By: Allamah Kaukab Noorani Okarvi
Saiyyid Ghulam Khawajah
Mu`min Banda Parwur Digaaram Ummat Ahmad Nabee Dost Daar Chaar Yaaram Taab `e Aulaad `Alee Mazhab Hanfiyyah Daaram Millat Hazrat Khaleel Khaak Paa`e Ghaus A`zam Zer Saayah Har Walee
A slave of Rabb of all the worlds and a follower (Ummatee) of Prophet Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) am I. To all four friends*
I give allegiance and am subservient to Alee`s progeny. **
Hanafi is my creed, and I belong to Hazrat Ibraaheem Khaleel ul Laah`s Millat. Dust from under the feet of Ghaus A`zam, I am a devotee of all
*Hazrat Abu Bakr, Hazrat `Umar, Hazrat `Usmaan, Hazrat `Alec (Radiyal Laahu `Anhum)
& The World`s Greatest `Eid
Tala`al Badru `Alainaa Wajabash Shukru `Alainaa
Min Saniyyaatil Wadaa`I Ma Da`aa Lil Laahi Daa`i
Wondrously excellent the full moon (the beloved of ALLAH, (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) Has arisen over us from the vale of separation. It has, thus, become incumbent upon us To be thankful For the appearance of the full moon (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) till such time as A supplicant can pray, that is till doomsday.
Nisaar Teri Chehel Pehal Par
Hazaaron Eiden Rabee-ul-Awwal
Siwaa`e Iblees Ke Jahaan Mein
Sabhi To Khushiyaan Manaa Rahe Hein
(O Rabee-ul-Awwal! Your joys surpass thousands of ` Eids. All in the world are rejoicing, except Shaitaan)
I Humbly Dedicate this Book To:
That Blessed Assembly In The World Of Spirits.
Of The Souls Of All Prophets Of
ALLAH (`Alaihimus Salaam)
At which the Creator Of The Heavens And The earth mentioned The Coming of His beloved Rasool (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam)
And then to that Joyous moment when The moon of Taibah
(Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) manifested Itself In All Its Resplendence.
Kaukab Noorani Okarvi
ALLAHu Rabbu Muhammadin Salla `Alaiehi Wa Sallama
(ALLAH is the Creator, Cherisher and Sustainer of the holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad)
(Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam) and sends peace and salutations to him)
ALLAH Subhaanahu has been most gracious to my humble self in that. I have been able to wholly devote myself to the service of the Faith and the Muslim Ummah. And to the cause of defending the honour and dignity of Hazrat Muhammad (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam), the Prophet of Allah. May my striving in this regard benefit the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jama`at as a whole! Aameen.
By way of recounting the blessings conferred upon me. let me state that I owe allegiance to all four spiritual orders (Naqshbandee, Qaudiree, Chishtee, Suhrwardee). Through the great spiritual Guide of the times, Hazrat Ganj-e-Karam Peer Saiyyid Muhammad Ismaiel Shah Bukhaari, popularly known as Hazrat Karmaan Waale (may Allah be happy with him and have mercy on him).
So far as education and training is concerned. The teachings and diplomas (Asnaad) have blessed me in tafseer and hadeeth by my own father, reviver of the Faith and great lover of the holy Prophet. Khateeb A`zam of Pakistan, Maulana Muhammad Shafee Okarvi Alaihir Rahmatu War Ridwaan, and faqeeh of his times, Shaikhul Islaam Maulana Ghulaam Ali Ashrafi Okarvi, and the Ghazaali of his times and Imaam of the Ahle Sunnat, Allamah Saiyyid Ahmad Sa`eed Kaazimi (may ALLAH be pleased with him).
In addition, I have been the recipient of permission and diplomas in tafseer and hadeeth from Aalim Hijaaz, Hazrat Saiyyid Alive Maaliki Makki, from Mufti Baghdad, Mullah Abdul Kareem Muhammad Al Mudarris, and from the great scholar, Allamah Shah Abul Hasan Zaid Farooqi Dehlvi.
Several renowned divines, also, have honored me by giving me (Ijaazat wa Khilaafat) permission and discipleship in all the spiritual orders. (Salaasil-e-Tareeqat).
Even with all this, I consider myself to be only a beginner. And a mere servant of the "friends" of ALLAH Subhaanahu and I wish that all believers and all men of goodwill may pray that I be steadfast in my belief in ALLAH Subhaanahu, and that my end be good.
Since I acquired the capacity to recognise words and letters, I have spent most part of my life in acquiring and researching in the fields of knowledge and the arts, and of writing and speaking.
Keeping night vigil in prayers has been a habit with me, and most of my friends are fully aware of my deep attachment to knowledge and excellences as well as to books and the pen.
I have also undertaken extensive and difficult journeys through the countries of the Islamic world and of Africa and Europe. The meetings I have had with men of excellence and the holy places of high renown I have visited and the way I have benefited from them have strengthened my belief in my own redemption and have brought peace to my soul. ALLAH be praised for all this!
My father departed from this world rather early, and this made me feel very desolate. I realised only then how his personality had been instrumental in keeping away from me many stresses and deep chasms. His personality had many facets: an embodiment of pure love and manifestation of excellence. It is said that a good man is never alone and I found this to be true in the case of my father.
I always found him amidst a host of well wishes, devotees, and those who owed allegiance to him.
Even his opponents knew it only too well that Maulana Okarvi was not merely the name of a single individual; his was the name of a body of right guided persons, the name of a solid rock of greatness and steadfastness and of right and of truth.
My father`s mentor, the revered Allamah Kaazimi, has very rightly observed: "Because of the qualities which he had in him, Maulana Okarvi was greatly envied by renowned people of the times in which he lived".
To whichever place he went, he was loved and respected for his piety. Whatever service he rendered by persisting in being an indefatigable strives after truth was a great feat. On the morning of 21st Raja, 1404 A.H. he left his earthly abode with praises to Al Laah and salutations to His Apostle on his lips (may ALLAH be happy with him). When he left for his heavenly abode, he had constructed more than a hundred Masaajld. (Mosques) a like number of Madaaris (religious schools), served many an institution, left behind highly valued writings, more than 18,000 sparkling speeches before multitudes, and enabled millions of people to be ardently in love with the Prophet of Madinah (Sallal Laahu Alaihi wa Sallam). He departed from our midst, but left us a legacy of goodness, respect and love.