among these great personalities is Shaykh Ul Islam A’arif Billah Imam Abul
Barakaat Hafidh Muhammad Anwarullah Farooqui, the founder of Jamia Nizamia (May
Allah shower His Mercy on him).
enjoyed the excellence of piety and virtue.
He was granted superb intelligence, knowledge and spiritual
foresight. Almighty Allah had made him a
veritable ocean of outward and inward knowledge and an epitome of innumerable
virtues. He is the Imam of the sciences
of the Shariah and the leader of the spiritual sciences. He is not only a great propagator of Islam,
but also an outstanding expert in logic, exegesis of the Holy Quran, Hadith and
Islamic jurisprudence. Hadhrat Shaykh Ul
Islam had bequeathed his whole life for the service of Islam and he used all
his knowledge and accomplishments to reform and guide the Ummah.
is a fact that he shone like a sun on the horizon of knowledge, the light of
which illuminated the whole of India, more particularly Deccan. His knowledge spread all over the world and
by virtue of his company many people were turned into scholars, Sufis, experts
of Hadith and Fiqh. The kings of the
time studied under him.
his writings, which are full of proofs from the Holy Quran and Hadith and are
imbued with the love of Almighty Allah and His Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa
sallam), Hadhrat Shaykh ul Islam (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) has
instructed the Ummah to remain steadfast on the beliefs of the Ahle
Sunnah. He made the populace aware of
the deviousness of the misguided sects and gave convincing answers to their
objections. In light of all this, the
writings of Hadhrat Shaykh ul Islam (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) are
looked upon with exceptional respect and admiration in the whole world.
propagation of Islamic knowledge, Hadhrat Shaykh ul Islam (May Allah shower His
Mercy on him) established a great institution by the name of Jamia Nizamia and
for research work, he established Daairatul Ma’arif. He established many associations and
committees. He was the in-charge of
religious affairs and the Sadr us Sudoor
in the Asafjahi rule. To reform and
purify the society, he made great efforts.
In this regard, he left no stone unturned and like a great reformer and
reviver of the faith, he reformed every aspect of the society.
Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) is such a reformed
of the nation, whose efforts can never be forgotten. His services to the nation are obvious to one
and all. In particular, each and every
grain of sand of Deccan is a witness to his services and is thakful to him as
Maulana Mufti Muhammad Abdul Hameed Siddiqui (May Allah shower His Mercy on him),
former Shaykh Ul Jamia, Jamia Nizamia, and one of the founding members of the
Muslim Personal Law Board, writes about Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam in the foreword
of Maqaasid ul Islam, Vol. 1:
these men of Allah who enjoy closeness to Almighty Allah is A’arif Billah Shaykh Ul Islam Imam
Muhammad Anwaarullah Farooqui, the founder of Jamia Nizamia, whom the Lord of
all worlds made peerless in knowledge and piety, whom He granted leadership in
both Shariah and Tariqa and selected him for the service of His religion. Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam (May Allah shower His
Mercy on him) stepped forward in such an era when the Britishers in an effort
to consolidate their occupation of India were making efforts to lead astray
Muslims, specially of India, and too keep their unaware of Islamic teachings
had made some writers to side with them.
Apart from this, some libertines were using their writing skills to
oppose the rules of Islam and were misinterpreting and even alterating Islamic
teachings in the name of logical thinking.
This was a dire situation for Muslims.
In such dangerous times, it was necessary to delineate what the truth is
and to save Muslims from going astray.
Religious fervor, sense of social responsibility and the blood of ‘Umar
al Farooq that was in him, moved Hadhrat Shaykh ul Islam (May Allah shower His
Mercy on him) and he refuted all such misguded sects with irrefutable proofs in
the light of the Holy Quran and Hadith and thus defended the Ahle Sunnah and
aided the true faith.
from Muqaddima, Maqaasid ul Islam,
Vol. 1 by Mufti Abdul Hameed (May Allah shower His Mercy on him), former Shaykh
ul Jamia, Jamia Nizamia]