Malfoozat Statements and Anecdotes
Allah Ta’ala had endowed Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi *> i»i u~j with innumerable astounding qualities and features. Hadhrat’s linage traces back to the honourable host of Nabi it, Hadhrat Abu Ayyub Ansaari 48>.
Hadhrat’s grandfather, Haji Khaleel Ahmad was a special attendant of Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi *> ii **-> Hadhrat’s father was an outstanding student of Shaikh-ul-Hind Moulana Mahmood-ul-Hasan «> &\ ^ and a classmate of Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani
Hadhrat’s bismillah (initiation into primary Islamic studies) was done at the hands of Shaikh-ul-Hind and Moulana Shah Abdur Raheem Raipuri <a* &\ u~j.
He then completed his hifz (memorisation of the Qur’aan) at the maktab of the daughter of Hadhrat Gangohi *> &\ s^ which was situated in Gangoh.
Hadhrat studied the initial kitaabs of the aalim course under his respected father and Moulana Fakhruddeen Gangohi a* &\ u- J# He thereafter furthered his studies at Madrasah Mazaahir-ul-Uloom, Saharanpur where he graduated. During his stay at Mazaahir-ulUloom, Hadhrat studied under the great luminaries of the time such as:
Moulana As’adullah Sahib Moulana Abdur Rahman Kemilpuri Mufti Sa’eed Ahmad – head mufti of Mazaahir-ul-Uloom Hadhrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya ^ k ^
After graduating at Mazaahir-ul-Uloom, Hadhrat went to Darul Uloom Deoband to study the final year again. Here as well, Hadhrat had the opportunity of studying under the great luminaries of Darul Uloom Deoband such as:
Shaikh-ul-Islam Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani Moulana Mia Asghar Husain Moulana Fzaaz Ali
Allamah Ebrahim Balyaawi ^ &\ ^
As far as sulook and tasawwuf is concerned, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib had taken bay^at at the hands of Hadhrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya *> & ^j from whom he received khilaafat.
Apart from this, Hadhrat had the great fortune of sitting in the blessed company of Hakeem-ul-Ummat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, Moulana Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri and Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Sahib ^ &\ u*j.
Hadhrat Mufti Sahib was a master in every subject of any Islamic science. His immaculate and superb memory would astonish even leading ulama. Hadhrat would be able to read pages over pages of many kitaabs from memory.
Every sitting of Hadhrat seemed to be a gathering of a whole board of intellectuals of various fields, for Hadhrat was able to speak on any topic of any science. A poet very beautifully sums up this fact in Arabic:
It is not impossible for Allah to gather the whole world within an
The tradition of compiling the malfoozaat (anecdotes and statements) of the akaabir (pious elders) has continued for many years. Their writings and statements serve as a substitute for their suhbat (company) and their majaalis (sittings).
May Allah Ta’ala accept this task and allow it to be a means of illuminating the hearts of those who study it. Aameen
Mufti Farooq Meeruti Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum)
Malfoozat Statements and Anecdotes of Faqeeh -ul- Ummat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (r.a)
Volume 1- Compiled by Mufti Farooq Meeruti