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Foreword

November 19, 2012

By the imam of logic and philosophy Mawlana ‘Abd al-Rahim Bastawi

At one of the jalsahs in Bhawalpur Pakistan, a very famous and dynamic orator, Mawlana Diya al-Rahman delivered a very detailed and substantiative lecture on the ‘ulama of Deoband. This lecture was well accepted and praised by an appreciative audience. Since the topic was proposed to him, the lecture is very comprehensive, covering virtually every aspect of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband. It also reveals the important aspects of the unblemished lives of the ‘ulama of Deoband.

It is quite evident that Mawlana is well-versed with the merits of good oratorship and he is well able to render a speech rather impressively together with all its etiquette and requisites. His capability of drawing inferences is not only critical but in fact philosophical as well.

It is my personal opinion that this book is a mirror which reflects a true image of the senior ‘ulama of Deoband. This reflection also portrays that every angle of their lives formed a practical interpretation of Qur’an and Sunnah. These far-sighted ‘ulama planted a seed of prophetic knowledge in the land of Deoband which eventually grew up to be a well-rooted tree in the form of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband. Now its fruit-bearing and shady tree is swaying not only over Asia but as far afield as Africa and Europe.

May Allah grant it a life of eternity and may He spread its blessing even further. Ameen.

It was very pleasing to note that two intelligent and perceptive graduates of Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband, Mawlana Imdad Allah Bhagalpuri and Mawlana Zahid Asami took the initiative to put this informative lecture into a book form thereby transmitting and perpetuating its benefit to others as well. May Allah reward them well.

(Janab Mawlana) ‘Abd al-Rahim Bastawi
Teacher Dar al-‘Ulum Deoband
25 Muharram 1409 H


By Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas Qasimi

In order to reach the stars and traverse the heights of progress, the pages of history have proven to be the best capital for any nation on the earth. The arduous achievements and theoretical models of their forbears are a source of exaltation, respect and honour for them. From the sincere enthusiasm and hopes of their forefathers, they learn a lesson of courage and dauntlessness.

The book under review is actually a lecture by Mawlana Diya al-Rahman Faruqi. By compiling this lecture into book form, Mawlana Imdad Allah has endeavoured to present this priceless gift to the youth of our nation in particular. The study of this book and a second perusal has left an impression in my heart that this is the most appropriate prescription for stimulating the dormant spirits of the Muslim youth and for bringing about a spiritual transformation with them.

May Allah accept their endeavours and may He render this book a stairway to their progress. Amin.

Muhammad Ilyas Qasimi
Madani Nagar
Champa Nagar
Bhaghalpur

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