We are all saddened by the fact that on the 29th of April 2002, the light of our hearts, the true lover of the Holy Prophet Sallahu Ta'ala Alaihi wa sallam, the great Scholar, RA'EES-UL-QALAM HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALIA departed from this mundane world, to meet his Lord ALMIGHTY.......Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raje'oon.
This apparent demise of this great Scholar and Pious person of Islam, has left everyone in great shock, and has created a big 'gap' in the Ahle sunnah Wal Jama'at structure, which is quite difficult to estimate, as HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY was THE main person involved in differentiating the good from the bad, the truth from the false.
It is only after a person passes away, do we realize how exalted and Knowledgeable that person was. We always think that we should have prepared a document of some sort on his Life and Works dedicated towards Islam, but we never seem to do this in their lifetime. We always wish that we could have kept a record of all of his Works and Services rendered to Islam and its nation. Even Mujaddid-e-Azam, Imam-e-Ahle Sunnah Shah Ahmed Raza Khan Fadhile-e-Bareilly Radiallahu ta'ala anho noted this when he (Radiallahu ta'ala anho ), was categorizing his journey for Hajj. This has always been our weakest sector in our past, and has been the sole reason for why we have not been giving full publicity to our Great Scholars and the Pious. Consequently, our children have not yet been brought up to realize and accept the efforts and the hardships contributed into the propagation of Islam, because we have not yet provided them the facilities, such as literature on these Great Scholars.
As we all know, it is quite difficult to write a biography of any personality after their demise, since searching for records, dates and their genealogical charts is an almost impossible task. However, alhamdolillah, Allama ¡¥Ala'ul Mustafa Qadri saheb had already wrote a small but concise biography on this learned scholar, which we are quite grateful of, named "Hayat-o-Khidmat¡¨, "Life and works" of Huzoor Sadrush Shariah Rehmatullahi Alay (Pages 462-464)
There is not much that a humble servant like myself can say concerning HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY, however, there are a few highlighted points that we need to consider which are worth of being noted and remembered:
He was always prepared to defend the Pristine
teachings of Islam, by writing books differentiating
between the Haq and the Batil, the truth from the
false, such as "Tableeghi Jama'at", "Zer-o-Zabar", "Lala Zar", "Zalzala", and so forth. By reading these concise books, one immediately faces the truth from the falsehood conveyed by the mendacious and unreliable groups of this modern Age.
His knowledge was so vast that even Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat, Allama Shah Muhaddith-e-Muradabadi, thumma Mubarakpuri, Allama Abdul Aziz Sahib Rehmatullahi Alay, stated about this when HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY was studying under his supervision at a very tender age, at the famous University of the ' Mother of Knowledge ', AL-JAMIATUL ASHRAFIA, in Mubarakpur, U.P. (See www.aljamiatulashrafia.org).
His in-depth knowledge is such, that if someone searches deeply and researches, the qualities of a great learned Scholar would immediately emerge.
BIRTH AND GENEALOGY
HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY was born in 1924, in a town "Sayyidpura", in the district of Balya (U.P.).
His father, Moulana Abdul Latif, was a humble, modest and a very pious Scholar of Islam.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY attained his basic and intermediate education under the supervision of his learned father, Allama Moulana Abdul Latif. Then, continuing these Islamic Studies, HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI REHMATULLAHI ALAY came to AL-JAMIATUL ASHRAFIA(*), where he studied under the careful guidance and supervision of Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat, Allama Shah Abdul Aziz Sahib Rehmatullahi Alay.
(*) = Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat's endeavors and striving for the establishment of an Islamic University was so successful that in 1352 Hijri, a huge group of students enrolled, amongst them were Hazrat Sharih Bukhari, Allama Moulana Mufti Sharif-ul-Haq Rehmatullahi Alay (see "The Annotator of the Bukhari"), and also HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI himself.
It was during the earlier stages of his childhood, when he was attaining Islamic Knowledge, that signs emerged of his intellectuality and his discernment: Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat, Allama Shah Abdul Aziz Sahib Rehmatullahi Alay used to always remember Allama Arshad's educational childhood, with the following words: "Throughout the whole of my life, I have not yet met anyone so intellectual in understanding the SAHIH BUKHARI SHARIF, as Allama Arshadul Qadri."
In 1365 Hijri he graduated with the Honors, from this highly recognized University, AL-JAMIATUL ASHRAFIA.
After this he moved to Madrasa Islamia Shamsul Uloom, in Nagpur, where he taught the future Great Scholars of Islam, such as Allama Moulana Mufti Jalaluddin Ahmed Amjadi Rehmatullahi Alay.
In 1950, he came to Jamshaidpur to propagate Islam and for a continuous 5 years under the open sky, on the side of a bridge, he taught his students, and despite all these problems, he did not utter a word of complaint, but kept steadfast on teaching and propagating Islam. Until, after years of hard work, he established "Darul Uloom Faiz-ul-Uloom", on a land brought from the 'ta ta company' at that time. He did not stop at this, but, by his full commitment and his efforts, a technical institute department had also been set up, where students from Bengal, Bihar, and all other parts of India, arrived to gain Knowledge.
In 1972 he performed his 2nd Hajj, in which he established the "World Islamic Mission" or the 'Al-Da'wat-ul-Islamiyyat-ul-A'lamiyyah', and he was chosen to be the General Secretary of organization. The main markaz, or the Head office was situated in Bradford, England.
In 1954, he gained great victory over the famous deobandi debater, Molvi Abdul Latif Nu'mani, the Shiekh-ul-Hadith of "Miftahul Uloom" in Mau (U.P.). Hence, he was given the title "Fateh Jamshaidpur" or the 'Conqueror of Jamshaidpur".
Overall, HAZRAT ALLAMA MOULANA ARSHADUL QADRI was the Beacon of Light, which enlightened the numb and dull hearts of many and guided many to the straight path....May ALMIGHTY ALLAH JALLA JALALUHU reward him bountifully for his every effort.....Ameen
Although he (Rehmatullahi Alay) is not physically with us today, as we do not possess the strength in our eyes to see him, the lamp that he had lit still shines, and the fruits of the seeds that he had sown out of his sheer efforts, have finally emerged.
We finally humbly ask ALMIGHTY ALLAH JALLA JALALUHU that he sanctifies his soul, and place him in the highest of heavens, and may we gain the benefit of the vast ocean of knowledge that he left behind.
May ALMIGHTY ALLAH JALLA JALALUHU reward him bountifully for his every effort and may all his works be accepted all over the world...Ameen
NOW IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE CONTINUE ALLAMA SAHEB'S MISSION OF MASLAK-E-ALAHAZRAT REHMATULLAHI ALAY
ONE MAJOR PART OF THIS IS THE CONCENTRATION IN PUBLISHING OF LITERATURE BY SHAH AHMED RAZA REHMATULLAHI ALAY, I WAS AMAZED TO HEAR THAT PEOPLE HAVE OBTAINED COPIES OF ALAHAZRAT'S QALMI (WRITTEN MASTER COPIES) AND HAVE LOST THEM
THIS HAS BEEN OUR FAUUT THAT WE HAVE NOT ACTED IMMEDIATELY AS OVER 150 YEARS HAVE PASSED AND WE HAVE YET NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRINT HALF OF THE 1000 BOOKS WRITTEN BY ALAHAZRAT REHMATULLAHI ALAY...SHAME TO US ALL! ON THE OTHER HAND THE DEOBANDIES THE NAJDEES AND THE FIRQA-E-BATIL HAVE PUBLISHED MILLIONS OF BOOKS AND HAVE GOT THEIR BOOKS STORES ALL OVER ENGLAND WHERE THEY ORDER BOOKS FOR FREE FROM ARABIC AND OTHER COUNTRIES
MAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH GIVE US THE TAWFEEQ TO ACT UPON THIS AMEEN.
Please remember me in your duas Was salaam
Sharik-e-Gham, Mohammed (UK)