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Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

Chairman Board of Governors, Minhaj University Lahore
His eminence, Shaykh ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, is a former professor of Law and one of the world’s leading authorities in Islamic scholarship. Author of over five hundred books, he is currently working on writing his exegesis of the Holy Qur’an and a compendium of hadith consisting of thirty volumes, among many other works. His extensive, scholarly research serves as valuable resource material for enhancing classical and traditional learning while providing a modern contextualisation. Scholars and students alike are highly appreciative of his efforts and greatly value his revivalist and forward-looking approach, including his contemporary presentation of the classical Islamic teachings. Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has a vision of not merely imparting Islamic knowledge, but to revitalise the classical Islamic teachings, so that the needs of the contemporary era can be met with the intended spirit of the Islamic tradition. Putting this vision into practice, he has established the Minhaj University, Lahore, and over 600 schools and colleges.
Shaykh-ul-Islam is a prolific author and researcher. He has authored around 1000 books out of which 500 books are already published, and the rest of them are yet to be published. An unrivaled orator and speaker, he has delivered over 7000 lectures (in Urdu, English and Arabic), on a wide range of subjects, which are available on cassette, CD, DVD formats as well as online.

The following represents a selection of his printed works:

Works on Qur’anic Tafsir (in number totaling 80 works) include:

  • Irfan al-Qur’an (the Meanings of the Qur’an — Urdu and English versions)
  • Tafsir Minhaj al-Qur’an (al-Futuhat al-Madaniyya — 14 volumes U.P.)
  • Tafsir Sura al-Fatiha (partly published, totaling 7 volumes), the largest available publication on this subject.
  • Kashf al-Ghita ʻan Maʻrifat al-Aqsam li-l-Mustafa (Tafsir in Arabic on the excellence of the Holy Prophet — blessings and peace be upon him).
  • Tasmiyya al-Qur’an (a voluminous book on the meanings of Bism Allah)
  • Manahij al-‘Irfan fi Lafz al-Qur’an (a voluminous book on the meanings of the word Qur’an)
  • Meaning of Ayat al-Kursi (a voluminous book)
  • Development of Human Personality in the Light of Sura al-Fatiha
  • Islamic Philosophy of Human Life
  • No Coercion in Religion
  • al-ʻIrfan fi Fadaʼil wa Adab al-Qurʼan (recitation of the Qur’an; virtues and manners)
  • Islamic Concept of Human Nature
  • Qur’anic Philosophy of Da‘wa

And many others

Works on Hadith compilation and the science of Hadith (in number totaling 100 works):

  • Jami‘ as-Sunna fi ma Yahtaj Ilayhi Akhir al-Umma (a comprehensive compilation of 25,000 ahadith, totaling 20 volumes U.P.)
  • al-Minhaj as-Sawiyy min al-Hadith an-Nabawiyy (4 volumes — collection of 5,000 ahadith compiled on the pattern and style of al-Imam an-Nawawi’s Riyad as-Salihin and al-Khatib at-Tabrizi’s Mishkat al-Masabih relevant to the modern age). Its abridged version Mukhtasar Al-Minhaj as-Sawiyy was published with compliments and tributes of Shaykh al-Azhar as-Sayyid Dr Muhammad Tantawi, a renowned Muhaddith of Egypt, ash-Shaykh Dr Ahmad ‘Umar Hashim, Ex-Vice Chancellor of Jami‘a al-Azhar, Cairo, and Grand Mufti of Egypt ash-Shaykh Dr ‘Ali Jumu‘a and others.
  • al-‘Ata fi Ma‘rifat al-Mustafa (4 volumes — collection of 5,000 ahadith on the subjects of the excellence, habits, morals, specialties and miracles of the Holy Prophet — blessings and peace be upon him — on the pattern and style of ash-Shifa of al-Qadi ‘Iyad U.P.)
  • Hidayat al-Umma ‘ala Minhaj al-Qur’an wa’s-Sunna (2 volumes — another collection of 2,200 ahadith)
  • Prophetic Virtues & Miracles
  • Al-Wafa fi Rahmat an-Nabi al-Mustafa
  • Al-Makana al-‘Aliyya fi’l-Khasa’is an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Mizat an-Nabawiyya fi’l-Khasa’is ad-Dunwiyya
  • Al-‘Azama an-Nabawiyya fi’l-Khasa’is al-Barzakhiyya
  • Al-Futuhat an-Nabawiyya fi’l-Khasa’is al-Ukhrawiyya
  • Al-Jawahir an-Naqiyya fi ash-Shuma’il an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Matalib as-Saniyya fi’l-‘Adat an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Minahat as-Samadiyya fi’l-Ikhtiyarat an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Imtiyazat an-Nabawiyya fi’l-‘Ulum al-Ghaybiyya
  • Al-Fawz al-Jali fi at-Tawassul bi’n-Nabi
  • Ash-Sharaf al-‘Ali fi at-Tabarruk bi’n-Nabi
  • an-Nur al-Mubin fi Hayat an-Nabi al-Amin
  • Al-Minhal as-Safi fi Ziyarat Qabr an-Nabi
  • Ghayat as-Sifa fi Husn Jasad al-Mustafa
  • Al-‘Asal an-Naqi fi Asma’ an-Nabi
  • an-Najaba fi Manaqib as-Sahaba wa’l-Qaraba (virtues of the Companions and the Family of the Holy Prophet [blessings and peace be upon him])
  • Rawdat as-Salikin fi Manaqib al-Awliya’ wa’s-Salihin (Virtues of the Friends of Allah and the Pious)
  • Ahsan ’s-Sana’a fi Ithbat ash-Shafa’a (Intercession)
  • Rahat al-Qulub fi Madhi ’n-Nabiyyi al-Mahbub (Hymn of the Holy Prophet [blessings and peace be upon him])
  • Kashf al-Asrar fi Mahabbat al-Mawjudat li-Sayyid al-Abrar
  • al-Badra’t-Tamam ‘ala Sahib’id-Dunuww wa’l-Maqam (virtues of Greetings and Salutations on the Holy Prophet [blessings and peace be upon him])
  • Ahsana’s-Subul fi Manaqib al-Anbiya’ wa’r-Rusul (virtues of the Prophets and Messengers)
  • as-Sayf al-Jali ‘ala Munkir Wilayat ‘Ali
  • al-Qawl al-Mu‘tabar fi’l-Imam al-Muntazar
  • al-Qawl al-Qawiyy fi Sama‘ al-Hasan ‘an ‘Ali (a book on the science of Hadith in Arabic language. It establishes the fact that al-Hasan of Busra met ‘Ali and heard him narrate traditions.)
  • al-Kanz ath-Thamin fi Fadilat adh-Dhikr wa’dh-Dhakirin (Pearls of Remembrance)
  • al-Khutba as-Sadida fi Usul al-Hadith wa Furu‘ al-‘Aqida (a brief textbook on the science of Hadith in the Arabic language)
  • al-‘Abdiyya fi’l-Hadrat as-Samadiyya (Rights of Allah on His Slaves)
  • Al-Marwiyyat as-Sulamiyya min al-Ahadith an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Marwiyyat al-Qushayriyya min al-Ahadith an-Nabawiyya
  • Al-Marwiyyat as-Suhrawardiyya min al-Ahadith an-Nabawiyya
  • Marwiyyat ash-Shaykh al-Akbar min Ahadith an-Nabi al-Athar
  • al-Lubab fi’l-Huquq wa’l-Adab (Rights and Manners)
  • Righteous Character & Excellence of Social Interaction
  • An-Najah fi A‘mal al-Birr wa as-Sadaqa wa as-Salah
  • Ad-Da‘wat wa’l-Adhkar min Sunna an-Nabi al-Mukhtar
  • al-Futuhat fi’l-Adhkar ba‘d as-Salawat
  • Al-Manahil as-Safiyya fi Sharaf al-Umma al-Muhammadiyya
  • Imam Abu Hanifa: Imam al-A’imma fi’l-Hadith (4 volumes)
  • And many others

Works on Islamic ‘Aqida (in number totaling 100 works) include:

  • Majmu‘at al-‘Aqa’id (25 volumes — an unprecedented compendium on Islamic Faith and Theology)
  • Kitab at-Tawhid (a detailed treatise on the concept of the unity of Allah running into 2 volumes)
  • Kitab ar-Risala (2 volumes — a detailed treatise on the excellence of Prophethood and highly esteemed station of the Holy Prophet — blessings and peace be upon him)
  • Kitab as-Sunna (2 volumes — a comprehensive treatise on the authority, science and compilation of hadith and sunna)
  • Makanat ar-Risala wa’s-Sunna
  • Kitab al-Bid‘a (a comprehensive work on the concept of “innovations” in Islam)
  • Kitab al-Iman (Basic Tenets of Faith)
  • Kitab al-Islam (Pillars of Islam)
  • Kitab al-Ihsan (Book on Spiritual Excellence)
  • Kitab az-Ziyara (Book on Visiting the Graves)
  • Kitab al-Baraka (Book on Blessings)
  • Kitab ash-Shafa‘a (Book on Intercession)
  • Kitab at-Tawassul (Book on Intermediation)
  • at-Ta‘zim wa’l-‘Ibada (Reverence and Worship)
  • al-Wasa’it ash-Shar‘iyya (Lawful Means and Linkages)
  • Reverence of Prophethood
  • Finality of Prophethood
  • al-Mawlid an-Nabawiyy ([blessings and peace be upon him)] Celebration of Mawlid] The largest ever written work on this subject, consisting of approximately 850 pages)
  • ‘Ilm al-Ghayb (Book on the Knowledge of the Unseen)
  • Ascension of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him)
  • Love and Reverence of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him)
  • The Central Point of Iman
  • Prisoners of the Beauty of Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him)
  • And many others

Works on the Biography (Sira) of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) and his virtuous characteristics:

  • Sirat ar-Rasul (collection of 14 volumes, the largest collection ever written in the Urdu language)
  • Muqaddima as-Sira (2 volumes — an unprecedented work in Islamic history on the pattern of Muqaddima Ibn Khaldun)
  • Khasa’is al-Mustafa (Holy Prophet’s Exclusive Virtues)
  • Shama’il al-Mustafa (Holy Prophet’s Personal Characteristics and Habits)
  • Asma’ al-Mustafa (Meanings and Interpretation of the Holy Prophet’s Names)
  • Dala’il al-Barakat (2500 styles of greetings and salutations on the Holy Prophet — blessings and peace be upon him — a masterpiece of Arabic literature, written in the style of the well-read Dala’il al-Khayrat of Imam Jazuli)
  • Political Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Economic Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Administrative Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Constitutional Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Scientific Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Cultural Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Historical Aspect of the Prophet’s Sira
  • Aspect of Human Rights in the Prophet’s Sira
  • Aspect of Peace and Integration in the Prophet’s Sira
  • Diplomatic Relations in the Prophet’s Sira
  • Relations to Non-Muslims in the Prophet’s Sira
  • Revolutionary Struggle in the Prophet’s Sira
  • Qur’an on the Characteristics of the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him)
  • And many others

Works on Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh) totaling around 60 works:

  • Islamic Penal System and Philosophy (Shaykh-ul-Islam’s doctoral thesis)
  • Islamic Concept of Law
  • Salient Characteristics of Islamic Law
  • Islamic Concept of Crime
  • A Comparative Study of Islamic and Western Concepts of Law
  • Islam and Criminality
  • Legal Character of Islamic Punishments
  • al-Hukm ash-Shar‘i (a book on Usul al-Fiqh [Islamic jurisprudence])
  • Sources of Islamic Law
  • Philosophy of Ijtihad and the Modern World
  • Ijtihad — Meaning, Kinds and Scope
  • Jurisprudential Methodology of Islamic Research
  • Islamic Concept of State
  • Qur’anic Basis of Constitutional Theory
  • Concept of Jail and Imprisonment in Islam
  • Difference between the Text and its Exegesis
  • And many others

Works on Islamic Political and Economic Systems:

  • The Constitution of Madina (a detailed exposition of the first ever written constitution in human history)
  • Khilafa and Democracy (a voluminous work on the subject of Islamic Political System U.P.)
  • Islamic Economic System, its Origin and Development
  • Qawa‘id al-Iqtisad fi’l-Islam ([Arabic] Principles of Islamic Economics)
  • Qur’anic Philosophy of Change (2 volumes)
  • Islamic Economy and Interest-free Banking
  • Qur’anic Philosophy of Rise and Fall of the Nations
  • Islam — a Religion of Balance and Moderation
  • Nizam Mustafa: a Message and Struggle for Change
  • Objectives of the Raising of Prophets (blessings and peace be upon them)
  • And many others

Works on Tasawwuf and Spirituality; around 50 works on Islamic Science of Mysticism and Spiritualism:

  • Kitab al-Ihsan
  • Reality of Tasawwuf
  • Practical Code of Spirituality
  • Obedience to Allah
  • Pearls of Remembrance of Allah
  • Love of Allah
  • Wariness of Allah
  • The Beauty of Pious Deeds
  • The Beauty of Spiritual States
  • The Beauty of Good Morals
  • Purification of Heart and Soul
  • Corruption of the Heart and its Cure
  • Our Real Homeland
  • Sin and Repentance
  • Qur’anic Categorization of People
  • Deeds and Spiritual Intoxication
  • Life — a War between Good and Evil
  • Morality of Prophets (blessings and peace be upon them)
  • The Awliya’: Companies and Narrations
  • al-Fuyudat al-Muhammadiyya
  • And many others

Works on Human Rights and Modern Sciences:

  • Human Rights in Islam
  • Islam on the Rights of Women
  • Islam on the Rights of Children
  • Islam on the Rights of Senior Citizens
  • Islam on the Rights of Non-Muslims
  • Islam on the Rights of the Disabled
  • Islam and Science
  • Qur’an on Creation and Evolution of Man
  • Qur’an on Creation and Expansion of the Universe
  • Islam on Prevention of Heart Diseases
  • Spiritualism and Magnetism
  • Issues of the Modern Age and their Solutions
  • And many others

Miscellaneous Works:

  • Islam in Various Perspectives
  • How to end Extremism and Sectarianism?
  • Our Religious Downfall and its Trifold Defence Strategy
  • Multidimensional Attack on Iman
  • The Real Concept of Jihad
  • Jihad: a Charity
  • Islamic Concept of Knowledge
  • True Knowledge: a Creative or an Interpretative Phenomenon
  • Reformable Aspects of Religious and Secular Sciences
  • The Real Base of Piety

amongst others

His Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has received a large number of authorities (asanid) and permissions (ijazat) for the transmission of knowledge of hadith, tafsir, fiqh, tasawwuf and other classical Islamic sciences from numerous great pillars of the Muslim world, widely acknowledged as the fountains of Islamic knowledge in the last century back to the classical scholars and great Imams of hadith of the past up to the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). He has more than 300 Chains of Authority contained in two of his own thabats (reference books on his chains of authority):

  • al-Jawahir al-Bahira fi’l Asanid at-Tahira
  • as-Subul al-Wahabiyya fi’l-Asanid adh-Dhahabiyya

The following are some examples of his links to the renowned classical scholars via only one teacher:

  • He is linked to al-Imam Yusuf ibn Isma‘il an-Nabhani directly via only one teacher, his student ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon).
  • He is linked to al-Imam Imdad Allah al-Muhajir al-Makki via only one teacher, his vicegerent ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani (who died at the age of 165 years).
  • Shaykh-ul-Islam is linked to Imam al-Hind ash-Shah Ahmad Rida Khan via only one teacher through three different routes:
  1. ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar Diya’ud-Din Ahmad al-Qadiri al-Madani
  2. ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Abu’l-Barakat Ahmad al-Qadiri Alwari
  3. ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has gathered together the various fields of classical Islamic knowledge, especially the knowledge, and authorities of hadith, from famous centres of Islamic learning across the globe:

Fatwa on Suicide Bombings and Terrorism:

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri issued a historic fatwa, or Islamic decree, on the vital matter of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam. It is regarded as a significant and historic step, the first time that such an explicit and unequivocal decree against the perpetrators of terror has been broadcast so widely. The original fatwa has been written in Urdu, and amounts to 600 pages of research and references from the Qur’an, Hadith, opinions of the Companions (of the Prophet), and the widely accepted classical texts of Islamic scholarship. The comprehensiveness and extent of the original work is meant to leave no doubt, and no stone unturned, in order to remove any possible justification for the suicide attacks that the perpetrators or their supporters may offer. Indeed, Shaykh-ul-Islam went that crucial step forward and announced categorically that suicide bombings and attacks against civilian targets were not only condemned by Islam, but rendered the perpetrators totally out of the fold of Islam, in other words, to be unbelievers. Furthermore, in what is unprecedented in recent Islamic scholarship, this work draws out scriptural, historical, and classical scholarly references highlighting the obligations of Governments of Islamic nations to deal decisively to root out terrorist elements from society. This historic work has been translated into major languages of the world.
His Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has received a large number of authorities (asanid) and permissions (ijazat) for the transmission of knowledge of hadith, tafsir, fiqh, tasawwuf and other classical Islamic sciences from numerous great pillars of the Muslim world, widely acknowledged as the fountains of Islamic knowledge in the last century back to the classical scholars and great Imams of hadith of the past up to the Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him). He has more than 300 Chains of Authority contained in two of his own thabats (reference books on his chains of authority):

  • al-Jawahir al-Bahira fi’l Asanid at-Tahira
  • as-Subul al-Wahabiyya fi’l-Asanid adh-Dhahabiyya

The following are some examples of his links to the renowned classical scholars via only one teacher:

  • He is linked to al-Imam Yusuf ibn Isma‘il an-Nabhani directly via only one teacher, his student ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon).
  • He is linked to al-Imam Imdad Allah al-Muhajir al-Makki via only one teacher, his vicegerent ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani (who died at the age of 165 years).
  • Shaykh-ul-Islam is linked to Imam al-Hind ash-Shah Ahmad Rida Khan via only one teacher through three different routes:
  1. ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar Diya’ud-Din Ahmad al-Qadiri al-Madani
  2. ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Abu’l-Barakat Ahmad al-Qadiri Alwari
  3. ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has gathered together the various fields of classical Islamic knowledge, especially the knowledge, and authorities of hadith, from famous centres of Islamic learning across the globe:

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of Makka and Madina

  • al-Imam ‘Umar ibn Hamadan al-Mahrasi
  • al-Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Zahir al-Watri
  • al-Imam Ahmad ibn Isma‘il al-Barzanji
  • al-Imam Ahmad Sharif ibn Muhammad as-Sanusi al-Madani
  • al-Imam Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan
  • ash-Shaykha Amat Allah bint al-Imam ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Muhaddith ad-Dihlawi al-Madani

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • Muhaddith al-Haram ash-Shaykh ‘Alawi ibn ‘Abbas al-Maliki al-Makki (father of ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki). (He had sama‘ from him in 1963.)
  • ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar Diya’ud-Din Ahmad al-Qadiri al-Madani (died at the age of over 100 years)
  • ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon — died at the age of 100 years)
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri (father of Shaykh-ul-Islam)

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of Baghdad

  • al-Imam ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn ‘Ali an-Naqib al-Baghdadi (Imam al-Awliya’ and Hujjat al-Muhaddithin of his era)
  • al-Imam ‘Abd as-Salam al-Muhaddith al-Afandi al-Baghdadi
  • al-Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq al-Bazzaz al-Muhaddith al-Baghdadi back to al-Imam as-Sayyid Mahmud ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Alusi (author of Tafsir Ruh al-Ma‘ani)

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Tahir ‘Ala’ud-Din al-Jilani al-Baghdadi al-Afandi
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Alawi ibn ‘Abbas al-Maliki al-Makki
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of ash-Sham (Syria)

  • Muhaddith ash-Sham al-Imam Muhammad ibn Ja‘far al-Kittani
  • Muhaddith ash-Sham al-Imam Muhammad Badra’d-Din ibn Yusuf al-Hasani
  • al-Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy ibn ‘Abd al-Kabir al-Muhaddith al-Kittani
  • al-Imam Abu’l-Makarim Muhammad Amin as-Suwayd ad-Dimashqi

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad al-Fatih ibn Muhammad al-Makki al-Kittani (Damascus)
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of Lebanon and Tarabulus

  • al-Imam Yusuf ibn Isma‘il an-Nabhani (Imam al-Muhaddithin of the last century)
  • al-Imam ‘Abd al-Qadir ash-Shalabi at-Tarabulusi
  • al-Imam Hasan ‘Uwaydan al-Fayturi al-Tarabulusi

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad al-Fatih ibn Muhammad al-Makki al-Kittani (Damascus)
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of al-Maghrib and ash-Shanqit (Mauritania):

  • al-Imam Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Mustafa Ma’ul ‘Aynayn ash-Shanqiti
  • al-Imam Muhammad Habib Allah ash-Shanqiti
  • al-Imam Muhammad al-‘Arabi ibn Muhammad al-‘Azizi al-Fasi
  • al-Imam ‘Abd Allah ibn Siddiq al-Ghimari al-Maghribi

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Alawi ibn ‘Abbas al-Maliki al-Makki
  • ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad al-Fatih ibn Muhammad al-Makki al-Kittani
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of Yemen:

  • ash-Shaykh al-Habib Hamza ibn ‘Umar al-‘Aydarus al-Habashi
  • ash-Shaykh al-Habib ‘Ali ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-Habashi
  • ash-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir ibn Ahmad as-Saqaf
  • ash-Shaykh ‘Abd Allah ibn Ahmad al-Haddad
  • ash-Shaykh Hasan ibn Ahmad al-Ahdal al-Yamani
  • ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ahdal al-Yamani
  • ash-Shaykh Isma‘il al-Yamani (author of Nafas ar-Rahman)

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Alawi ibn ‘Abbas al-Maliki al-Makki
  • ash-Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al-Makki
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri

Authorities of the great Shuyukh of al-Hind (India and Pakistan):

  • Imam al-Hind ash-Shah Ahmad Rida Khan
  • Abu’l-Hasanat al-Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy ibn ‘Abd al-Halim al-Muhaddith al-Laknawi (Faqih al-Hind and Shaykh of Arab and non-Arab)
  • al-Imam ‘Abd al-Baqi ibn ‘Ali al-Ansari al-Muhaddith al-Laknawi al-Madani (up to al-Imam Shah Waliyy Allah al-Muhaddith ad-Dihlawi)
  • ash-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hadi ibn ‘Ali al-Ansari al-Muhaddith al-Laknawi
  • al-Imam al-Muhaddith al-Musnid Irshad Husayn Rampuri
  • al-Imam ash-Shah Imdad Allah al-Muhajir al-Makki (a great saint and shaykh of Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi, Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Ganguhi, Mawlana Muhammad Qasim Nanutwi and others)
  • Muhaqqiq al-Hind al-Imam Fadl al-Haqq al-Khayrabadi
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Didar ‘Ali ash-Shah al-Muhaddith Alwari
  • Muhaddith al-Hind ash-Shaykh Muhammad Anwar ash-Shah al-Kashmiri (author of Fayd al-Bari)
  • Muhaddith al-Hind ash-Shaykh Ahmad ‘Ali Saharanpuri
  • ash-Shaykh ‘Abd ash-Shukur al-Muhaddith al-Muhajir al-Madani
  • ash-Shaykh Badr al-‘Alam Mirathi

 

Shaykh-ul-Islam received the authorities of the above mentioned through:

  • ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar Diya’a‘d-Din Ahmad al-Madani (he died at the age of over 100 years)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ma‘bud al-Jilani al-Madani (he died at the age of 165 years)
  • al-Muhaddith al-A‘zam ash-Shaykh Sardar Ahmad al-Qadiri (Faisalabad)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Abu’l-Barakat al-Muhaddith Alwari (Lahore)
  • ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Ahmad Sa‘id al-Kazimi Amruhi (Multan)
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Farida’d-Din al-Qadri
  • ash-Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rashid ibn Qutba’d-Din al-Qadiri ar-Ridawi
  • ash-Shaykh Dr Burhan Ahmad al-Faruqi

An unprecedented chain of authority:

Finally, the most unprecedented, unique, highly blessed and honoured chain of authority that his Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam possesses is through only four Shuyukh between Shaykh-ul-Islam and the great Imams listed below:

  • Sayyiduna ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ibn Sayyiduna al-Ghawth al-A‘zam ash-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani al-Hasani al-Husayni (Baghdad)
  • al-Imam ash-Shaykh al-Akbar Muhya’d-Din ibn al-‘Arabi (author of al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya) (Damascus)
  • al-Imam Ibn al-Hajar al-‘Asqalani, the greatest authority on hadith (Egypt)

 

His Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam’s continuous chain of authority (isnad) up to the above mentioned great Imams is as under:

  1. Shaykh-ul-Islam narrates (with direct permission and authority) from ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran (Lebanon).
  2. He narrates from ash-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hayy ibn ash-Shaykh ‘Abd al-Kabir al-Kittani.
  3. He narrates from ash-Shaykh al-Mu‘ammar ‘Abd al-Hadi ibn al-‘Arabi al-‘Awwad.
  4. He narrates from al-Imam as-Sayyid ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hafid al-Habashi. He was born in 581 (Hegira) and died in 1276 (Hegira) and lived up to 695 years. He directly studied under, and narrated from, al-Imam ‘Abd ar-Razzaq al-Jilani ibn Sayyiduna Ghawth al-‘Azam al-Jilani at Baghdad, from al-Imam ash-Shaykh al-Akbar Muhya’d-Din ibn al-‘Arabi at Damascus and from al-Imam ibn al-Hajar al-‘Asqalani at Egypt. (al-Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy al-Kittani, Fahras al-Faharis wa’l-Athbat, vol. 2, p. 928).

His Eminence Shaykh-ul-Islam has received the same authority and ijazat of transmission from another chain:

  1. His Eminence narrates from ash-Shaykh Husayn ibn Ahmad al-‘Usayran.
  2. He narrates from ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Ahmad ibn Muhammad as-Sanusi al-Madani.
  3. He narrates from ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad ibn Muhammad as-Sanusi.
  4. He narrates from ash-Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Ali as-Sanusi.
  5. He narrates from al-Imam ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hafid al-Habashi, who received from all of the above mentioned three great Imams.