Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi, the Mufti of Darul Uloom and compiler of Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband, passed away on 31 March 2011 Thursday in his hometwon Darbhanga.
Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi was a senior Mufti of Darul Ifta of Darul Uloom Deoband. He compiled the twelve volume Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband, the most popular fatwa collection. Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi was a prolific writer, vibrant orator and a good Mufti. He wrote more than dozen books in Urdu and edited several other books of Maulana Manazir Ahsan Gilani. Most popular of his books are 'Islam ka nizam-e-iffat o ismat', 'Darul Uloom Maslak' etc. He wrote a commentray (tafseer) and transaltion of the entire Quran in Urdu in five volumes. Some of his books were translated in English as well.
Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi was born in 1926 (1426 AH) and belonged to Puranodiha Dist Darbhanga (Bihar).
Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi was principally educated in MIftahul Uloom Mau (UP) in 1944 under the wolrd renowned scholar of Hadith, Shaikh Habibur Rahman Muhadith Azami and other prominent Ulama. He was very much attached to Syed Sulaiman Nadwi, Maulana Minnatullah Rahmani and Maulana Manazir Ahsan Gilani.
He came to Darul Uloom Deoband in 1956 on the invitation of the then Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Hakim al-Ummat Qari Muhammad Tayyib and was appointed as researcher. He worked in several departments of Darul Uloom. First, he compiled the Fatawa of Mufti Azisur Rahman entitled 'Fatawa Darul Uloom' in 12 volumes. He also managed and systemized the grand library of Darul Uloom. Sometimes, he was on the editorial board of the Urdu monthly Darul Uloom and wrote the editorials for about 17 years. His writings were very subtle, simple, smooth and fascinating.
Mufti Zafeeruddin Miftahi left Darul Uloom in 2008 on health grounds and stayed in his native village in Darbhanga where he breathed his last on 31 March 2011.
May Allah have mercy on his departed soul and make his abode in the highiest grandes of Jannah, Amen!
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Shaikh Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais, the Imam of Haram in Makkah, paid a historic visit to Darul Uloom Deoband on 25 March 2011 Friday. He was accompanied by the Saudi Embassdor to New Delhi, Cricketer-turned MP Azharuddin, Minister Sultan Ahmad etc. His helicopter landed in Deoband at 12:15 pm. The Imam was received by Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vasyanvi, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani and other senior members of Darul Uloom Deoband.
Then the delegation headed to the grand Masjid-e-Rashid of Darul Uloom where a function was organised to give the respecyed imam a warm welcome. The Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani will present the 'Words of Welcome' to him in Arabic in which the stand of Ulama of Darul Uloom Deoband was clarified.
Thereafter, the Imam addressed the gathering for abour 20 minutes in which he asserted the need to unite and maintain balance in dealing with disputes and controversies. He conveyed the message and greeting of King Abdullah to Indian Mulsims and emphsied that Muslims should lead a pure and peace life on the founsations of tawheed, Sunnah and Shariah. The Imam thanked and admired Darul Uloom for welcoming him as well as for spreading the knowledge of Islam and the light of tawheed and Sunnah.
The Imam gave a separate khutbah (sermon) about 30 minutes for salah in which he made a fervent appeal to all for observing peace and harmony, which he described as the "true essence of Islam". He prayed for all humanity, for India and specially for Indiam Muslims.
About 10 Lakhs of Muslims from different parts of the country thronged the prestigious Darul-Uloom seminary in Deoband to participate in the Friday prayer led by the Imam of the Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah. The campus of Darul Uloom Deoband which is spread in more than 2 skm was full of namazees. All roads leading to the world-famous Islamic seminary were packed with people and when it came to offering the 'namaz', people joined the ritual in every nook and corner of the town, including streets, parks, rooftops and even highways on the outskirts.
Impressions of Shaikh Abdur Rahman al-Sudais about Darul Uloom Deoband [March 2011]
دارالعلوم دیوبند کے متعلق امام حرم شیخ عبد الرحمن السدیس کے تاثرات تاثرات کا عربی متن
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله وصلی الله وسلم علی رسول الله اما بعد:
فقد یسر الله لي زيارة جامعة دارالعلوم ديوبند بدعوة کريمة منذ مديرها الفاضل الشيخ أرشد المدني أثناء اقامتها لمؤتمر عظمة الصحابة رضي الله عنهم. وقد سعدت بما غمروني به من حفاوة وحسن استقبال والمشارکة لهم من احتفاء کريم وجمع غفير، فجزاهم الله خيرا علی جهودهم المبارکة في هذا الصرح العلمي الشامخ والمعقل التربوي العريق. ونشکرهم علی ماقدموا ونوصيهم وأنفسنا بتقوی الله عز وجل وبذل مزيد من الجهود في خدمة العقيدة الصحيحة والمنهج السليم علی منهج سلفنا الصالح. بارک الله في جهودهم وسدد خطاهم. وصلی الله علی نبينا محمد و آله وصحبه
وکتبه عبد الرحمن السديس
With the name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Very-Merciful
Praise belongs to Allah and may Allah send blessings and peace to His Messenger
In deed, Allah gave me chance to visit the university of Darul Uloom Deoband on the kind invitation of Shaikh Arshad al-Madani during my stay (in Delhi) for the Conference of Azmat-e-Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them). I felt immensely pleasure by what they overwhelmed me with hospitality and good reception along with participation with them in kind reception and large crowd.
May Allah reward them for their noble efforts in this lofty academic castle and old educational fortress! We are grateful for their hospitality and warm reception. We advise them as well as ourselves to acquire taqwa (fear) of Allah and to spend more efforts in the service of right beliefs and the straight track in line with our pious elders. May Allah accept their efforts and guide their footsteps!
May Allah send blessings and peace to our Prophet Muhammad, his household and his Companions!
Written by: Abdur Rahman al-Sudais
20/04/1432 H = 26/03/2011
Shaikh Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais, the Imam of Haram in Makkah, is due to visit Darul Uloom Deoband on 25 March 2011 Friday. He will deliver the Jumuah Sermon in Mahjid Rashid and lead the prayer of Jumuah.
Shaikh Al-Sudais is paying a visit to India on the invitation of Maulana Arshad Madani in order to atend 'Azmat-e-Sahaba Conference' held by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind New Delhi on 26 Mar 2011 Saturday at Ram Lila Maidan, New Delhi. Dr. Al-Sodais will give a lecture on the life and status of the Companions of the Prophet (SAW) and lead the Maghrib and Esha prayer at the venue of the conference.
There are reports that Shaikh Sudais will visit the grand Jama Masjid of Old Delhi on 27 and will lead the Maghrib Salah and address the gathering.
Shaikh Sudaus will arrive Deoband on 25 March morning with special helicopter where he will be received by Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, Maulana Abdul Khaliq and other senior members of Darul Uloom Deoband. The Imam is will be accompanied by several Saudi elites and India Muslim leaders. Darul Uloom has arranged to give the Imam a historic warm welcome, while the Deoband and Saharanpur administration estimates that lakhs of people will flock to Deoband for Jumuah prayer. The administration is busy to chart out security and other arrangements for this grand function.
Darul Uloom will arrange a welcome function at Jama Rashid after which he will deliver the Jumuah sermon and will lead the Jumuah prayer. The Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani will present the 'Words of Welcome' to him in Arabic.
He will leave for Delhi at 4 pm by helicopter.
It is noteworthy that in the last few months, several Saudi Ulama and delegates visited Deoband. More importantly, Shaikh Awwama and Shaikh Aidh al-Qarni visited Darul Uloom Deoband in last Feb.
See, the report from Darul Uloom Deoband: http://darululoom-deoband.com/urdu/news/news.php
The newsly appointed Acting Mohtamim of Darul Uloom Deoband, Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani gets a hero's welcome in Deoband and Darul Uloom Deoband at his first official visit to Darul Uloom Deoband as Acting Mohtamim (VC).
Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani was appointed as Acting Mohtamim in the Majlis Shura held on 23 Feb to discuss the arising controversy about the VC post. The Majlis has formed a 3-member committee to investigate the case of Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Vastanvi.
Thousands of people from Deoband city and students from Darul Uloom Deoband welcomed him with florwers, slogans and placards.
Mufti Abul Qasim seemed humble and said that such celebrations and receptions do not match our traditions and should be avoided.
Here are some reports from the Urdu dailies:
Rashtri Sahara 03/02/2011
Jadid Khabar, Delhi, 3/2/2011
Sahafat, Delhi, 3/2/2011
Jadid Khabar, Delhi, 3/2/2011