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)


A person was blessed with the vision of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in his dream. This person asked the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) about the meanings of a verse of the Qur’an. The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, ”look in Bayan al-Qur’an.” Bayan al-Qur’an is a commentary of the Qur’an written by Hakeem al-Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi (ra).

This person informed Maulana Thanwi (ra) about the dream in a letter. Maulana Thanwi (ra) remarked,” [even] if my life is sacrificed upon these gladtidings, then this is ok.”

He did not lie down the entire night, [instead], he engaged himself in invoking Durood Sharif (sending salutations upon the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).

Akaabir-Deoband Aur ‘Ishq-e-Rasool sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, Maktabah Arsalan, Pages 101-102

In the precincts of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, there exists an ancient well.  

Hadhrat Shah Rafee’ ad-Deen (ra), who was the second principal of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband and a Khalifah of Hadhrat Shah Abd al-Ghani Mujaddidi (ra) once saw a dream that this well  was filled with milk. The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was distributing the milk with a bowl.  Some people were having their bowls filled [with milk] and then leaving. Some of these people had small bowls while others had bigger ones.

Maulana [Rafee’ ad-Deen] interpreted the size of the bowls as each person’s amount of knowledge. (1)

During Hadhrat Maulana Shah Rafee’ ad-Deen’s (ra) principalship, a student once came to the [madrassah] kitchen with food. He placed a bowl of curry in front of Maulana [Shah Rafee’ ad-Deen] and asked, ”is this food for eating or is this water to perform wudhu with?” He addressed the Maulana in a sharp and disrespectful manner. Maulana looked at the student from head to toe three times and then said with confidence, ”this person is not a student of Darul ‘Uloom and nor can he be a student. After an investigation it became apparent that he really was not a student [of Darul ‘Uloom] but had managed to get his name written in the [Madrassah] kitchen register [to receive food.]

Students incessantly asked the Maulana how he had so confidently denied  this person’s being a student. So, Maulana referred to the [dream about the] well and said, ” I recognise the appearances of all those people who received milk from this well. When a student is admitted to the Darul ‘Uloom I recognise that he was present among those who drank the milk. However, when I looked carefully at this [supposed] student, I realised that he was not among those who I had seen. Therefore,  I was convinced that this person was not a student (of Darul ‘Uloom.) (2)

(1) Ikhlaas Ka Taj mahal Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Page 45 (Jalsa’ In’aam Ramadhan 1366 A.H, Page 12. Tareekh Darul ‘Uloom Deoband Awwal, Page 186.)

(2) Ikhlaas Ka Taj Mahal Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Page 45 (Mubashhiraat Darul ‘Uloom, Page47)

Narrating a dream he had seen in his childhood, the founder of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, Hujjat al-islam Maulana Qasim Nanautwi (ra) once said:

I am standing on the roof of the ka’bah, rivers are flowing from all the fingers and toes of my hands and feet and they are spreading towards diffferent parts of the world.

Subhanallah! This dream manifested itself in the form of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband, which spread knowledge and light to all corners of the globe.

Dream quoted from ‘Ikhlaas Kaa Taj Mahal Darul Uloom Deoband’, Page 47. (‘Sawaanih Ulama-Deoband’, Volume 1, Page 59)