Allah enabled Hakeem ul-Ummah , Mawlana Muhammad Ashraf Ali Thanawi *>*&’**»-j to undertake revival of religion in the fourteenth century. His efforts and results thereof are no secret. He has left behind about 1000 books, Bahishti Zewar among them. This book has received unprecedented universal acceptance and its original Urdu version is being printed ceaselessly from day one for which we have no parallel. There would hardly be a Muslim home without it—or a family that has not had access to it.
Mawlana Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmani ^ x. has said that for a long period of time the syllabus of a Muslim woman’s education evolves round Bahishti Zewar. Let a graduate woman in modern education compete with one who has studied the Bahishti Zewar; the latter woman would outpace her in every important field of religious and worldly learning. In fact, the graduate women would not be able to match the students of one who has studied the Bahishti Zewar.
We, at Dar ul-lsha’at, have been publishing the English translation of Bahishti Zewar by Saroha for the last fifteen years. We were conscious all along that a revision was necessary. Meanwhile, Mawlana Muhammad Muhammadi translated it into English in South Africa. We drew much from his valuable work. Though we had both translations before us, we relied more upon Mawlana Muhammad Muhammadi’s translation.
A peculiarity of our present work is that it is a fresh, easy translation with detailed references in footnotes. Besides, many passages and subjects which had been omitted in the previous translations have been included in our present work. There is a glossary and an index. This makes the book doubly useful.
Furthermore, we have altered its sequence keeping in mind the need of the modern reader and the students. It complies with arrangements of subjects in Books of Ahadith.
May Allah reward Rafique Abdur Rahman who was helpful in getting these things done. Even before this many of his translations of books by renowned ulama have been published and have gained approval.
We request our readers to pray for me, my family and everyone associated with this book.
Khalil Ashraf Uthmani
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Heavenly Ornaments (Bahishti Zewar) By Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi