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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