Hakim al-Ummat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) said about the women of Kandhla[1]

‘‘Most of the women from the town of Kandhla have studied upto [the level of] Mishkat and Durr al-Mukhtar. There are very few women [there] who have not memorized the Qur’an and remain asleep the entire night during Ramadan.’’ 

Majalis-e-Hakim al-Ummat (Karachi: Dar al-Isha‘at, Dhu ‘l-Qa‘dah, 1366 AH ed.) p. 147 compiled by Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘ Usmani.

[1] A town situated in the Indian state of U.P. It lies in between the city of Delhi and Saharanpur. It was the home town of many senior ‘ulama such as Mufti Ilahi Bakhsh Kandhlawi, Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn Kandhlawi, Mawlana Nur al-Hasan Kandhlawi, Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi and Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas kandhlawi (may Allah shower His mercy upon them all).


Hadrat Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn Kandhlawi was mentioned in a recent blog entry. I thought it may prove beneficial for readers who were not familiar with him, if it was explained how he was related to some of our more recent elders.


Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn Kandhlawi was the nephew (brothers’ son) and student of Mufti Ilahi Bakhsh Kandhlawi, who in turn was a senior student of Shah ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Dehlawi and author of Shiyam al-Habib (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), a wonderful, brief and concise Arabic treatise on Shama’il. Hakim al-Ummat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi incorporated it into his Nashr al-Tib fi Dhikr al-Nabi al-Habib (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). [1]


Hadrat Mawlana Muzaffar Husayn Kandhlawi had a daughter named Bibi Amat al-Rahman, who was a reflection of her father’s noble characteristics. She was an ‘abidah (someone who worships in abundance) and a zahidah (ascetic).  Even senior ‘ulama would seek her prayers and blessings. This pious and noble woman had a daughter named Bibi Safiyyah, who was also an ‘abidah and someone who would remain in remembrance of Allah and in spiritual exercises. She had memorized the entire Qur’an and would recite one manzil of the Qur’an daily. This was alongside her daily wazifas, litanies and household chores. Bibi Safiyyah gave birth to the great caller to Allah and mujaddid of tabligh, Hadrat Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. She also gave birth to Hadrat Mawlana Yahya Kandhlawi, a prominent student and disciple of Hadrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi. Hadrat Mawlana Yahya Kandhlawi was, of course, the father of Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi.


May Allah shower His mercy upon all those mentioned above.


[1] It has been rendered into the English language by Mawlana Abdur Rahman Kolia of South Africa. It was published by Maktabah Mujaddid Alfe-Thani as ‘Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam – As If You Were Seeing him’ and is available in some UK bookshops (I personally saw it in Dawah Book Store in Leicester).