Prior to the establishment of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Hadhrat Haji Rafee’ al-Deen رحمه اللهonce saw in a dream that Sayyiduna ‘Ali كرم الله وجهه had established a Madrasah. Shah Rafee’ al-Deen رحمه الله met a student from this Madrasah [in the dream].
After some time, when Darul ‘Uloom Deoband had been established and Shah Rafee’ al-Deen رحمه الله had been appointed Principal, he once remarked after seeing a particular student:
”this is the same student that I had seen in Hadhrat Ali’s كرم الله وجهه Madrasah!”
Ikhlas Ka Taj Mahal Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Kutub Khana Na’eemiyyah Deoband, Pages 45-46 (Ref: ‘Ulama Haq Awwal, Page 72)