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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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