Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi – His Life And Works
By Ta’limi Board KZN
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By Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Pandor Saahib (db)
Special Khaadim and Vicegerent of Faqeehul Ummat, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA)
The lives of the pious have always been a source of great inspiration for people. Even the Quraan-e-Kareem is filled with incidents of the Ambiya (Alayhimus Salaam). Hence great pains have always been taken to record the biographies of the saintly people so that others may read about their illustrious lives and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Among the great luminaries of the recent past, whose life was a practical expression of the Quraan and Sunnah in every aspect was the personality of Faqeehul Ummah, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saahib (RA).
His illustrious life was a shining example for any person who wished to live a life in complete adherence to the Sunnah. Hence one should read this biography with this very intention to follow in the footsteps of Hadhrat Faqeehul Ummat and emulate his blessed life.
May Allah Ta’ala make this biography a means of great benefit for the readers and grant Hadhrat Faqeehul Ummah (RA) the highest stages in the hereafter. Aameen.
(Hadhrat Moulana) Ebraheem Pandor (Saahib) Germiston
By Hadhrat Mufti Ebraaheem Salehjee Saahib (db)
Principal of Madrasah TaleemudDeen Isipingo Beach, Khalifa of Hadhrat Faqeehul Ummat (RA)
All praise is due to Allah Ta’ala. Durood and Salaam be upon our Noble Master, Sayyidina Rasulullah iH who was sent as a guidance for the entire mankind until the day of Qiyaamah.
It was always the system of Allah Ta’ala to send Ambiyaa (AS) for the guidance of man. Every Nabi of Allah Ta’ala would teach the people from the books that were revealed to them directly or from the books of the previous Ambiyaa (AS). Although these divine books were sufficient for the guidance of man, Allah Ta’ala would also send Ambiyaa (AS) to serve as practical examples for mankind. When man sees an example before him, he is able to emulate much easier rather than just learning theories from a book. Infact, one may never understand the true spirit of the Sunnah unless he sits in the company of a pious friend of Allah Ta’ala.
The most perfect example this world had ever witnessed was that of Sayyidina Rasulullah |§. The Sahaabaah (RA) had learnt Deen from him directly and passed on whatever they learnt to those that came after them. When calling people to Islam, they would say, “Be like us.” i.e. follow our example. Thereafter, the Taabieen and the Tab-e-Taabieen displayed the example of the Sunnah which was in their lives and they practically demonstrated the teachings of Islam to the world at large.
In recent times, the Ulama’ of Deoband have displayed the most beautiful example of the Sunnah. They were stars of the ummah depicting the noble teachings of Rasulullah %, in every facet of their lives.
Faqeehul Ummah, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Saahib (RA) was among these great luminaries who lived the Sunnah and left behind a rich legacy for us to follow.
Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) was a personality of perfection in all facets of Deen. Together with being a Mufti, he was also an author, lecturer, teacher, administrator and a mentor for the ummah. He was also very much involved in the effort of da’wat and tableegh. Such a comprehensive personality in today’s times is very difficult to find. His barakah is still witnessed today and will continue till the day of Qiyaamah, Insha Allah. May Allah Ta’ala enshroud him with His mercy and bless him with His choicest blessings. May Allah Ta’ala fill his qabar with nur. Aameen.
The book in your hand discusses the details of his noble life, highlighting his strict adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulullah %,. Especially the chapter on Hadhrat’s advices, will Insha Allah be beneficial for the readers.
It is my fervent dua that Allah Ta’ala accept this book, make it a means of guidance for us all and make it possible for us to emulate the lives of our pious predecessors.
(Hadhrat Mufti) Ebraheem Salehjee (Saahib)
Madrasah Taaleemud Deen
Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saahib (RA) is a personality who needs no introduction. Hadhrat (RA) was born on a Friday, the 8/9 Jumaadus Saani 1325, exactly a hundred years after the demise of Qadhi Sanaaullah Paani Patti (RA) and exactly two years after the demise of Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (RA) in the same month, on the same date and day.
Hadhrat Nabi Muhammad %, mentioned, “The Ulama’ are the inheritors and successors of the Ambiyaa (Prophets).” Their lives depict the practical life (Sunnah) of Sayyidunah Rasulullah %,. Most definitely Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) was among those saintly Ulama who Allah Ta’ala speaks about / refers to in the Qur’aan as “Be among the saintly ones …” and “…Only the Ulama’ fear Allah Ta’ala from amongst His bondsmen.” His entire life was a replica of Sayyidina Rasulullah %,.
Most certainly, his life, his ways and his advices serve as a beacon of light for the ummah. His example serves as a clear path for those who wish to strive for the sake of Deen and wish to strengthen their contact and bond with Allah Ta’ala.
This book is a compilation of mainly two books viz. Zikr-e- Mahmood written by Hadhrat Mufti Farooq Meeruti Saahib and Tazkirah-e-Faqeehul Ummah written by Hadhrat Moulana Rahmatullah Kashmiri Saahib (RA). Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Pandor Saahib (db) has made numerous changes and additions based on his close relationship with Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) shedding radiant light on this book. May Allah Ta’ala reward them all abundantly in both the worlds. Aameen.
The only purpose for writing the life works of our pious elders is so that we too can also develop a deep desire to acquire the degree of perfection that they had acquired and to create a link with Allah Ta’ala in the manner that they had achieved.
Hadhrat Hakeemul Ummah, Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (RA) says that the actual purpose of a biography is to write about the academic and spiritual perfections of a buzurg (pious elder), his methods of reformation, his teachings and the manner in which he propagated Deen.
Hadhrat Dr Abdul Hay Saahib (RA) had once mentioned that when one reads the biography of a pious person, he should not read it merely as a biography. The reader should ponder over those aspects that are manifest in the lives of these elders and use them as practical lessons.
Biographies had always been an important portion of learned person’s literature. With its many advantages, such works have been accepted as a very interesting and meaningful branch of academic literature.
We make dua that Allah Ta’ala make this biography a means of inspiration to all. That it becomes a means of bringing our lives in accordance to their lives which in fact is the life of the Sunnah.
The readers are kindly requested to please correct the errors and bring it to the notice of the publishers. Insha Allah the corrections will be made in the new edition. This will also be in keeping with the spirit of the Hadith “Deen is to advise one another”.
By Ta’limi Board KZN
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