“Hadhrat Mawlana Umarji Ahmed saahib of Bolton, UK passed away in his sleep between 2.15 and 4 am in the early morning of Sunday 8th June 2014.
He was born in 1942, in a village called Ikhar, Bharuch, Gujarat, India.
He studied in Jamiah Ashrafiyyah Rander. He was instrumental in compiling Fataawa Raheemiyah’s first volume.
He then came to the UK, and started teaching in Daarul ‘Uloom Bury from as early as 1982.
He had been teaching Hidaaya Raabe’, Mueenul Faraaidh, Siraaji, and Shamaaile Tirmidhi.
He was Bay’at to Hadhrat Shaykhul-Hadeeth Mawlana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi رحمه الله. He had Ijaaza in Tasawwuf from Hadhrat Shaykh Mawlana Yunus Jaunpuri saahib حفظه الله.
He would always stay with Shaykh Yunus saahib حفظه الله during his visits to the UK.
As always, he was with Shaykh Yunus saahib حفظه الله since last Wednesday. He was in dhikr majlis after yesterday’s fajr, then he offered some gift to Shaykh حفظه الله and they both talked for half an hour.
He also took part in tying the turban on the heads of the graduates of Jamiatul ‘Ilm wal Huda in Blackburn.
Late after the ‘Ishaa Salaah, he was talking to friends in a cheerful manner. He talked about his booking for Ramadhaan in Haramaym Shareefayn. For the last few years he would always spend the full month in Makkah Mukarramah and Madina Munawwarah.
He then went to rest in his designated place in the library, and he breathed his last among the books of Hadeeth, Tafseer and Fiqh.
Janaazah Salaah is yet to be confirmed. Most probably tomorrow (Monday) 09.06.14 inshaa Allaah.
Everyone is requested to pray Qur’aan, give Sadaqah and send Thawaab for the Marhoom رحمه الله.
May Allaah ﷻ shower immense Rahma upon Hadhrat Mawlana رحمه الله. May Allaah ﷻ elevate his ranks. May Allaah ﷻ send down sabr and sukoon upon his immediate family as well as upon all those connected to him. Aameen.”
(Hadhrat Shaykhul Hadeeth Mufti Abdur Raheem Limbada حفظه الله)
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
“Ustaaze Mukarram Hadhrat Ml Umarji sahib RA buhut hi nek, milansaar,mutawaadhi,baa akhlaq insan the. Ikhtilaat, ikhtilaaf, fuzuliyyaat se koson dur rehne waale.
Ghar,masjid awr madrasah yehi aap ki zindagi thi. Hame aap se Hidayah, Mantiq awr Meeraath ke durus parne ki sa’aadat naseeb hui. Parhane ka tarz buhut umdah tha. Kitab ko ghol kar pila dete the. Had darje mushfiq awr maherbaan the.
Buzurgon se waaalihaanaa muhabbat rakhne waale the. Nek sifat the is liye neki awr nekon se buhut lagaao tha. Asaaghir nawazi bhi aap ka ek khas wasf tha. Chote bare sab hi se akhlaq se milte the. Aap ka koi shagird eysa nahi hoga jise aap se koi shikayat ho. Bande ko aap ki rehlat se buhut dukh huwa is liye ke bande par bare maherbaan the.
Un se mulaqat hoti thi to ajeeb muhabbat farmate the. Duaaen dete, Israar kar ke ghar le jaate, khilaate pilaate awr waaqtan fawaqtan hadaayaa bhi bhejte. Un ki har ada se muhabbat awr khulus tapakta tha. Abhi bhi unka muskurata huwa chehra aankhon ke samne he.
Achche logon ki mawt bhi achchi hoti he. Zindagi ke aakhiri lamhaat madrase ke nek mahol me, ulamaa wa mashaikh ki suhbat me, phir Isha par kar Fajr ki niyyat se kutub khaane me raat guzari awr isi dawraan anwaaro barakaat ki is jagah me Allah ki taraf se bulawa aa gaya awr aap qaabile rashk rehlat se musharraf hue.
Aap Allah ke paas chale gaye awr hamare paas unki haseen yaaden reh gai. Allah apni shayane shaan unhen badla naseeb kare awr a’laa illiyyeen me darje buland kare. Aap se bhi darkhast he ke du’aa awr isale thawaab ka ihtimam karen awr karwaen.”
(Hadhrat Aqdas Shaykhul Hadeeth Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat حفظه الله)
(ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOLLOWS:)
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
My honourable teacher Hadhrat Mawlana Umarji Sahib rahmatullaahi ‘alayh was a very pious, friendly, humble person of noble character. He would stay away from unnecessarily mixing with people, from being involved in disputation and from all forms of useless activity. Home, masjid and madrasah: that was his life.
I had the good fortune to study Hidaayah, mantiq and miraath under his tutelage. His method of teaching was excellent: he would render the books he taught us into a form we could easily digest. He was extremely kind and compassionate. He had great love for the pious elders; he was himself imbued with piety, and had a great inclination towards the pious.
Another special quality was the way he would encourage and assist his juniors. He would meet young and old with the best of akhlaq. He cannot have a single student who has cause for any complaint against him.
I feel much grief due to his departure, for he was very affectionate towards me. Whenever I would meet him he would express astonishing affection. He would give du’aas. He would insist on taking me to his home and would offer his hospitality. From time to time he would send gifts. His every action would effuse love and sincerity. Even now, his smiling countenance is before my eyes.
Good people have a good death too. The final moments of his life were spent in the blessed madrasah environment, in the company of the ‘ulamaa and mashaayikh. After performing ‘Ishaa he spent the night in the madrasah library, with the intention of Fajr. During this time, in this radiant and blessed place, Allah ta’aalaa summoned him, and he was blessed with such an enviable departure. He has gone to Allaah ta’aalaa, and we are left with his beautiful memories.
May Allah ta’aalaa, according to His greatness, grant him recompense, and grant him a lofty abode in the a’laa illiyyeen.
I humbly request all readers to diligently do du’a and isaal al-thawaab for the deceased, and to request others to do the same.
Hadhrat Aqdas Shaykhul Hadeeth Mawlana Muhammad Saleem Dhorat Hafizahullah
Translated by Mawlana Sulaymaan Bhulaa
Graduate of Jaame’ah Riyaadhul ‘Uloom
The Passing of Maulana Umerji Ahmad Saheb (1942—2014)
This Sunday I woke up to a flurry of activity on Whats App. Upon checking the messages it was filled with the saddening news of Maulana Umerji. I did not realize the impact Maulana Umerjee sahib’s demise would have on me. Although, I was not in any regular correspondence with him since leaving Darul Uloom Bury, the news of his demise made me weep and compelled me to write these words. It dawned on me that this is the first of my long time teachers who have departed the dunya for the next world. I am finding that it is not easy to deal with this loss. Many thoughts and feelings betake the mind. Maulana Umerji (and the rest of our Darul Uloom teachers) have probably been the most influential factors for us Darul Uloom students during the most formative years of our life. As we were away from home they replaced our parents at the Madrasa. Being from London we would only go back home about four times a year and remain in the Madrasa for the remainder of it. Therefore, it is difficult to deny the impact they have had on us and how they have shaped us in dealing with this life. I believe with all my heart they will have a share in every bit of good we do outside and any service we provide to the community.
Maulana Umerji will particularly stand out for many of us because of his wisdom, practical advices and constant tarbiya in the classroom. He was strict but principled, and filled with compassion for the students who he treated as his own. He would became irate at students if they did not use their time wisely. Nothing would bother him more. You could sense a genuine concern from his heart when he spoke to his student and provided his counsel. Hence his words made an impact and resonated with us all. He would from time to time digress from the lesson of Usul al-Shashi, Mu’in al-Mantiq, al-Fara’id, the Hidaya or whatever else he was teaching and impart his beautiful advices. His heart was filled with love for the divine. His counsels would generally be in the form of an anecdotal story, or some of his social experiences. Students would really look forward to these welcomed departures from the lesson of the day, because they provided the students practical perspective on how life was beyond the Madrasa boundaries.
Maulana Umerjee had been in charge of the Madrasa text books library from the beginning under the stairs at the end of the lower passage beneath the teachers entrance to the building. He spent much of his non-teaching time their keeping abreast of current affairs among the books on the four walls surrounding him. Such was his attachments to books that he passed away while asleep in the library of Darul Uloom Blackburn surrounded by the books he so loved and among which he had spent his life. This on the auspicious occasion of the program of the completion of Sahih al-Bukhari among the students of the Madrasa and among many of the great scholars of the UK along with the Hadith Master Shaykh Yunus Jaunpuri of Mazahir Uloom Saharanpur, India. He was 72 years old.
It has been related by some students of the current graduating class of 1435/2014 of Darul Uloom Bury that after completing the last lesson of Imam Tirmidhi’s Al-Shama’l al-Muhammadiyya last week, he mentioned how our Hazrat Maulana Yusuf Motala Saheb had encouraged him to teach one of the larger collections of Hadiths for many years. His words were “I have been teaching Shamail for a long time and Hazrat has been telling me to teach other books of Hadith but what is my status that I can teach Noble Hadith.” He then burst into tears and started the final du’a.
Maulana Umerjee Saheb will be remembered dearly by all his students worldwide. He will remain a fond memory for his kindness, generosity and his loving and merciful heart. May Allah grant him the highest levels of Jannat al-Firdaws, in the company of the Most Noble Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) whose din he so lovingly served in his life. May Allah grant his family and all of his students beautiful patience at this loss and may he magnify their reward.”
(Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera حفظه الله)
10 Sha’ban 1435 | 8 June 2014
“How true Our Beloved Nabi ﷺ was when He ﷺ said: “You will die as you live and you will be resurrected as you die.”
Our beloved teacher Maulana Umarjee (RA) spent his life amidst books of hadith and he met his demise whilst sleeping like groom in Darul Uloom Blackburn library amidst books of hadith on the occasion when the most authentic book of hadith was being completed….
If this is the honour in the dunya then what will Allah give in the Aakhira.”
(Shaykh Ahmad Ali حفظه الله)
‘The death of an ʿAalim is the death of the universe.’
“News of Hadrat Mawlana Umarji saahib rahimahullaah’s demise this morning did not sink in at first. It was the deep sense of sadness that initially made me question the veracity of the received news; it was only after reading a number of texts informing of the same that it really sunk in.
Hadrat Mawlana rahimahullaah was a distinguished personality among his contemporaries, and held in high regard by all and sundry.
He had taken bayʿah at the hands of Hadrat Shaykh Zakariyya rahimahullaah and was a khalifah of Hadrat Shaykh Yunus saahib Jaunpuri hafizahullaah.
His sheer hard work and dedication throughout his life did not go unnoticed. Our beloved Hadrat Shaykh Mawlana Yusuf Motala saahib D.B. today said:
‘Whereas some teachers arrive on time and leave on time, or even before time, Hadrat Mawlana Umarji saahib arrived an hour or two before his teaching hours, and also left an hour or two after lecturing.’
Such was his dedication to books and to students whom he taught in a loving and affable manner.
The Mawlana rahimahullaah was firm but fair and never shied away from disciplining in his most beautiful ways. He taught the famous Hanafī fiqh manual, Al-Hidaayah, Al-Siraaji and Shamaa’il. While he held his own as a great scholar, his deep knowledge of history and other areas outside the field of Islam was something that always left us amazed.
Besides, he was a local scholar who had a presence and was well respected by those who interacted with him on a daily basis. Personally, I always had the greatest of respect for him and found him a gentleman and a man of honour. Thousands of others I’m sure will echo my sentiments.
Hadrat Mawlana rahimahullaah always looked out for me whenever he detected my absence in (our local) Tayyabah Masjid. I will for sure miss his presence and the conversations I became accustomed to having with him after salaah. Unfortunately, that will not happen again (in this abode, anyway).
If there is no news of those who have passed away,
Wait for tomorrow and there will be no sign of me as well.
People say that he has died,
When in reality he has gone home.
Hadrat Mawlana Umarji saahib rahimahullaah spent his whole life around the things he loved most, i.e. books (of tafseer, hadeeth, fiqh etc), students and the library (kutub khaana).
Hadrat Shaykh Mawlana Yusuf Motala saahib D.B. described his lifeless body and illuminated face moments after his passing away, saying, ‘Hadrat Mawlana Umarji saahib didn’t [only] have a smile on his face, rather, there is no doubt that his soul was extracted while he was laughing.’ Subhaanallaah! He must have seen his abode and all that comes with it in Paradise!
We must not forget that he has left behind a mufti, mawlana, two huffaaz and one muballigh. That’s just in his household and not taking into account the thousands whose lives he has shaped and changed, moulding many into scholars and upholders of dīn.
The couplets below encapsulates Hadrat Mawlana rahimahullaah’s life in the truest of ways:
Hamey dunya se kya matlab,
Madrasah he watan apna,
Marenge hum kitabon par
Waraq hoga kafan apna
I am not the only one who will live with many fond memories of Hadrat rahimahullaah. I beseech Allaah to shower upon him His infinite mercies, grant him the best of reward – reward according to his status, for he lovingly and wholeheartedly served His Deen and Islam, and grant beautiful patience to his family, students and close ones. Aameen!
A humble request to everyone to pray something as isaal-al-thawaab. (e.g. three qul)
The learned lives, although he dies.”
“I received the news of the passing of Imam e Ilmul faraidh, Ustadh e kul, khadim e Darul Uloom, Hazrat Molana Umarji sb RA after Fajr salah on Sunday, whilst preparing for our khatme Bukhari jalsa.
Upon receiving the news, the students were in a state of disbelief, not ready to believe the reality of the situation, staring into amiss, speechless.
Hazrat was not just an ustadh. He was an expert Hakeem, a great mushfiq, possessor of a permanent smile, and a personal carer for every needy student.
We last met him on Friday after his Shamaaile Tirmidhi class with us, which was co-incidentally his last ever dars in Darul Uloom. During the dars, his emotions got the better of him, crying at the Hadith of the demise of Nabi ﷺ. Upon completion of the kitab, he asked us all for maafi for his shortcomings when teaching Hadith. He then mentioned to us in class that Hazrat Molana yusuf sb حفظه الله had years ago offered him the higher ranked books of Ahaadith, but replied to him by saying: “mujhe khawf lagta he. Me kon hu Hadith shareef parhane waala? Agar mujh se koi galat tashreeh hogayi to Me apne Nabi ﷺ ko kya chehre dikhawunga?” (Or words to that effect).
Never have I witnessed a person of such humility and humbleness.
He then starting sobbing and initiated the khatm dua.
After the completion, we followed Hazrat to his kutub khana where we all met him, thanked him and asked him to forgive our shortcomings.
Amazingly, on the night of Saturday 7th June, a few hours before Hazrat passed away, myself and a classmate were sorting the plain white cloth my father had sent for Hazrat Ml Umarji sb RA. My classmate then joked to me that the white cloth makes it seem like your father has sent the asaatidha the shroud to be used for their kafns! Little did we know what Allah ﷻ had decreed for that night.
After the jalsa, myself and a few friends visited his body in Tayyibah Masjid, and we can all testify he was still smiling excessively, mouth open, teeth showing, as if he had departed the world laughing. May Allah bless us with such an honourable death. Ameen
If I were to talk of personal experiences with him, and his character generally, it would require a voluminous work, not a single account.
My insufficient words can not justify his amazing personality, his love for his students, his books, and his love for Darul Uloom.
He mentioned to us he felt restless when not in Darul Uloom.
Darul Uloom and Books were his life, and it was amongst them he eventually met his creator.
Hazrat Ml Umarji sb was a unique, 1 in a million teacher, the likes of whom are very difficult, if not impossible to find today.
He gave great importance to the small (often considered trivial) deeds, emphasising the importance of tawakkul on Allah, valuing time, performing nafl salah and duas. He was an epitome of a person upon whom Amal was ghaalib.
He will be sorely missed by all his students, his peers and his friends alike. The likes of him are irreplaceable, like the prophet of Allah ﷺ said:
يَذْهَبُ الصَّالِحُونَ الأوَّلُ فَالأوَّلُ، وَيَبْقَى حُفَالَةٌ كَحُفَالَةِ الشَّعِيرِ أَوِ التَّمْرِ، لا يُبَالِيهِمُ اللَّهُ بَالَةً
Trans: “The pious are leaving us one by one, and the dirt/residue is left over like leftover wheat and dates, Allah doesn’t care for them at all”.
May Allah ﷻ grant us the love of his friends and help us take maximum benefit from their presence in this world. May Allah resurrect us amongst them on the day of qiyamah. Ameen.
One of my teachers informed me this morning that the resting place of Ml Umarji sb RA in the library of Blackburn DU was directly under the books Al-Hidaya and Fatawa Raheemiyya.
Hazrat had a special connection with both works. He had taught Hidaya for over 30 years, and played an integral role in the compilation of Fatawa Raheemiyya, to the extent that many of the meerath (inheritance) fatawa in it have been written by Ml Umarji’s RA hands.
We are witness to the amazing way in which Allah works. Allahu Akbar”
(Mawlana Abdullah Patel, Dawra-e-Hadīth 1435/2014, Darul Uloom Bury)
I remember Hadhrat. mashallah he was so particular and organised in that small room without window about his kitaabs ( madrasah kitaabs) We would return our old previous year kitaabs and get the forthcoming year kitaabs from him He really looked after and repaired the old ones so they would last for years I also recall that he made everyone memorise yoo swe kumullaho before he started teaching moeenul faraaidh to our class in 1997 He was Mashallah an amazing and inspirational teacher with knowledge and wisdom May Allah bless him an elevate his ranks He would remember everyone by name I only wish I didn’t live so far from all these amazing asaatizahs so I could visit them more frequently.
Vali Hussein (Dundee, Scotland)
Hadhrat رحمه الله’s Kutub Khana in Dārul ‘Ulūm Bury.
You can see Hadhrat رحمه الله’s famous long coat and cardigan