🖊Mohammed Daniel al-Muhajir
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون. اللهم اغفر له وارحمه واعف عنه ووسع مدخله وابدله دارا خيرا من داره واهلا خيرا من اهله وصبر اهله على مصيبتهم
It is with deep sadness that I inform my fellow Muslims of the passing away of the honourable Muhaddith Shaikh Abdul Haq al-Azami (ra)
عن الحسن قال: "كانوا يقولون: موت العالم ثلمة في الإسلام لا يسدها شيء ما اختلف الليل والنهار" [رواه الدارمي ح 34]
The erudite scholar, the true ascetic, Shaikh Abdul Haq b. Mohammed Umar b. Karim Baksh al-Azami al-Qasimi was born in the town of Jagdishpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 1925 C.E. corresponding to 1345 A.H. and passed away on the evening of Friday 30th December 2016.
He was orphaned during his early childhood and his upbringing was taken care of by Maulana Mohammed Muslim al-Jaunpuri who supervised his elementary study and then placed him on the sacred path at the Baitul Uloom Madarsa in Sarai Meer were he used to serve as a teacher of Hadith.
There Shaikh al-Azami studied the elementary subjects and undertook an intensive study of Arabic syntax and grammar, logic, and Fiqh studying the famous work Sharh al-Wiqayah and completing four years of study before he travelled to Darul Uloom Mau where he completed a further 3 years of study focusing on the essentials of Hanafi Fiqh completing his study of Imam Marghinani's al-Hidayah and Imam Tibrizi's Mishkat al-Masabih.
After this, he set out to the famous seat of learning in Deoband where he was inducted into the final year of the Alimiyyah course which he completed with the following teachers:
He studied the entire collection with the Shaikh of Shaikhs: Husain Ahmed al-Madani (ra) [d.1957]
He studied the entire collection with Shaikh Ibrahim al-Balyawi (ra) [d.1967]
📕Sunan Abu Dawood
He studied the entire collection with Shaikh Izaaz Ali Amrohi (ra) [d.1954 ]
📓Jami Imam al-Tirmidhi
He studied half of the work with Shaikh Husain Ahmed al-Madani and the other half with Shaikh Izaaz Ali Amrohi along with the Shama'il al-Muhammadiyyah.
He studied the collection with Shaikh Fakhr al-Hasan Muradbadi [d.1978]
📔Sunan Ibn Majah
He studied the work with Shaikh Dhuhoor Ahmed al-Uthmani (ra) [d.1963]
He studied the Muwatta of Imam Malik (ra) with Shaikh Fakhr al-Hasan Muradabadi and the Muwatta of Mohammed b. Hasan Shaybani (ra) with Shaikh Jaleel Ahmed al-Kairanwi (ra) [d.1968]
After completing his final year of studies in the 'Daurah Hadith' in 1368 AH he travelled to the famous seat of learning Mazahir al-Uloom to study with the renowned Muhaddith Shaikh Zakariyyah al-Kandhalawi. There he read the three famous works of Shah Waliullah al-Dehlawi (ra) The Musalsal collection al-Fadl al-Mubeen, al-Durar al-Thameen & al-Nawadir.
Upon returning to his hometown of Azamgarh, he met with the great Muhaddith Habibur Rahman al-Azami and read Imam Mohammed Saeed al-Sunbul's (ra) Awa'il.
I was honoured to meet the Shaikh on numerous occasions during my study visits to Deoband and he displayed true asceticism choosing very simple clothing, regular fasting and residing in a very humble and small house at the seminary. At the same time, Shaikh was very welcoming, affable and hospitable towards me; sending for refreshments and insisting that I eat some snacks before taking his biography or studying with him.
After graduating, he was encouraged by his mentors to start teaching and thus began his prolific career that lasted over 70 years. He started by teaching Hadith at Matlaa al-Uloom in Banaris where he taught for 16 years before moving to Madarsa al-Hussainiyyah in Jaunpur where he taught for a few years more. Noticing his ability, the scholars of Deoband invited him to teach Sahih al-Bukhari at the prestigious Darul Uloom where he remained from 1982 until his passing away a few days ago aged 92.8 lunar years.
Shaikh may have left this world, but his legacy lives on in the thousands of students that he taught whom have spread around the world passing on the great many lessons they learnt from him.
May Allah raise his ranks and have mercy upon him.
Servant of the savants
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