Legacy of Hazrat Ghulam Habib (RA)

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The monuments of knowledge and spirituality left behind by Murshid-e-Alam Hazrat Maulana Peer Ghulam Habib Naqshbandi (RA):


There is no rank higher then the rank of prophet hood. Nabi is the one who does “Amba” and “Amba” is the one who delivers news and knowledge. Ambia were sent as a teacher. Nabi (pbuh) said, “I was sent as a teacher”. The reason of the appointment of Ambiya was teaching and learning, therefore teaching and learning is the highest work of all. Teaching and learning is what teaches humanity to humans and makes humans rise above the rest of the creation.

The rank of any specific knowledge depends upon the personality that the knowledge is attributed to. Deen and the knowledge of Deen are attributed to none other then the pride of prophets Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh). If Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh) hadn’t conveyed and further taught the uloom and the Maa’rif taught by Allah (SWT), then no one could have become an Alim. Muhammad Mustafa (pbuh) taught them to the Sahaba, who in turn taught it to the Ta’baen and so on and so forth till it reached us. Hence the knowledge of the prophets has reached us through teaching and learning. The humanity of the humans, the belief of the believers, the protection of the Deen, and the strength of the Deen is therefore only possible through the strengthening of teaching and learning. The centres of teaching and learning of the knowledge of the prophets are the Madaris and the Makatib. Wherever these are present, the illumination of knowledge is present, whereas in the areas where there are no Madaris or Makatib and the authentic ulema are not present; darkness is still widespread. In these places, people narrate whatever they feel like, i.e. fabricated narrations, tales and stories, and as a result un-Islamic customs are prevalent.

Allah (SWT) is the protector of the Deen. Allah (SWT) for the benefit of humanity has set-up a system for the protection of Deen, and he has set-up a chain of ulema, fuqaha, and soofiya who are the bearers of the Qur’an and the Sunnah for the protection of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Until the appointed time, Allah (SWT) will continue to produce the sincere protectors and bearers of His Deen, though they may be a minority. The habit of ulema, fuqaha, and the soofiya has always been to set-up Madaris for the sake of humanity wherever they went, so that teaching and learning may continue along the right lines.

One such personality of our times was Murshid-e-Alam Mahboobul-Arifeen Hazrat Maulana Ghulam Habib Naqshbandi (RA) (1322-1401). He was a well known Deeni personality of our times, who taught the lesson of following the Sunnah for 48 years. The establishment of Masajid, Madaris and Makatib was always first and foremost of his goals. He used to try to use all possible ways and means for the propagation of the Deen and Kalima, he used to say,

“The harms that the Muslims suffered under the rule of the British in the Sub-continent, no other nation had to endure. The British based on their power and stronghold raised false prophets, Biddattis, and false ulema who loved fame, glory and wealth. The British tried their utmost to derail the Muslims from the truth, and tried their best to erase Islam and Islamic traditions; the people upon the truth suffered much under them. After the war of 1857, the ulema and Aulia (who had concern for the Deen) saw that it was no longer possible to fight the British, therefore to protect the Deen and the Knowledge of the Deen, they set up institutions. Hence Darul-uloom Deoband was set-up, and its effects were felt throughout not only the sub-continent, but the whole Islamic world in general. The area that I was raised in and spent my youth was full of unauthentic narrations. Therefore I have made the set-up of Madaris and Makatib a mission in my life, because the darkness of Jihalat (illiteracy) can only be warded through Madaris.

Hazrat (RA) was invited to Chakwal by a Biddatti Maulvi in 1950. Hazrat (RA) arrived in Chakwal on the appointed time and as usual held the Qur’an in his hands and started the talk. This Maulvi snatched the Qur’an from Hazrat’s (RA) hands, called him “Ghustakh-e-Rasool” and dragged him down the Mimbar. Hazrat (RA) described that the Biddatti had invited me as a peer who narrates tales and stories. When I started the Qur’an, he couldn’t tolerate it, he snatched the Qur’an, grabbed my hands, and dragged me down the mimbar. I made dua to Allah (SWT) at that very moment to give me the means to do the work in this area so that I may deliver the message of Tawheed and the Sunnah to these Biddattis.

This incident became the reason for Hazrat’s (RA) migration to Chakwal. In the beginning Hazrat (RA) used to spend a few days in Chakwal. Hawaldar Haji Ghulam Muhammad Khare Wala and Hawaldar Haji Ameer Ali (a.k.a Khadim-e-Qa’um) and some of their acquaintances provided a lot of help to Hazrat (RA). In the beginning Hazrat (RA) narrated the words of Qur’an and the Sunnah to neighbours in the living room of Hawaldar Haji Ameer Ali (a.k.a Khadim-e-Qa’um). Hazrat (RA) used to try to counter the ways and the customs of the people which they had adopted due to the fabricated tales narrated to them by the Biddattis. Slowly the attendance began to rise. In the middle of 1951 Hazrat (RA) moved from Wa’ula to Chakwal permanently; a volcano of opposition erupted before him when he started the Tabligh of the Truth and the Sunnah. People of Biddat started using shameful means and methods in order to stop him. Hazrat (RA) was incarcerated, and fake Janazas of him were sent to his family several times, but Hazrat (RA) remained a mountain of steadfastness. In the beginning Hazrat (RA) started out from a Mosque in the rear of the college located on Rawalpindi Road. Then he relocated to the present Jamia Mosque (which used to be small). Hazrat(RA) used to call the A’dhan, and wait for someone to show up, but used to end up calling the Iqama and praying himself. When times were hard, Hazrat (RA) used to cry in the Masjid, and then call the Adhan, Iqama, and be the Imam and the Muqtadi himself. The Biddattis had spread the news far and wide that this man is a “Wahabi” and Gustakh-e-Rasool” and whosoever goes to his Masjid or sends his children to his Masjid will become the same, therefore people didn’t associate with him. Hazrat (RA) used to go around the neighbourhood with a Qur’an and show people the verses, and say that verses have made me “Wahabi”, if you people don’t want to cooperate with me then take these verses out so no one else can become a “Wahabi”. Hazrat (RA) also fitted a loudspeaker at a high place, distributed Qur’an with translations wherever the voice of the loudspeakers reached, and then started giving tafseer of the Qur’an indicating the page number and the verse numbers on the loudspeaker. Gradually people started coming to the Masjid and listening to the Dar’s (tafseer), some also started sending their children to the Masjid. After a while people became accustomed to Hazrat (RA). Allah (SWT) had blessed Hazrat (RA) with beautiful Akhlaq, and soon people were coming from great distances to listen to the Dar’s. This was the beginning of the Madrasa.

It was the custom of the time that people only used to listen to individuals who had a few people with him. Therefore Hazrat (RA) asked some of his acquaintances and people from nearby villages to send their children to the Madrasa. Hazrat (RA) also started a cloth shop at the Chappath Bazar, as a means for some income and to interact with the local folk. Hazrat (RA) used to deliver the message of following the Sunnah to the customers while engaged in trade.

The movement of Khatme-Nabbuwwat started through out Pakistan in 1953. Hazrat (RA) organised people of Chakwal and presented voluntary arrests in this regard. During this movement people began to realise that this “Wahabi and Gustakh-e-Rasool” is a true lover of Sunnah, and he is a man of action instead of merely providing lip service. The number of students in the Madrasa began to grow. Hazrat (RA) with the Mushwara of his associates decided to purchase the house located in the rear of the Masjid, so the visiting students can stay while engaged in learning. The Masjid was also extended and some rooms for boarding were also added. In 1965 a house was purchased which is now the building for Jamia Aisha Siddiqa, and the department of Hifz was moved into this building. However the department of teaching (Hadeeth et.) remained in the Masjid.

This was the time of great need, and due to constraints Hazrat (RA) was unable to travel. However Hazrat’s (RA) son Maulana Hafiz Abdur-Rahman (RA) who was 18-19 at the time, now started to help with the responsibilities of the house, the shop and other things along with his studies. The teachers also helped with the administrative affairs, this gave Hazrat (RA) a chance to travel outside. Due to the travels undertaken by Hazrat (RA) people became familiar with the Darul-uloom and the man who was striving to deliver the message of Tawheed and Sunnah in extremely difficult circumstances.

Colonel Fazal Ilahi relates that he visited Chakwal in 1966. Hazrat (RA) was engaged in appointing a Maulana, and offered him Rupees 130.00/month. After the Maulana had left Hazrat (RA) commented that he is a very big scholar indeed (Maulana Naemm-ullah thinks that this might have been Maulana Ghulam Rabbani). Along with him Hazrat (RA) also appointed Maulana Masood Ahmad Hazarwi and Maulana Shams-uddin.

Maulana Masood Ahmad Hazarwi relates that he was appointed at Rupees 60.00/month. At the end of the month, when he didn’t receive his salary, he sent a note to Hazrat (RA) stating that the salary was the only means of income to him therefore kindly expedite his salary along. In reply to the note Hazrat (RA) came himself with tears in his eyes and explained that there wasn’t even anything to eat at home and apologised for not providing the salary. Hazrat (RA) then asked him to make dua for the situation to get better. From that point the financial situation of the Darul-uloom began to improve and kept getting better and better.

From 1954-1980 renowned and highly qualified teachers served at the educational and the technical departments of the Darul-uloom and hundreds of students graduated.

From March 1980 the second phase of progress dawned at the Darul-uloom. Hazrat’s (RA) personality was introduced to the world, and Hazrat’s (RA) second son Maulana Abdur-Raheem had graduated from Jamia Ashrafia. Hazrat (RA) decided to open various centres for the propagation of Tawheed and Sunnah around Chakwal. Hazrat’s (RA) associates and his son Maulana Hafiz Abdur-Rahman (RA) provided great support and cooperation in this regard. First and foremost the construction of the present Markazi Masjid Darul-uloom Hanafia was started which finished in 9 years. A beautiful building was built in the rear of the Masjid encompassing an area of 10 Marla. Another Masjid (Masjid Hamza) was built at a central location next to the government Degree College.

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRUST:

The property of the Darul-uloom was increasing in value by the day. The department of Auqaf (Government of Pakistan) is known to take over institutions of this nature. Hafiz Abdur-Rahman (RA) advised Hazrat (RA) of the situation and recommended for the continuity of the work in the present format to form a trust. Hence after extensive Mushwara a trust known as Maulana Peer Ghulam Habib Trust Chakwal was formed with the following two conditions:

a) The properties of the trust will be non-transferable and non-sellable.

b) Hazrat’s (RA) children and grandchildren will only be able to run the administrative affairs as long as they stay on the true path and the path of the ulema of Deoband.

Hazrat’s (RA) intention with these conditions was to continue the propagation of Tawheed and Sunnah through the institutions and to keep his progeny on the same path.

INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE CARE OF THE TRUST AND FUTURE PLANS:

Jamia Alhabib Chakwal:

This Jamia is to be located on Sargodha Road in Habib-abad. The total cost of the program is nearly Rupees 20,000,000. A further 80 kanal of land has been purchased at Chawaseden Shah Road (5 kilometres from Chakwal in Alhabib town) for the extension of this project fulfilling one of the Hazrat’s (RA) dreams. This land has been surveyed, and a contract he been done with the infamous engineering firm of Lahore “Gias Associates”. The architectural plans and designs of this Islamic university are still being produced. During the boring process, water was found at 500 feet, which in itself is a good omen of future success, by the grace of Allah (SWT).

This grand university will have an educational system comprising of tradional and secular syllabus. The graduates of this university will be versed with the current fields of knowledge as well as the knowledge of the Deen.

Jamia Aisha Siddiqa Chakwal:

Women are equal partners alongside men in the acquisition of knowledge. Hazrat (RA) laid the foundation of this institution for the benefit of the daughters of Islam in his last days. In the few years of its establishment, the standard of education has risen to exemplary levels. Students come from great distances due to the unique way of education and Tableegh under the guidance of exemplary teachers. This work is being done in a two-story building of the trust, however a land comprising of 80 kanal has been purchased for the extension project on Sargodha Road. The new institution will be one of a kind in the country, and the total cost is estimated to be in the millions (Rupees). This year 21 students have graduated from this institution.

Until 1988 the Darul-uloom used to teach Hif’z and Nazira Qur’an. Hazrat (RA) wanted to start the teaching of Hadeeth as well. Due to the importance of the task ahead, some of the associates asked Hazrat (RA) to delay this project. However Hazrat (RA) had made strong intentions in this regard, he himself travelled to various locations in search of teachers and started the teaching of Hadeeth in 1989.

The same year Hazrat (RA) announced the establishment of Jamia Aisha Siddiqa after recognising the need of educating young Muslim girls and delegated the responsibility to the wife of one of his close and trusted Mureed Dr Mursal.

Darul-uloom Gulshan-e-Habib:

The foundation stone was laid down by Justice Mian Mahboob Ahmad approximately five kilometres from Chakwal on Lahore Road (Murshid-abad) on a land comprising of 13 kanals. A grand Masjid by the name of Masjid Usman will also be built on this location.

Darul-uloom at Kordhi:

This Darul-uloom is being established at Kordhi wadi (District Khoshab) on a land comprising of 40 kanals. The establishment of this institution will be a great boon for the people of the wadi, and Hazrat (RA) himself had dedicated this land for this purpose in his life.

Jamia Masjid Darul-uloom Hanfia:

This beautiful Masjid is a sign of beauty, grandeur, and elegance. This Masjid is a milestone in the history of Chakwal District.

Jamia Masjid Hamza:

Located next to the Government college of Chakwal, this Masjid presents a tranquil environment for the worshipers.

Jamia Masjid Al-Habib:

This Masjid is located nearly two kilometres from the city at Sargodha Road.

Jamia Masjid Habib-e-Khuda:

This Masjid is to be built near general Bus stand Chakwal. Land has been purchased for this project, a well has been dug for water, and construction is to start soon.

Wali Masjid Chakwal:

This Masjid is located in the busy trade centre of Chappath Bazar.


 

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