The Merit of Knowledge & Scholars : New,
Fadl al-Ilm wa al-Ulama,
*[A5] Paperback – 124 pages,
by Shaykh Naqi Ali Khan [d.1297h],
Translated by Sayyid Muhammad Zarqani,
Published by Sadr al-Ulama Publications.
Fadl al-Ilm wa al-Ulama ; This translation of ‘The Merit of Knowledge & Scholars’ by Shaykh Muhammad Naqi Ali Khan al-Qadiri, may Allah have mercy upon him, expands upon the methodology of the scholars – discussing the virtues of seeking sacred knowledge and the merits that ensue.
*** “Between the Prophets and the one whom death approaches – whilst seeking knowledge in order to revive Islam – is one level in Paradise.”
*** “Verily, the ‘Ulamā are the inheritors of the Prophets who leave only their knowledge behind as their legacy; not dirham, nor dinar.”
This book is a must have for all students of knowledge who wish to combine sincere intentions with the best of etiquette; with both their teachers and their study of the deen.
About the Author : Allama Shaykh Naqi Ali Khan, al-Qadiri alayhir ar-Rahman, was a renowned mudarris (teacher) and a prolific writer. Most of his time was engaged in teaching & instilling the excellence of knowledge in the hearts of the community. His deep insight in complicated matters dazzled the contemporary ulama (scholars) of his time so much so that they conferred the title of Ra’eesul-Muhaqqiqeen (The Master of the Research Scholars) on him. Indeed, this title befitted him.
He is known to have written over 50 books on various subjects, amongst them, “Suroor al-Qulub fi Zikri Mawlud al-Mahbub” and “Al-Kalaam al-Awdah fi Tafsir Sura Alam-Nash’rah”, received high distinctive and status amongst Islamic literature. Spiritually he was a senior disciple and Khalifa of the Grand Master Ghawth al-Waqt, Khatim al-Akaabir, Sayyid Ale’Rasul Ahmadi, al-Husaini al-Barkaati, alayhi ar-Rahman, and also received the Ijaza of Hadith Shareef from his shaykh. The shaykh was a student of the celebrated Muhaddith, Allama Shah Abd ‘al-Aziz Muhaddith al-Dehlawi, alayhi ar-Rahman w’al-Ridwan. Shaykh Naqi Ali also received Ijaza of Hadith in Makkah Mukarrama from the illustrious Ustadh al-Ulama, al-Shaykh al-Haram, Shaykh Sayyid Ahmad Zayni Dahlaan al-Makki, alayhi ar-Rahman.
It was in the 19th Century (13th Hijri) that Allama Naqi Ali, alayhi ar-Rahman, laid the foundation of a Darul-Ifta in Bareilly Shareef. This Darul-Ifta later became the nucleus and fountainhead of fiqah in the whole world. Shaykh Naqi Ali Khan, alayhi ar-Rahman, was a distinguished and great jurist of his time. He passed away in Bareilly shareef in 1297AH. He had personally groomed his noble son, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, and perfected him as a ‘Master Jurist’ at the tender age of 13 years. And the rest is history.