The late ‘Allamah Muhammad Musa Ruhani al-Bazi (d. 1998 CE) was an exceptional scholar of Pakistan. He was a graduate of Madrasah Qasim al-‘Ulum Multan (Pakistan), and his teachers include the renowned mufassir, Mawlana Ghulam Allah Khan and Mufti Mahmud of Multan (Pakistan), khalifah of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya (may Allah shower His mercy upon them all). The ‘Allamah was a scholar of great repute, a prolific author of unique works and a wali of Allah.
He was Shaykh al-Hadith and Tafsir at Jami’ah Ashrafiyah Lahore (Pakistan). His lessons on Jami’ al-Tirmidhi and Tafsir al-Baydawi, in particular, became renowned, with students from around the world flocking to attend them.
Below is an email, sent by a friend about the unique writings of ‘Allamah Muhammad Musa Ruhani al-Bazi, who remains relatively unknown to the masses. With the authors’ permission, we have edited the e-mail and reproduced it for readers of this blog. Please note it was written as an informal e-mail regarding the descriptive names of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace), and is not intended to read as an exclusive article.
Mawlana Ibrahim Amin wrote:
‘‘Imam Sakhawi was known to have collected and created the most number (few hundred) of descriptive names for the Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace) until came along Shaykh ‘Allamah Muhammad Musa Bazi ar-Ruhani [d. 1998 CE].
He has enumerated 804 names for the Messenger (may Allah bless him and give him peace) in his Al-Barakat al-Makkiyah fi ‘l-Salawat al-Nabawiyyah. He also has composed Al-Qasidah al-Husna fi Asma al-Nabi al-‘Uzma, in which he quotes some 500 names of the Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace). Needless to say, both of these are amazing and truly inspirational works.
In fact, all of Shaykh’s works are immensely beneficial. After all, who nowadays has the depth of knowledge to give 1.3 million explanations (tawjihat) for [the Arabic phrase] Amma ba’d (see Shaykh’s Al-Najm as-Sa’d fi Mabahith Amma Ba’d) and over 190 explanations for the apparent superiority of Sayyiduna Ibrahim (upon him be peace) over our Messenger (May Allah bless him and give him peace) in the Durud Ibrahim (see Fath al-‘Alim fi Halli Ishkali al-Tashbih al-‘Azim fi Hadith ‘Kama Sallayta ‘ala Ibrahim’). He has also authored Fath Allah fi Khasa’is al-Ism Allah (a work on the specialties of the name ‘Allah’) in 2 volumes spanning over 1500 pages.
His works are of an extremely high standard in terms of research (tahqiq), language (he mostly wrote in Arabic) and depth of scholarship (isti’ab). He has written on many branches of the Islamic sciences including Tafsir (just his Tafsir of Baydawi is in 50 volumes; its muqaddimah (introduction) published separately in two volumes), Hadith (his commentary on Sunan al-Tirmidhi is the most extensive and arguably the most authoritative from scholars affiliated to Deoband), Usul al-Fiqh (an amazing commentary on Sharh al-Tawdih wa ‘l-Talweeh, Arabic literature (including two different commentaries of Diwan Mutanabbi), Arabic Grammar and Syntax, Etymology (sarf), ‘Urudh & Qawafi (the sciences of poetic meterage and literary criticism), Arabic, History (an amazing work in this regard is his Ghayat at-Talab fi Aswaq al-‘Arab, an extremely meticulous and insightful work into the markets of historic Arabia and their traditions), Classical Logic (Mantiq) (He has 8 lengthy commentaries on the major classical works in this field alone, such as a commentary on ‘Allamah Hamdullah as-Sandili’s commentary on Sullam al-‘ulum and an annotation of Mir Zahid’s commentary on Mulla Jalal), Philosophy (in both traditional branches of Metaphysics: Cosmology and Ontology), Ancient Hellenistic Ptolemaic Astronomy (5 major works), Modern Copernican Astronomy and Astrophysics (31 works, of which 6 written as core texts (mutun) and 2 major commentaries) and some other books in Da’wah and spiritual reformation (Islah) etc. The total number of his published or soon to be published works is 135, a number of which are in several volumes.
Some of his works can be obtained from the Azhar Academy bookshop in London, UK, for the benefit of those ‘ulama that are resident in the UK.’’
[Mawlana] Ibrahim Amin