On 27th Zul Hijjah 1417 (5 May 1997), another star of
knowledge and piety set. The demise of Moulana Muhammed Manzoor Numani
(RA) touched the heart of thousands of Muslims around the world who knew
him either personally or through his writings.
Moulana Sayid Abul Hasan Nadwi (RA), a contemporary of Moulana Numani
(RA) and a great author of our times addressing a congregation in the
Nadwatul Ulama Musjid, emphatically outlined the remarkable achievements
and qualities of the deceased. Moulana Nadwi spent some fifty years as
his close associate and companion and had requested him to settle in
Lucknow after he had begun his Dīni work in Bareilly.
Moulana Numani’s (RA) speech and writings speak volumes about his
erudition and all-round knowledge of tafsīr, hadīth, fiqh and the
deviated sects. Having obtained his knowledge from the likes of Allamah
Anwar Shah Kashmiri (RA), it is no wonder that he was so thoroughly
versed and immersed in knowledge. He remained engrossed in Dīni activity
till the end of his life.
Moulana (RA) was well acquainted with the beliefs and ideologies of all
deviated sects. He used to quote from the books as if he was reading out
text, from a book. Moulana was an expert debator and he defended Islam
against the beliefs of the Qadiyanis, Barelwis and others. He protected
Islam from all the forms of shirk and, bidah.
When the situation in India deteriorated for, the Muslims, he intended
to establish a movement for the defence of all Muslim. For this aim he
traveled to all the different centers of learning in India and Pakistan
with Moulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (RA). Finally they reached Nizamuddin
and consulted Moulana Ilyas (RA). They eventually decided to lend their
full support for the work of Dawah and towards this end they travelled
to many cities and addressed the masses.
Moulana Numani's (RA) political thinking was greatly influenced by his
alma mater and he became associated with Jamiatul Ulama Hind, the most
notable among the ‘nationalist’ Muslim groupings. Although he was nor a
member of its central committee, his understanding of Indian politics
seemed to command the respect of the Jamiat leadership. He used to be
invited specially to important sessions of the jamiat. Moulana (RA)was
bay’at to Hadrat Raipuri (RA) who used to say that on the day of Qiyāmah
if Allāh Ta’āla has to ask what he brought, he would reply that he
brought Moulana Numani(RA).
Moulana Numani (RA) combined both the work of Da’wah and being an
educationist. Most often the one who is involved in Da’wah does not have
the time for studying while the on involved with books cannot spare time
for Da’wah. Moulana managed to do both tasks simultaneously.
Although Moulana (RA)was a graduate of Deoband, he had very close links
with Nadwa. On the insistence of its, authorities, he taught hadīth at
Nadwa and remained a member of the administration for a very long
Moulana (RA) was an excellent author. He wrote many books that have been
widely accepted. Most of them have been translated into English.
Amongst others, he wrote a detailed work on hadīth called Ma'ariful
Hadīth [Meaning and Message of the Traditions] ‘What is Islam?’; ‘What
the Qur’ān tells you’ and Dīn and Sharī‘ ah’. Notwithstanding all his
other obligations, he published a monthly journal ‘Al Furqān’ which is
an internationally accepted magazine.
May Allāh Ta’āla grant the Ummah benefit through all his publications
and grant him Jannah Firdous.
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