My Teacher – My Friend (3)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Monday 24th January 2022 / 22 Jumādā al-Thānī 1443H.

Let’s move on to part 3 of ‘My Teacher – My Friend’ today.

As I had already memorised 10 Juz of The Qur’ān at the Madrasah Islāmiyyah on Daisy Street and then Masjid-e-Anīsul Islām on Troy Street, with the Grace and Blessings of The Almighty, I completed my Ḥifẓ within 2 years and decided to leave Dārul Uloom.

I had come to Dārul Uloom to become a Ḥāfiẓ and in April 1984, this dream became a reality, اَلْحَمْدُلِلّه. The next 12 months of my life were neither here nor there. I joined our local Masjid Jamā’ah group and was a regular for 3 days each month.

A few ‘Ulamā encouraged me to go back to Dārul Uloom and do the ‘Ālim course. This seemed like a mountainous task, especially as I had left the Institute.

One such inspiration for me was Marḥūm Mawlānā Ismā’īl Manubari Ṣāḥib, نور الله مرقده, (Muftī ‘Abdus Ṣamad’s father). He was insistent that I go back. So after a 15 month break, call it a gap year, I was back in my beloved Dārul Uloom and in familiar surroundings again.

The next 6 years became my life changer. I observed Muftī Ṣāḥib very closely. If there was one teacher that hardly missed a day at Dārul Uloom, then it had to be Muftī Ṣāḥib. The zeal and passion of knowledge and teaching of Muftī Ṣāḥib is praiseworthy.

At the annual Bukhārī Sharīf Jalsahs, Marḥūm Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Islāmul Ḥaq Ṣāḥib, نور الله مرقده, would give the final Bukhārī lesson. When our Ḥaḍrat decided to have a second lesson on jalsah day, it was none other than Muftī Ṣāḥib who he chose to deliver the final lesson of Muslim Sharīf.

What an amazing privilege. On that day, Muftī Ṣāḥib’s knowledge shone brightly in the brand new Dārul Uloom Masjid. As I was progressing in the 6 year ‘Ālim course, the time when I would be sitting in front of Muftī Ṣāḥib as his student was getting closer. I was about to witness first hand the remarkable knowledge and teaching skills Muftī Ṣāḥib possessed.

Make sure you don’t miss the next 4 parts of this very special 7 part series on Muftī Ṣāḥib.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
Request for Du’ās
وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala
Graduate of Dārul Uloom Bury (1991)

Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 ; Part 4 ; Part 5 ; Part 6 ; Part 7