The well-known ‘golden voice of da’wah work’, Moulana
Muhammad Umār Palanpuri (RA) passed away on Wednesday, 21 May 1997 at
1.30pm in Nizamuddin, Delhi. The previous day he had gone with other
elders of the Markaz, for an Ijtima in Agra, a five-hour journey by car.
He fell ill en-route and returned to Delhi where he was immediately
admitted to hospital. He was discharged on Wednesday morning feeling
much better. Later during the day he had a heart attack and passed away.
Moulana (RA) was orphaned at an early age and was left solely to the
care of his pious mother. He showed signs of a brilliant mind front a
young age. This prompted his uncle to help him pursue a secular
education. The Moulana’s mother however had other plans. She wanted her
son to devote his energies to acquiring the knowledge of Dīn. That is
The Moulana (RA) studied at Darul Ulūm Deoband, from where he graduated
with marks which impressed even his teachers.For the purpose of tazkia
[purification of the soul], he approached Shaikhul Hadīth Moulana
Zakariyya Kandalvi (RA) who in time granted the Moulana khilafat.
He visited the UK several times. On each occasion he accompanied the
late Amīr of the Tablighi Jamaat, Moulana Inamul Hasan (RA). His last
visit was in 1994 when he attended the international gathering in
Dewsbury. On this visit he related the following story. As a young man
his mother would ask him to read to her. On one such occasion,
overjoyed, she prayed, "May you see the day when you are speaking and
thousands of people are listening, as opposed to now, when your mother
is your sole listener." Tears welled in his eyes when Moulana (RA)
narrated this incident. The mother's prayer, as the world witnessed, was
answered to the letter.
Moulana (RA) was sixty-five years old. He had memorized the Qur’ān
during his old age - a remarkable achievement. Hundreds of thousands of
people have benefited immensely from his discourses and pious company.
He was erudite and a devoted saint of Allāh, yet his humility cast a
veil over his impressive ‘god-fearing’ qualities. His demise brings to
three the number of great personalities the world of Tabligh has lost in
the last two years - others being, Moulana Izhaar (RA) and Hazratjee
Moulana Inamul Hasan (RA).
May Allāh grant them Jannah and replace them with noble personalities.
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