Books of Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan



Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi wrote approximately 1000 books on different topics. He wrote millions of Fatawa (legal rulings) from the period 1286 A.H. to 1340 A.H., but unfortunately, all of them could not be recorded. Those which were copies have been compiled under the title of ‘Fatawa Rizvia’.

The latest edition of Fatawa Rizvia consists of 30 volumes, 21656 pages, 6897 questions answers and 206 booklets. (Fatawa Rizvia (New Edition), vol. 30, pp. 10, Raza Foundation, Markaz ul Auliya Lahore). His thorough knowledge of Quran, Ahadis, Fiqh, Mantiq (logic) etc. can be judged only by a deep study of his Fatawa. An ocean of argumentation is turbulent in each Fatwa.

Biography Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan



Auspicious birth My Master, Ala Hazrat, Imam-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, Reviver of Sunnah, Eradicator of Bidah, Scholar of Shari’ah, Guide of Tariqah, Allama Maulana Al-Haj Al-Hafiz Al-Qari Ash-Shah Imam Ahmad Raza Khan was born on Saturday, 10th Shawwal, 1272 A.H. (14th June 1856) at the time of Zuhr Salah in Jasoli, one of the districts of Bareilly Sharif, India. The name corresponding to the year of his birth (1272 A.H.) is Al-Mukhtar. (Hayat-e-Ala Hazrat, vol. 1, pp. 58, Maktaba-tul-Madinah, Karachi)


Birth year of Ala Hazrat
My master Ala Hazrat has derived his birth year from Part 28 Verse 22 of Surah Mujadalah. In this verse, there are 1272 numerals according to Ilm-e-Abjad and his birth year according to Hijri calendar is also 1272. Therefore, it is cited on page 410 of the book Malfuzat-e-Ala Hazrat published by Maktaba-tul-Madinah: The birth dates were under discussion; therein Ala Hazrat said: My date of birth lies in the verse: It is these upon whose hearts Allah has ingrained faith, and has aided them with a Spirit from His own. [Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 28, Mujadalah: 22) His birth name is Muhammad. His grandfather called him as Ahmad Raza and he became prominent with this later name.

Hazrat Allama Molana Naqi Ali Khan

Brief Introduction of Hazrat Allama Molana Naqi Ali Khan

Hazrat Allama Molana Naqi Ali Khan (Father of Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi) was born in Rajab-ul-Murajjab. He was the son of the great mystic and scholar, Hazrat Allama Khwaja Raza Ali Khan S/o. Hazrat Allama Muhammad Kazim Ali Khan S/o. Hazrat Allama Shah Muhammad Azam Khan S/o. Hazrat Allama Saadat Yaar Khan S/o. Hazrat Allama Saeedullah Khan.

Their ancestors had migrated from Qandhar (located in present-day Afghanistan). Hazrat Allama Naqi studied under the auspicious gaze of his noble father, who was a student of Hazrat Allama Molana Khalil-ur-Rahman Rampuri (may Allah have mercy on him). Hazrat Molana Raza Ali earned certificates of distinction in various fields of sacred knowledge including the science of tasawwuf. He was held in high regard and esteem for his strict adherence to the Quran and Sunnah. He was a sagacious Sufi and a valiant freedom fighter.

Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza Khan

Birth:
My master, Ala Hazrat, Imam of Ahle Sunnah, reviver of Sunnah, eradicator of Bidah, scholar of Shariah, guide of Tareeqah, Allama Molana Al-Haaj Al-Hafiz Al-Qari Ash-Shah Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on Saturday, 10th Shawwal-ul-Mukarram, 1272 AH (14th June 1856) at the time of Zuhr Salah in the Jasoli neighbourhood in Bareilly, India. In terms of the year of his birth, his name is ‘Al-Mukhtar’ (1272 AH). (Hayat Ala Hazrat, vol. 1, pp. 58)

Amazing childhood:
In every era, children usually have a similar carefree attitude. Even at the age of seven or eight years, they cannot reach the depth of any matter. But, unlike other children, the childhood of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) was very outstanding. He was so sensible and had so excellent memory even in the childhood that he succeeded in completing the recitation of the complete Holy Quran in the early age of just 4½ years. At the age of six, he delivered a detailed speech on the topic of Milad-un-Nabi (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) in front of a very large gathering in the blessed month of Rabi-ul-Awal and was fully appreciated by the scholars and saints. At the same age, he (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) got information about the direction of Baghdad (the sacred city of Ghaus-e-Azam (May Allah’s blessings be upon him). He (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) then never stretched his legs in that blessed direction out of respect. He (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) was extremely enthusiastic about Salah and would offer the daily five Salahs in Masjid with Takbeer-e-Aula. If any woman happened to come in front of him, he (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) would immediately lower his head and eyes, showing his deep devotion to the Sunnah of the Beloved Rasool (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him), as was expressed by him in the following couplet in the blessed court of the most Blessed Rasool (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him):

When Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) was a boy, he (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) adopted piety to such an extent that the sound of his footsteps could not be heard whilst walking. He (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) started observing Siyam of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak at the age of seven. (Preamble: Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, pp. 16)

First Fatwa:
At the age of 13 years, 10 months and 4 days, Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) completed all the traditional Islamic disciplines under the guidance of his respected father Maulana Naqi Ali Khan (May Allah’s blessings be upon him). On the very same day, he (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) wrote a Fatwa in reply to a query. Finding the Fatwa correct and accurate, his respected father Maulana Naqi Ali Khan (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) authorized him to issue Fatawa and Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) continued to write Fatawa till his demise.(Ibid, pp. 279)

May Allah have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!

 

Revealed what was in the heart

In Bareilly, there was a person who did not pay respect to the saints of Islam and believed that saints misuse discipleship and cheat people. Some people of his family were disciples of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him). One day, they persuaded him into meeting Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him). On the way, they passed a confectioner’s shop where Amrityaan (a type of sweets) were being fried. Seeing delicious sweets, his mouth watered and he said, ‘I will go only if you give this sweet to me.’ They told him that he will be given the sweets while returning from the court of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him).

Anyway, they all reached the court of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him). Meanwhile, a man entered with a basket full of hot Amrityaan. After Fatihah, the sweets were served to all. It was a tradition in the court of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) that the descendants of the family of the Beloved Nabi (May Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him) and those who have adorned their faces with the Sunnah of beard used to be given two pieces of sweet. Since that person did not have a beard, he was given only one piece of sweet. Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) ordered the distributing person to give him two. He said, ‘Your honour! He does not have a beard.’ Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) smiled and said, ‘He has a strong appetite for it, give him one more.’ Seeing that saintly-miracle, the person became a disciple of Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) and began to respect the saints of Islam. (Tajalliyat Imam Ahmed Raza, pp. 101)

May Allah have mercy on him and forgive us without accountability for his sake!

 

Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi

Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan BarelviHazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi was an Islamic Scholar (Hujjat-ul-Islam) and mystic of the Barelvi movement. Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi was born in 1875 (Rabi-ul-al-Awal 1292 Hijri), in the city of Bareilly, India. The name given at the time of his aqeeqah was Muhammad, as it was family tradition.

Lineage:
Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi was the son of Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi, who was the son of Hazrat Allama Molana Naqi Ali Khan son, who was the son of Hazrat Allama Molana Raza Ali Khan.

Basic Education:
He received his early education under the tutorship of his father Ala Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi. By the age of 19, he completed his formal Islamic studies. He was proficient in Arabic and Persian, as well as ahadith, fiqh, philosophy and mathematics.

Initiation into Silsila and Khilafah:
Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi was a mureed of Hazrat Allama Abul Hussain Ahmad Noori of Mahrer, and was initiated into the Barkatiya Silsila. Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi was also blessed with khilafat from his father, Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Barelvi.

Death:
Hazrat Molana Shah Hamid Raza Khan Barelvi died on the 17th of Jamadil Awal (23 May 1943) while praying. His funeral prayer led by Hazrat Molana Abdul Ghafoor Hazarvi. His tomb is beside his father.

Blessed Penny


Once, Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) was to travel to harbor to welcome the Hujjaj (Hajj pilgrims). The hired transport got late. One of the devotees, Ghulam Nabi went to bring a horse-cart without informing anyone. When he came with the horse-cart, he saw that the reserved transport had also arrived. He then gave a penny (a quarter of a Rupee) to the cart owner and let him go. No one else was aware of the incident. after four days, Ghulam Nabi came in the nice court of Aala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) who gave him a penny. He asked “What is this penny for?” Aala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) replied: “That day you gave a penny to that cart man.” Ghulam Nabi became surprised as he had not told the incident to anybody yet Ala Hazrat (May Allah’s blessings be upon him) became aware of it. Seeing him in deep thought people said, “Why are you losing this penny, take it as a sacred relic.” He then took the penny. As long as that sacred penny remained in his possession, he didn’t face financial problem. (Hayat-e-Ala Hazrat, vol. 3, pp. 260, Maktaba-tul-Madina, Babul Madina, Karachi)