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Overview of the Contents of Imam Abd al-Wahhab al-Sharani’s Lawaqih al-Anwar al-Qudsiyya fi bayan al-Uhud al-Muhammadiyya

March 7, 2013



Traditional Dars e Nizāmī Books

November 1, 2012

From the excellent blog of Shaykh abu Hasan (Allah ta’ala increase him, Ameen)

Traditional Dars e Nizāmī Books

The following books are commonly used in almost all traditional madrasahs in the Indo-Pak subcontinent spanning an 8 – 11 year course.  Older editions like the Bulaq or Indian prints are hosted locally and are listed under Local Downloads; newer editions of these books are avoided due to potential copyright issues; but they can still be found on and other sites. Link to the PDF and the page are listed under External Links. If the PDF link does not work, please navigate to the page (and if it exists) download it from there. Many of these books have multiple editions; I have linked those editions which are the easiest (among the PDFs I have) for students to read. In sha Allah, I will add descriptions of each book (accessed by clicking the name of the book) on a separate page which will also include further more editions of the book and links to manuscripts, if any. wa billahi’t tawfiq.


1. Some universities suggest ‘Additional Reading’ and these books are in grey colour.

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3. Alphabets indicate different versions of the book; PDF: A, B are two different editions of the same book.

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Poetry-Shamail of Sayyidina Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم

April 10, 2007

“Jin ki taskî se rôtê huwe hans parê
Us tabassum kî `âdat pe lâkô salâm”
“That comforting smile which causes the weeping to laugh
Upon that beautiful habitual smile, countless salutations of peace”

“jin ke talwô kâ dôwan hê âbê hayât!”
“The water that drains off his feet is a spring/pool of life!”

“husn-e-Yûsuf pe katîn misr me angust-e-zanâ
sar katâ te hê tere nâm pe mardân-e-`arab”
“With the beauty of Yûsuf (Alayhis Salam), the women of Egypt cut their hands
and fingers,
With you Ya Rasul Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم Every man of Arabia is ready to give their heads!”

Jo sar pe rakh ne ko
mill ja yai Nalai Paak Hazoor
to phir kahain gai ke
haan Tajdaar hum bi hain


If only I get such an honour to place
on my head the Na’alain of The Prophet

صلي الله عليه و سلم
Then I would proudly claim that
yes I have been crowned as King as well!

Tere khuluq ko Haq ne Azim kahan
Teri Khalk ko Haq ne Jameel kiya!

صلي الله عليه و سلم!

Kalam Sayyidi Ala Hadrat, Al-Allama Al-Kabir As-Shaykh Ahmad Rida Khan Al-Qadri Al- Barelwi (rahmatullah alayh)

Rabi al Awaal Mubarak

March 20, 2007

1. subH taybaa meiN huwee bat-taa hai baaDa nuur kaa
sadqa lene nuur kaa aayaa hai taara nuur kaa!

2. baagh e Taybaa meiN suHaanaa phuul phuulaa nuur kaa
mast buu hai bulbuleN paDti haiN kalima nuur kaa!

3. baarahweeN ke chaand kaa mujraa hai sajdah nuur kaa
baarah burjoN se jhukaa ik ik sitaara nuur kaa!

4. unn ke qaSr e qadr se khuld ek kamrah nuur kaa
sidra paayeN baagh meiN nanha sa pawdaa nuur kaa

5. `arsh bhi firdaws bhi iss shaah e waala nuur kaa
ye muthamman burj wo mushkuuye a`alaa nuur kaa

6. aayee bid`at chaayi zulmat rang badlaa nuur kaa
maahe sunnat mahr e Tal`at le le badla nuur kaa

7. tere hi maathe rahaa ay jaan sahraa nuur kaa
bakht jaaga nuur kaa chamkaa sitaara nuur kaa

8. maiN gadaa tuu baadshah bhar de piyaala nuur kaa
nuur din duunaa teraa de Daal sadqaa nuur kaa

9. taaj waale dekh kar teraa `imaama nuur kaa
sar jhukaa te haiN ilaahi bol baalaa nuur kaa

10. sham`a dil mishkaat tan seenaa zujaajah nuur kaa
teri suurat ke liye aayah hai suurah nuur kaa!

11. tuu hai saayaa nuur kaa har `uzw tukDaa nuur kaa
saaye kaa saayaa na hota hai na saayaa nuur kaa!

12. teri nasl e paak meiN hai bachcha bachcha nuur kaa
tuu hai `ayn e nuur teraa sab gharaana nuur kaa!

13. chaand jhuk jaata jidhar unglee uThaate mahd meiN
kyaa hi chaltaa thaa ishaare par khilawnaa nuur kaa

14. kaaf gesu haa dahan yaa abruu ankheN `ayn Saad
kaaf haa yaa `ayn Saad teraa hai chehraa nuur kaa!

15. ay raza ye aHmed e nuuri ka fayz e nuur hai
ho gayee meri ghazal baDH kar qaSeeda nuur kaa!

English Translation

1. The morning rises in madeenah and nur is being distributed in this
zone! This is the nur zone!
And to seek the alms of nur, has come the star of nur!

2. The beautiful flower of nur blooms in the garden of Madeenah!
An enchanting fragrance, and the nightingales recite the kalimah of

3. And the salutation of the moon on the twelfth is truly a
prostration of nuur! (on the 12th rabi`y al awwal Rasulallah was
born. In the Hadeeth it is said that when Rasulallah sallallahu
`alayhi wa sallam was born he did a sajdah. ) All the stars from the
twelve constellations bow down to salute thee!

4. Paradise is one small room from his palace of nur!
And sidrah (the tree in paradise) is a small plant in his garden of

5. The Throne and firdaws all belong to this prince of nur!
Those are the eight constellations and he the exalted lamp of nur!
(as in the suurah nur!)

6. Bid`ah came; and darkness prevails; and the color of nur (Islam)
has changed!
O the sun of Sunnah and the radiant moon, redeem the nur!

7. On your blessed forehead remained the crown of nur, Ya Rasulallah
my life!
And because of you the prospects of nur brightened when the star of
nur shone forth!

8. I am your slave, and you are the king; Ya Rasulallah fill my cup
of nur!
Each day your nur increases, give me the charity of nur!

9. The crowned ones after seeing thy turban of nur bow down their
heads and say : `glory is to the nur’

10. Thy heart is the lamp; thy body the nice; thy breast the
chandelier and to describe your face has the surah of nur been
revealed (suurat is used twice in this couplet; first meaning face,
second meaning chapter of the Quran)

11. You are the shade of light; every part of your body is nur,
And the shade doesn’t have a shadow of its own, nor does light spread
forth a shadow! (what a beauty! it is said, that Rasulallah
sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam is the shade of the nuur of Allah. So
the shade doesn’t spread forth a shadow; as is described in the
Hadeeth that Rasulallah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam did not have a
shadow. And Rasulallah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam is nur; neither
does any light have a shadow!)

12. Ya Rasulallah! Your blessed progeny every child amongst them is
one of nur you are the source of nur and all your clan is that of

13. The moon would sway to and forth when thou gestured at it in your
How beautifully did it move on thy gestures, that toy of nur! (it is
in the Hadeeth that when Rasulallah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam was
in his cradle he would make a sign at the moon and the moon would
sway at the behest of his blessed finger)

14. Kaaf are his fore locks; haa is his blessed mouth; yaa are the
brows and `ayn Saad are his eyes (the `ayn can me made like the eye;
in fact `ayn also means the eye; saad is the pupil in the eye) //
kaaf haa yaa `ayn Saad is (as one tafseer) the description of his
blessed radiant face; sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam

15. O Raza this is the blessing of nuur from Ahmed Nuri (his shaykh;
or it means the radiant Ahmed, our Rasul)
That your poem has been exalted from a poem to the status of `eulogy
of nuur’!

Qadri RiĎawiyyah Tariqa of Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar Siddiqui (RA)

May 25, 2006

An excellent site on the Qadri RiĎawiyyah Tariqa of the late Maulana Ibrahim Khushtar Siddiqui (RA).


The site contains valuable information on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA).

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (hafizahullah) on Sayyidi Ala Hadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (RA)

May 23, 2006

In the name of Allah Al Rahman Al-Raheem

Al-Allama Al-Kabir As-Shaykh Ahmad Ridha Khan Al-Barelwi (alayhi ar-rahma)

By the pen of the distinguished spiritual guide and teacher, the esteemed:

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (hafizahullah).

Born in 1272 A.H. (1856 C.E.), (Shaykh Ahmad Ridha Khan (rahmatullah alay)), indeed from an early age he occupied himself in the study of the sacred sciences, distinguishing himself until he became capable of issuing fatawa (formal legal opinions) at an early age. (13 years 10 months 5 days, on the 15th Sh’aban 1286 A.H. (1864 C.E.) ‘Rasa’il Ridhwiyya’ Vol 2 pg 301/315 Maktaba Hamidiyya Lahore 1988), since he was raised in a noble religious environment, indeed his father (Allama Naqi Ali Khan (rahmatullah alayh)) and his grandfather (Allama Ridha Ali Khan (rahmatullah alayh)) were from amongst the ranks of the most eminent ulama and ascetics.


Born in the town of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, in India, he thus became known as the Barelwi (‘al-Barelwi’) referring to his relationship with this region, as is the custom of the ulama and the famous personalities of Hind.

Religious services:

After completing his familiarisation with the various sacred sciences and receiving the cloak of succession and deputyship (khirqat ul khilafa) in the Qadiri tariqa, in particular, alongside the Naqshbandi, Chistiyy and Suharwardi tariqas the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) occupied himself with teaching, issuing legal rules, writing, delivering sermons, spiritual instruction and reformation of the Muslim Ummah.

His many precious works:

The Shaykh authored approximately 1,000 works in the various different religious sciences and other fields in Arabic, Urdu and Farsi, most of them published, and to Allah is all praise. Possessing tremendous genius, lively minded, swift in writing, the knowledge and cognizance came to him continuously from the help of Allah and the blessings of His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) and there is much that bears testimony to that, and any who peruses his numerous, beneficial works perceives that.

His character:

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was of outstanding character and distinguished morals.  He loved for the sake of Allah and became angry for the sake of Allah.  The Shaykh had an intense sense of honour in all what concerned Allah (jalla jalaluhu) and His Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wa salam)

His love for the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam)

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was a great lover of our Liege-Lord Al Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam).  To the extent that due to his intense love and following of the noble Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) he named himself the slave of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) (Abd ul Mustafa) and he would conclude his sittings of zhikr with the famous qasida he composed on the praise, extolling, eulogy and declaration of the station of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) with the opening verses: ‘ A hundred thousand salawat and salams upon you O Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) O Soul of the Mercy of Allah to mankind)

The Shaykh’s connection to Tasawuff:

As we have mentioned the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) took his spiritual path from the eminent Gnostic scholars of his time, who saw him worthy and deserving of succession (khilafa), instruction and purification after they passed onto the next world.  And indeed he performed this duty admirably, and he would zealously protect the shari’ah and tariqa together and rejected separation between them and he would say: ‘ Verily the shariah is the foundation and tariqa is a branch.  The shari’ah is a source head and the tariqa is an ocean bursting forth from this spring.  It is not possible to arrive to Allah except by suluk upon the shar’iah and who proceeded on a way other than the way of the shari’ah is destroyed and strays from the way of truth”.

This method of the shaykh clarifies the lies, the deceit, falsehood and slander of his opponents who contradicted the saying of Allah (t’ala):  ‘O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.’ (Surah Al Hujurat (42) Verse 6).  Indeed most definitely he was a lover of the Master Al Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) with a complete love and a complete following of the Shar’iah al Mustafawiyyah upon Him (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) be the best of salawat and salam.

His Jihad:

At the time of Indian Revolution, in 1857 C.E., the Shaykh (radhiyAllahu anhu) issued a legal ruling prohibiting association, mutual relations and friendship with the English colonialist disbelievers.  He gave fatwa that friendship was absolutely haram with every mushrik whether it be a compliant non-Muslim or one’s own children or father or brother or close relative.

His piety and scrupulousness: 

The Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) was diligent on the 5 prayers with congregation, God fearing and scrupulous, remembering Allah in all his states.  Indeed he visited the two holy sanctuaries in 1295 A.H. (1878 C.E.) to carry out the obligation of Hajj and visitation of the grave of his beloved Al-Mustafa (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) and indeed seized the opportunity and gathered with the gnostic scholars and the muhadithin in those blessed lands and mutually exchanged with them ijazat in the Shar’iah Sciences and in suluk and tasawuff.  He then returned to the two holy sanctuaries again for Hajj and Ziyara and realisation of benefits, spiritual and knowledge based.

His status and rank:

Many consider the Shaykh (rahmatullah alayh) the reviver of the age (Mujaddid Al-Asr) to the Muslim Ummah and in  particular in the land of Hind where he became known as the reviver of the ummah (Mujaddid al Ummah), confirming the statement of the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam):  ‘Verily Allah sends for this Ummah at the head of every century, one who revives for it it’s Deen’.  And verily the great majority  (As-Sawad Al A’zam) from Ahl as Sunnah in the Indian subcontinent (comprising Pakistan, India and Bangladesh) consider him to this day their Imam and Spiritual Guide and constantly repeat his sincere, delightful qas’aid and eulogies to the Master, the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) in their sittings, celebrations, in particular their celebration of the birth of the Noble Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam).  And the Shaykh did not travel onto Allah from this world until he had fulfilled his exalted mission in the renewal of the religion and awakening of the soul and sense of honour for Islam and for the Messenger (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) in the hearts and minds of the Muslims.

May Allah have mercy on him, a wide mercy and establish him in his spacious paradise and benefit the Muslims with his knowledge and his sincere, ample spiritual overflowing, Amin.

And may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Liege Lord Muhammad and upon his family and companions

As-Shaykh As-Sayyid Yusuf Hashim Al-Rifa’i (rahmatullah alayh).

8th Dhul Hijjah 1409 A.H. 11 July 1989 C.E. (Kuwait).

Translated from the original Arabic:

Pg 5-8 “Al Khutut Ar-Ra’isiyyah lil Iqtisad al Islami”

By Al-Imam Al-Mujaddid Ahmad Ridha Khan (rahmatullah alayh) (1272 AH – 1340 AH)

Published by Idarat tahqeeq Imam Ahmad Ridha (rahmatullah alayh) Karachi.

The women won it – Salma Yaqoob

May 15, 2006

sorry its not news but I have just found out! More young and educated Muslims needed in such positions


May 3, 2006

By Imam Abul – Hasan Muhammad al- Bakri (ra)(d 952h) from al- Anwar wa-Misbah al-Surur wal-Afkar wa-Dhikr Nur Muhammad al-Mustafa al Mukhtar (The Lights and Beacon of Happiness and Thoughts and the Commemoration of the Light of the Elect Muhammad Sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and translated by Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad al Yaqoubi al Hassani (May Allah give him a long life Ameen ) in a flight from London to San Francisco in June 2000. The Qasida appeared in the Q News Rabi ul Awal edition a couple of years ago and is also in the following book by Shaykh G F Haddad

No Mercy that Allah has sent or will send,
none that may ascend; descend or transcend

In the realm of Allah or in His Sovereignty,
Whether it is specific or comes in totality,

Except that Taha , His Servant, the elect,
His Prophet, the Preferred whom he verily has sent

Is certainly the means of it as well as a source,
A fact that every man through reason can course.

So beseech him always for everything you need,
For he is the Shafi' who accepts all who plead.

Take shelter in Him from all distress,
For safety is he always as well as fortress.

Put down the loads of hope at him there;
He is the refuge the one who will bear

In a state of hardship when calamities befall,
Do not despair and upon him call

O most Esteemed of what Allah did create,
And the best by whom to Him we supplicate.

How many a time you removed grave grief,
And this is what afflicted me again, in brief.

More helpless than me none did ever exist:
What strength do I have or stamina to persist ?

By him who made you in the world sublime
And raised you to a rank no one can climb

Disencumber me of all hardships and pain;
Whom do I solicit if you desist or refrain?

At loss am I ; my patience is gone.
I have not a clue of what next is to be done

You are the door to Allah; whoever finds a way
to travel without you will surely be turned away.

Prayers on you as the winds of the north
Swiftly shake hand with the flowers that come forth

With Salam from Allah as the scent of the Houses
Smells sweet, and the fragrance of incense arises

With the Family, the companions so long as a pigeon
Whose twig is succulent coos loudly in the region.

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

May 3, 2006

All praise is for Allah, may peace and the mercy of Allah be upon the Beloved Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم, his family, his Companions, the Awliya and all righteous Ulama, until the Last Hour,Ameen.