Ra'ees-ul-Qalam Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri

 Rahmatullah 'alaih



Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih was, beyond doubt, one of most prolific scholars of the latter half of twentieth century whose contribution to Islam was mainly aimed at differentiating between haq (truth) and batil (falsehood). Because of some of his literary accomplishments he is thus considered as one of the leading scholars of the Ahle Sunna wal Jam'aat of this age.

Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih worked tirelessly to defend the pristine teachings of Islam by virtue if his intellectual prowess and his literary skills. In his literary masterpieces he has managed to explain so convincingly to both scholars and to the Muslim masses, the errors of the heretical sects within Islam. Such works include: "Tableeghi Jama'at", "Zer-o-Zabar", "Lala Zar", "Zalzala", "Daawate Insaf" (A Call for Justice) and so forth. After reading these concise books, one is immediately forced to decide between truth and falsehood and to quickly cast aside the mendacious and misguided ideas of the heretical sects of recent times.

His knowledge was so vast that Hafiz-e-Millat 'Allama Abdul Azeez Saheb Rahmatullah 'alaih, stated that when Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih was studying under his supervision at a young age, at the famous university of Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia, in Mubarakpur, U.P. India; his natural ability as an original thinker and his uncanny ability to instantaneously grasp the essence of a new subject was so strikingly obvious, that if someone searched deeply, one would be as forced to recognize that he possessed the innate qualities of a brilliant and gifted scholar.

Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih was born in 1924, in a town "Sayyidpura", in the
district of Balya, U.P., India. His father, Maulana Abdul Latif, was a humble, modest and a very pious scholar of Islam.

Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih attained his basic and intermediate education under
the supervision of his learned father, 'Allama Maulana Abdul Latif. Then, continuing these Islamic studies,
Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih enrolled at Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia, where he studied
under the careful guidance and supervision of Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat, 'Allama Shah Abdul Azeez Saheb Rahmatullah 'alaih.

Huzoor Hafiz-e-Millat's endeavours 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 Maulana Mufti Sharif-ul-Haq Rahmatullah 'alaih (The Annotator of the Bukhari), and also Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih 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 Azeez Saheb Rahmatullah 'alaih 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 Shareef, as 'Allama Arshadul Qadri."

In 1365 Hijri he graduated with the Honours, from Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia. After this he moved to Madressa Islamia Shamsul Uloom, Nagpur, India where he taught the future great scholars of Islam, such as 'Allama Maulana Mufti Jalaluddin Ahmed Amjadi Rehmatullah 'alaih.

In 1950, he moved to Jamshedpur, India 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 many 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 parcel of land purchased from the Tata 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 1954, he gained great victory over the famous deobandi debator, Molvi Abdul Latif Nu'mani, the Shiekh-ul-Hadith of "Miftahul Uloom" in Mau, U.P., India. Hence, he was given the title "Fateh Jamshedpur" or the 'Conqueror of Jamshedpur'.

In 1972 Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih performed his second hajj, in which he and other eminent scholars of Ahle Sunna wal Jam'aat established the World Islamic Mission or Al-Da'wat-ul-Islamiyyat-ul-A'lamiyyah. He was chosen to be the first Secretary General of WIM with its head office located in Bradford, England. He later spent time in the United Kingdom where he worked tirelessly. As 'Allama Qamaruz-zaman Azmi of Manchester-UK, his successor and the current Secretary General of WIM stated: 'Allama  Arshadul Qadri's work in England was to lay the proper foundations of Ahle Sunna wal Jam'aat which would give rise to an intellectually sound and spirtually based Islam in Europe'.

On the 29th of April 2002, Hazrat 'Allama Maulana Arshadul Qadri Rahmatullah 'alaih left this worldly existence  as a true lover of the Holy Prophet Sallahu Ta'ala Alaihi wa sallam. Overall, this great scholar who has made such an immense effort in the service of Islam, is indeed and will continue to be for all Muslims a Beacon of Light, which has enlightened countless numb and dull hearts and who has guided so many to the Straight Path.

May Almighty Allah Jalla Jalalahu reward him bountifully for his every effort. May Allah Jalla Jalalahu sanctify his soul, and place him in the highest of heavens, and may we gain benefit from the vast ocean of knowledge that he has left behind. Ameen