Name: Mohammad Mustafa Raza Khan
Titles: Huzoor Mufti-
Silsila: Qadria, Razvi
Predecessor: Sayyiduna Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu)
Successor: Huzoor Taajush Shariah Hazrat Allama Mufti
Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Qadri Azhari Qibla
Date of Birth: 22nd of Zil Hijjah 1310 AH (18 July 1892)
Date of Wisaal:14th of Muharram 1402 AH (1981)
Date of Urs: 14th Muharram
Resting at: Breilly Shareef, India
Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-
Zil Hijjah 1310 AH (18 July 1892) in the most beautiful city of Bareilly Shareef, India. It
was in this very city that his illustrious father, the Mujaddid (Reviver) of Islam, Imam-
anhu) was born (1856 -
great spiritual centres of the Sunni World.
On that very night, Sayyidina AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) dreamt that he had been
blessed with a son and in his dream he named his son "Aale Rahmaan". Hazrat
Makhdoom Shah Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu), one of the great
personalities of Marehrah Shareef, named the child "Abul Barkaat Muhiy'yuddeen
His Aqiqa was done on the name of "Muhammad", which was the tradition of the family.
Glad Tidings of Peer-
Upon the birth of Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-
Shah Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu) told Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu
"Maulana, When I come to Bareilly Shareef, then I will definitely see this child. He is a
very blessed child."
As promised, when Sayyiduna Abul Hussain Ahmadi Noori (radi Allahu anhu) went to
Bareilly Shareef, he immediately summoned to see Mufti-
anhu) who was only six (6) months old. Sayyiduna Noori Mia (radi Allahu anhu), as he
was also famously known, congratulated Aala Hazrat (radi Allahu anhu) and said,
"This child will be of great assistance to the Deen and through him the servants of
Almighty Allah will gain great benefit. This child is a Wali. From his blessed sight
thousands of stray Muslims will become firm on the Deen. He is a sea of blessings."
On saying this, Sayyiduna Noori Mia (radi Allahu anhu) placed his blessed finger into the
mouth of Mufti-
in the Qaderi Silsila (Order), but also in the Chishti, Nakshbandi, Suharwardi, and
Madaari Orders. He also received Khilafat from his blessed father, Aala Hazrat, Ash
Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Al Qaderi (radi Allahu anhu).
Well built, handsome, round face, very radiant. It seemed like drops of Noor were raining
on it. Big beautiful eyes, glittering and alert, broad eyebrows, thin eyelashes, Bright tan
fingers, well groomed beard, white and soft like silk, moustache, not very big and not too
thin. He had a firm nose, broad forehead, small beautiful teeth like pearls. He had a firm
neck, back slightly bent, broad wrists, full palms, firm and beautiful feet.
Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-
education from his illustrious family -
Ahmed Raza Khan Al Qaderi (radi Allahu anhu) the Mujaddid of Islam, whose status and
position even at that time cannot be explained in these few lines. He also studied Kitaabs
under the guidance of Hazrat Maulana Haamid Raza Khan (his elder brother), Maulana
Shah Rahm Ilahi Maglori and Maulana Sayyid Basheer Ahmad Aligarhi and Maulana
Zahurul Hussain Rampuri (radi Allahu anhum).
He studied various branches of knowledge under the guidance of his most learned and
blessed father, AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu).
He attained proficiency in the many branches of Islamic knowledge from among which
are: Tafseer; Hadith; Fiqh; Laws of Jurisprudence; Sarf; Nahw; Tajweed; Conduct of
Language; Philosophy; Logistics; Mathematics; History etc.; Arithmetic; Aqaid (Belief);
Taasawwaf; Poetry; Debating; Sciences; etc.
His First Fatawa:
Islamic Scholar manifested itself when he was a still a youth, but overflowing with
knowledge and wisdom. He wrote his first historical Fatawa (Islamic Ruling) when he
was only 13 years old. It dealt with the topic of "Raza'at" -
breast fed by the same woman. The following has been recorded with regards to this
Hazrat Maulana Zafrud'deen and Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Abdur Rasheed (radi Allahu
anhum) were at the Darul Ifta (Fatawa Department) at this stage. One day, Mufti-
Maulana Zafrud'deen (radi Allahu anhu) was writing a certain Fatawa. He was taking
"Fatawa Razvia" from the shelf as his reference. On seeing this, Mufti-
Fatawa Razvia to write an answer?" Maulana Zafrud'deen (radi Allahu anhu) replied,
"Alright then, why don't you write the answer without looking." Mufti-
(radi Allahu anhu) then wrote a powerful answer without any problem.
This was the Fatawa concerning "Raza'at" -
The answer was then sent to his father, Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) for
correction and verification. On seeing the authenticity of the Fatawa, Sayyiduna
AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) became delighted and immediately certified the Fatawa.
Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) then signed the Fatawa. He also commanded
Hafiz Yaqeenudeen (radi Allahu anhu) to make a stamp for Mufti-
Allahu anhu) as a gift and said that it should read as follows: "Abul Barkaat
Muhiy'yuddeen Jilani Aale Rahmaan urf Mustafa Raza Khan."
This incident took place in 1328 AH. After this incident Mufti-
Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) spent another 12 years writing Fatawas at the feet
of AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu). He was given this immense responsibility of issuing
Fatawas even while AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu) was in this physical world. He
continued this trend until his last breath. The stamp which was given to him was mislaid
during his second Hajj when his bags were lost.
Character and Habits:
Wealth, presidency, worldly satisfaction and materialistic happiness can be given to a
person by anyone, but not every person has the spiritual insight to give tranquility to a
disturbed heart or put a smile on the face of a depressed person, but Tajedaare Ahle
Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) gave both the treasures of the physical world and the spiritual
worlds to those in need. To be his servant was not less than kingship.
Every day hundreds and thousands of people in need of spiritual, physical and academic
needs would come to him and each one of them returned with complete satisfaction.
such an illustrious family whose radiance reflected itself in his character and manners
that he displayed -
character was the true embodiment of the Sunnah of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho
heights of good character, moral standards, kindness, sincerity, love and humbleness. He
never refused the invitation of any poor Muslim.
He always stayed away from those who were very wealthy and lavish. He was the
possessor of great moral and ethical values. It is stated that once Akbar Ali Khan, a Governor of U.P., came to visit Mufti-
City) to visit a poor Sunni Muslim who was very ill and at the doorstep of death.
On another ocassion, Fakhruddeen Ali Ahmad, the President of a Political Party, came to
other proud ministers had also come to meet Mufti-
but met with the same fate. This was due to his extreme dislike for politics and
involvement in worldly affairs. Mufti-
in entertaining those who came to visit him.
When he was physically fit he would go into the Visitors Section and ask each person
whether they had eaten or not. He used to ask them if they partook in tea or not. He used
to continuously enquire as to whether they were experiencing any difficulties or not.
It was often seen that he would personally carry the dishes into the house for the visitors!
He was definitely blessed with the characters of the "Salf us Saaliheen" or The Pious
Servants of Allah.
hospitality and humbleness. If he reprimanded a certain person for doing something unIslamic or if he became displeased with anyone for some reason or the other, he used to
also explain to the person in a very nice way and also try to cheer that person. He would
then make Dua in abundance for such a person.
His Mureeds (Disciples), on many ocassions, used to recite Manqabats (Poetry) in his
praise. On hearing such Manqabats he would say, "I am not worthy of such praise. May
Allah make me worthy."
Many people came to him for his blessings. Others would come for Ta'weez. He never
refused anyone. It is also not known how many homes were being supported through the
kindness and hospitality of Mufti-
He always entertained those who came from far and near to the best of his means. He
used to even give most of his visitors train and bus fares to travel. In winter, he would
give warm clothes, warm sheets and blankets to the poor and the needy. Mufti-
and hats to many people.
Once, during winter, a few of the Khaadims were present with Mufti-
(radi Allahu anhu). He was lying on his bed and covered with a shawl. A certain Maulana
Abu Sufyaan touched Mufti-
as to how beautiful it was. Mufti-
it to him. Although the Maulana refused to accept it Mufti-
anhu) insisted that he have it. All of his Mehfils were full of knowledge and Barkah.
Many questions on Tassawuf were easily answered by him. It seemed as if the rains of
mercy and rays of Noor were spread all over his Mehfils.
A Few of His Unique Habits:
see a Muslim's inner and outer personality. He always advised them to mould their lives
according to the principles and the commands of Islam. He always showed discomfort to
those who did not have beards, those who wore hats and to those who wore ultra-
clothes. He used to warn such Muslims. Mufti-
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) used to show his displeasure towards those who wore ties.
He would tug at their ties and commanded them to abstain from wearing a tie. He also
asked them to make Tauba from such acts. Mufti-
Khan (radi Allahu anhu) always commanded Muslims to give or take anything with their
He stopped the Muslims from calling the governments as their "Sarkaar" or leaders. He
never kept any ordinary Kitaab on the books of Tafseer or Hadith. Whenever he sat in a
utmost respect until the very end. Mufti-
(radi Allahu anhu) never spat towards the Qibla.
He never stretched his legs in the direction of the Qibla. Whenever he entered the
cemetery, he never used his entire feet to walk on the ground. He always walked on his
toes. At times, he would stand on his toes for about half an hour in the graveyard making
He always stopped Muslims from doing any fortune telling. If any death or loss took
place in the house of a Muslim, Mufti-
(radi Allahu anhu) would go to comfort the people of that house but he would never eat
there. He always advised those in sorrow to make Sabr and remember Almighty Allah.
He always respected Ulama-
slave will respect his King. He prohibited Muslims from keeping un-
preferred such names as Abdullah, Abdur Rahmaan, Muhammad and Ahmad.
His Boldness and Fearlessness:
The sign of a true Mo'min is that he never submits himself before an enemy. In the worst
of circumstances a Mo'min announces that which is the truth. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
(Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) said, "To speak the truth before a tyrant King is a great jihad".
So imagine the excellence of a person who always spoke the truth at all times, a person
who always raised the flag of truth and honesty, and a person who never left the path of
truth in his entire life! Mufti-
anhu) was one such person. He is one of the greatest leaders of the Sunnis. His boldness
and fearlessness is difficult to explain.
His entire life was spent speaking against Deobandis, Wahabis and all the other
misleading sects, whether it was against the West, Qadianism, or Najdism he always
challenged them right till the very end. He always propagated the true Deen and the Path
of the Ahle Sunnah Wa Jamaah.
With his Fatawas, he helped protect the Imaan of not only the Muslims in India and
Pakistan, but of Muslims throughout the world. He attacked the enemies of Islam through
his writings, sayings, actions, etc. He did everything in his capacity to challenge the
enemies of Islam. No person in his presence could say or do anything against Shariah. No
person could speak against that which was the truth.
It is stated by one of Mufti-
accompanied him on a journey by train, that there were some people in the train who
were consuming alcohol. When Mufti-
reprimanded them and told them to desist from such a Haraam act. They did not listen to
his advise so he scolded the leader of the group who was a young and well-
He gave the young person a hard slap which caused the bottle of alcohol to fall far from
his hand. The Khaadim expected the person to retaliate but, who had the nerve to retaliate
against this Lion of Islam! They became afriad and sat down quietly. Later some of them
came up to Mufti-
Ibaadat and Riyaazat:
performed his Salaah in Jamaah whether he was on journey or not.
The moment he put his foot out of his house to go towards the Masjid, he used to be
surrounded by his Mureeds (disciples) and well-
Masjid door which was just a few feet away from his house. While some would be
kissing his blessed hands, others tried to talk with him. He would reply to all those who
made Salaam to him. On entering the Masjid, he would immediately recite the dua
remove his Amaama and then sit down to perform Wudhu. He would wash all the parts
thoroughly so that the Sunnahs were accomplished. He would perform his Salaah with
great sincerity and used to be lost in the worship of his Creator. The person who looked at him from a distance would have instantly understood that Mufti-
Allahu anhu) had left all the worldly desires and was intent upon pleasing his Creator.
Love for the Holy Prophet
(Sall Allaho Alaihi Wasallam):
the love for the Holy Prophet, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
Everything he did was for the pleasure of Almighty Allah and Sayyiduna Rasoolullah
(Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam). All that he had gained was due to the intense love which he
possessed for the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam). His
great and intense love for the Holy Prophet (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam) can be
understood by the fact that during the latter stages of his life, even though he was very ill,
he would sit for hours with great respect in the Naath Mehfils and would shed tears in his
love for Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sall Allaho alaihi wasallam).
He used to celebrate the Meelad-
great splendour. The programme used to begin on the eve of the 12th of Rabi-
and used to continue till the next day just before lunch. The invitation was open to all
Muslims and they all used to be fed.
Love for Sayyiduna Ghausul Azam
(Radi Allahu Anhu):
profound love for Sayyiduna Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu). He wrote many poems in which he praised Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi
Allahu anhu) with great respect. His love for Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu) can be understood from the following incident:
"Once, a very young descendant of Sayyiduna Sheikh Abdul Qaadir Jilani (radi Allahu
anhu) Hazrat Peer Taahir Ala'uddeen (radi Allahu anhu), visited Bareilly Shareef. The
respect and honour that Mufti-
was out of this world. Mufti-
behind him with great respect."
The great Ulama of the time have stated that Mufti-
was lost to such an extent in the love for Sayyiduna Ghousul Azam, Sheikh Abdul Qaadir
Jilani (radi Allahu anhu) that even physically he began to resemble Sheikh Abdul Qaadir
Jilani (radi Allahu anhu).
Respect for Sayyids And Ulama:
Ghausul Waqt, Mufti-
the Ulama and for Sayyids (Descendants of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). The respect which he showed towards them is beyond explanation. One day,
in 1979, a lady came with her little child to ask for Ta'weez.
It was a very hot day and she was informed that Mufti-
was resting. The lady, however, was in great need for the particular Ta'weez. She asked
someone to see if Mufti-
the nerve of going near him while he was resting as they considered this to be
disrespectful. Taking her child she commented, "What did we know that the words of
Sayyids will not be heard in this place".
It is not known how Mufti-
immediately summoned one of the Mureeds. He instructed him to call the lady and not
give her grief.
The woman then sent her child to Mufti-
child's name and showed great love and respect towards this young child. With great
affection, he placed his hand on the child's head. He even asked someone to bring an
apple for the child. From behind the curtain, he spoke to the lady concerning her problem
and immediately wrote a Ta'weez for her.
that the mother and child should only be allowed to leave after the heat became less
intense; that they should be well entertained and that no shortage should be spared in
entertaining these Sayyids. When Allamah Sadru Shariah Maulana Amjad Ali Al Qadri
(radi Allahu anhu), the author of the famous "Bahare Shariah" used to come to Bareilly
Shareef for the Urs Shareef of Sayyiduna AalaHazrat (radi Allahu anhu), Mufti-
great respect towards this Scholar of Islam. He also showed great respect towards Sayyidi
showed respect towards his own Mureeds and Khalifas who were Alims.
His Blessed Marriage:
uncle, Hazrat Muhammad Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu). He had 6 daughters and one
son, Hazrat Anwaar Raza (radi Allahu anhu), who passed away during childhood.
His Journey to Haramain Sharifain:
Tajedaare Ahle Sunnah, Taaje Wilayat Wa Karaamat, Mufti-
Mustafa Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) went twice for Hajj -
performed his third Hajj in 1971. Mufti-
(radi Allahu anhu) was the first person to go for Hajj without a photograph in his
He refused to take a photograph. Mufti-
During his trip to Makkatul Mukarramah, Mufti-