at Gangoh and dispensed the spiritual and academic sciences to the students and Muslims. He was a fiqh scholar (faqih) of an outstanding height as he was equally a great Muhaddith (hadith expert). The great Ulama like Hadhrat Maulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, Hadhrat Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani and Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) were his disciples. Following the footsteps of his Shaikh, he also participated in the Freedom Struggle of India and consequently was put behind bars during and spent six months in Muzaffar Nagar prison. Hadhrat Gangohi died on 8-9 Jumad al-Thani 1323 AH / 11 August 1905 AD Friday and was buried in Gangoh.
Shaikhul Hind Hadhrat Maulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi, son of Maulana Zulfiqar Ali Deobandi, was a renowned scholar from Deoband. He was born in 1268 / 1851 in Bareilly. He initially studied the Quran, Persian and Arabic under his uncle Maulana Mahtab Ali. Later when Darul Uloom Deoband was started in 1283 in Chhatta Masjid, he was the first to attend the same and studied at Hadhrat Mulla Mahmood and Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Yaqoob Nanautawi, the Principal of Darul Uloom Deoband. He completed Hadith studies under Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi. He was ideal for his in-depth knowledge and insight. The elders conferred him different titles like Shaikhul Alam, King of Shariah and Tariqah as he was perfect combination of the knowledge of Shariah and spirituality. He was appointed as teacher in Darul Uloom Deoband 1289 AH and the class of Bukhari was handed over to him in 1295 AH and he was selected as Principal (Sadr al-Mudarrisin) unanimously. His classes used to be pristinely perfect and he resembled Shah Waliullah and Shah Abdul Aziz in delivering the Hadith lectures. Along with his academic activities, he carried forward the mission of Shah Waliullah and led Silk Letter Movement at global level in order to liberate India from British slavery. As a result, he was arrested in Jeddah and later deported to Malta Island where he spent 3 years and 2 months in prison. Finally, he came back to India in 1338 AH and continued his fight against the British Govt. until he breathed his last. He had thousands of scholars as his disciples who excelled in religious knowledge. He was the most senior successors (Khalafah) of Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and Shah Abdul Ghani Muhajir Madani. He continuously taught for 44 years. Shaikhul Hind contracted malaria in an epidemic that broke in Deoband and neighborhood in Safar 1339 AH; he was taken to Delhi for treatment where he died. His dead body was brought to Deoband and he was buried in Mazar-e-Qasmi.
Hadhrat Maulana Khalil Ahmad Muhaddith Saharanpuri is the pioneering patrons of the Jamia. He was appointed as Patron in 1332 AH and he patronized it in all ways. The Dars-e-Nizami syllabus was started in Jamia by him. He was born in Ambetha, Dist Saharanpur in an Ansari (Ayyoobi) family. He started his education at 5 before his maternal grandfather Maulana Mamlook Ali. He acquired primary education in Ambetha and moved to Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur in 1283 for further education from where he graduated in 1288 AH. He spent 6 months in Darul Uloom Deoband in order to benefit from Maulana Yaqoob Nanautawi. In 1288, he was appointed as assistant teacher in Mazahir Uloom, and then he went to Lahore. He performed Hajj in 1290 and thereafter moved to Bahawalpur. After that, he was appointed as Principal in Madrasa Misbahul Uloom Bareilly. He was also invited to join Darul Uloom Deoband as teacher. In 1314, he joined Mazahir Uloom where he was selected as Nazim in 1325. In 1327, he began construction of new campus for Mazahir Uloom. He was well-versed in all Islamic sciences especially Hadith. ‘Bazl al-Majhood’ (the Arabic commentary of Abu Dawood) is brilliant example of his in-depth knowledge of Hadith. Though he was an expert of all Islamic sciences, but he was known as Muhaddith due to his keen interest and high expertise in the subject. He also participated in the Freedom Struggle of India. At the last stages of his life, he migrated from India to Medina Munawwarah in 1343 where he died in 1345 and was laid to rest in Jannat al-Baqi'.
Hakimul Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi was born in Thana Bhawan on 5 Rabi al-Thani 1280 AH. His father Shaikh Abdul Haq Thanwi was a big raees (nobleman). By lineage, he was Farooqi from his paternal side while Sayed from maternal side. He was born in a prosperous family and thus had a unique taste and mental capacity. Having learned primary and secondary classes, he went to Darul Uloom Deoband in 1295 AH from where he graduated in 1301. Maulana Yaqoob Nanautawi, Mulla Mahmood and Shaikhul Hind were his teachers at Deoband. He acquired the knowledge of Tajweed from Qari Abdullah Muhajir Makki in Makkah. In 1301, he went to Kanpur; first he joined Madrasa Faiz-e-Aam and then served Madrasa Jami'ul Uloom for 14 years. In 1315, he went back to Thana Bhawan and succeeded the seat of his Shaikh Haji Imdadullah making it a centre of his all activities. He was Patron of Jamia. He used to give lecture in the Madrasa. His popular lecture entitled ‘al-itminan bi al-dunya’ was delivered in Jamia and it is preserved even today. He undertook two Hajj journeys. Through his books and lectures, he performed reformative activities as a mujaddid and thus was known as 'Hakimul Ummat'. He wrote books on each Islamic topic, out of which 666 are normal books while all the collection along with treatises and booklets reaches up to 1100. His masterpiece books are Bayan al-Quran and Bahishti Zewar. Bayan al-Quran is reference book for Ulama while Bahishti Zewar is the need of every Muslim house. He was very disciplinary and punctual in all his activities. He died on 16 Rajab 1362 AH / 19-20 July 1943 night and was buried in Thana Bhawan.
He was patron of Jamia as well as the teacher of Jamia’s current Mohtamim Hadhrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Abdullah Mughisi. He used to frequently visit Jamia. Shaikhul Islam Hadhrat Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani was born in Tanda, Dist Faizabad (UP). He was one of the most celebrated graduates of Darul Uloom Deoband and prominent disciple of Hadhrat Shaikhul Hind. He gave lectures on Hadith for nearly two decades in Masjid Nabwi in Medina Munawwarah. Later he moved to Sylhet (Assam). After Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri, when the post of Shaikhul Hadith lay vacant, he was called in to shoulder this responsibility. Hadhrat Madani successfully taught Bukhari and Tirmidhi and was very popular among the students. He was bestowed with utmost academic and spiritual capabilities. Hadhrat Madani offered selfless sacrifices in the Freedom Struggle of India and he strived hard for the betterment of Muslims in post-partitioned India. He was also conferred the honourable post of President of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind. He established numerous madrasas and maktabs in order to promote education and serve the common masses. He was a great spiritual guide of his time and enjoyed overwhelming attachment of the common Muslims.
Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abdur Rahim Raipuri was born in Tigri, Dist Ambala (Eastern Punjab) to his father Rao Ashraf Ali Khan who was a big landlord of the area. Having completed his primary education at his village, he joined Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur for higher education. He tended to spirituality from the beginning; thus he gave bai’ah (vow of allegiance) to Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi who later granted him khilafat (succession). Apart from being a patron of Gulzar-e-Hussainia Ajrara, he patronized Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur. His khanqah served as centre for Freedom Struggle of India and most of the elders used to visit for consultations and meetings. He supported Hadhrat Shaikhul Hind in planning the Silk Letter Movement. He followed every sunnah with utmost care and tried his level best to revive the sunnah of remarrying widows and thus he practically married one. His khanqah was a centre for all mashaykh and religious elders as they had heartfelt comfort and spiritual upliftment therein. Hadhrat Shah Raipuri died in 1337 in Raipur and was laid to rest in his khanqah.
Hadhrat Maulana Abdul Latif Mazahiri was also of one of the patrons of Jamia. He belonged to Qazipur, Dist Muzaffar Nagar where he was born in 1298. He studied the Quran at his home, learned Farsi from his father Maulana Jamiat Ali who was Head of Arabic and Persian Dept in Govt. College of Bahawalpur. Then, his father gave him in the supervision of Maulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri and got enrolled in Jamia Mazahir Uloom in 1315 from where he graduated in 1322. After graduation, he joined Mazahir Uloom as teacher at the proposal of Hadhrat Maulana Abdur Rahim Raipuri in 1323. He performed Hajj in 1323 and 1328. He was nominated as Nazim of Mazahir Uloom in 1333 and then as Teacher of Hadith in 1338. In 1366 he was permanently appointed as Nazim of Mazahir Uloom. In Safar 1368, he travelled to Delhi for the sake madrasa where he contracted diarrhea at the Havelli of Shaikh Rashid Ahmad. All doctors and physicians felt helpless, so Shaikh Rashid took him to Saharanpur in a car. As he crossed over Yamuna he started recovering. Later he journeyed to Rangoon on 22 Safar 1372 for some needs of Madrasa where he fell ill and retuned India on 20 Jumad al-Thania. His health kept on deteriorating and at last he died on 2 Dhul Hijjah 1372. Hadhrat Maulana was buried that afternoon in Haji Shah Graveyard. He left behind several useful works and treatises. His eminent disciples included: Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Badr Alam Meeruti, Hadhrat Maulana Asadullah Saharanpuri, Hadhrat Maulana Zakariya Kandhalawi and Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Kandhalawi.
Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Azizur Rahman Deobandi, the Grand Mufti of India, was the son of Maulana Fazlur Rahman who was one of the founding members of Darul Uloom Deoband. He was born in Deoband in 1275 in an Usmani family. He studied at Maulana Yaqoob Nanautawi and Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi. Having completed education, he was appointed as teacher in Meerut. In 1309, he was called in Darul Uloom as teacher and Deputy Mohtamim. In 1310 when Darul Ifta department was inaugurated he was nominated as Mufti by Hadhrat Gangohi. He enjoyed higher academic and spiritual grades especially in Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence). His fatwas were published in 15 volumes which serve as reference for the scholars. In 1366, he moved to Dabhel with Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. Then he returned to Deoband, died there in 1367 and buried in Mazar-e-Qasmi. Shaikhul Islam Hadhrat Madani and Hadhrat Mufti Kifayatullah were his students. Hadhrat Shah Rafiuddin was his spiritual guide.
Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri was the successor of Shah Abdur Rahim and thus Jamia has the honour to have him on patrons’ list. He was born in Dhidhiyan, Dist Sargodha in 1296. He studied at Hadhrat Nanautawi and learned some classes of Tirmidhi from Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. After graduation, he gave bai’ah to Shah Abdur Rahim Raipuri. He enjoyed utmost devotion, altruism and forbearance. Greatest Ulama covered the path of Sulook under his guidance and benefitted from his spiritual emanations. His successors include geniuses like: Shaikhul Hadith Hadhrat Maulana Shaikh Zakariya, Maulana Abdul Aziz Raipuri, Maulana Manzoor Nomani and Maulana Ataullah Shah Bukhari. In 1382, he died at his native place and was buried there in a graveyard attached to a mosque.
Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalawi, apart from being patron of Jamia, had good friendly relations with Hadhrat Hafiz Hussain. He would take tablighi jama’ah to Ajrara and sometimes used to come on foot. He was given Tarikhi (alphabetic numerical) name as ‘Akhtar Ilyas’ and his father was Maulana Muhammad Ismail. He was born in Kandhala, Dist Muzaffar Nagar in 1303. First he acquired primary education in his hometown and in 1314 his elder brother Maulana Muhammad Yahya Kandhalawi took him to Gangoh for further studies and spiritual training. Later he fell ill and could not continue his education till seven years. Then he completed his education from Darul Uloom Deoband in 1326 and studied Hadith from his elder brother Maulana Yahya as well. In his childhood he gave bai’ah to Hadhrat Gangohi and then to Hadhrat Maulana Khalil Ahmad Ambethwi and was awarded Khilafat. He tended to dhikr and nawafil from his prime youth. He began teaching during his stay in Gangoh and later joined Mazahir Uloom in 1328 as teacher. In 1336, he moved to Bangla Wali Masjid in Nizamuddin and started his dream career of preaching and reforming the Muslim community. He dedicated himself for the cause of tabligh and dawah. It was the result of his purest dedication that his tabligh mission was introduced across the world. It turned in to a global preaching movement which reached every locality and each house and thus he was called ‘Founder of Tabligh’.
He was born in Meerut and was known as Meeruti. He had close contacts with Jamia as he was from the same district and he was devoutly attached to Hadhrat Gangohi. He was one of the greatest expert Islamic scholars and apart from being high rank academician he was a prolific writer and translator of the Quran. He devoutly followed Hadhrat Gangohi and had spiritual contact with him. He is the author of Hadhrat Gangohi’s biography ‘Tazkiratur Rasheed’ which was admired by Hadhrat Thanwi as well.
Hadhrat Maulana Hakim Muhammad Ishaq Kithori was a member of Majlis Shura Darul Uloom Deoband and a Patron of Jamia. He was born in the politically and socially sensitive town of Kithor. He was very close to Hadhrat Madani and enjoyed his trust. He took part in the Freedom Struggle along with Hadhrat Madani and rendered great services. He was brave and courageous freedom fighter. He was bestowed by Allah with boundless academic and theoretical capabilities as he was very witty, planner and expert hakim as well.
Hadhrat Mufti Sayeed Ahmad, son of Noor Muhammad was born on 10 Dhul Hijjah 1322 AH in Ajrara, Dist Meerut. He got primary education from Hafiz Muhammad Hussain and Maulana Shamsul Haq in Jamia Gulzar-e-Hussainia Ajrara. He acquired the Arabic education too from the Jamia and got enrolled in Mazahir Uloom for higher education in 1336. In 1343, he was appointed in Mazahir Uloom as Tajweed teacher, while he was selected for the post of Head Mufti of Mazahir Uloom in 1353 which he possessed till his death. Meanwhile, he taught higher Arabic books like Jalalain, Mishkat and Tirmidhi. He was also conferred the post of Principal of Mazahir Uloom. He wrote nearly twenty books out of which ‘Mu’allim al-Hujjaj’ is very popular. Hadhrat Mufti sahib died and buried in Saharanpur on 2 Safar 1377.
Hadhrat Qari Sahib was the grandson of Darul Uloom’s founder Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautawi and a prominent student of Hadhrat Shaikhul Hind. Besides being a patron of Jamia, he was the teacher of Jamia’s senior members like Hadhrat Maulana Hakim Abdullah Mughisi, Maulana Sayed Aqeel Ahmad Qasmi and Maulana Aas Muhammad Gulzar Qasmi. He was born in 1315/1897 and acquired entire education from Darul Uloom Deoband and graduated in 1337/1918. After completing education, he was appointed as teacher. He had spiritual contact with Hadhrat Thanwi. In 1341, he was appointed as Deputy Mohtamim and later promoted to the post of Mohtamim in 1348. Owing to his extraordinary capabilities, he introduced Darul Uloom Deoband in the whole world and dedicated the best 60 years of his life in representing Darul Uloom. Darul Uloom witnessed developments by leaps and bounds in all spheres during his tenure. He was a gifted orator and writer. His speeches and writings used to reflect his in-depth knowledge of Islamic Sciences. He used to represent the maslak (school of thought) of Darul Uloom which won it exemplary fame and it turned into al-Azhar of India. Hadhrat Qari Sahib died on 6 Shawwal 1403 / 17 July 1983. His funeral prayer was held in Mulsari campus of Darul Uloom Deoband and he was buried in Qasmi Graveyard next to his grandfather Hadhrat Nanautawi.
He was born in Seohara, Dist Bijnor. He was one of the eminent products of Darul Uloom Deoband and outstanding disciples of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. He was gifted by Allah with extraordinary qualities. His academic caliber is best mirrored through his masterpiece ‘Qisasul Quran’ which is relied upon by all Ulama and Akabir. He was on the board of Nadwatul Musannifin (council of authors) and he contributed research-oriented books from this platform. He spent his life in the service of the country and community. He served as General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama during the Presidency of Shaikhul Islam Hadhrat Madani and represented Muslims in the Lok Sabha (Parliament). He was a good orator and felt his duty to serve country and community all the time.
He was the son of Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, the Founder of Tabligh. He also served as patron of Jamia. He was a good scholar, author and Da’i (preacher). He is the author of ‘Hayat al-Sahabah’ an encyclopedia on the life of Sahaba and transformed his father’s legacy of Tabligh into a movement. In fact, he made the tabligh mission a movement, got it popular among the Ulama and introduced it to the world. He was second Amir of Jama’at Tabligh known as Hadhrat Ji. He dedicated his life for the cause of Tabligh and his efforts were crowned by Allah with success.
He belonged to the famous academic family of Meerut. He was one of the best products of Darul Uloom and ablest disciples of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri who inherited his legacy. First he taught in Darul Uloom Deoband, then moved to Dabhel (Gujarat) where he taught Hadith. Later he went to Pakistan and from there is he migrated to Medina. He transferred the academic legacy of his Shaikh Allama Kashmiri in ‘Faiz al-Bari’ (commentary of Bukhari). His masterpiece in Urdu is ‘Tarjaman al-Sunnah’ in which he described the Uloom of his genius teacher.
Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Muhammad Miyan Deobandi was also one of the patrons of Jamia. He was born in Deoband, educated in Darul Uloom and absorbed the objectives of his alma mater. He took part in the Freedom Struggle and headed the mission with Maulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharwi and Mufti Kifayatullah Dehlawi. He was a great writer and contributed many valuable works for Muslims. His books ‘Ladkiyon ka Islami Course’, ‘Deeni Taleem’ and ‘Tareekh al-Islam’ are on the syllabus of nearly madrasas of the Indian Subcontinent. He left many other works especially his masterpiece ‘Shawahid-e- Taqaddus’. He was one of the senior leaders of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and served as General Secretary as well during which he compiled the History of Jamiat.
Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Fakhrul Hasan Deobandi (RA) Hadhrat Maulana Sayed Fakhrul Hasan was also one of the patrons of Jamia from the second phase of the Ulama-e-Deoband. Apart from being patron, he was the teacher of Jamia’s Mohtamim Hadhrat Maulana Abdullah Mughisi and Maulana Aas Muhammad Gulzar Qasmi. He was born in Umri, Dist Moradabad. His father was the Librarian of Madrasa Shahi. Having studied primary education in Madrasa Shahi and the middle classes in Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur, he was enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband in 1343 / 1925 and graduated in 1347. Then he taught Hadith in Madrasa Aaliya Fatahpuri Delhi and Madrasa Shamsul Huda Patna and finally was assigned teaching job in Darul Uloom Deoband where he discharged the duty of teaching books of all classes. His Baizawi class was very popular and his class of Bukhari and Tirmidhi was attended by the students with so much eager and interest. He was promoted to the post of Sadr al-Mudarrisin (Principal) of Darul Uloom and discharged this responsibility duly. He had spiritual contact with Hadhrat Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri and was his khalifah.
Jamia’s patron Hadhrat Mufti Atiqur Rahman Usmani was the son of Hadhrat Mufti Azizur Rahman Usmani and one of the best products of Darul Uloom Deoband. He was born in Deoband in 1319 and was named Zafarul Haq (as per the alphabetical numerals). He completed Hifz (memorization of the Quran by heart) when he was 9 and then acquired all his education from Darul Uloom Deoband and graduated in 1341. He served as teacher in Darul Uloom from 1344 to 1346 and simultaneously wrote fatwas. In 1346, he moved to Jamia Islamia Dabhel and served there as mufti and teacher for 5 years. In 1930, he resigned from Jamia Islamia Dabhel with his colleague due to their interest in politics and served the community in the fields of Tafseer, fatwa and tabligh in Calcutta. Meanwhile, he founded Nadwatul Musannifin with the cooperation of Maulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharwi which published hundreds of valuable books and treatises. Mufti Sahib was member of several academic and educational centers like Aligarh Muslim University, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband. He was elected as President of Jamiat after Maulana Hifzur Rahman Sahib. He had command equally over oration and writing. His good qualities ranged from self-respect, freedom of expression to insight and farsightedness. He died in Delhi on 12 May 1984 / Shaban 1404.
He was Patron of Jamia and the teacher of Jamia’s Mohtamim, Maulana Aas Muhammad Gulzar Qasmi and Maulana Sayed Aqeel Ahmad Qasmi. He was born in Deoband and was the son of senior scholar Maulana Abdus Sami’ Deobandi who participated in laying the foundation of Darul Uloom Deoband. He was teacher of many teachers of Jamia. He very keenly supervised the students of Jamia who got enrolled in Darul Uloom for higher studies. He was of very simple nature and abstained the worldly stuff. He got all his education in Darul Uloom and was appointed as teacher in Darul Uloom after graduation. He successfully taught nearly all books from beginning to Sahih Muslim.
Without the mention of Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, the list of elder Ulama of Deoband and India’s greatest scholars in 20th century will remain incomplete. Jamia enjoyed his patronage in the last decade of 20th century after which he took interest in all matters and expressed his happiness over all developments. He proposed the alphabetic numeral name of Jamia’s mosque as ‘Faiz-e-Rashidi’ and laid down the foundation stone of many buildings. He was born in Darbhanga (Bihar). After primary education, he came under the supervision of Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani, founder of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and successor of the founder of Nadwatul Ulama. Under his supervision, his academic and organizational intellect came forward. He got higher education from Darul Uloom Deoband and he was friend of Jamia’s Mohtamim Hadhrat Maulana Abdullah Mughisi. Since student days, he was closed to the teachers due to his academic and research-oriented nature. He was a learned scholar, matchless Faqih (jurist) and high grade intellectual as he possessed the exclusive qualities like humbleness, hardworking, selflessness and intellect. He founded Islamic Fiqh Academy in order to guide Muslims in their religious matters as he founded All India Milli Council aiming at resolving the Muslim issues. He presided over the Council till his last breath and it is now headed by Jamia’s Mohtamim. He played key role to boost Muslims’ morale and establish their feet after 6 Dec 1992 when Babari Masjid was demolished by Hindu fanatics. Qazi Sahib was elected as President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board in 2000. He died in 2002 in Delhi.
Jamia’s patron, Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Muzaffar Hussain Ajrarwi was native to Ajrara. He was son of Mufti Qari Sayeed Ahmad. He was born on 11 Rabi’ul Awwal 1348 Thursday. His started his studies when he was 4 year old and completed Hifz at 11. Having completed Tajweed, Arabic and Persian he got enrolled in Mazahir Uloom and graduated in 1370. He was appointed as Assistant Mufti in 1371 and promoted to Chief Mufti of Mazahir in 1377. He taught Hadith books of Bukhari and Abu Dawood since 1384. He was well-versed in Fiqh and enjoyed expertise in Hanafi Fiqh. His fatwas were compiled in two thick volumes entitled ‘Fatawa Mazhari’. In 1385, he was selected as Deputy Nazim of Mazahir and later as Nazim and Mutawalli (custodian). He performed hajj in 1388 and returned to India on 25 Safar 1389. He possessed simple, humble and pious personality. He used to visit Ajrara 2-3 times in a year and participate in the annual function regularly.
Hadhrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Bijnori was born in a prosperous family of Bijnor (UP) in 1914. His father Maulana Mashiyatullah Bijnori was an alumnus of Darul Uloom and colleague of Allama Anwar Kashmiri. He got primary education in Madrasa Rahimia Bijnor and enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband in 1929. After a gap of three years from graduation, he got training in Fiqh and Ifta from Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Sahool and others and then started teaching career. He was very wise, farsighted, sober and intelligent. Simplicity and solemnity were in his nature while sympathy and humility were his special qualities. He was a good scholar and administrative. He was selected as Member of Majlis Shura of Darul Uloom in 1962. Due to his wisdom and attachment with Darul Uloom, he was appointed as Assistant Mohtamim of Darul Uloom after centenary grand function in 1981 on the request of Hadhrat Qari Muhammad Tayyib Sahib. He was selected as Mohtamim of Darul Uloom in 1982. He belonged to a religious and prosperous family; therefore he did not receive any salary from Darul Uloom. He was conferred the post of Ameerul Hind in 2006. He died at his home in Bijnor on 8 December 2010 at the age of 96. His funeral prayer was offered in Bijnor and his dead body was taken to Deoband where the funeral prayer was offered again in Mulsari campus and finally he was laid to rest in Qasmi Graveyard.
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