An Autobiography by Shaykh al-Hadith
Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Khandhlawi
Complete 7 Volumes in Two Books
Published by Idara
Hardback 1660 Pages
An autobiography by Shaykh al-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya Khandelwi.
After other scholars wrote biographies about him during his own lifetime, he set
about writing his own saying that “that which should have been mentioned in it
has been left out and that which should have been left out was written.
gives great insight into his initial studies at Mazahir Ulum Saharanpur, his
writings, other scholars, tasawwuf.
A very interesting and informative read about one of the personalities of
the nineteenth century.
Sheikh ul Hadith Maulana Zakaria Khandalvi:
He was born in the village of Kandhla (in Uttar Pradesh, India) on Ramadan
1315 AH (1898 CE).
His full name was Muhammad Zakariyya ibn Muhammad Yahya ibn Muhammad Isma‘il,
and his lineage continues all the way back to Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased
with him), the great Companion of the Messenger (upon him be peace).
He spent 55 years teaching Ahaadith. of which 45 years
were spent in teaching Bukhari Sharif.As an author he wrote many important
books. Awjazul-Masaalik, commentary of Muatta Imam Malik in fifteen volumes and
La’miud-Dirari, commentary of Sahih-al-Bukhari, consisting of over ten volumes.
He has also written a compilation of books on virtues in various different
In the last century, India has undoubtedly become an important center for
the study of hadith, and the scholars of India have become well-known for their
passion for religious knowledge. Upon them ended the era of leadership in
teaching hadiths, codification of the special fields (funun) of hadith, and
commentary upon its texts (mutun).
He was given the honorary title of Shaykh al-Hadith, or “Great Scholar of
Hadith,” by his teacher, Shaykh Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, who recognized his
deep insight, clear-sightedness, and extensive knowledge of hadith and related
Maulana Zakariya Died in 1402 AH (1982)
An excerpt from the Book
Rasulluah Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam also said: 'That nikah has more
blessings in it, in which least expenditure is incurred." It is a pity that we
have through our customs made it the most difficult thing. No one knows how many
salaahs are left unperformed because of it. Some times a greater museebat
[calamity] is this: that the bride's party is sent off just at a time when
salaah is to be performed, as a result of which the bride, bridegroom and the
whole party miss the salaah. When that is the beginning of the union, is it any
wonder that the end of it is arguments, disputes and corruption?
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