Mawlana Wali al-Din Nadwi writes regarding Imam ‘Allamah ‘Abd al-Hayy Lucknowi’s (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) relationship with some of his contemporaries:
‘‘The Imam held an extremely affectionate and warm relationship with many of his eminent contemporaries, from whom were Shaykh Nadhir Husayn Dehlawi and Shaykh Fadl-e-Rahman Ganj Muradabadi, who both profusely praised the Imam. The Imam also held an extremely close friendship with the founder of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband, ‘Allamah Muhammad Qasim Nanautwi to whom the Imam would often send gifts.’’
Bid‘ah And The Salaf’s Worship (London: Al-Hamra Publications, 1st edition 1999) p. xvii, translated by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood
Note: Spellings of names have been edited when reproducing this paragraph.