List of Prominent Muhaddithun – Arabic PDF by Muntasir Zaman

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Compiled by Mawlana Muntasir Zaman – may Allah (SWT) reward him – this Arabic PDF contains the names, year of birth, year of death, and some major work/s of prominent Hadith scholars from the generation following the Companions till the 15th century Hijri. Included in the PDF is a short intro and 185 footnotes.

To download the PDF, please click the link below:

جَدوَل لأسماء أعلام المحدثين ومواليدهم ووفياتهم مع ذكر بعض مؤلفاتهم


Arabic Biography of Hakīm al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf `Ali al-Thanawi

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A 563-page Arabic biography of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali al-Thanawi (ra), written by Mawlana Muhammad Rahmatullah Nadwi. Contains an introduction by Mawlana Syed Rabi’ Hasani Nadwi (db) [the nephew of Mawlana Abul Hasan Ali al-Nadwi (ra) and his successor as the rector of the renowned seminary Nadwat al-Ulama].

Download:  أشرف علي التهانوي: حكيم الأمة وشيخ مشايخ العصر في الهند

Courtesy of Dr. Hanif Kamal of Ashrafiya.

Gazi Husrev-Beg Library in Sarajevo

The Gazi Husrev-Beg Library in Sarajevo, Bosnia, houses various Islamic manuscripts including Qur’ānic mushafs, Hadīth manuscripts, works on Tafsīr, and more.

The oldest manuscript is a copy of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya `Ulūm al-Dīn copied during the lifetime of the author himself.

Below is a link to a small publication By Dr. Mustafa Jahić containing some information about the library along with images of some of the manuscripts housed within:

Click to access prospect.pdf

“al-Imam Muhammad Qasim al-Nanotwi” – authored by Mawlana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani

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al-Imam Qasim Nanotwi

This is a short biographical work – in Arabic – on Imam Muhammad Qasim Nanotwi (the founder of the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary) authored by Mawlana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani.

Please click on the link below to download:

الامام محمد قاسم النانوتوي, رائد النهضة الاسلامية و مؤسس

حركة المدارس الدينية في شبه القارة الهندية – تاليف الشيخ خالد

سيف الله الرحماني


Darul Uloom Publishes English Version of ‘Silk Letter Movement’ – 2/18/13

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[This book can be obtained from Manak Publications, New Delhi and Maktaba Darul Uloom Deoband by emailing them at]


UPDATE: The PDF file of this book is available for download here.


Darul Uloom Deoband published the English version of Silk Letter Movement compiled by Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Miyan Deobandi. The book was translated into English by Maulana Muhammadullah Qasmi and published in association with Manak Publications New Delhi.

The book Silk Letter Movement is a historical description of the heroic struggle waged by the Muslim scholars of Deoband (between 1913 to 1920) for the freedom of India. It aimed at overthrowing the British rule from India by allying with Ottoman Turkey, Imperial Germany and Afghanistan. The movement was named after the ‘Silk Letters’ from Maulana Obaidullah Sindhi captured by Punjab CID. This book is based on the British India records of ‘Silken Handkerchief Letters Conspiracy Case’ which are now preserved in India Office London.

The book opens with an introduction to the Revolutionary Movement of Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi who was the real leader of this movement.


Maulana Muhammad Miyan Deobandi (1903-1975) was a leading Islamic scholar, historian, author and freedom fighter from Deoband. He served as General Secretary to Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind and was an active member of its Working Committee, as he was member of Darul Uloom Deoband’s Majlis Shura (Governing Council). He authored scores of books on various topics especially Indian Muslim history. He also served as Mufti and Shaikhul Hadith of Madrasa Ameenia Delhi. His book ‘Aseeran-e-Malta’ was rendered into English as ‘Prisoners of Malta’.


Muhammadullah Qasmi, (born in Hanswar, Faizabad, now Ambedkar Nagar UP India in 1979) graduated in 1998 and completed Islamic Jurisprudence (Mufti) course from Darul Uloom Deoband. He started his career at Markazul Maarif Education and Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai in 2002 as a Research Fellow and Online Mufti. Presently, he is working as Editor Darul Ifta website and Coordinator in Internet Dept of Darul Uloom Deoband. His book Madrasa Education: Its Strength and Weakness published in 2005 was one of the pioneering works on the topic.


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NEW BOOK RELEASE: “Shaykh ’Abū al-Hasan ‘Alī Nadwī – His Life & Works” by Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi

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Author: Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi

Format: Paperback

Pages: 314

ISBN: 978-0957402904

Sample Pages

About The Book

Shaykh ’Abū al-Hasan ‘Alī Nadwī (1914-1999/1332-1419 AH), one of the most widely read and influential scholars of our time, was likened by his intellectual peers to the exemplary scholars of the earliest generations of Islam. His writings have been translated from Arabic or Urdu into all of the major languages of the world and remain popular from one generation to the next. In this account by a former student, various aspects of Shaykh ’Abū al-Hasan’s life and works are presented – his education and upbringing, his role as a leader and guide, his writings, and his da‘wah and tarbiyah (calling people to Islam and training others to do so). This biography sets out his response to groups and movements that did not share his distinctive approach to issues of concern to Muslims. The unifying theme of the book is Shaykh Nadwī’s timeless commitment, as a scholar and dā‘ī, to the spiritual well-being of Muslims, emphasising their relationship with God and each other, and their response to Western cultural influences.

Topics Covered
The book covers all the various aspects of the life and works of Shaykh ’Abū al-Hasan ‘Alī Nadwī including the background of Muslims in India and the rest of the Muslim world from a political, intellectual and educational perspective, his life and influences upon his life such as his lineage, birth, upbringing, studies, journeys, teachers and key books, the biography then details his learning and writings in all aspects of da‘wah and tarbiyah, the journeys he undertook for da‘wah, the establishment and mission of Nadwat ‘Ulamā’, and then his leadership of Muslims in India, his handling of contemporary Islamic groups, and the positions and honours he held. The biography ends by describing Shaykh Nadwī’s character and death, his physical appearance, common habits, his daily routine and finally his death.

About the Author

MOḤAMMAD ʾAKRAM NADWI is one of the UK’s best-known scholars with a classical training in the Islamic religious sciences. He studied, and later taught, at the renowned Dār al-ʿUlūm Nadwat al-ʿUlamāʾ in Lucknow, India, and holds a doctorate from the University of Lucknow. Currently a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, he is also the author of over 25 books on a range of subjects including Ḥadīth, Fiqh, Arabic grammar and Islamic biographies, published in Arabic, English and Urdu. His magnum opus is a forty-volume compilation of biographies of women scholars of Ḥadīth; the introduction to this study was translated into English and published as al-Muḥaddithāt: The Women Scholars in Islam (2007). His more recent titles include ʾAbū Ḥanīfah: His Life, Legal Method and Legacy (2010) and the second volume of alFiqh alʾIslāmī: Zakāh, Ṣawm and Ḥajj (2012).