A Brief Biography of the Founder of Jamia
ul Islam Hafiz Muhammad Anwārullah Fārooqi Quddisa Sirruhul azeez
The Sheikh, the Mujaddid, the Muhaddith, the
Mufassir, the Faqih, the Sufi , the caller to Islam, Hazrat Allamah
Shah Muhammad Anwaarullah Farooqui
Fazeelat Jung quddisa Sirruhul azeez was amongst the greatest and the most elect`ulema produced by the
Indian sub-continent in the last century.
The renowned Sheikh was an embodiment of love for the
Messenger of Allah `alaihi afDalus salaatu was
salaam. He was peerless in knowledge, this
combined with his humility, patience,
perseverance, magnanimity and farsightedness earned him a highly respectable
position in eyes of the commoners and the then rulers of the Deccan, the
Sayyids of the Asif
The Sheikh was from the Noble lineage of
Hazrat Shah Rafiuddin Qandahāri
Rahimahullah and his predecessors were from the Qandahar.
Sheikh Anwarullah Farooqi reached such great heights of knowledge and wisdom that there were few or no one amongst his peers who matched him.
It is an interesting fact that three generations of the Asif Jahi rulers were
at one point or another, under his tutelage.
In the reign of the seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali
Khan, the Sheikh was deputed to oversee and
manage the Hyderabad State's Office for Religious affairs,
his services during this period are among the
most significant contributions to the service of
Islam from the Indian sub-continent.
He was the founder of the prestigious
Islamic University which is known even
today as the Al-Azhar of India. Thousands of
scholars from the sub continent and from abroad
have studied and benefited from this institution
and the scholars produced by it.
This institution was instrumental in bringing
the knowledge of the deen to the masses.
It was due to the pure niyyah and the prayers of
the Sheikh that Allah azza wa Jall chose Jamia
Nizamia, for the propagation of His word and
for spreading the love of His beloved
Messenger and Habeeb Sayyiduna Muhamamd [`alaihi afDalus salaatu was salaam] for more than a hundred and thirty years.
Among the other glorious and unparalleled achievements of the Noble Sheikh was the formation of the
Majlis Ishaat ul uloom,
the Center for Publishing of Islamic Sciences which
is known for its service over the last century.
1888 the Sheikh established the institution
which can be called as the Jewel among the
institutions of Islamic
Research in the sub continent, the one of a kind
has over the past century collected, edited,
published and preserved thousands of rare and
works dealing with the Islamic history, art and traditional
sciences from as early as the sixth and eighth
In spite of the neglect after the fall of the
State of Hyderabad and the Indian Government's lack of
support for the last six decades, Dairatul M`aarif al-Uthmaniyya is still
a priceless repository of Islamic knowledge and original manuscripts - The books published by the
Dairatul M`aarif over the last hundred years have become fountains of sacred knowledge for its
seekers, they form part of the syllabi of several universities in the Middle East and Europe
and still make huge
profits for top middle eastern publishing houses while the
copyright holding institution lies in shambles.
The Sheikh was instrumental in the formation of
which is now known as
the State Central Library of Hyderabad.
Sheikh had also planned another project on the
lines of the
Dairatul M`aarif al-Uthmaniyya for the compilation
and publishing of rare works of Hanafi Hadith
and Fiqh literature.
dream was brought to fruition by his
Muhaqqiq and Muhadith
Sayyid Mahmood Shah al-Qadri al-Hanafi
rahimahullah - who was popularly known as
Sheikh Abul Wafa al-afGhani
ul azeez, when he founded the
Majlis ahya ul M`aarif Nomania.The
Hanafi Madhab/Maslak is indebted
to this Sufi Sheikh for the books that were
published under his guidance.
The work done by this institution is acclaimed
world wide and its benefits are being reaped
today by scholars from all over the ummah.
the numerous writings of Sheikh Anwarullah
quddisa sirruh ul azeez,
the ones which became very popular are
which was written by the Sheikh while he was in
- (12 Volumes),
al Kalam al Marf`u fil hadeeth-il-mawDu
(2 Volumes) - These works are considered as unique and major research works in
the world of Islamic scholarship.
was far ahead in his contemporaries in
understanding the dynamics of heresies. While
some ill informed scholars were condoning the
heresies of the ghayr muqallideen and
others were still holding on to their pens, he
was amongst the first in the Indian subcontinent
to write against the heresies of the ghayr
muqallideen, he also pointed out the mistakes of
the neycharis, the qadiyanis, the rafidis and the wahabiyya and
presented the genuine aqeeda of ahlus sunnah wal
ahlus sunnah are indebted to the Sheikh
Anwarullah Farooqi for
his untiring service to the deen and for his
efforts to preserve their tradition and protect their aqeedah.
Allah bless him, elevate his rank and fill his
maqaam with nur ! aameen biHurmati sayyidil
mursaleen! [sallalahu `alaihi wa sallam]