Hadhrat Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi رحمه الله once said:
” ‘Allamah Ibrahim Balyawi رحمه الله once narrated,
one of my teachers was [from the] Ahl al-Hadith. He used to issue Fatawa. I once went to [visit] him while he was alone and [found] that he was studying Al-Hidayah (a well known Classical Hanafi Fiqh Manual) and Fatawa ‘Alamgheeri. I enquired, ”Hadhrat, You are [from the] Ahl al-Hadith. Why are you looking at the books of the Hanafis?” He answered, ”where else will we find the Juz’iyyat (particulars of Fiqh) ? We take them from these books. And, Imam Zayla’ee has verified the Ahaadith in Al-Hidayah. We will give these as references, that this particular Mas’alah is proven from this particular Hadith.”
Malfoozat (Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi), Volume 3, Page 267
‘Allamah Ibrahim Balyawi رحمه الله was a graduate of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband. He later taught in various Madaaris (Islamic seminaries) in the Sub-Continent, including Jame’ah Islamiah Dhabel & Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, where he had the opportunity to teach Hadith. He was well-known for his expertise in the sciences of Tafseer, Hadith, Aqaa’id and ‘Ilm al-Kalam (scholastic Theology.)
Famous contemporary students of his include Hadhrat Mufti Sa’eed Ahmad Palanpuri (who is considered an exponent of ‘Allamah’s knowledge and wisdom) and Hadhrat ‘Allamah Qamr ad-Deen Gorkhapoori, both of whom currently teach Hadith in Darul ‘Uloom Deoband.