Shaykh Ul Islam (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) traveled to the blessed
cities of Makkah and Madina four times.
The first was in 1294 Hijri. It
was in this journey that he gave his spiritual pledge to Hadhrat Haji Imdaadullah
Muhajir Makki (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) and was awarded the
authorization to accept and instruct disciples without asking for it.
second journey was in 1301 Hijri. The
third was in 1305 Hijri with the intention to stay there for forever. After Hajj, he took up residence in Madina
and stayed there, in the presence of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa
sallam) for 3 years. It was during this
stay that he composed his fabulous work, “Anwaar-e-Ahmadi”
in which he wrote soul-stirring articles about the greatness and excellence of
the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).
Hadhrat Shaykh Ul Islam (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) himself
writes about this book:
In the period, when the Master of both worlds had accepted my coming to Madina,
the best of all cities, some days passed in which there were no educational
responsibilities. As human intellect
doesn’t stay idle, I got the thought that I should select some details about
the Mawlid, about the excellence and miracles of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu
alaihi wa sallam) from the canons of Hadith and the biographies of the Holy
Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and compose them in poetical forms.
have I learnt poetry under anyone nor do I claim mastery in it, Nor do I know
the similes and allegories of the people of India. However, this is only because this service
suits this place (i.e. Madina). It
shouldn’t be a wonder if Muslims derive some benefit from this as well. I had composed some couplets and had not yet
reached my destination that I got the thought of explaining and interpreting
those couplets because until and unless the origin of those details as not
mentioned, they wouldn’t be considered reliable. Thus, in that period, the interpretation of
some couplets was written………..(Foreword, Anwaar-e-Ahmadi)