Who was Hazrat Faqeehul Ummat (rahimahullah)? Born to pious parents in the town of Gangoh in the year 1325 A.H. he lived to become one of the greatest luminaries of his time. The most eloquent words would hopelessly fail in truly describing the knowledge, brilliance, piety, kindness, compassion, humility, and the numerous other qualities which he embodied. He was an ustaaz to thousands of students, a mentor to thousands of disciples and a kind and compassionate father to all who came into contact with him.
Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahimahullah) was also forever concerned about the Deeni progress of others, especially the poor.
It was the normal practice of Hazrat Mufti Saheb (rahimahullah) for many years that he would recite 15 paras or more daily in salaah. During the month of Ramadhaan, he would complete one Quraan daily.
Besides teaching Bukhaari Shareef and other books of hadeeth at Deoband, he also graced the distinguished position of Grand Mufti of that august institution for many years.
His fataawa (Islamic verdicts) have been compiled into 29 volumes each of which spans over hundreds of pages. Besides the fatwas, he authored several books and booklets. It was also the good fortune of South Africa that this country was blessed with his company during the last days of his earthly life.