“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.

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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 info@darululoom-deoband.com]


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.


Courtesy of Deoband.net

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).

“Imams of the Valley” by Amin Buxton


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Download:  Imams of the Valley by Amin Buxton

The valley of Hadramawt is situated in Yemen, in the south of the Arabian Peninsular.Since members of the blessed Prophetic household settled in the Valley in the fourth century of the Hijrah, it has been a centre of sacred knowledge and the attainment of spiritual perfection. In this remote valley, and particularly in its spiritual capital, Tarim, the Prophetic legacy was preserved and nurtured and then carried to the far cor- ners of the earth.

Beginning with the first of the descendants of the Prophet sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam to settle in Hadramawt and looking down the centuries to recent times, “Imams of the Valley” examines the lives of a few of these illustrious figures. It is hoped that this book will enable the reader to increase in love for the family of the Messenger sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam and for the pious, which is one of the foundations of Islam.

Size: 152mm x 222mm

Pages: 136


All praise is due to Allah, Whose bounty is limitless, and peace and blessings be upon His Beloved Muhammad and upon his pure family, noble Companions and all those who follow their path until the Last Day. Love for the family of the Messenger sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam and the pious members of his Ummah is one of the foundations of this religion but attainment of this love requires knowledge. The following pages are an attempt to acquaint the English speaker with some of the greatest Imams of the ‘Alawi Way, who made the Valley of Hadramawt their home. It is hoped that this acquaintance will lead to love for them and attachment to them, and be of the utmost benefit in this life and the next. The way of these Imams was to prefer obscurity and they are probably better known in the Heavenly realm than on this Earth. However, there is a need for us to come to know them.

Volumes could not do justice to any of the Imams mentioned here and words cannot express the stations which they reached. However, it is hoped that such an introduction can be a door leading to greater things.

Some of the teachers and pupils of each Imam are mentioned to illustrate the importance of the concept of sanad, the unbroken chain which connects Imam to Imam and preserves the purity and authenticity of the knowledge which they transmit. Dates are generally given in the Hijri calendar, although some corresponding dates are given.

We thank Allah for the presence of those who embody the way of these great Imams in the times in which we live. At their forefront is sayyidi Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz and Habib Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali al-Mashhur, who represent the final link in this amazing chain. We have recently lost the physical presence of Habib “Sa`d” al-`Aydarus but his memory lives on. May Allah reward Shaykh Munir Ba Zuhayr, who, along with the forementioned, was the inspiration for this work. May Allah also reward Shaykh Abdurragman Khan and Shaykh Riyad Saloojee for their assistance. May Allah preserve them and increase them.

Courtesy of Dar al-Turath al-Islami

Resources for the Biography of Imam Abu Hanifah al-Nu’man ibn Thabit

The Biography of Imam Abu Hanifa – Arabic books

مناقب  الإمام  أبو حنيفة  وصاحبيه  للحافظ  الذهبي

تبييض  الصحيفة  في  مناقب  الإمام  أبو  حنيفة للشيخ  جلال  الدين  السيوطي  الشافعي

كتاب  منازل  الأئمة  الأربعة  إمام  أبي  زكريا  يحيى بن  إبراهيم

كتاب  الخيرات  الحسان  لابن  حجر  الهيتمي

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Dars Nizami Book List and Downloads

I hope to be able to sort these books alphabetically and provide one post per book which would include all available editions. For now, I have simply listed the links to the Internet Archive where you can find the books organized in collections.

With help, I would also like to provide some posts that organize the books according to subject and also according to year of study in a typical Dars Nizami institution.

Collection 1

Collection 2

Collection 3

Collection 4

Collection 5

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