Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind [d.1381]
Makhdoom al-Millat Hadrat Allama Pir Sayyad Shah
Muhammad Abul Muhamid al-Ashrafi al-Jilani Kicchochwi Rahmatullahi alayh
There have been many eminent personalities to have come through the Ashrafi Silsila since Hadrat Makhdoom Ashraf Rahmatullahi alayh but few have had a greater role and impact than His Eminence Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Makhdoom al-Millat Hadrat Sayyad Muhammad Abul Muhamid al-Ashrafi al-Jilani Rahmatullahi alayh. This impact led to them being given the acclamation of:
We shall give you a brief life history of Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh from their childhood to their last days.
Muhaddith al 'A'zam al Hind
His Eminence Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh was born in the Jais village of Rai Bareilly, which is in the state of U.P - (Uttar Pradesh) - in Northern India on the 15th (Wednesday) of Dh'ull Qu'ddah 1311 A.H (that is 1894).
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh went onto Higher Education and took their studies to alims [scholars] of the highest authorities and categories, to places like Aligarh, Badayun, Bareilly, Lucknow and Philibit.
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam Rahmatullahi alayh's teachers have been ;
Father - Allama Sayyad Nazar Ashraf
'Behr al-Ulum' Mawlana Abdul Bari Firanghimahali
'Ustad-e-Zama'n Allama Lutfullah Aligarhi
Allama Vashi Ahmad Muhaddith Surti
A'LA HADRAT IMAM AHMAD RIDA KHAN Fadil-e-Barelwi
Sayyad Shah Matiuras al-Badayuni
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh were given the acclaimed title of "One of the Greatest Muhaddith's of the subcontinent" by Sayyad Shah Matiuras al-Badayuni in 1328 A.H - that is 1911; at the age of only 17 [seventeen].
Religious & Social Activites
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh established a School of hadees [A'Hadith] under the leadership of Hadrat Allama Sayyad Muhammad Mir Saheb in Delhi in 1330 at the age of 19. Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam Rahmatullahi alayh also started the publication of 'Ashrafi Monthly' from Kicchocha Shareef in 1339 A.H (January 1922) in which he comprehensively refuted the heretical Wahhabis, Qaddianis and other deviant and blasphemous sects.
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh presided over and governed several Institutions of Ahl as-Sunnah w'al Jama'ah like 'All India Conference', at Banaras, 'Jama'at-e-Raza-e-Mustufa' Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam, 'All India Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind' and 'Al Jame 'Ashrafiya'. Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh also presided and uplifted several universities of Islamic literature like Jame-Ashrafiya, Mubarakpur, Darul Uloom Ashrafiya-Behraich, Darul Uloom Faruqiyah, Banaras and countless other such madrassas and idaras [Islamic Educational Institutes].
Islamic & Spiritual Service
Throughout Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh's travels, he made millions of Muslims his mureeds [disciples] and led them to the Great Silsila's [Order] of Qadiriya, Chistiya, Naqshbandiya and Suhrawardiya.
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alaih have penned more than 100 books and booklets. Of the most common and well known have been his translation of the Quran-al karim into urdu by the name of Ma'aref al-Qur'an.
Here is a list of some other works ;
Taqviy al Qulub
Qahar Qahaar Barooh-e-Nahanzar
Rudaad-e-Munazarah Kicchocha Shareef
Khuda ki Rehmat
Sawaneh Ghawth al-A'zam
Fitnah-e-Azeem aur uska Dafeeyah
Sirat al Khulafaa
Munafiqin-e-Islam ka Agaz aur Irtaqah
At-Tahqeer al Bare fi Huqooqis-Share
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh has also written many Naat's [Poetry in Praise of Prophet Muhammad, Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam] and Mankabat's and written a famous book about them called 'Farsh Pe Arsh'. These Naats 'are of the highest quality and are extremely well known. Hadrat Muhaddith-e-A'azam-e-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh is also known by the literary title of 'Sayyad' Kicchochwi.
... and possibly many other destinations throughout the Middle-East, Asia and South.
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh never rested till they achieved their goal in spreading the Message of Islam which meant travelling almost 11 months a year. Only Ramadan [9th Month of Islamic Calendar] and the last few days of Muharram [Ist Month of Islamic Calendar] for the Urs of MAKHDOOM ASHRAF JAHANGIR SEMNANI [d.807 H/1405 CE] Radi Allahu anhu kept Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh in Kicchocha Shareef.
The last spiritual journey of Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh saw them travel all over the southern part of India which included Gujerat. However Hadrat fell ill during this time and had to travel back to the northern city of Lucknow for treatment. This was on the 10th of November 1961 and Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh remained there for 44 days to recover and rest from his illness.
Sadly Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh never recovered and passed away to Jannah [Heaven] on Monday the 25th of December 1961 at 12.30pm that is 16 Rajjab 1381H.
THE MISSION CONTINUES
Tis our belief, that the Prophet's Mercy continues,
His Prophethood still stands, his miracle's continue,
Of such miracle's, his Progeny continues,
His Progeny are mindful, his mission continues,
One Progeny Muhaddith al-A'zam, did influence to continue,
In Asia, Europe, in America it continues,
His Progeny too, do tirelessly continue,
In London, Birmingham, in Preston it continues,
Such is the Mission of Muhaddith al-A'zam
The Prophet's love continues, the Sunni's continue!
The immediate family of His Eminence Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Makhdoom al-Millat Hadrat Allama Mufti Pir Sayyad Shah Muhammad Abul Muhamid Ashrafi al-Jilani Rahmatullai alayh [d. 1381H - 1961CE)
A'la Hadrat Ashrafi Miya - Maternal Grandfather
Mawlana Ahmad Ashraf - Maternal Uncle and Murshid
Sayyad Mukhtar Ashraf - Brother-in-law, Murshid's son
Sayyeda Saida Khatun
Sayyeda Sultana Khatun
(Passed away at the age of 12 yrs)
He has two Sons :
Sayyad Rashid Miya Makki
Sayyad Fakir Miya
Sayyad Shahid Miya
Sayyad Ahmed Raza Miya
(Passed away at the age of 5 yrs)
Janasheen - HADRAT SHAYKH AL ISLAM W'AL MUSLIMEEN
Sayyad Muhammad Madani Miya
Sayyad Muhammad Hashmi Miya
He has four Sons :
Sayyad Ghazali Miya -
(Passed away at 9 yrs)
Sayyad Subhani Miya
Sayyad Samdani Miya
and a daughter :
Sayyeda Noor Fatima