Hazrat Muhammed Mustafa Raza Khan ‎(رضي الله عنه)



Name: Mohammad Mustafa Raza Khan
Titles: Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam Hind, Abul Barkaat Muhiy'yuddeen Jilani, Aale Rahmaan
Silsila: Qadria, Razvi
Predecessor: Sayyiduna Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu)
Successor: Huzoor Taajush Shariah Hazrat Allama Mufti
                  Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri Azhari Qibla
Date of Birth: 22nd of Zil Hijjah 1310 AH (18 July 1892)
Date of Wisaal:14th of Muharram 1402 AH (1981)
Date of Urs: 14th Muharram
Resting at: Breilly Shareef, India

Glorious Birth:
Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was born on Monday, 22nd of
Zil Hijjah 1310 AH (18 July 1892) in the most beautiful city of Bareilly Shareef, India. It
was in this very city that his illustrious father, the Mujaddid (Reviver) of Islam, Imam-eAhle Sunnat, Aala Hazrat, Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al Qaderi (radi Allahu
anhu) was born (1856 - 1921). At the time of the birth of Ghousul Waqt, Mufti-e-Azame-Hind (radi Allahu anhu), his distinguished father, was in Marehrah Shareef, one of the
great spiritual centres of the Sunni World.

On that very night, Sayyidina AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) dreamt that he had been
blessed with a son and in his dream he named his son "Aale Rahmaan". Hazrat
Makhdoom Shah Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu), one of the great
personalities of Marehrah Shareef, named the child "Abul Barkaat Muhiy'yuddeen
Jilani". Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was later named "Mustafa Raza Khan".
His Aqiqa was done on the name of "Muhammad", which was the tradition of the family.

Glad Tidings of Peer-O-Murshid:

Upon the birth of Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) Sayyidina
Shah Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu) told Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu
anhu),
"Maulana, When I come to Bareilly Shareef, then I will definitely see this child. He is a
very blessed child."

As promised, when Sayyiduna Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu) went to
Bareilly Shareef, he immediately summoned to see Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu
anhu) who was only six (6) months old. Sayyiduna Noori Mia (radi Allahu anhu), as he
was also famously known, congratulated Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) and said,
"This child will be of great assistance to the Deen and through him the servants of
Almighty Allah will gain great benefit. This child is a Wali. From his blessed sight
thousands of stray Muslims will become firm on the Deen. He is a sea of blessings."
On saying this, Sayyiduna Noori Mia (radi Allahu anhu) placed his blessed finger into the
mouth of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) and made him a Mureed. He also blessed him with I'jaazat and Khilafat at the same time. Not only did he receive Khilafat
in the Qaderi Silsila (Order), but also in the Chishti, Nakshbandi, Suharwardi, and
Madaari Orders. He also received Khilafat from his blessed father, Aala Hazrat, Ash
Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al Qaderi (radi Allahu anhu).

His Features:

Well built, handsome, round face, very radiant. It seemed like drops of Noor were raining
on it. Big beautiful eyes, glittering and alert, broad eyebrows, thin eyelashes, Bright tan
fingers, well groomed beard, white and soft like silk, moustache, not very big and not too
thin. He had a firm nose, broad forehead, small beautiful teeth like pearls. He had a firm
neck, back slightly bent, broad wrists, full palms, firm and beautiful feet.

Early Education:

Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) attained most of his early
education from his illustrious family - from his father, Aala Hazrat, Ash Shah Imam
Ahmed Raza Khan Al Qaderi (radi Allahu anhu) the Mujaddid of Islam, whose status and
position even at that time cannot be explained in these few lines. He also studied Kitaabs
under the guidance of Hazrat Maulana Haamid Raza Khan (his elder brother), Maulana
Shah Rahm Ilahi Maglori and Maulana Sayyid Basheer Ahmad Aligarhi and Maulana
Zahurul Hussain Rampuri (radi Allahu anhum).
He studied various branches of knowledge under the guidance of his most learned and
blessed father, AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu).
He attained proficiency in the many branches of Islamic knowledge from among which
are: Tafseer; Hadith; Fiqh; Laws of Jurisprudence; Sarf; Nahw; Tajweed; Conduct of
Language; Philosophy; Logistics; Mathematics; History etc.; Arithmetic; Aqaid (Belief);
Taasawwaf; Poetry; Debating; Sciences; etc.

His First Fatawa:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu's) brilliance as an
Islamic Scholar manifested itself when he was a still a youth, but overflowing with
knowledge and wisdom. He wrote his first historical Fatawa (Islamic Ruling) when he
was only 13 years old. It dealt with the topic of "Raza'at" - affinity between persons
breast fed by the same woman. The following has been recorded with regards to this
occasion.
Hazrat Maulana Zafrud'deen and Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Abdur Rasheed (radi Allahu
anhum) were at the Darul Ifta (Fatawa Department) at this stage. One day, Mufti-eAzam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) walked into the Darul Ifta and noticed that Hazrat
Maulana Zafrud'deen (radi Allahu anhu) was writing a certain Fatawa. He was taking
"Fatawa Razvia" from the shelf as his reference. On seeing this, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) said, "Are you relying on
Fatawa Razvia to write an answer?" Maulana Zafrud'deen (radi Allahu anhu) replied,
"Alright then, why don't you write the answer without looking." Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind
(radi Allahu anhu) then wrote a powerful answer without any problem.
This was the Fatawa concerning "Raza'at" - the very first Fatawa which he had written.
The answer was then sent to his father, Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) for
correction and verification. On seeing the authenticity of the Fatawa, Sayyiduna
AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) became delighted and immediately certified the Fatawa.
Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) then signed the Fatawa. He also commanded
Hafiz Yaqeenudeen (radi Allahu anhu) to make a stamp for Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi
Allahu anhu) as a gift and said that it should read as follows: "Abul Barkaat
Muhiy'yuddeen Jilani Aale Rahmaan urf Mustafa Raza Khan."
This incident took place in 1328 AH. After this incident Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana
Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) spent another 12 years writing Fatawas at the feet
of AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu). He was given this immense responsibility of issuing
Fatawas even while AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) was in this physical world. He
continued this trend until his last breath. The stamp which was given to him was mislaid
during his second Hajj when his bags were lost.

Character and Habits:

Wealth, presidency, worldly satisfaction and materialistic happiness can be given to a
person by anyone, but not every person has the spiritual insight to give tranquility to a
disturbed heart or put a smile on the face of a depressed person, but Tajedaare Ahle
Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) gave both the treasures of the physical world and the spiritual
worlds to those in need. To be his servant was not less than kingship.
Every day hundreds and thousands of people in need of spiritual, physical and academic
needs would come to him and each one of them returned with complete satisfaction.
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) is that light of
such an illustrious family whose radiance reflected itself in his character and manners
that he displayed - such qualities that very few would be able to reach perfection. His
character was the true embodiment of the Sunnah of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho
alaihi wasallam).
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) possessed great
heights of good character, moral standards, kindness, sincerity, love and humbleness. He
never refused the invitation of any poor Muslim.
He always stayed away from those who were very wealthy and lavish. He was the
possessor of great moral and ethical values. It is stated that once Akbar Ali Khan, a Governor of U.P., came to visit Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu). Mufti-e-Azame-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) did not meet him but left to a place called Puraana Shahar (Old
City) to visit a poor Sunni Muslim who was very ill and at the doorstep of death.
On another ocassion, Fakhruddeen Ali Ahmad, the President of a Political Party, came to
visit Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) but was refused this opportunity. Many
other proud ministers had also come to meet Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu)
but met with the same fate. This was due to his extreme dislike for politics and
involvement in worldly affairs. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) never fell short
in entertaining those who came to visit him.
When he was physically fit he would go into the Visitors Section and ask each person
whether they had eaten or not. He used to ask them if they partook in tea or not. He used
to continuously enquire as to whether they were experiencing any difficulties or not.
It was often seen that he would personally carry the dishes into the house for the visitors!
He was definitely blessed with the characters of the "Salf us Saaliheen" or The Pious
Servants of Allah.
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was a pillar of
hospitality and humbleness. If he reprimanded a certain person for doing something unIslamic or if he became displeased with anyone for some reason or the other, he used to
also explain to the person in a very nice way and also try to cheer that person. He would
then make Dua in abundance for such a person.
His Mureeds (Disciples), on many ocassions, used to recite Manqabats (Poetry) in his
praise. On hearing such Manqabats he would say, "I am not worthy of such praise. May
Allah make me worthy."
Many people came to him for his blessings. Others would come for Ta'weez. He never
refused anyone. It is also not known how many homes were being supported through the
kindness and hospitality of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi
Allahu anhu).
He always entertained those who came from far and near to the best of his means. He
used to even give most of his visitors train and bus fares to travel. In winter, he would
give warm clothes, warm sheets and blankets to the poor and the needy. Mufti-e-Azam-eHind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) gave Khilafat to many Ulama-eIkraam and personally tied the Amaama (Turban) on their heads. He gave cloaks, turbans
and hats to many people.
Once, during winter, a few of the Khaadims were present with Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind
(radi Allahu anhu). He was lying on his bed and covered with a shawl. A certain Maulana
Abu Sufyaan touched Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu's) shawl and commented
as to how beautiful it was. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) immediately removed the shawl and presented
it to him. Although the Maulana refused to accept it Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu
anhu) insisted that he have it. All of his Mehfils were full of knowledge and Barkah.
Many questions on Tassawuf were easily answered by him. It seemed as if the rains of
mercy and rays of Noor were spread all over his Mehfils.

A Few of His Unique Habits:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) always wanted to
see a Muslim's inner and outer personality. He always advised them to mould their lives
according to the principles and the commands of Islam. He always showed discomfort to
those who did not have beards, those who wore hats and to those who wore ultra-western
clothes. He used to warn such Muslims. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) used to show his displeasure towards those who wore ties.
He would tug at their ties and commanded them to abstain from wearing a tie. He also
asked them to make Tauba from such acts. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) always commanded Muslims to give or take anything with their
right hand.
He stopped the Muslims from calling the governments as their "Sarkaar" or leaders. He
never kept any ordinary Kitaab on the books of Tafseer or Hadith. Whenever he sat in a
Meelad-un-Nabi (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) or Mehfil-e-Zikr, he always sat with
utmost respect until the very end. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan
(radi Allahu anhu) never spat towards the Qibla.
He never stretched his legs in the direction of the Qibla. Whenever he entered the
cemetery, he never used his entire feet to walk on the ground. He always walked on his
toes. At times, he would stand on his toes for about half an hour in the graveyard making
Dua-e- Maghfirat!
He always stopped Muslims from doing any fortune telling. If any death or loss took
place in the house of a Muslim, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan
(radi Allahu anhu) would go to comfort the people of that house but he would never eat
there. He always advised those in sorrow to make Sabr and remember Almighty Allah.
He always respected Ulama-e-Ikraam. He respected the Sayyids in such a manner as a
slave will respect his King. He prohibited Muslims from keeping un-Islamic names. He
preferred such names as Abdullah, Abdur Rahmaan, Muhammad and Ahmad.

His Boldness and Fearlessness:

The sign of a true Mo'min is that he never submits himself before an enemy. In the worst
of circumstances a Mo'min announces that which is the truth. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
(Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) said, "To speak the truth before a tyrant King is a great jihad".

So imagine the excellence of a person who always spoke the truth at all times, a person
who always raised the flag of truth and honesty, and a person who never left the path of
truth in his entire life! Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu
anhu) was one such person. He is one of the greatest leaders of the Sunnis. His boldness
and fearlessness is difficult to explain.
His entire life was spent speaking against Deobandis, Wahabis and all the other
misleading sects, whether it was against the West, Qadianism, or Najdism he always
challenged them right till the very end. He always propagated the true Deen and the Path
of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaah.
With his Fatawas, he helped protect the Imaan of not only the Muslims in India and
Pakistan, but of Muslims throughout the world. He attacked the enemies of Islam through
his writings, sayings, actions, etc. He did everything in his capacity to challenge the
enemies of Islam. No person in his presence could say or do anything against Shariah. No
person could speak against that which was the truth.
It is stated by one of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) Khaadim's, who
accompanied him on a journey by train, that there were some people in the train who
were consuming alcohol. When Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) saw them, he
reprimanded them and told them to desist from such a Haraam act. They did not listen to
his advise so he scolded the leader of the group who was a young and well-built person.
He gave the young person a hard slap which caused the bottle of alcohol to fall far from
his hand. The Khaadim expected the person to retaliate but, who had the nerve to retaliate
against this Lion of Islam! They became afriad and sat down quietly. Later some of them
came up to Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) and begged for forgiveness for their
shameful behaviour

Ibaadat and Riyaazat:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) always
performed his Salaah in Jamaah whether he was on journey or not.
The moment he put his foot out of his house to go towards the Masjid, he used to be
surrounded by his Mureeds (disciples) and well-wishers who would follow him till the
Masjid door which was just a few feet away from his house. While some would be
kissing his blessed hands, others tried to talk with him. He would reply to all those who
made Salaam to him. On entering the Masjid, he would immediately recite the dua
prescribed.
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) would then
remove his Amaama and then sit down to perform Wudhu. He would wash all the parts
thoroughly so that the Sunnahs were accomplished. He would perform his Salaah with
great sincerity and used to be lost in the worship of his Creator. The person who looked at him from a distance would have instantly understood that Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi
Allahu anhu) had left all the worldly desires and was intent upon pleasing his Creator.

Love for the Holy Prophet
(Sall Allaho Alaihi Wasallam):

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was drowned in
the love for the Holy Prophet, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
Everything he did was for the pleasure of Almighty Allah and Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
(Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam). All that he had gained was due to the intense love which he
possessed for the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam). His
great and intense love for the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) can be
understood by the fact that during the latter stages of his life, even though he was very ill,
he would sit for hours with great respect in the Naath Mehfils and would shed tears in his
love for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
He used to celebrate the Meelad-un-Nabi (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) each year with
great splendour. The programme used to begin on the eve of the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal
and used to continue till the next day just before lunch. The invitation was open to all
Muslims and they all used to be fed.

Love for Sayyiduna Ghausul Azam
(Radi Allahu Anhu):

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) possessed
profound love for Sayyiduna Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu). He wrote many poems in which he praised Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi
Allahu anhu) with great respect. His love for Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu) can be understood from the following incident:
"Once, a very young descendant of Sayyiduna Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu) Hazrat Peer Taahir Ala'uddeen (radi Allahu anhu), visited Bareilly Shareef. The
respect and honour that Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) showed towards him
was out of this world. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) used to walk bare feet
behind him with great respect."
The great Ulama of the time have stated that Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu)
was lost to such an extent in the love for Sayyiduna Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir
Jilani (radi Allahu anhu) that even physically he began to resemble Sheikh Abdul Qaadir
Jilani (radi Allahu anhu).

Respect for Sayyids And Ulama:

Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) had great respect and love for
the Ulama and for Sayyids (Descendants of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The respect which he showed towards them is beyond explanation. One day,
in 1979, a lady came with her little child to ask for Ta'weez.
It was a very hot day and she was informed that Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu)
was resting. The lady, however, was in great need for the particular Ta'weez. She asked
someone to see if Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was awake but nobody had
the nerve of going near him while he was resting as they considered this to be
disrespectful. Taking her child she commented, "What did we know that the words of
Sayyids will not be heard in this place".
It is not known how Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) heard this, but he
immediately summoned one of the Mureeds. He instructed him to call the lady and not
give her grief.
The woman then sent her child to Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu). He asked the
child's name and showed great love and respect towards this young child. With great
affection, he placed his hand on the child's head. He even asked someone to bring an
apple for the child. From behind the curtain, he spoke to the lady concerning her problem
and immediately wrote a Ta'weez for her.
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) then sent a message to his family requesting
that the mother and child should only be allowed to leave after the heat became less
intense; that they should be well entertained and that no shortage should be spared in
entertaining these Sayyids. When Allamah Sadru Shariah Maulana Amjad Ali Al Qadri
(radi Allahu anhu), the author of the famous "Bahare Shariah" used to come to Bareilly
Shareef for the Urs Shareef of Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu), Mufti-e-Azame-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) used to go to the railway station to welcome him and showed
great respect towards this Scholar of Islam. He also showed great respect towards Sayyidi
Hafiz-e-Millat and Hazrat Maulana Hasmat Ali Khan Sahib (radi Allahu anhum). He also
showed respect towards his own Mureeds and Khalifas who were Alims.

His Blessed Marriage:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) married the blessed daughter of his paternal
uncle, Hazrat Muhammad Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu). He had 6 daughters and one
son, Hazrat Anwaar Raza (radi Allahu anhu), who passed away during childhood.

His Journey to Haramain Sharifain:

Tajedaare Ahle Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana
Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) went twice for Hajj - in 1905 and 1945. He
performed his third Hajj in 1971. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan
(radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to go for Hajj without a photograph in his
passport.
He refused to take a photograph. Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was allowed to go for Hajj without a photograph in his passport and without taking any vaccinations.
During his trip to Makkatul Mukarramah, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu), also
had the opportunity of meeting those Ulama whom his father, Sayidduna AalaHazrat
(radi Allahu anhu), met during his visit to Haramain Sharifain.
These great Ulama were from amongst the students of Sayyid Yahya (radi Allahu anhu).
A few of the Ulama that he met were Allamah Sayyid Ameen Qutbi; Allamah Sayyid
Abbas Alawi and Allamah Sayyid Noor Muhammad (radi Allahu anhum). They narrated
many incidents which had taken place during Sayyiduna Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu's)
visit to Haramain Sharifain. They then requested Khilafat from Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind,
(radi Allahu anhu) which he bestowed upon them.

His Masterfulness in The Field Of Fiqh:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu), who after
writing his first Fatawa while still a student at "Darul Uloom Manzare Islam", was given
the status of Mufti due to his immense knowledge. When the Muslim World began to see
his knowledge and Fatawas brightenening the world, they began calling him "Mufti-eAzam" or The Most Exalted Mufti of the Time. This title alone became the name he was
recognised by.
Whenever the name "Mufti Azam Hind" was mentioned, it referred to none other than his
exalted personality. Remember that he or she only is exalted who has been blessed with
this excellence by Almighty Allah and His Beloved Rasool (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was a personality
free from pride, lavishness and self- fame. His status was bestowed upon him by
Almighty Allah and His Beloved Rasool (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
That person to whom Almighty Allah and His Rasool (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam)
grants such excellence, then such excellence cannot be understood by ordinary mortals.
This is one of the reasons why the entire world was brightened and received the benefits
of his knowledge of Fiqh.
There came a stage when Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was not only known
as "Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind" but he was also known as "Mufti-e-Azam-e-Alam" or The
Grand Mufti of the World. It is recorded that on his trip to the Haramain Sharifain the
Ulama of the Hejaz (Arabia), Syria, Egypt, Iraq, and from many other countries came to
him to solve Fiqh Mas'alas. Many became his Mureeds.
This is how his Faiz of Shariah and Tariqah spread its rays throughout the world. While
in the Hejaz Shareef, he also had to deal with many Fatawas that poured in from various
countries, such as, Africa, Mauritius, United Kingdom, America, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,
Malaysia, Bangladesh, and many other places. He answered every single one of them in a
very dedicated and professional manner.

Mas'ala on Tassawwuf:

Once, Maulana Abdul Hadi Al Qadri and Soofi Iqbal Sahib asked Ghausul Waqt, Muftie-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) the following question: "Huzoor! Can one remember
his Sheikh in Namaaz?" Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) answered by saying,
"If you need to remember anyone in Namaaz then you should remember Tajedare Do
Aalam, Habbibe Khuda (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
Yes, just as people tend to gaze here and there in Namaaz - if, in this way, the thought of
one's Peer comes into the mind, then there is no hindrance". Subhan-Allah! Such caution
is in this answer! This answer has also contradicted the Deobandi belief. By looking at
the life of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) and reading his Fatawas, one would
see his status and excellence in the spiritual domain.
His spiritual life was according to that of his renowned and distinguished father,
Sayyiduna Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu).

Love for Naath Shareef:

In the world of poetry, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu
anhu) was a Giant of his time. Most of his poems were in the form of Humd (Praise of
Allah), Naath Shareef, Qasidas and Manqabats compiled in the Arabic, Urdu, Persian and
Hindi languages. All these poems were compiled into a book which is famously known
as "Samaane Bakhshish" which is still available toady. Samaane Bakhshsish is a treasure
chest which flows with pearls of love for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi
wasallam). The compilation of Samaane Bakhshish is through the blessings of Sayyiduna
Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).

Books & Treaties:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was a great
Muhaqqiq (Philosopher) and Musannif (Author). His writings were filled with the rays of
knowledge of his distinguished father, AalaHazrat, Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan
Al Qaderi (radi Allahu anhu). All his works displayed great research. It seemed as if his
works were overflowing with the "research of Imam Ghazzali (radi Allahu anhu), the
rareness of Imam Raazi (radi Allahu anhu) and the rays of knowledge of Imam
Jalaluddeen Suyuti (radi Allahu anhu)". Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) wrote a
number of books in his blessed lifetime.

Famous Khulafa:

The Khulafa of Tajedaare Ahle Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-e-Azam-eHind, Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) are said to be in the thousands.
They are not only present in India, but are spread throughout the world.

His Mureedeen:

Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu's) Mureedeen were not only ordinary people but
his Mureeds also consisted of great Ulama, Muftis, Mufassirs, Poets, Philosophers,
Professors, Doctors, etc. It is said that he has millions of Mureedeen.

His Wisaal:

Tajedaare Ahle Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind, Maulana
Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was aware of the actual time of his Wisaal. On the
6th of Muharram (1981) he said,
"All those who intended to become my Mureed but for some reason or the other could
not come to me, I have made all of them Mureed and I have given their hands into the
hand of Sayidduna Ghousul Azam (radi Allahu anhu)."
On the 12th of Muharram (1981) Hazrat said, "
All those who asked me to make Dua for them, I have made Dua for their Jaiz
(permissable) intentions to be fulfilled. May Allah accept this Dua."
On this day he asked those that were present concerning date. They told him that it was
the 12th of Muharram. On hearing this he became silent.
On the 13th of Muharram, he again asked concerning the date and the Mureedeen present
said that it was Wednesday, the 13th of Muharram. On hearing this Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind
(radi Allahu anhu) said, "Namaaz will be held at Nau Mahla Musjid".
Those present did not understand what he meant, but remained silent out of respect.
After some time again Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) said,
"Did anybody tell you about the Namaaz? I will read Jumma Namaaz in Nau Mahla
Masjid."
After some time Hazrat said, "Did anybody say anything about the Fatiha."
Those present just gazed at each others faces and remained silent. Only later did they
realise what Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) was implying. Hazrat was
spiritally present for Jummah at the Nau Mahla Masjid! Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi
Allahu anhu) was not only giving hope to the Mureedeen but also informing them of his
Wisaal.
The shining star of Aala Hazrat, Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu),
the glitter and the hope for the hearts of millions throughout the world, the Mujaddid of
the 15th Century, the Imam of his time, Huzoor Sayyidi Sarkaar Mufti-e- Azam-e-Hind
(radi Allahu anhu) left the Aalame Duniya to Journey towards the Aalame Aakhira. It
was 1.40 p.m. on the eve of the 14th of Muharram 1402 AH (1981).

His Ghusl:

On Friday the 15th of Muharram, at 8.00 a.m. the Ghusl of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi
Allahu anhu) took place. His nephew, Hazrat Maulana Rehan Raza Khan (radi Allahu
anhu) performed the Wudhu. Hazrat Allamah Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan
Azhari performed the Ghusl. Sultan Ashraf Sahib used the jug to pour water. The
following persons were present during the Ghusl:

1. Hazrat Maulana Rehan Raza Khan (alaihir rahma),
2. Taajush Shariah Hazrat Allamah Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri Azhari
Qibla
3. Sayyid Mustaaq Ali,
4. Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Husain,
5. Sayyid Chaif Sahib,
6. Maulana Naeemullah Khan Sahib Qibla,
7 Maulana Abdul Hamid Palmer, 8. Muhammad Esa of Mauritius,
9. Ali Husain Sahib,
10. Hajji Abdul Ghaffar,
11. Qaari Amaanat Rasool Sahib

With the exception of the above mentioned, there were also a few other Mureeds and
family members. Hazrat Allamah Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari and
Hazrat Maulana Rehan Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) have stated that at the time of the
Ghusl Shareef of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) the Chaadar mistakenly
moved a little. Immediately, Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) held the Chaadar
between his two fingers and covered the area that the Chaadar exposed.
Those present thought that the Chaadar had just got caught between Mufti-e-Azam-eHind's (radi Allahu anhu) fingers. They tried to remove the Chaadar from between his
fingers but it would not move. The first person to notice this Karaamat was Hazrat
Allamah Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari. He showed this to everyone. Mufti-eAzam-e-Hind's (radi Allahu anhu) fingers did not move until the area was properly
covered.

His Janaazah Salaah:

His Janaaza was performed at the Islamia Inter College grounds in Bareilly Shareef. The
Namaaz was performed on the shawl belonging to Maulana Abdul Hamid Palmer Razvi
Noori. More than two and a half million (2 500 000) Muslims attended his Janazah
Salaah.
Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) is buried on the left-hand-side of Sayyiduna
AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu). Those who lowered Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu
anhu) in his Qabr Shareef say that they were continuously wiping out perspiration from
the forehead of Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) right up to the last minute.

Mazaar Shareef:

Huzoor Sayyidi Sarkaar Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hindís (radi Allahu anhu) Mazaar Shareef is
situated in Mohalla Saudagran, Bareilly Shareef. Every year thousands of Mureeds and
devotees of Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam-e-Hind (radi Allahu anhu) present themselves at
Bareilly Shareef for his Urs Mubaarak.

His True Spiritual Successor (Ja Nasheen):

In his lifetime, Ghausul Waqt Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam Hind (radi Allahu anhu) nominated
Qaazi ul Quzízat Huzoor Taajush Shariah Rabhar-e-Tariqat Hazrat Allama Mufti
Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri Azhari Qibla as his Ja Nasheen (Spiritual Successor). May Almighty Allah bless Huzoor Taajush Shariah with good health and
long life. Aameen

His Mubaarak Urs:

The Urs of Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam Hind (radi Allahu anhu) takes place annually on the
eve of the 14th of Muharram and thousands of people from all over the world converge
upon the city of Bareilly to Salute and pay tribute to this beloved servant of Allah. It is of
utmost importance for us to remember these blessed personalities and to partake in and
commemorate their Urs.
It is totally permissible to commemorate the Urs of the pious servants of Allah. Those
who go against this are either ignorant of the reality or they are amongst the enemies of
the Awliyah Allah.