Sunday, January 6, 2013

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam History

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam Letterhead
A Brief History of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam

By Maulana Qari Ghulam Rabbani Qasmi
Co-founder of Sabeelus Saläm, and Imäm of Masjid 'Ämirah, Hyderabad


            Atheism, faithlessness and annoyance with religion pose a serious threat to our present ethical values and spiritual standards. Moreover, our country is a non-Islamic, secular republic because of which Islam's influence over the educational system has constantly been dwindling. Consequently, the preservation of our creed, especially for the coming generations, has become a major issue of concern for the entire community: for on it rests the survival of our religious identity, cultural integrity, national existence and, above all our association with Islam.

            The underlying objective behind the setting up of madrasas is much more than mere preservation of Indian Muslims' bond with Islam. In fact, the aim is to make this bond firm and fervent, so that they may live in India with their Islamic individuality intact and be able to preserve their distinctions even when they shift to some other country. Each and every page of the sub-continent's history over the past century affirms the grand services of madrasas in safeguarding the Muslim community's bond with their sublime faith. The madrasas stood in the way of frequent onslaughts by anti-Islaamic forces and held out against countless movements and campaigns carried out against Islaam. Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad occupies an important place among such madrasas. It was founded by Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi nearly 32 years ago (in 1393AH[1]). At that time, he was serving as the Imaam (prayer-leader) and Khateeb (Juma sermonizer) of Masjid `Aamirah, Abids while this writer had the same responsibilities at Masjid Hyderguda.

First epoch of the madrasa

The first meeting of the madrasa

The holy month of Ramazaan was over and Shawwaal 1393 AH[2] had set in. Haafiz Abdur Rasheed Furqaani[3] and this writer were present at Maulaanaa Rizwan's quarters in Masjid `Aamirah at Abids. Placing trust in Allaah, the trio unanimously decided to set up a madrasa caring little about the unavailability of financial resources. The idea had originated in Maulaanaa Rizwan's mind and was endorsed by the two of us. Subsequently, through Late Qaari Zaheeruddin Sharfi, Khateeb at Masjid `Aaliya, Gun Foundry (near Abids), Maulaanaa Rizwan got in touch with Late Maulaanaa Abdul Khaaliq Afghaani (Secretary, Masjid Miaan Mishk) who permitted the madrasa to be run at his mosque. Thus, by Allaah's Grace, the madrasa started functioning from 18 Shawwal 1393[4]. In its first year itself, the madrasa had three different academic sections: Naazirah (Quraan recitation), Hifz (Quraan Memorization) and `Aalimiyat (Arabic classes). Both boarders and day scholars were enrolled in the madrasa.

Names of some of the boarding students of the Hifz and `Aalimiyat sections

(1)      Maulaanaa Shoaib Aslam Nadvi Azhari (presently serving at Jamia Azhar, Egypt), son of Maulavi Bahaauddin Sb (formerly staff at Indian Railways)
(2)      Maulaanaa Haashim Ghauri Qaasmi (presently living at Abu Dhabi, UAE)
(3)      Maulaanaa Muhammad Hassaan Qaasmi, younger brother of Hazrat Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi
(4)      Maulaanaa Muhammad Taahir Qasmi Shaadnagari, Rector, Madrasa Daarul Uloom Sabeelul Huda, Shadnagar, Mahbubnagar district
(5)      Maulaanaa Abdul Jabbaar Qaasmi, Rector, Daarul Uloom Rasheedia, Gadwal, Mahbubnagar district
(6)      Maulaanaa La`eeq Ahmad Qaasmi, Imaam and Khateeb, Jaami` Masjid, Shukr Nagar Boodhan, Nizamabad district
(7)      Maulavi Haafiz Muhammad Mustafaa
(8)      Haafiz Abdul Waahid
(9)      Haafiz Abdur Rasheed
(10)  Maulaanaa Muhammad Usmaan, Kodar
and others.

The first teachers

            The teaching staff consisted of Ml Md Rizwan Al Qasmi and this writer (Arabic section) and Haafiz Abdur Rasheed Sb (Hifz and Naazirah sections). The latter also served with efficiency as the Supervisor of the Hostel Mess and as Hostel Superintendent for two years. Then, on account of the madrasa's financial needs, Ml Rizwan relieved him of the madrasa's internal responsibilities and entrusted him with external duties. That is, he was designated as the fund-collection envoy of the madrasa with the responsibility of collecting funds for the madrasa. Haafiz Abdur Rasheed readily accepted the new assignment. Bringing into use his multifarious (diverse) skills, he considerably improved the financial state of the madrasa. His extraordinary accomplishments in this field have deservedly been acknowledged by the madrasa management on several occasions. The madrasa is fortunate to avail his good services till day and – God willing – the same may continue till he lives[5].

At the time of the madrasa's establishment, it did not have any source of fund at its disposal. Ml Rizwan and this writer used to teach for free. The requirements related to boarding were taken care of by Maulaanaa Abdul Khaaliq Afghaani while that of salary was dealt with by teaching without payment and the needs of the Hostel Mess were met with by contributions from some pious benefactors.

The second meeting of the madrasa

            The madrasa had begun to function but without a name. So Maulaanaa Rizwan convened a meeting of the faculty at his Masjid `Aamirah residence in the early days of Zul Hijjah 1393 AH[6]. The other two participants, this writer and Haafiz Abdur Rasheed had arrived by ten in the morning. The meeting began in right earnest and continued till a while before Zuhr (afternoon prayer). The participants discussed various names for the madrasa. They were looking for a name that denoted some message and was novel, too. After nearly three hours of brain-storming, they had their eureka when this writer read out the Qur’aanic verses:
Indeed there has come to you from Allaah a light (Prophet Muhammad صلَّى الله عليه و سلَّم) and a plain book (this Quraan). Through it, Allaah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace. (Quraan 5:15-16)
سُبُل (subul) meaning 'ways' was converted to the singular form سَبِيْل (sabeel) and دَارُالْعُلُوْم (Darul Uloom) was added in the beginning of the name. Thus the madrasa had its full name as دَارُالْعُلُوْم سَبِيْلُ السَّلام (Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam). The verse also contains a subtle hint towards the founder's name (Rizwan).

Special meeting for hide-collection during `Idul Azhaa

            When `Idul Azhaa, the festival of animal sacrifices, drew near, a special meeting was called at Masjid Miaan Mishk to chalk out a strategy for collecting animal hides and other forms of contributions from the philanthropists of Hyderabad city. Some distinguished persons of the city were also invited to the meeting. Their names are as follows:
1.      Late Qaari Zaheeruddin Sharafi, Imaam and Khateeb, Masjid `Aaliya, Gun Foundry
2.      Late Maulaanaa Abdul Khaaliq Afghaani, Masjid Miaan Mishk, Puraanaa Pul
3.      Maulaanaa Shaah Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahmaan Al Hamavi Qadri, Imaam, Masjid Muazzampura, Mallepally
4.      Maulaanaa Abdul Mannaan Sabeeli Siddiqi, Golconda
5.      Late Haafiz Muhammad Ya`qoob, Muazzin, Masjid `Aamirah, Abids
6.      Late Janaab Muhammad Alee alias Jaani Bhai
7.      Late Khaaja Naseeruddin Engineer
8.      Late Imtiaaz Alee Husaini
9.      Late Haamid Alee Hasan Siddiqi
10.  Abdur Raheem Siddiqi Sb
11.  Abdul Ghaffaar Sb
12.  Late Masood Ismaail
These gentlemen offered all possible support and contribution to the madrasa on that occasion.


In the very first year of the madrasa's foundation, Ml Rizwan underlining the significance of the Islamic Hijri calendar edited and published the Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam (DUSS) calendar which turned out to be very popular among the denizens of Hyderabad. It played a great role in introducing the madrasa to the masses. By Allaah's Grace, the publication of the calendar has continued till date.

Managing committee constituted

Immediately after `Idul Azhaa, 1393 AH[7], Ml Rizwan felt the need for forming a managing committee to make the functioning of the madrasa smooth and to put it on the road to progress. Therefore, he formed a committee with the following members:
1.      Late Muhammad Alee alias Jaani Bhaai (President)
2.      Late Khaaja Naseeruddin Engineer (Secretary)
3.      Janaab Abdur Raheem Siddeeqee Sb (Treasurer)
4.      Janaab Haamid Alee Hasan (Member)
5.      Late Imtiaaz Alee Husaini (Member)
Maulaanaa Md Rizwanul Qasmi was appointed the Rector (Naazim) of the Jamia and he served in the same position till his death.

Expansion of the managing committee

            Due to some unfavourable circumstances, the madrasa had to be shifted to Laal Tekri and later, to Late Khaaja Naseeruddin's plot at Mehdipatnam as an interim arrangement. A storm blew away the madrasa's thatch (roof) and so, it had to move to Qaari Abdul Aleem Saahib's residence at Hill Colony, Mehdipatnam temporarily. After nearly four months, the madrasa was back at its earlier Mehdipatnam location as the madrasa building had been repaired in this period.

            The first academic year of the madrasa was over and the second year had commenced. At that time, the managing committee was expanded to include Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan (Partner, Beverage Hotel, Abids) and Qaari Abdul Aleem Sb as members. This took place soon after the end of the holy month of Ramazaan 1394 AH[8]. The madrasa completed 8-9 years of its existence at this site, scaling the steps of progress and advancement. It had built up a good reputation for itself owing to its academic excellence. As a result, the strength of students enrolled in it went on increasing steadily. In fact, the small plot of land that housed the madrasa appeared to be insufficient from day one itself.

Acquisition of land for the madrasa

            It was around 1980-81[9]. Eight years had passed but the madrasa had neither a separate land nor an exclusive campus. However, efforts were on to acquire land for the madrasa. Several land plots in different localities and vicinities of the city were spotted but none was found suitable. Finally, the wide stretch of land near Salaala, Baarkas was approved of and the committee put in its well-intentioned efforts to obtain the said land for the madrasa. It was not some small plot, in fact, it covered an extensive area of over 72 acres (approximately 350 thousand square yards) and the coffer of the madrasa was not in a position to bear such a huge budget or even pay the stipulated advance. However, the noble members of the committee, particularly Mr Ziyaaur Rahmaan offered their personal money as loan to pay the advance and made a seemingly impossible task achievable. The land was then divided into two big plots: the larger one was allotted to the madrasa while the smaller one was further sub-divided into smaller plots and offered for sale. The amount of money obtained through this sale was used to pay back the committee members including Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan who had paid some advance to the landowner, Mr Reddy. The payment of the entire land-price was not made to Mr Reddy at once. In fact, the remaining installments continued to be paid even after the death of Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan (1992[10]) and were completed at the hands of Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullaahi ``Alaih).

Transfer of madrasa to the new location

After ten years, by Allaah’s grace and bounty, and then, by the tireless efforts and sincere intentions of the madrasa committee and the blessings of the silent but determined leadership of Maulaanaa Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullaahi ``Alaih), that auspicious hour finally dawned when on Friday, 15 October 1982 (= 27 Zul Hijja 1402), the world-renowned intellectual and scholar Hazrat Maulaanaa Abul Hasan Alee Hasani Nadvi (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih), popularly known as Alee Mian, laid the foundation-stone for the Jamia on its exclusive land. The madrasa had now transferred from Mehdipatnam to its new, large and extensive premises. What a blessed and auspicious day it was when a long-cherished dream for the Jamia was fulfilled! However much the Ever-bountiful Allaah is thanked for this, it won’t suffice! O Allaah! We acknowledge Your boundless bounty and kindness.

The madrasa on its site

            When the madrasa shifted from its Mehdipatnam building to its new location near Salaala, Baarkas, there was a large water tank (bowli), a six-room two-storey house close to the well, hills, extensive fallow land, and nothing else. The committee’s endeavors resulted in the construction of Masjid Arqam and a large, oblong tin-roofed building comprising two halls which served as classrooms and dormitory (residence) for the students for some time. At present, one of the twin halls is used as dining hall while the other is used for both dining and lodging of small children (of primary section). A mess building was built adjacent to the well which is functioning till date. At a little distance due west of Masjid Arqam, a small construction for bathrooms, toilets and urinals was made which is also in use till now. In addition, some family-quarters were constructed at some distance south of Masjid Arqam where some teachers live with their families. All these construction works were carried out in a short span of three years under the supervision and sponsorship of the madrasa managing committee. Thus, the 13-year period of 1973-85[11] may be called the first epoch of the madrasa history. The journey of the madrasa towards progress and development happened under the direct supervision of the madrasa managing committee.
Thus ends first epoch of the madrasa.

Second epoch of the madrasa

            After the resignation by late Muhammad Alee alias Jaani Bhaai in 1984[12], Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan was appointed the president of the madrasa managing committee. In the latter half of 1985[13], the committee members vested all their rights and responsibilities with Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan (president, managing committee) and Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi (rector and director of the Jamia) collectively, relieving themselves of all madrasa-related responsibilities. Now, the second epoch of the madrasa starts at the end of 1985. All the developmental and construction works after this date are the results of collective struggles of these two noblemen.

1. First classroom building

The first building constructed after 1985 was the 8-room classroom block beside the well and west of it. Till this date, it serves as classroom block (now only for primary section students).

2. New classroom building

            Somewhat close to the centre of the madrasa land, to the east, there is a two-storey RCC building consisting of 30 big and small rooms in which classes are held from `Aalimiyat first year to `Aalimiyat final year and also for specialization courses thereafter. As there is no separate dormitory building, the students of the Arabic section also reside in the same building, i.e. it serves both as classroom block and hostel-building. This building is one of the elegant constructions of the Jamia, a memorial of the second epoch.

3. Muhsin Library

            The third splendid structure of the madrasa is the Muhsin Library which at present comprises two storeys, but there is scope for four storeys. It faces the Arabic classroom building towards its east and is worth visiting. This is also a memorable construction of that period.

Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan passes away

            On 20 October 1992[14] at the time of Fajr, Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan suffered a heart-stroke and left for his eternal abode.
Truly, to Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.

May Allaah envelop him in His mercy! Honesty and sincerity were his distinctive traits. In the seven-year long second epoch of the madrasa (1985 to 20 October 1992[15]) which is also the period of collective leadership of the managing committee president and the rector and director, the madrasa witnessed the construction of a small classroom building, a large classroom block and a splendid library. That was the progress in that epoch.

Academic Progress

            The academic progress of this epoch is as follows:
            Up to 1985, education was imparted up to ‘Aalimiyat sixth year (VI/VIII) only but in the second epoch, classes for seventh year (VII/VIII) and final year (VIII/VIII, also called Daura-e-Hadith) of `Aalimiyat section were started. This was followed by the commencement of several specialization courses. Thus this epoch saw progress of the Jamia in academic as well as infrastructural aspects. And that marks the end of the second epoch!

Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan (1929-1992)

Born on 01 October 1929[16] (~26/4/1348 AH) at Jagtial, Kareemnagar district, Andhra Pradesh, Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan had later migrated to Hyderabad. He resided at Hyderguda and ran a restaurant Beverage Hotel at Abids in partnership with Mr Abdul Ghaffaar. In 1972[17], when this writer was the imaam and khateeb of Hyderguda, Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan was the secretary (or president) of the Masjid Hyderguda managing committee. Later, he was appointed the secretary of Masjid `Aamirah managing committee, Abids. Till a few months before his death, he served as secretary of Masjid `Aamirah committee. Mr Ziyaaur Rahmaan was also an enthusiastic worker of the Tableeghi jamaa’at, a true, devoted Muslim and highly pious, sincere and buzurg-like (saintly) human. May Allaah forgive him and bestow him a place in the Jannatul Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)! May Allaah turn his services into an eternal charity (Sadaqa-e-Jaariya)! Amen! Amen once again!

Services of Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan

            From 1973 to 1983[18] for ten years, he served as a member of the madrasa managing committee; and from 1984 to 1992[19] for nine years, he served as president of the madrasa managing committee. Thus, the madrasa had his services for a total period of 19 years.

Third epoch of the madrasa

The third epoch of the madrasa begins after late Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan’s passing away in 1992[20]. In this epoch, all the administrative responsibilities of the madrasa practically fell upon the shoulders of Maulaanaa Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi. Maulaanaa Rizwan was an extremely courageous and resolute person. He not only kept the progress and development of the madrasa on track, but also accelerated the pace. The growth and advancement that took place in the madrasa in the third epoch are detailed below.

1. Fencing of the madrasa land

            Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi was aware of the fact that the 46-acre land-plot of the Jamia was unsafe from encroachment due to the absence of boundary-wall. The encroachers were casting their greedy eyes upon the vast, expansive and unprotected (fenceless) land of the madrasa. Now and then, they would create some tense situation and were constantly scheming and planning to capture the madrasa land. This danger did not escape Maulaanaa’s far-sighted vision. So after 1992, the first project he took up was the fencing of the Jamia’s vast plot. But constructing a boundary wall for the 46-acre plot was no mean task, given the scant resources of the madrasas, in general. Only a highly-spirited and dauntless man like Maulaanaa Rizwan could have done it and he did do it! Thus the unprotected 46-acre land of the Jamia became safe with the construction of the boundary-wall. This was Maulaanaa’s first and quite significant achievement after 1992. In this context, the uncle-nephew duo of  late Abdullah Baa Sulaimaan (Baarkas) and Qaadir Paashaa (Musheerabad) deserve special credit as they extended every possible help to Maulaanaa Rizwaan on this occasion. Because of the presence of these two gentlemen during the work of fencing, the uphill task became easier and achievable.

2. Construction of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattaab

After completing the fencing project, the construction work of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattaab was started which now stands almost completed. This is the impressive Jamia mosque, located behind Muhsin library, to its west. Nearly 2500 men can say their prayers at a time in this mosque. This is the second important feat of Maulaanaa Rizwan Al Qasmi. Below the northern portion of the mosque, there is a hall named Seminar Hall.
In this hall, Raabita Adab e Islaami (Islamic Literature League) conference was held a few years back. Moreover, there is a large hall below the masjid courtyard. In his lifetime itself, Maulaanaa Rizwan had proposed the hall’s name after Hazrat Maulaanaa Qaazi Mujaahidul Islam (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih) (1936-2002[21]) as Qaazi Mujaahid Hall. Last year, in June 2004[22], this hall was the venue for the 14th Fiqh seminar of the Islaamic Fiqh Academy. The hall needs plaster and finishing, and some minor works also need to be done.

3. Tahfeezul Quraan Building

            The Tahfeezul Quraan (Quraan Memorization) building is located to the south-west of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattaab. This is also one of the elegant buildings of the madrasa where lessons in Quraan memorization are imparted. It also serves as the dormitory for all Hifz section students. It is double-storeyed in its north and east (front part) and has an expansive hall in its west.

4. Administrative Block

            It is also located near Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattaab, to its South-east. It has two storeys and consists of a few rooms. All the organizational and developmental affairs of the madrasa are handled in this building.

5. Computer Building

It stands in front of the Tahfeezul Quraan building at some distance, to its east. Computer education is imparted in this building. It too is an impressive building, in sync with the modern computers it houses.

6. Tailoring Centre

It is situated near the main gate towards its west where desirous students are taught tailoring and embroidery.

7. Borewell, Water Tank and the Two Adjoining Rooms

            This building lies adjacent to the large madrasa well to its north-west. In the ground level, there is a motorized bore well whose water has been used for cooking and drinking purposes till date. Above it, there are two rooms, one of which was used as a dispensary for quite some time. On top of them, there is a large water tank.

8. As Salaam Hospital

The two-storey building is located close to the main gate, to its east. It is a grand hospital building meant for public welfare which is now nearing its completion. Its inauguration is yet to be done.

9. Dining hall

            It is situated near the madrasa mess, to its east where the teachers and specialization courses’ students are served meals.

10. Daarul Ikhtisaas (Specialization courses block)

            It lies to the east of the Administrative block, adjacent to it. As is obvious from its name, the building is meant for specialization courses’ students. It is unfinished but close to completion.
They are ten in all. (2:196)                                                                         تِلْكَ عَشَرَةٌ كَامِلَةٌ.
These are the ten buildings that come under Maulaanaa Rizwan’s exclusive achievements as all of them were constructed after late Mr Sayyid Ziyaaur Rahmaan passed away. In addition, there is a guest house under construction. The ceiling has been laid but other works remain to be done.

Academic Progress

            In fact, all the academic sections of Jamia Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam owe their existence to Maulaanaa Rizwan’s thoughts and vision. Nevertheless, his exclusive period of leadership saw the madrasa make remarkable academic advancements. More specialization courses were started. Tadreebul Aimmah (Imaamat training course) was begun and a special short-term ‘Aalimiyat course for English-educated students (10th or Intermediate passed) under the title “Jamaa’at e Khaas” was begun. The publication and dissemination section got quite active and a large number of books were published.

Maulaanaa Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih) (1944-2004)

            Born on 11 July 1944[23] at Bhagrathpur village, Rasoolpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihar, Maulaanaa received his early education at Jamia Rahmaania, Munger (Bihar); Madrasa Dhaakah, Champaran (Bihar); and Madrasa Husainiah, Ranchi (Jharkhand). After intermediate-level madrasa education, he came to Daarul Uloom, Deoband (Uttar Pradesh) and after completing Daura e Hadith (final year of ‘Aalimiyat) in 1967[24] there, he enrolled in Quraan specialization course. He completed the course in 1969[25] after submitting his dissertation.

Arrival at Hyderabad

            At that time, the post of Imaam and Khateeb of Masjid ‘Aamirah, Abids, Hyderabad had fallen vacant. Then the legendary author and orator Hazrat Maulaanaa Qaari Md Tayyib (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih), Chancellor, Daarul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.) visited Hyderabad. Masjid `Aamirah committee members, in particular, Mr Abdul Wahhaab (Secretary, Masjid `Aamirah committee, Abids) requested the honourable chancellor to provide an eligible candidate for the vacant post. The celebrated chancellor accepted the request and on returning to Deoband, selected Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi for the above mentioned post through Hazrat Maulaanaa Meraajul Haq Sb, Vice-chancellor, Daarul Uloom, Deoband and sent the young research scholar to Hyderabad. In this way, Maulaanaa Md Rizwan shifted to Hyderabad from Daarul Uloom Deoband. On Maulaanaa’s arrival here, the committee members gave him a warm welcome:
Ask the troubled heart, O Splendour of the party!
I haven’t come on my own, rather I have been invited.

Maulaanaa’s schedule at Masjid `Aamirah

            Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi used to reside on the fourth floor of Masjid `Aamirah. He would lead the five-time prayers in the mosque. After Zuhr prayer, he would give a brief lecture on the commentary of the holy Quraan, explaining a few verses every day to the people. A large number of prayer-sayers (namaazis) would be present to listen to Maulaanaa’s lecture and benefit from it. After Asr, Maulaanaa would teach Mishkaatul Masaabeeh, a collection of the holy Prophet’s hadeeths (traditions). Thus the prayer-sayers would avail of the blessings of hadeeths as well. On Fridays, he would spellbind the audience with his distinctive and charming oratorical style. To listen to Maulaanaa’s mind-opening and heart-touching speeches was the reason why people from far-off localities thronged the mosque on Fridays. Consequently, the masjid would suffer from lack of space.

The greatest feat of Maulaanaa’s life

            Out of the long list of Maulaanaa’s achievements, the greatest is undoubtedly the establishment of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam which he founded in 1973[26], three years after his arrival at Hyderabad. The late Al Haaj Haafiz Qaari Abdur Rasheed Sb Furqaani (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih) and this writer were Maulaanaa’s first colleagues and assistants. Later, Maulaanaa’s younger brothers Mr Md Salmaan Siddiqi and Haafiz Md Irfaan Siddiqi offered their sustained help and support which hopefully will continue, in shaa Allaah (by Allaah’s will). Maulaanaa Rizwan not only established this institution but also led it to the pinnacle of its advancement in his own lifetime. Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, in its present state, is a living testimony to this. To Allaah are due all praise and thanks!

Maulaanaa’s books and literary works

            On one hand, Maulaanaa was an exemplary orator, public speaker, sermonizer, thinker, strategist and administrator while on the other he was a peerless writer. His articles were regularly published in the widely-read and distinguished daily newspaper “Siasat”. Moreover, Maulaanaa would answer people’s queries on Islam in his weekly column “Aap ke sawaal” (your queries) which benefited the laity and the clergy both. In return, they would compliment Maulaanaa on his elegant literary style. Maulaanaa also penned a number of books, some of which are mentioned here:
Ø  Ai insaan! waqt ki qeemat pahchaan (O Man! know the value of time)
Ø  Baaten unkee yaad rahengee (His quotes will persist in memory)
Ø  Charaagh e raah (The lamp on the road)
Ø  Deeni madaaris aur asr e haazir (Islamic seminaries in the contemporary world)
Ø  Zakaat o sadaqa e fitr – ahkaam o masaail (Rules and regulations regarding annual obligatory charity and Idul Fitr charity)
Ø  Idul Azhaa – ahkaam o masaail (Rules and regulations regarding the Id of sacrifice)
Ø  Safar e aakhirat (The journey of the Hereafter)
Ø  Asraar e Hayaat (The secrets of life)
Ø  Mataa e Qalam (The wealth of pen)
Ø  Ganjhaa e geraan maayah (The valuable treasures)

My last meeting with him

            At 10 pm on Thursday, 9 September 2004[27], this writer was returning from Masjid `Aamirah (nearly 16 km from the madrasa) after leading the Isha prayer. (The writer was deputy to Maulaanaa Rizwaan, the Imaam of the masjid.) As soom as the writer neared the madrasa main gate, the gate opened out and Maulaanaa’s car moved past the gate. The car stopped at a little distance. This writer also stopped and greeted the Maulaanaa. Maulaanaa said that he was leaving for Delhi the next day, so he (this writer) should lead the Juma prayer at Masjid `Aamirah in his place the next day. After that the car departed and I entered the madrasa. Next morning, this writer came to Masjid `Aamirah, Abids to lead the Juma prayer where he got the distressing news that Maulaanaa had got seriously ill and his Delhi journey stood cancelled. Maulaanaa was admitted to a hospital. The next day, Saturday, 11 September 2004, at nearly 11 a.m., Maulaanaa suddenly went in coma and his condition got worrisome. Maulaanaa had already been suffering from hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments, now a fourth disease had been diagnosed – brain haemorrhage. Maulaanaa’s brain was operated upon in the state of coma itself, but this surgery too could help little in elongating Maulaanaa’s life. Days went on passing and
The disease went on worsening as treatment went on.            

            As time was passing, gloominess was spreading in the air. On Monday, 11 October 2004[28], after leading the Zuhr prayer, this writer was as usual sitting in Masjid `Aamirah library when some visitors came (to me) to enquire if I had any new information about Maulaanaa. I expressed my ignorance and then all of us left for Care Hospital, Muazzam Jaahee Market where Maulaanaa was undergoing treatment. It was 2:30 p.m. There we came to know that Maulaanaa had left this ephemeral world for his eternal abode.
Truly, to Allâh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.

            For the near and dear ones, and Maulaanaa’s sympathizers and friends, the news came as a shock and the message of gloom soon spread in the entire city and outside. Tajheez (preparing the remains for burial) and takfeen (covering the body in winding-sheet or kafan) were done and at 10:00 p.m. on the same night, Maulaanaa’s jinaazah namaaz (funeral prayer) was said at Masjid `Aamirah. In spite of the short time interval, innumerable people had gathered for the jinaazah namaaz. Many people who could not arrive at Masjid `Aamirah went to Madrasa Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam. For their convenience, funeral namaaz was said at the madrasa as well. Then Maulaanaa was buried in the madrasa itself. Thus Maulaanaa went for the long sleep – till the Day of Judgment – in the premises of the madrasa he had nurtured with blood and sweat. The madrasa will be, in shaa Allaah (God willing), a continuing charity (sadaqa e jaariya) for him! May Allaah grant him forgiveness and bestow him with a place in Firdaus, the highest level of Paradise! Amen! Amen once again!
            This was the star which first appeared in the north (of India) on 11 July 1944[29] and moved on in its orbit till it reached the south in 1969[30], after 25 years. And after shining and illuminating the south for 35 years, it set on 11 October 2004[31] in the Deccan peninsula to remain out of sight till the Last Day. Maulaanaa was 60 years old at the time.

A brief profile of Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi

Name:             Md Rizwan Al Qasmi
Son of:             Al Haaj Habeebul Hasan
Date of birth:   11 July 1944[32]
Place of birth: Bhagrathpur village, Rasoolpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihar state, India
Educational qualification: Faazil (Post graduation) and Mutakhassis (doctorate) from Daarul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.)
Services and contributions:
Ø  Imaam and khateeb, Masjid `Aamirah, Aabids, Hyderabad
Ø  Founder rector and director, Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad
Ø  Founder member and the member of Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board
Ø  Vice-president, Fiqh Academy, India
Ø  Member, Advisory Board, Nadwatul Ulamaa, Lucknow
Ø  Member, Board of Control and Administration, Imaarat e Sharia, Phulwaari Sharif, Patna, Bihar
Ø  Founder member, Al Ma’had Al A’ali Li Tadreebil Qazaa wal Iftaa (High Institute for Training in Islamic Jurisprudence and Law)
Ø  Vice-president, Alumni Association of Darul Uloom, Deoband
Ø  Founder member and the member of Working Committee, All India Milli Council
Ø  Founder member, Majlis e Ilmiya (Academic Assembly), Andhra Pradesh
Ø  Vice-president, Deeni Madaaris Board (Board of Islamic madrasas), Andhra Pradesh
Ø  Vice-president, United Muslim Forum, Andhra Pradesh

We pray to Allaah to bestow Maulaanaa with a seat in Jannuatul Firdaus and keep the garden of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam blooming and safe from disturbances and unrests till the Last Day! Amen!
For this dua’a from me, let there be Amen from the entire world!

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad –

A brief introduction (1426 AH = 2005 CE)

Year of foundation:     1973[33] (Shawwaal 1393)
Founder:                     Maulaanaa Md Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullaahi `Alaih)
Land area:                  42 acre
Academic sections:
Ø  Primary section
Ø  Naazira (Quraan recitation section)
Ø  Tahfeezul Quraan (Quraan memorization section)
Ø  Arabic section (Arabic 1 to Arabic VIII i.e. Daura e Hadith or Fazeelat)
Ø  Kulliyatul Quraan (Takhassus fit Tafseer) (Specialization in Quraan and Exegesis)
Ø  Kulliyatul Hadeeth (Takhassus fil Hadeeth) (Specialization in Traditions)
Ø  Kulliyatus Sharia (Takhassus fil Fiqh wal Ifta) (Specialization in Jurisprudence)
Ø  Kulliyatud Da’wa (Takhassus fid Da’wa) (Specialization in Call and Preaching)
Ø  Kulliyatul Lughatil Arabiya wa Aadaabihaa (Specialization in Arabic Language and Literature)
Ø  Tadreebul Aimmah (Imaam training course – a training course to make the Haafizs eligible for the position of Imaam and Khateeb)
Ø  Jamaa’at e Khaas (Short-term special Arabic course – short-term ‘Aalim and Faazil course for students with intermediate or equivalent degree from a government-curriculum institution)

Other sections:
Ø  Computer section
Ø  Tailoring section
Ø  Muhsin library
Ø  Daarul Mutala’ah (Reading hall)
Ø  Daarul Iftaa (Centre for Islamic sharia)
Ø  Daarul Ishaa’at (Publication division)
Ø  Daftar e Muhaasibi wa Ta’meeraat (Accountancy and infrastructure development office)
Ø  Shifaa Khaanah (Dispensary)
Ø  Al Falaah Students Association (for speaking and writing skills improvement)
Ø  Safaa (Urdu quarterly)
Ø  Sautus Salaam (Arabic quarterly)
Ø  Me’maar (Students’ annual journal)

Total number of students:        nearly 800
Number of resident students:   nearly 700
Number of faculty and staff:    70
Annual budget:                        nearly 90 lakh rupees
Sources of income:                  The Jamia has no regular source of income. It is relies on the bounties of Allaah, and then upon the contributions, charities, aids, sponsorships, etc. of generous philanthropists to fulfill its budgetary needs.

Urgent requirements of Jamia:

Ø  Daarul Iqaamah (Hostel): As there is no separate hostel building, the students are forced to live in classrooms, which causes a lot of inconvenience to them. A separate hostel building for them is urgently needed.
Ø  Mehmaan Khaanah (Guest house): From time to time, renowned personalities from India and abroad visit the Jamia. Due to lack of a guest house, the Jamia faces a lot of trouble in providing them with suitable accommodation and hospitality. Roof has been laid on a portion of the proposed Mehmaan Khaanah. The remaining construction works are yet to be done.
Ø  Family Quarters:   The Jamia urgently requires family quarters to house the families of its faculty and staff so that they may render these services with complete dedication.

Ø  Rector and director:          Maulaanaa Md Hassaan Al Qasmi

Ø  Address:
Madinatul Ilm, Hyderabad – 500 005
Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone: 0091 - 40 – 2444 0450        Fax: 2444 1835

Important publications of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam

and its allied bodies

Ø  ‘Asr e Haazir Ke Fiqhi Masaail
Ø  Aasaan Usool e Fiqh
Ø  Ai Insaan! Waqt Ki Qeemat Pahchaan
Ø  An Nahzatul Islaamiya (Arabic) (Annual journal of the students’ association)
Ø  Asraar e Hayaat
Ø  Baaten Unkee Yaad Rahengee
Ø  Bukhaaree Shareef Ki Aakhiri Hadeeth Kaa Dars
Ø  Charaagh e Raah
Ø  Deeni Madaaris Aur ‘Asr e Haazir
Ø  Do Hafte Amreeka (America) mein
Ø  Duroos e Haram
Ø  Ganjhaae Giraanmaayah
Ø  Guldasta e Sunnat
Ø  Halaal o Haraam
Ø  Idul Azhaa – Ahkaam o Masaail
Ø  Imaam Abu Haneefa Kee Tadween e Qaanoon e Islaamee
Ø  Islaah e Mu’aasharah
Ø  Islaahee Ash’aar
Ø  Islaam Kaa Nizaam e Masaajid
Ø  Islaam Kaa Nizaam e ‘Ushr o Zakaat
Ø  Istilaahaat e Usool e Hadith
Ø  Jab Sitaare Toot Jaayenge
Ø  Jannat Aur Ahl e Jannat – Kitaab o Sunnat Ki Roshni Mein
Ø  Jaraaim – Marz Aur ‘Ilaaj
Ø  Khuluq e ‘Azeem
Ø  Mataa ‘e Qalam
Ø  Me’maar (Urdu) (Annual journal of the students’ association)
Ø  Muntakhab Du’aaen
Ø  Nabi e Rahmat Kaa Payaam e Rahmat
Ø  Nafaqa e Mutallaqah Kaa Mas-alah – Quraan o Hadeeth Kee Roshnee Mein
Ø  Paighambar e Akhlaaq o Insaaniyat
Ø  Payaam e Ukhuwwat
Ø  Quraan e Kareem – Taareekh e Insaaniyat Kaa Sab Se Baraa Mu’jizah
Ø  Quraani Ummat
Ø  Safar e Aakhirat – Ahkaam o Masaail
Ø  Salaat o Salaam
Ø  Taareekh e Tadween e Seerat
Ø  Woh Jo Sha’iree Kaa Sabab Huaa
Ø  Zakaat o Sadaqa e Fitr – Ahkaam o Masaail
Ø  Zuhoor e Qudsee

Copies of many of these books have finished up, so they need to be re-published. Moreover, many important books – some of which have been typed while others are yet to be typed – call for the attention of magnanimous philanthropists (generous Muslim brothers).
        إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ 
Allaah does not let the reward of good-doers go waste. (Quraan 9:120)

Please do not use these spellings:

Sabeel us Salam
Sabeel us Salaam
Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam
Därul Ulum Sabilus Saläm
Darool OOloom Sabeel Sabil us Saläm
Därululum sabilussalam
Därulooloom sabeelussalam

[1] 1393AH~1973CE (For the equivalent of a Hijree year, the CE year corresponding to the 1st day of the 7th month of the said year has been given. Similarly, for the equivalent of a CE year, the Hijree year corresponding to 1st July of the year has been given in this booklet.)
[2] Shawwaal 1393AH~Nov 1973
[3]He was serving as the Jamia fund-collection envoy at the time of writing of the original Urdu book. He continued his service till the end of his life. After prolonged illness, he left for his final abode at 10:25 pm on 28 November 2007.
[4]  18 Shawwaal 1393~13 Nov 1973
[5] Haafiz Abdur Rasheed Sb served the madrasa in the same capacity till his last day (28 Nov 2007).
[6]  Early Zul Hijjah 1393~Dec-end 1973
[7]  10 Zul Hijjah 1393~3 Jan 1974
[8] Early Shawwaal 1394~Oct-end 1974
[9] 1980-81CE~1400-1401AH
[10] 1413AH
[11] 1973-85CE~1393-1405AH
[12] 1984CE~1404AH
[13] 1985CE~1405AH
[14] 20/10/1992CE~20/4/1413AH
[15] 1985 to 20 Oct 1992CE~1405 to 20/4/1413
[16] 01/10/1929CE~26/4/1348 AH
[17] 1972CE~1392AH
[18] 1973-1983CE~1393-1403AH
[19] 1984-1992CE~1404-1413AH
[20]20/10/ 1992CE~20/4/1413AH
[21] 1936-2002CE~1355-1423AH
[22] Jun 2004CE~RabeeII 1425AH
[23] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH
[24] Nov 1967CE~Sha’baan 1387AH
[25] Oct 1969CE~Sha’baan 1389AH
[26] 18/10/1393AH~13/11/1973CE
[27] 9/9/2004CE~23/7/1425AH
[28] 11/10/2004CE~25/8/1425AH
[29] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH
[30] 1969CE~1389AH
[31] 11/10/2004CE~25/8/1425AH
[32] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH
[33] 18/10/1393AH~13/11/1973CE

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