Archive for September, 2007

A Shavian and a Theologian

September 29, 2007


Hadrat `Abdul Hakim Sharaf Qadri(rahmatullah alayh)

September 21, 2007

Hadrat `Abdul Hakim Sharaf Qadri(rahmatullah alayh)Tribute by ‘Allama ‘Abdu’l Mubeen Numani Qadri translated by Abu Hanzala

The Jewish school where half the pupils are Muslim

September 20, 2007

Saif ul Malook

September 18, 2007

This is a Sufi book of verse written in Panjabi by Mian Muhammad Bakhsh Qadri, an arif billah of the 19th century, from Kashmir, extremely popular in the whole of Panjab. It is a spiritual masterpiece of Sufism like Mawlana’s Diwan or Masnavi.

Here is a sample of some of his most famous verses with my transliteration and translation:

Awwal hamd sanaa Ilaahi
Jo maalik har har daa
Uss da naam chataaran waala
Har maidaan na har daa

First, all praise is for Allah
Who is the Lord of all
He who recites his Name
Never will lose in any field!

Mard Allah day sirr e Ilaahi
Ay kooii bhaid niraala
Ikko nazroon saaf banaway
Mera murshid damree waala

(Real) Men are the Divine Secret
This is a strange mystery
With one gaze he can purify—
My Spiritual Guide the Damri Wala

Har mushkil dee kunjii yaaro
Hath mardaan day aayii
Mard nigaah karan jis vialay
Mushkil raway na kaarii

The key to every difficulty
Is in the hands of such men
When they look at you just once
Difficulties no longer exist!

Vah kareem Ummat da waali
Mehr shifaat kardaa
Jibrail jiehay jisday chaakar
Nabiyaan da Sarkar da

Bravo O you gracious protector of your Ummah
A sun which intercedes
The likes of Gabriel are his servants
-The Chief of all the Prophets!

Nur Muhammad roshan aaha
Aadam jaddoon na hoya
Awwal aakhir doway paasay
Oho mal khalooiya!

The Light of Muhammad shone
When Adam was still uncreated
Both stations of First and Last
He alone occupies alone!

[This refers to the Sunni belief that the Prophet was the first creation of Allah and the hadith of the Prophet, “O’ Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the noor of your Prophet” and the hadith, “I was a Prophet whilst Adam was still between water and clay” and many others support this; the verse also alludes to these hadith. The Prophet was thus the first to be created of the Prophets and the last to be sent.]

Isa khaak unhaan day dar dee
Gin tayammam kardaa
Taiheen dast e mubarak usadaa
Shaafii har zarrar daa

Jesus takes the dust from his doorstep
And makes his ablutions with it
That is why his blessed hand was
Able to heal all the sick!

Kee kuchh naat tussadee aakhaan
Khalqat day sardaara
Laakh salaat salaam teray tay
Laakh durood hazaaraa

How can I laud you?
O Best of all Creation!
Millions of blessings upon you!
Billions of salutations upon you!

Sukhan nahin koii hunda mehkee
Terii shaan qadr daa
Taha tay Yasin Ilaahi
Sift tusaadee kardaa

I have no words of praise
Commensurate with your status
“Ta Ha” and “Ya Sin” The Lord
Calls you with these qualities!

Bahut izzat lawlaakii tehnoo
Kii main sift sunaawaa
Aal Ashaab samait salaama
Hor durood puchaavaa

”But for thee” is enough praise for thee
Which qualities of thine can I add?
Millions of blessings be upon you
And upon your Progeny and Companions!

(This refers to the hadith qudsi, “Lawlaka lawlaka maa khalaqatul aflaka” and “Lawlaka lawlaka maa khalaqtul duniya” (But for thee (O Muhammad sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) I would not have created the heavens) and in the second version “..the world”.)

Aal Awlaad terii daa mangtaa
Main kangaal ziyaanii
Pao khair Muhammad taiin
Sadaqa Shah i Jilani!

I am a mendicant of your descendents
I am penniless and sinful
Give me some charity
For the sake of Shah Jilani!

(Shah Jilani i.e. Shaykh Abd al Qadir al Jilani al Baghdadi, founder of the Qadiri Sufi Order and the greatest of the awliya by consensus after the Salaf till the coming of the Mahdi alayhisalam.)

Wah wah meeraaN Shah e Shahaan daa
Sayyid Do Jahanii
Ghaus ul Azam Pir piraaN daa
Hai Mahboob e Rabbani!

Bravo O Chieftain, King of kings
Master of Both the worlds
Ghaus ul Azam is the saint of saints
And the Beloved of The Lord!

(Ghaus ul Azam: (Arabic: al-Ghawth al-‘Azam: The Greatest Succour: another title for Shaykh Abd al Qadir al Jilani.)

Rehmat da miinh paa khudaaya
baad sukaa kar hariya
booTa aas umeed meri da
Karde mevay bhariya

Send a rain of mercy O’ Lord
Make the land verdant after being parched
Cause the plant of my hopes and desires
To become fruitful again.

MiTta maiva bakhsh jiya
Qudrat dee rakh shirin
jo khaavay ro usdaa jaaway
door hovay dil geeree

Give me such sweet fruits
Place natural sweetness in them
So that whoever eats thereof, his anger vanishes
And his sorrowness departs!

Lakh varii jay itr gulabon
Toiiyay nit zabaanaa
Naam unhaa day laaiq nahin
Ki kalimay da kaana

If you wash your tongue a thousand times
With the attar of roses
It is still not worthy to say His name
What then of the Kalima?

Main neevan mera murshid uccha
Te main ucchiyaa day sang laii
Sadaqa jaavaan unhaan ucchiyaa taaii
Jinhaa neviyaan naal nibhaaii

I am lowly my spiritual guide is high
And I have linked my end to the high ones
May I die for such lofty ones
Who have protected the lowly ones! __________________

Sayyida Fatima (Alaihissalam)

September 15, 2007

Beautiful Libraries

September 8, 2007

‘Allama ‘Abdul Hakeem Sharf Qadri (rahmatullah alayh)

September 4, 2007

This is translated from Maqalat-e-Rizwiya by Muhammad Abdu’s Sattar Tahir which is a collection of essays on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (rahmatullah alayh) by the late ‘Allama ‘Abdul Hakeem Sharf Qadri (rahmatullah alayh). It details events up until 2000. I will try to find details of achievements thereafter until ‘Allama’s demise on Saturday 1st September, 2007.


Any place where it says Establishment or Publication, this is the direct work of ‘Allama.




Birth, Mirzapur, District Hoshyarpur                                                      13 August, 1944


Migration to Lahore, aged 3, on the independence of Pakistan   1947


Demise of Jannat Bibi                                                                           1948


Begins primary education at MC Primary School, Lahore                      1951


Demise of his youngest sister                                                                 7th March, 1952


Completion of primary education                                                           1955


Enrolled at Jamia Rizwiya, Faisalabad, and took lessons from

Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Sardar Ahmad Chishti

Qadri. Started with Sughra, a beginners book of Logic             1955


Enrolled at Ziya Shams al-Islām, Siyal Sharif, and read

Nahw Meer with Mawlana Sufi Hamid Ali                                            January 1957


Enrolled at Jamia Nizamiya Rizwiya, Lahore, at benefited

From Mufti Abdul Qayyum Hazarwi, Mawlana Ghulam Rasul

Rizwi and Mawlana Muhammad Shamsuzzaman Qadri              May 1957 – Oct 1961


His mother, Rabia Bibi, makes Bay’ah with Muhaddith-e-A’zam

Pakistan, Mawlana Sardar Ahmad                                                        December 1958


Enrolled at Jamia Imdadiya, Bandyal, and benefited from

Ustad al-‘Ulama, Mawlana ‘Ata Muhammad Bandyalwi

and ‘Allama Muhammad Ashraf Siyalwi                                                1961


Nikah                                                                                                   10th March, 1963


Sanad-e-Fazilat [graduation]                                                                 1964


Beginning of teaching career at Jamia Na’eemiya, Lahore                      March 1965


Begins teaching at Jamia Nizamiya Rizwiya                                            1966


Birth of son, Mumtaz Ahmad Sadeedi                                       8th Dec. 1966


Teaches at Daru’l ‘Ulum Muhammadiya Ghausia, Bhera

for one and half months                                                             January 1966-67


Inauguration of Maktaba Rizwiya, Lahore                                             1967


Serves at Daru’l ‘Ulum Islamiya Rahmaniya, Haripur Hazara

for 4 years as Mufti and head teacher                                                    1968-1971


Publication of monograph Ahsan al-Kalam fi Mas’ala al-Qiyam          1968


Establishment of Jamiyat ‘Ulama-e-Sarhad in Haripur Hazara    1969


Publication of monograph Ghayat al-Ihtiyat fi

Jawaz Hilat al-Isqat                                                                            1969


Publication of Imam Ahmad Raza’s Persian monograph

al-Hujjat al-Fa’ihah and Ityan al-Arwah                                            1969


Publication of Yaad-e-A’la Hazrat                                                        1970


Publication of Imam Ahmad Raza’s monograph Sharh al-Huquq          1970


Bay’ah at the hands of Hazrat ‘Allama Abu’l Barakat Sayyid

Ahmad Qadri Rizwi into the Qadri order                                               25th March, 1970


Beginning of Yawm-e-Raza in Haripur Hazara                           1971


Headteacher at Madrasa Islamiya Isha’at al-‘Ulum for 2 years   1971-1973


Publication of Sawanih Siraj al-Fuqaha by

Markazi Majlis-e-Raza, Lahore                                                            1972


His first essay, ‘Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, printed in the

Monthly Tarjuman-e-Ahle Sunnat, Karachi                                         February 1972


Establishment of Jama’at-e-Ahle Sunnat in Chakwal                1972


Beginning of Yawm-e-Raza in Chakwal                                     12th March, 1972


Publication of Imam Ahmad Raza’s monographs Radd al-Qaht

wa’l Waba’ and Ghayat al-Tahqeeq                                                   1972


Programme of Yawm-e-Raza o Yawm-e-‘Allama Fazl-e-Haq

Khairabadi in Chakwal                                                                        21st March, 1973


His second term at Jamia Nizamiya Rizwiya, Lahore                  1973


Establishment of Maktaba Qadriya, Lahore                                           December 1973


Beginning of lectures at Jamia Masjid ‘Umar Rd, Islampura                   1974


Headteacher at Jamia Nizamiya Rizwiya                                                1974


Shaykh al-Hadith at Jamia Nizamiya Rizwiya                             1975


First publication of Tazkira Akabir Ahle Sunnat from Lahore   September 1976


Demise of father-in-law, Qazi Ali Bakhsh                                              1977


Birth of son, Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri                                                      18th Dec. 1977


Birth of third son, Hafiz Nisar Ahmad Qadri                                          10th December, 1978


‘Allama Arshad-ul-Qadri pays tribute to his Arabic Muqaddima

to al-Hadiqatu’n Nadiya in a letter to ‘Allama Mansha

Tabish Qusuri                                                                                       13th February, 1979


Publication of ‘Allama Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi’s famous book

Tahqeeq al-Fatwa fi Ibtal al-Taghawa which was later published

as Shafa’at-e-Mustafa şallAllāhu álaihi wasallam                             1979


President of Sunni Writer Guild for 2 years                                            1980


Publication of Barakaat Aal-e-Rasul, translation of ‘Allama

Yusuf Nabhani’s al-Sharaf al-Mu’abbad li Aali Muhammad 1981


First Hajj and visitation                                                             1981


Receives Ijazah and Khilafah from the family of Imam Ahmad

Raza, namely, Mawlana Rehan Raza Khan                                            1982


Publication of Andhere Se Ujaale Tak, a well-researched

refutation of the Ghayr Muqallids                                                           1985


Publication of Imam Ahmad Raza’s Anwar al-Intibah with his

own monograph, Nida-e-Ya RasulAllah                                               1985


Publication of worldwide acclaimed book Sheeshe ke Ghar,

showing the good relations that the Ghayr Muqallids had with

the British                                                                                             1986


Establishment of Markazi Majlis-e-Raza, Lahore                                   1987


Demise of his mother                                                                            7th July, 1987


Demise of his father                                                                              3rd April, 1989


Publication of Islami Aqayid, translation of Adillah Ahl al-Sunnah

wa’l Jama’ah by Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Rifa’i                           1990


Publication of translation of volume 4 of Ashi’atu’l Lum’aat     1990


Demise of his wife                                                                                 11th July, 1990


Presented Imam Ahmad Raza Gold Medal by Idara Tahqiqat

Imam Ahmad Raza                                                                               1991


Four-day tour of Jalalabad, Afghanistan                                                April 1992


Attendance of ‘Urs of Imam-e-Rabbani Mujaddid-e-Alfi Thani

in Sirhind. Stays there for 6 days                                                           August 1992


Publication of various essays on Sirah by the name

Maqalat Sirat-e-Tayyiba                                                                     1993


Publication of Zindah Jawed Khushbu’en, translation of

Min Nafhat al-Khulud by Shaykh Muhammad Salih Farfur of

Damascus                                                                                             1993


Performed Hajj-e-Badal on behalf of his father and was gifted

with Hajj-e-Akbar                                                                                1994


Publication of Arabic monograph Madinat al-‘Ilm and its Urdu

translation Shahre Yaar-e-‘Ilm                                                 1996


Publication of Min ‘Aqayid Ahl al-Sunnah                                           1996


Publication of Noor Noor Chehre                                                        1997


His son, Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri, achieves the highest marks in

the whole of District Sargodha in his Matriculation exams                       1997


Publication of translation of volumes 5 and 6 of Ashi’atu’l Lum’aat

Sharh Mishkat                                                                                     1997


His youngest son, Hafiz Nisar Ahmad Qadri, established

Al-Mumtaz Publications, Lahore                                                           1997


Presents his Arabic essay, Fi Dhilal al-Fatawa al-Ridawiya at the

International Imam Abu Hanifa Conference in Islamabad                       5-8th October, 1998


Begins Urdu translation of Holy Qur’an                                     1998


Eldest son, Mawlana Mumtaz Ahmad Sadeedi, writes M.Phil

thesis at Al-Azhar University and passes                                                25th July, 1999


His son, Mawlana Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri, is awarded Gold

Medal for F.A. by Sargodha Board                                                      30th August, 1999


Muhammad Abdu’s Sattar Tahir writes ‘Allama Sharf Qadri’s

first biography entitled Mohsin-e-Ahle Sunnat                          1999


17-day tour to Cairo with Sayyid Wajahat Rasul Qadri to meet

with the Shaykh of Al-Azhar and other scholars                         6th September, 1999


His son, Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri, receives Ziya-ul-Ummat

award from Daru’l ‘Ulum Muhammadiya Ghausia, Bhera                       September 1999


Publication of Tazkar-e-Sharf wherein Muhammad Abdu’s

Sattar Tahir collated various articles on the life of ‘Allama

Sharf Qadri                                                                                          1999


Publication of Urdu translation of Tahseel al-Ta’arruf fi

Ma’rifati al-Fiqh wa al-Tasawwuf entitled Ta’aruf

Fiqh o Tasawwuf                                                                                1999


Chosen as Organiser of Education and Training of

Jama’at-e-Ahle Sunnat, Pakistan                                                           1999


Completion of Sada Bahaar Khushbu’en, translation of

Min Rash’hat al-Khulud by Shaykh Muhammad Salih Farfur of

Damascus                                                                                             1999


Publication of Urdu translation of ‘Allama Mahdi Fasi’s

Mutala’a al-Musarrat, commentary of Dala’il al-Khayrat                  2000


Publication of various biographies entitled

‘Azmaton Ke Paasbaan                                                                      2000


Publication of Urdu translation of famous Arabic book

Min ‘Aqayid Ahl al-Sunnah entitled ‘Aqayid o Nazriyat                      2000


translated by Sidi Aqdas (Allah increase him, Ameen)