Virtues of Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Virtues of Aala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

At  the  time  of  the  demise  of  A’la  Hazrat  Imam  Ahl-e-Sunnat  Radi Allahu Ta’ala ,  a certain  Saint  of  Syria,  dreamt  of  the  Holy  Prophet  Muhammad  SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam while he  was  in  the  Baitul  Muqaddas.  In  his  dream,  the  Saint  saw  many Sahaba-I-kraam Radi Allahu Ta’ala seated  around  the  Holy  Prophet  SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam.

All  of them seemed to be waiting for someone.  The  Saint  says  that,  in  his  dream,  he  asked,  “Ya  Rasoolallah SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam!  Whose presence  is  being  anticipated?”  The  Holy  Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam replied,  “Ahmed Raza  Khan.”  The  blessed  Saint  then  asked,  “Who  is  Ahmed  Raza Khan”?

The Holy Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam answered, “An Aalim from Bareilly”  When  the  Saint  awoke,  he  immediately  journeyed  from  Syria  to Bareilly  Shareef  to  meet  A’la  Hazrat  Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu,  but  to  his  dismay,  he  learnt  that A’la Hazrat Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu had already departed from this world.

Imam Ahmad Raza and the scholars of Haramayn

Imam Ahmad Raza and the scholars of Haramayn

Imam Ahmad Raza was not just a personality revered and accepted by the scholars of the Indian Subcontinent – even the scholars of Haramayn accepted his leadership and his status as the Mujaddid of his era. These are the words of some scholars of Makka in praise of Imam Ahmad Raza.

Mawlana Muhammad Yusuf al-Afghani al-Makki writes:

He whose existence the era is proud of.1

Shaykh Salih Kamal Mufti Hanafiya writes:

A sea of merits, the coolness of the eyes of scholars, Mawlana, Muhaqqiq, the blessing of the era, Ahmad Raza Khan Barelwi. May Allah preserve him.2

Shaykh Abu’l Khayr Mirdad writes:

Indeed he is that ‘Allama and Fadil who solves problems with the light of his eyes – his name is Ahmad Raza Khan.3

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Dahan writes:

The one on whom the scholars rely; the ‘Allama of his time; the unique; for whom the scholars of Makka bear witness that he is the leader; the


1 Husam al-Haramayn, p.62

2 Ibid, p.25

3 Ibid, p.2

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What is Fiqh


The word fiqh has been lexically derived from the Glorious Qur’an.

Allah Most High states:
And it is not possible for Muslims that all should come out. Then why should not a party from each group should come out that they may gain understanding of religion and warn their people after coming back to them, haply they may guard themselves. [Surah: 9 At-Tawbah, Verse:122]

In the verse above, the word: Li-Yatafaqqahu is the source of the derivative fiqh.

There are more than nineteen verses throughout the Qur’an in which the word fiqh has been mentioned in its different word word forms but which all have the same root word – fiqh.

The Lexical Meaning of Fiqh

Fiqh means to understand or acknowledge something or to understand the rationale behind a person’s conversation.

The Technical Meaning of Fiqh

Fiqh means to understand the rulings of Shari’ah from which they are derived – i.e. from the Qur’an, Hadith, Ijma’ and Qiyas.

Imam Abu Hanifa has defined it as:

The understanding of those things which are beneficial for one’s self and that which are not. i.e. the understanding of what is Halal and Haraam, what is permissible and what is not.

This meaning was part of the Shari’i definition of fiqh but nowadays the term fiqh  is used as the understand of the most of the rulings of Shari’ah.

According to the Sufis, fiqh is:

The amalgamation of both sacred knowledge and practice.

To be Continued in next post – Topic: The purpose of Fiqh and its Objectives.