Hadrat Mawlana Ihtisham al-Hasan Kandhlawi (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) writes:

”Hadrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) would say that from among the students of Shah Muhammad Ishaq [Dehlawi] (may Allah shower His mercy upon him), three were extremely pious (muttaqi). The most pious was Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn [Kandhlawi] (may Allah shower His mercy upon him).[1] The second was Shah ‘Abd al-Ghani [Dehlawi] (may Allah shower His mercy upon him)[2] and the third was Nawab Qutb al-Din Khan (may Allah shower His mercy upon him).[3]”


[1] Hadrat Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn Kandhlawi (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) was among the senior scholars of his age. He was renowned for his exemplary piety (taqwa) and strict adherence to the sunnah. (translator)

[2] A descendant of Mujaddid Alf-e-Thani Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi. He was among the greatest hadith scholars of his age. In order to appreciate his high standing as a scholar and spiritual guide it would perhaps suffice to say that his students and khulafa’ (spiritual successors) include the likes of Hadrat Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali Saharanpuri, Hadrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, Hadrat Mawlana Qasim Nanautwi, Hadrat Mawlana Ya‘qub Nanautwi, Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Mazhar Nanautwi, Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Ahsan Nanautwi, Hadrat Shah Rafi‘ al-Din et al. (may Allah shower His mercy upon them all). (translator)

[3] He was among the prominent scholars of hadith and fiqh in 13th century India. He is perhaps most well known for his Urdu commentary of Mishkat al-Masabih, entitled Mazahir-e-Haq. He passed away in Makkah al-Mukarramah in 1289 AH. (translator)

 

Sawanih ‘Ulama’-e-Deoband (Deoband: Nawaz publications) Vol. 1, p. 228, compiled by Dr. Nawaz Deobandi.

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