Mawlana Sayyid Mahbub Ridwi writes concerning the renowned scholar of hadith, Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali Saharanpuri: 

”He completed his hadith studies in 1261 AH, in the blessed company of Shah Muhammad Ishaq Dehlawi in Makkah al-Mukarramah. The way in which he studied hadith was that Shah Muhammad Ishaq would narrate hadiths to him between Fajr and Zuhr prayers in the [Masjid] al-Haram in Makkah. Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali would then recite the very same hadiths to Shah Muhammad Ishaq between Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. He studied all the hadith books in this same manner …” [1] 

Quoting Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan, Mawlana Sayyid Mahbub Ridwi writes: 

”Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali [Saharanpuri] studied all the sihah sittah (six sound collections of hadith) and other books of hadith, from beginning to end, lesson by lesson, under the tutelage of Mawlana Shah Muhammad Ishaq [Dehlawi]. When Mawlana Muhammad Ishaq migrated away from Delhi [to Makkah], Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali travelled to Makkah and specially completed his hadith studies in the Masjid al-Haram under the tutelage of Mawlana Muhammad Ishaq and then returned to India […] In the final part of his life, Mawlana Ahmad ‘Ali Saharanpuri had given up whatever of his time he was able to in the service of Madrasah Islamiah (Mazahir-e-‘Ulum) Saharanpur.[2] He passed away whilst in this occupation. May Allah shower him with His mercy…”  [3] 

The books that Muhaddith [Ahmad ‘Ali] Saharanpuri taught at Mazahir-e-‘Ulum Saharanpur are as follows: 

Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, Sunan al-Nasa’i, Sunan Ibn Majah, Shama’il al-Tirmidhi, Mishkat al-Masabih, Mu’atta Imam Malik, Mu’atta Imam Muhammad, Jami al-Saghir, Tafsir al-Jalalayn, the translation of the Qur’an, Ihya’ al-‘Ulum al-Din, Durr al-Mukhtar, Siraji, Mukhtasar al-Quduri and Sharh Jami. [4]


 [1] Sawanih ‘Ulama’ -e-Deoband (Deoband: Nawaz Publications) Vol 1, p. 243-244, compiled by Dr. Nawaz Deobandi

 [2] He would teach fi sabil Allah, without receiving a wage.

 [3] Sawanih ‘Ulama’ -e-Deoband (Deoband: Nawaz Publications) Vol 1, p. 252, compiled by Dr. Nawaz Deobandi

 [4] Sawanih ‘Ulama’ -e-Deoband (Deoband: Nawaz Publications) Vol 1, p. 249-250, compiled by Dr. Nawaz Deobandi

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