A Brief History of Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam

A Brief History of

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam

By Maulana Qari Ghulam Rabbani Qasmi

Co-founder of Sabeelus Salam, and Imam of Masjid ‘amirah, Hyderabad

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History of Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam Hyderabad by Musarhad @Scribd

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First epoch of the madrasah

The first meeting of the madrasah

Names of some of the boarding students of the Hifz and ‘alimiyat sections

The first teachers

The second meeting of the madrasah

Special meeting for hide-collection during ‘idul Azha


Managing committee constituted

Expansion of the managing committee

Acquisition of land for the madrasah

Transfer of madrasah to the new location

The madrasah on its site

Second epoch of the madrasah

1. First classroom building

2. ‘alimiyat Building

3. Muhsin Library

Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman passes away

Academic Progress

Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman (1929-1992)

Services of Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman

Third epoch of the madrasah

1. Fencing of the madrasah land

2. Construction of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattab

3. Tahfizul Quran Building

4. Administrative Block

5. Computer Building

6. Tailoring Centre

7. Borewell, Water Tank and the Two Adjoining Rooms

8. As Salam Hospital

9. Dining hall

10. Darul Ikhtisas (Specialization courses block)

Academic progress

Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih) (1944-2004)

Arrival at Hyderabad

Maulana’s schedule at Masjid ‘amirah

The greatest feat of Maulana’s life

Maulana’s books and literary works

My last meeting with him

A brief profile of Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad –  A brief introduction (1426 AH = 2005 CE)

Important publications of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam and its affiliated bodies


Atheism, faithlessness and apathy towards religion pose a serious threat to our present ethical values and spiritual standards. Moreover, our country is a non-Islamic, secular republic because of which Islam’s influence over the educational system has constantly been dwindling. Consequently, the preservation of our creed, especially for the coming generations, has become a major issue of concern for the entire community: for upon it rests the survival of our religious identity, cultural integrity, national existence and above all our association with Islam.


The underlying objective behind the setting up of madrasahs is much more than mere preservation of Indian Muslims’ bond with Islam. In fact, the aim is to make this bond firm and fervent, so that they may live in India with their Islamic individuality intact and be able to preserve their distinctions even when they shift to some other country. Each and every page of the sub-continent’s history over the past century affirms the grand services of madrasahs in safeguarding the Muslim community’s bond with their sublime faith. The madrasahs stood in the way of frequent onslaughts by anti-Islamic forces and held out against countless movements and campaigns carried out against Islam. Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad occupies an important place among such madrasahs. It was founded by Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi nearly 32 years ago (in 1393AH[1]). At that time, he was serving as the Imam (prayer-leader) and Khatib (Jum’ah sermonizer) of Masjid ‘amirah, ‘abids while this writer had the same responsibilities at Masjid Hyderguda.

First epoch of the madrasah

The first meeting of the madrasah

The holy month of Ramazan was over and Shawwal 1393 AH[2] had set in. Hafiz Abdur Rasheed Furqani[3] and this writer were present at Maulana Rizwan’s room in Masjid ‘amirah at ‘abids. With trust in Allah, the trio unanimously decided to set up a madrasah, caring little at that time about the unavailability of financial resources. The idea had originated in Maulana Rizwan’s mind and was endorsed by the remaining two of us. Subsequently, through Late Qari Zahiruddin Sharfi, Khatib at Masjid ‘aliya, Gun Foundry (near ‘abids), Maulana Rizwan got in touch with Late Maulana Abdul Khaliq Afghani (Secretary, Masjid Miyañ Mishk) who permitted the madrasah to be run at his mosque. Thus, by Allah’s grace, the madrasah started functioning from 18 Shawwal 1393[4]. In its first year itself, the madrasah had three different academic sections: Nazirah (Quran recitation), Hifz (Quran Memorization) and ‘alimiyat (Arabic classes). Both boarders and day scholars were enrolled in the madrasah.

Some of the boarding students of the Hifz and ‘alimiyat sections

(1)      Maulana Shu’aib Aslam Nadwi Azhari (presently serving at Jami’ah Azhar, Egypt), son of Maulavi Bahauddin Sahib (former staff at Indian Railways)

(2)      Maulana Hashim Ghauri Qasmi (presently living at Abu Dhabi, UAE)

(3)      Maulana Muhammad Hassan Qasmi, younger brother of Hazrat Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi

(4)      Maulana Muhammad Tahir Qasmi Shadnagari, Rector, Madrasah Darul Uloom Sabeelul Huda, Shadnagar, Mahbubnagar district

(5)      Maulana Abdul Jabbar Qasmi, Rector, Darul Uloom Rashidia, Gadwal, Mahbubnagar district

(6)      Maulana La’iq Ahmad Qasmi, Imam and Khatib, Jami’ Masjid, Shukr Nagar Boodhan, Nizamabad district

(7)      Maulavi Hafiz Muhammad Mustafa

(8)      Hafiz Abdul Wahid

(9)      Hafiz Abdur Rashid

(10)  Maulana Muhammad Usman, Kodar

and others.

The first teachers

The teaching staff consisted of Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi and this writer (Arabic section) and Hafiz Abdur Rasheed Sahib (Hifz and Nazirah sections). The latter also served with efficiency as the Supervisor of the Hostel Mess and as Hostel Superintendent for two years. Then, on account of the madrasah’s financial needs, Maulana Rizwan relieved him of the madrasah’s internal responsibilities and entrusted him with external duties. He was designated as the fund-collection envoy of the madrasah with the responsibility of collecting funds for the madrasah. Hafiz Abdur Rasheed readily accepted the new assignment. Bringing into use his multifarious (diverse) skills, he considerably improved the financial state of the madrasah. His extraordinary accomplishments in this field have deservedly been acknowledged by the madrasah management on several occasions. The madrasah is fortunate to avail his good services till day and – God willing – the same will continue as long as he lives[5].


At the time of the madrasah’s establishment, it did not have any source of fund at its disposal. Maulana Rizwan and this writer used to teach for free. The requirements related to boarding were taken care of by Maulana Abdul Khaliq Afghani while that of salary was dealt with by teaching without payment. The needs of the Hostel Mess were met with by contributions from some pious benefactors.

The second meeting of the madrasah

The madrasah had begun to function but without a name. So Maulana Rizwan convened a meeting of the faculty at his Masjid ‘amirah residence in the early days of Zul Hijjah 1393 AH[6]. The other two participants, this writer and Hafiz Abdur Rasheed had arrived by 10 in the morning. The meeting began in right earnest and continued till a while before Zuhr (afternoon prayer). The participants discussed various names for the madrasah. They were looking for a name that denoted some grans message and was novel as well. After nearly three hours of brain-storming, they had their eureka when this writer read out the Qur’aanic verses:

قَدْ جَاۗءَكُمْ مِّنَ اللّٰهِ نُوْرٌ وَّكِتٰبٌ مُّبِيْنٌ     15؀ۙ   يَّهْدِيْ بِهِ اللّٰهُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ رِضْوَانَهٗ سُبُلَ السَّلٰمِ وَيُخْرِجُهُمْ مِّنَ الظُّلُمٰتِ اِلَى النُّوْرِ بِاِذْنِهٖ وَيَهْدِيْهِمْ اِلٰي صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيْمٍ     16؀


Indeed there has come to you from Allah a light (Prophet Muhammad صلَّى الله عليه و سلَّم) and a plain book (this Quran). Through it, Allah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace. (Quran 5:15-16)

سُبُل (subul) meaning ‘ways’ was converted to the singular form سَبِيْل (sabil) and دَارُالْعُلُوْم (Darul Uloom) was added in the beginning of the name. Thus the madrasah had its full name as دَارُالْعُلُوْم سَبِيْلُ السَّلام (Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam). The verse also contains a subtle hint towards the founder’s name (Rizwan).

Special meeting for hide-collection during ‘idul Azha

When ‘idul Azha, the festival of animal sacrifices, drew near, a special meeting was called at Masjid Miyañ Mishk to chalk out a strategy for collecting animal-hides and other forms of contributions from the philanthropists of Hyderabad city. Some distinguished persons of the city were also invited to the meeting. Their names are as follows:

  1.   Late Qari Zahiruddin Sharfi, Imam and Khatib, Masjid ‘aliya, Gun Foundry
  2.   Late Maulana Abdul Khaliq Afghani, Masjid Miyañ Mishk, Purana Pul
  3.   Maulana Shah Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahman Al Hamavi Qadri, Imam, Masjid Mu’azzampura, Mallepally
  4.   Maulana Abdul Mannan Sabeeli Siddiqi, Golconda
  5.   Late Hafiz Muhammad Ya’qub, Muazzin, Masjid ‘amirah, ‘abids
  6.   Late Janab Muhammad ‘Ali alias Jani Bhai
  7.   Late Khaja Nasiruddin Engineer
  8.   Late Imtiaz ‘Ali Husaini
  9.   Late Hamid ‘Ali Hasan Siddiqi
  10. Abdur Rahim Siddiqi Sahib
  11. Abdul Ghaffar Sahib
  12. Late Mas’ud Isma’il

These gentlemen offered all possible support and contribution to the madrasah on that occasion.


In the very first year of the madrasah’s foundation, Maulana Rizwan edited and published the Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam (DUSS) calendar based on the Hijri calendar owing to its significance in the Shari’ah. It turned out to be very popular among the denizens of Hyderabad. It played a great role in introducing the madrasah to the masses. By Allah’s Grace, the publication of the calendar has continued till date.

Managing committee constituted

Immediately after ‘idul Azha, 1393 AH[7], Ml Rizwan felt the need for forming a managing committee to make the functioning of the madrasah smooth and to put it on the road to progress. Therefore, he formed a committee with the following members:

  1.   Late Muhammad ‘Ali alias Jani Bhai (President)
  2.   Late Khaja Nasiruddin Engineer (Secretary)
  3.   Janab Abdur Rahim Siddiqi Sahib (Treasurer)
  4.   Janab Haamid ‘Ali Hasan (Member)
  5.   Late Imtiyaz ‘Ali Husaini (Member)

Maulana Md Rizwanul Qasmi was appointed the Rector (Nazim) of the Jami’ah and he served in the same position till his death.

Expansion of the managing committee

Due to some unfavorable circumstances, the madrasah had to be shifted to Lal Tekri and later, to Late Khaja Nasiruddin’s plot at Mehdipatnam as an interim arrangement. A storm blew away the madrasah’s thatch (roof) and so, it had to move to Qari Abdul ‘Alim Sahib’s residence at Hill Colony, Mehdipatnam temporarily. After nearly four months, the madrasah was back at its earlier Mehdipatnam location as the madrasah building had been repaired in this period.


The first academic year of the madrasah was over and the second year had commenced. At that time, the managing committee was expanded to include Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman (Partner, Beverage Hotel, ‘abids) and Qari Abdul ‘Alim Sahib as members. This took place soon after the end of the holy month of Ramazan 1394 AH[8]. The madrasah completed 8-9 years of its existence at this site, scaling the steps of progress and advancement. It had built up a good reputation for itself owing to its academic excellence. As a result, the strength of students enrolled in it went on increasing steadily. In fact, the small plot of land that housed the madrasah appeared to be insufficient from day one itself.

Acquisition of land for the madrasah

It was around 1980-81[9]. Eight years had passed but the madrasah had neither a separate land nor an exclusive campus. However, efforts were on to acquire land for the madrasah. Several land plots in different localities and vicinities of the city were visited but none was found suitable. Finally, the extensive stretch of land near Salalah, Barkas was approved and the committee put in its well-intentioned efforts to obtain the said land for the madrasah. It was not some small plot, in fact, it covered an extensive area of over 72 acres (approximately 350 thousand square yards) and the coffer of the madrasah was not in a position to bear such a huge budget or even pay the stipulated advance. However, the noble members of the committee, particularly Mr Ziyaur Rahman offered their personal money as loan to pay the advance and made a seemingly impossible task achievable. The land was then divided into two big plots: the larger one was allotted to the madrasah while the smaller one was further sub-divided into smaller plots and offered for sale. The amount of money obtained through this sale was used to pay back the committee members including Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman who had paid some advance to the landowner, Mr Reddy. The payment of the entire land-price was not made to Mr Reddy at once. In fact, the remaining installments continued to be paid even after the death of Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman (1992[10]) and were completed at the hands of Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Allah’s mercy be upon him).

Transfer of madrasah to the new location

After ten years, by Allah’s grace and bounty, and then, by the tireless efforts and sincere intentions of the madrasah committee and the blessings of the silent but determined leadership of Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih), that auspicious hour finally dawned when on Friday, 15 October 1982 (= 27 Zul Hijja 1402), the world-renowned intellectual and scholar Hazrat Maulana Abul Hasan ‘Ali Al Hasani An Nadwi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih), popularly known as ‘Ali Miyañ, laid the foundation-stone for the Jami’ah on its exclusive land. The madrasah had now transferred from Mehdipatnam to its new, large and extensive premises. What a blessed and auspicious day it was when a long-cherished dream for the Jami’ah was fulfilled! However much the Ever-bountiful Allah is thanked for this, it won’t suffice! O Allah! We acknowledge Your boundless bounty and kindness.

The madrasah on its site

When the madrasah shifted from its Mehdipatnam building to its new location near Salalah, Barkas, there was a large water tank (bowli), a six-room two-storey house close to the well, hills, extensive fallow land, and nothing else. The committee’s endeavors resulted in the construction of Masjid Arqam and a large, oblong tin-roofed building comprising two halls which served as classrooms and dormitory (residence) for the students for some time. At present, one of the twin halls is used as dining hall while the other is used for both dining and lodging of small children (of primary section). A mess building was built adjacent to the well which is functioning till date. At a little distance due west of Masjid Arqam, a small construction for bathrooms, toilets and urinals was made which is also in use till now. In addition, some family-quarters were constructed at some distance south of Masjid Arqam where some teachers live with their families. All these construction-works were carried out in a short span of three years under the supervision and sponsorship of the madrasah managing committee. Thus, the 13-year period of 1973-85[11] may be called the first epoch of the madrasah history. The journey of the madrasah towards progress and development happened under the direct supervision of the madrasah managing committee.

Thus ends the first epoch of the madrasah.

Second epoch of the madrasah

After the resignation of late Muhammad ‘Ali alias Jani Bhai in 1984[12], Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman was appointed the president of the madrasah managing committee. In the latter half of 1985[13], the committee members vested all their rights and responsibilities to Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman (president, managing committee) and Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi (rector and director of the Jami’ah) collectively, relieving themselves of all madrasah-related responsibilities. Thus, the second epoch of the madrasah starts at the end of 1985. All the developmental and construction works after this date are the results of collective endeavors of these two noblemen.

1. First classroom building

The first building constructed after 1985 was the 8-room classroom block beside the well and west of it. Till this date, it serves as classroom block (now only for primary section students).

2. ‘alimiyat Building

Somewhat close to the centre of the madrasah land, to the east, there is a two-storey RCC building consisting of 30 large and small rooms in which classes are held from ‘alimiyat first year to ‘alimiyat final year and also for specialization courses thereafter. As there is no separate dormitory building, the students of the Arabic section also reside in the same building. In this way, the building serves as both classroom building and hostel building. This building is one of the elegant constructions of the Jami’ah, a memorial of the second epoch.

3. Muhsin Library

The third splendid structure of the madrasah is the Muhsin Library which at present comprises two storeys, but there is scope for four storeys. It faces the Arabic classroom building towards its east and is worth visiting. This is also a memorable construction of that period.

Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman passes away

On 20 October 1992[14] at the time of Fajr, Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman suffered a heart-stroke and left for his eternal abode.

اِنَّا لِلّٰهِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَيْهِ رٰجِعُوْنَ    ١٥٦؁ۭ

Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. (Quran 2:156)

May Allah envelop him in His mercy! Honesty and sincerity were his distinctive traits. In the seven-year long second epoch of the madrasah (1985 to 20 October 1992[15]) which is also the period of collective leadership of the managing committee president and the rector and director, the madrasah witnessed the construction of a small classroom building, a large classroom block and a splendid library. That was the architectural progress of the madrasa in the epoch.

Academic Progress

The academic progress of this epoch is as follows:

Up to 1985, education was imparted up to ‘alimiyat sixth year (Year VI/VIII) only but in the second epoch, classes for seventh year (VII/VIII) and final years (VIII/VIII, also called Daura-e-Hadith) of ‘alimiyat course were started. This was followed by the commencement of several specialization courses. Thus this epoch saw progress of the Jami’ah in academic as well as infrastructural aspects. And that marks the end of the second epoch!

Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman (1929-1992)

Born on 01 October 1929[16] (~26/4/1348 AH) at Jagtial in Kareemnagar district, Andhra Pradesh, Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman had later migrated to Hyderabad. He resided at Hyderguda and ran a restaurant Beverage Hotel at ‘abids in partnership with Mr Abdul Ghaffar. In 1972[17], when this writer was the Imam and Khatib of Hyderguda, Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman was the secretary (or president) of the Masjid Hyderguda managing committee. Later, he was appointed the secretary of Masjid ‘amirah managing committee, ‘abids. Till a few months before his death, he served as secretary of Masjid ‘amirah committee. Mr Ziyaur Rahman was also an enthusiastic worker of the Tablighi Jama’at, a true, devoted Muslim and highly pious, sincere and saintly human. May Allah forgive him and bestow him a place in the Jannatul Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)! May Allah turn his services into an eternal charity (Sadaqa-e-Jariya)! amin! amin again and again!

Services of Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman

From 1973 to 1983[18] for ten years, he served as a member of the madrasah managing committee; and from 1984 to 1992[19] for nine years, he served as president of the madrasah managing committee. Thus, the madrasah had his services for a total period of 19 years.

Third epoch of the madrasah

The third epoch of the madrasah begins after late Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman’s passing away in 1992[20]. In this epoch, all the administrative responsibilities of the madrasah practically fell upon the shoulders of Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi. Maulana Rizwan was an extremely courageous and resolute person. He not only kept the progress and development of the madrasah on track, but also accelerated the pace. The growth and advancement that took place in the madrasah in the third epoch are detailed below.

1. Fencing of the madrasah land

Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi was aware of the fact that the 46-acre land-plot of the Jami’ah was in danger of encroachment due to the absence of a boundary-wall. The encroachers were casting their greedy eyes upon the vast, expansive and fenceless, unprotected land of the madrasah. Now and then, they would create some tense situation and would constantly scheme and plan to capture the madrasah land. This danger did not escape Maulana’s far-sighted vision. So after 1992, the first project he took up was the fencing of the Jami’ah’s vast plot. But constructing a boundary wall for the 46-acre plot was no mean task, given the scant resources of the madrasahs, in general. Only a high-spirited and dauntless man like Maulana Rizwan could have done it and he did do it! The unprotected 46-acre land of the Jami’ah thus became safe with the construction of the boundary-wall. This was Maulana’s first and quite significant achievement after 1992. In this context, the uncle-nephew duo of late Abdullah Ba Sulaiman (Barkas) and Qadir Pasha (Mushirabad) deserve special credit as they extended every possible help to Maulana Rizwan on this occasion. Because of the presence of these two gentlemen during the work of fencing, the uphill task became easier and achievable.

2. Construction of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattab

After completing the fencing project, the construction work of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattab was started which now stands almost completed. This is the impressive Jami’ah mosque, located behind Muhsin library, to its west. Nearly 2500 men can perform Salah at a time in this mosque. This is the second important feat of Maulana Rizwan Al Qasmi. Below the northern portion of the mosque, there is a hall named Seminar Hall.

In this hall, Rabita Adab e Islami (Islamic Literature League) conference was held a few years back. There is another large hall below the masjid courtyard. In his lifetime itself, Maulana Rizwan had proposed the hall’s name after Hazrat Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih) (1936-2002[21]) as Qazi Mujahid Hall. Last year, in June 2004[22], this hall was the venue for the 14th Fiqh seminar of the Islamic Fiqh Academy. The hall needs plaster and finishing, and some minor works also need to be done.

3. Tahfizul Quran Building

The Tahfizul Quran (Quran Memorization) building is located to the south-west of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattab. This is also one of the elegant buildings of the madrasah where lessons in Quran memorization are imparted. It also serves as the dormitory for all Hifz section students. It is double-storeyed in its north and east (front part) and has an expansive hall in its west.

4. Administrative Block

It is also located near Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattab, to its South-east. It has two storeys and consists of a few rooms. All the organizational and developmental affairs of the madrasah are handled in this building.

5. Computer Building

It stands in front of the Tahfizul Quran building at some distance, to its east. Computer education is imparted in this building. It too is an impressive building, in sync with the modern computers it houses.

6. Tailoring Centre

It is situated near the main gate towards its west where desirous students are taught tailoring and embroidery.

7. Borewell, Water Tank and the Two Adjoining Rooms

This building lies adjacent to the large madrasah well to its north-west. In the ground level, there is a motorized bore well whose water has been used for cooking and drinking purposes till date. Above it, there are two rooms, one of which was used as a dispensary for quite some time. On top of them, there is a large water tank.

8. As Salam Hospital

The two-storey building is located close to the main gate, to its east. It is a grand hospital building meant for public welfare which is now nearing its completion. Its inauguration is yet to be done.

9. Dining hall

It is situated near the madrasah mess, to its east where the teachers and students of specialization courses are served meals.

10. Darul Ikhtisas (Specialization courses block)

It lies to the east of the Administrative block, adjacent to it. As is obvious from its name, the building is meant for students of specialization courses. It is unfinished but close to completion.

تِلْكَ عَشَرَةٌ كَامِلَةٌ ۭ

They are ten in all. (Quran 2:196)

These are the ten buildings that come under Maulana Rizwan’s exclusive achievements, as all of them were constructed after late Mr Sayyid Ziyaur Rahman passed away. In addition, there is a guest house under construction. The ceiling has been laid but other works remain to be done.

Academic progress

In fact, all the academic sections of Jami’ah Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam owe their existence to Maulana Rizwan’s thoughts and vision. His exclusive period of leadership saw the madrasah make remarkable academic advancements. More specialization courses were started. Tadribul Aimmah (Imamat training course) was begun and a special short-term ‘alimiyat course for English-educated students (10th or Intermediate-passed) under the title “Jama’at e Khas” was started. The publication and dissemination section got quite active and a large number of books were published.

Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih) (1944-2004)

Born on 11 July 1944[23] at Bhagrathpur village, Rasulpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihar, Maulana received his early education at Jami’ah Rahmania, Munger (Bihar); Madrasah Dhakah, Champaran (Bihar); and Madrasah Husainiah, Ranchi (Jharkhand). After intermediate-level madrasah education, he came to Darul Uloom, Deoband (Uttar Pradesh) and after completing Daura e Hadith (final year of ‘alimiyat) in 1967[24] there, he enrolled in Quran specialization course. He completed the course in 1969[25] after submitting his dissertation.

Arrival at Hyderabad

At that time, the post of Imam and Khatib of Masjid ‘amirah, ‘abids, Hyderabad had fallen vacant. Then the legendary author and orator Hazrat Maulana Qari Muhammad Tayyib (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih), Chancellor, Darul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.) visited Hyderabad. Masjid ‘amirah committee members, in particular, Mr Abdul Wahhab (Secretary, Masjid ‘amirah committee, ‘abids) requested the honorable chancellor to provide an eligible candidate for the vacant post. The celebrated chancellor accepted the request and on returning to Deoband, selected Maulana Muhammad Rizwan Al Qasmi for the above mentioned post by the recommendation of Hazrat Maulana Me’rajul Haq Sahib, Vice-Chancellor, Darul Uloom, Deoband. He sent the young research scholar to Hyderabad. In this way, Maulana Md Rizwan shifted to Hyderabad from Darul Uloom Deoband. On Maulana’s arrival here, the committee members gave him a warm welcome:

میں خود آیا نہیں، لایا گیا ہوں


دلِ مضطر سے پوچھ، اے رونقِ بزم

Ask the troubled heart, O Splendour of the party!

I haven’t come on my own, rather I have been invited.

Maulana’s schedule at Masjid ‘amirah

Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi used to reside on the fourth floor of Masjid ‘amirah. He would lead the five-time Salahs in the mosque. After Zuhr prayer, he would give a brief lecture on the commentary of the holy Quran, explaining a few verses every day to the people. A large number of Salah-performers (Namazis) would be present to listen to Maulana’s lecture and benefit from it. After ‘Asr, Maulana would teach Mishkatul Masabih, a collection of the holy Prophet’s Hadiths (traditions). Thus the Salah-performers would benefit from the blessings of Hadiths as well. On Fridays, he would spellbind the audience with his distinctive and charming oratorical style. To listen to Maulana’s mind-opening and heart-touching speeches, many people from far-off localities would throng the mosque on Fridays. Consequently, the masjid would suffer from lack of space.

The greatest feat of Maulana’s life

Out of the long list of Maulana’s achievements, the greatest is undoubtedly the establishment of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam which he founded in 1973[26], three years after his arrival at Hyderabad. The late Al Haj Hafiz Qari Abdur Rasheed Sahib Furqani (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih) and this writer were Maulana’s first colleagues and assistants. Maulana Rizwan not only established this institution but also led it to the pinnacle of its advancement in his own lifetime. Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, in its present state, is a living testimony to this. To Allah are due all praise and thanks!

Maulana’s books and literary works

On one hand, Maulana was an exemplary orator, public speaker, sermonizer, thinker, strategist and administrator while on the other he was a peerless writer. His articles were regularly published in the widely-read and distinguished daily newspaper “Siasat”. Moreover, Maulana would answer people’s queries on Islam in his weekly column “ap ke suwal” (Your Queries) which benefited both the laity and the clergy. In return, they would compliment Maulana on his elegant literary style. Maulana also penned a number of books, some of which are mentioned here:

      Ai insan! waqt ki qimat pahchan (O Man! know the value of time)

      Baten unki yad rahengi (His quotes will persist in memory)

      Charagh e rah (The lamp on the road)

      Dini madaris aur ‘asr e hazir (Islamic seminaries in the contemporary world)

      Zakat o sadaqa e fitr – ahkam o masail (Rules and regulations regarding annual obligatory charity and ‘idul Fitr charity)

      ‘idul Azha – ahkam o masail (Rules and regulations regarding the ‘id of sacrifice)

      Safar e akhirat (The journey of the Hereafter)

      Asrar e Hayat (The secrets of life)

      Mata’ e Qalam (The wealth of pen)

      Ganj-ha e gerañ mayah (The valuable treasures)

My last meeting with him

At 10 pm on Thursday, 9 September 2004[27], this writer was returning from Masjid ‘amirah (nearly 16 km from the madrasah) after leading the ‘Isha prayer. (The writer was deputy to Maulana Rizwan, the Imam of the masjid.) As soom as the writer neared the madrasah main gate, the gate opened out and Maulana’s car moved past the gate. The car stopped at a little distance. This writer also stopped and greeted the Maulana. Maulana said that he was leaving for Delhi the next day, so he (this writer) should lead the Jum’ah prayer at Masjid ‘amirah in his place the next day. After that the car departed and I entered the madrasah. Next morning, this writer came to Masjid ‘amirah, ‘abids to lead the Jum’ah prayer where he got the distressing news that Maulana has got seriously ill and his Delhi journey has been cancelled. Maulana was admitted to a hospital. The next day, Saturday, 11 September 2004, at nearly 11 a.m., Maulana suddenly went in coma and his condition got worrisome. Maulana had already been suffering from hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments, now a fourth disease had been diagnosed – brain haemorrhage. Maulana’s brain was operated upon in the state of coma itself, but this surgery too could help little in elongating Maulana’s life. Days went on passing and

مرض بڑھتا گیا جوں جوں دوا کی

The disease went on worsening as treatment went on.

As time was passing, gloominess was spreading in the air. On Monday, 11 October 2004[28], after leading the Zuhr prayer, this writer was as usual sitting in Masjid ‘amirah library when some visitors – having heard of Maulana’s serious situation – came (to me) to enquire if I had any new information about Maulana. I expressed my ignorance and then all of us left for Care Hospital, Muazzam Jahi Market where Maulana was undergoing treatment. It was 2:30 p.m. There we came to know that Maulana had left this ephemeral world for his eternal abode.

اِنَّا لِلّٰهِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَيْهِ رٰجِعُوْنَ    ١٥٦؁ۭ

 Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. (Quran 2:156)


For the near and dear ones, and Maulana’s sympathizers and friends, the news came as a shock and the message of gloom soon spread in the entire city and outside. Bathing his noble body and enshrouding were done and at 10:00 p.m. on the same night, Maulana’s funeral Salah was said at Masjid ‘amirah. In spite of the short time interval, innumerable people had gathered for the funeral Salah. Many people who could not arrive at Masjid ‘amirah went to Madrasah Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam. For their convenience, funeral Salah was said at the madrasah as well. Maulana was then buried in the madrasah itself. Thus Maulana went for the long sleep – till the Day of Judgment – in the premises of the madrasah which he had nurtured with his blood and sweat. The madrasah will be, in sha Allah (Allah willing), a continuing charity (sadaqa e jariya) for him! May Allah grant him forgiveness and bestow him with a place in Firdaus, the highest level of Paradise! amin! amin again and again!

This was the star which first appeared in the north (of India) on 11 July 1944[29] and moved on in its orbit till it reached the south in 1969[30], after 25 years. And after shining and illuminating the south for 35 years, it set on 11 October 2004[31] in the Deccan peninsula to remain out of sight till the Last Day. Maulana was 60 years old at the time.

A brief profile of Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi

Name:Md Rizwan Al Qasmi

Son of:Al Haj Habibul Hasan

Date of birth:11 July 1944[32]

Place of birth:Bhagrathpur village, Rasulpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihar state, India

Educational qualification: Fazil (Post graduation) and Mutakhassis (doctorate) from Darul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.)

Services and contributions:

      Imam and Khatib, Masjid ‘amirah, ‘abids, Hyderabad

      Founder rector and director, Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad

      Founder member and member of Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board

      Vice-president, Islamic Fiqh Academy, India

      Member, Advisory Board, Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow

      Member, Board of Control and Administration, Imarat e Shari’ah, Phulwari Sharif, Patna, Bihar

      Founder member, Al Ma’had Al ali Li Tadribil Qaza wal Ifta (High Institute for Training in Islamic Jurisprudence and Law)

      Vice-president, Alumni Association of Darul Uloom, Deoband

      Founder member and the member of Working Committee, All India Milli Council

      Founder member, Majlis e ‘Ilmiya (Academic Assembly), Andhra Pradesh

      Vice-president, Deeni Madaris Board (Board of Islamic madrasahs), Andhra Pradesh

      Vice-president, United Muslim Forum, Andhra Pradesh


We pray to Allah to bestow Maulana with a seat in Jannatul Firdaus and keep the garden of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam blooming and safe from disturbances and unrests till the Last Day! amin!

ایں دعا از مَن واز جملہ جہاں آمین باد

For this dua’a from me, let there be amin from the entire world!

Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam, Hyderabad –
A brief introduction (1426 AH = 2005 CE)


Year of foundation:1973[33] (Shawwal 1393)

Founder:Maulana Md Rizwan Al Qasmi (Rahmatullahi ‘Alaih)

Land area:42 acre

Academic sections:

      Primary section

      Nazira (Quran recitation section)

      Tahfizul Quran (Quran memorization section)

      Arabic section (Arabic 1 to Arabic VIII i.e. Daura e Hadith or Fazilat)

      Kulliyatul Quran (Takhassus fit Tafsir) (Specialization in Quran and Exegesis)

      Kulliyatul Hadith (Takhassus fil Hadith) (Specialization in Traditions)

      Kulliyatush Shari’ah (Takhassus fil Fiqh wal Ifta) (Specialization in Jurisprudence)

      Kulliyatud Da’wah (Takhassus fid Da’wah) (Specialization in Call and Preaching)

      Kulliyatul Lughat-il ‘Arabiya wa adabiha (Specialization in Arabic Language and Literature)

      Tadribul Aimmah (Imam training course – a training course to make the Hafizs eligible for the position of Imam and Khatib)

      Jama’at e Khas (Short-term special Arabic course – short-term ‘alim and Fazil course for students with intermediate or equivalent degree from a government-curriculum institution)


Other sections:

      Computer section

      Tailoring section

      Muhsin library

      Darul Mutala’ah (Reading hall)

      Darul Ifta (Centre for Islamic sharia)

      Darul Isha’at (Publication division)

      Daftar e Muhasibi wa Ta’mirat (Accountancy and infrastructure development office)

      Shifa Khanah (Dispensary)

      Al Falah Students Association (for speaking and writing skills improvement)

      Safa (Urdu quarterly)

      Sautus Salam (Arabic quarterly)

      Me’mar (Students’ annual journal)


Total number of students:nearly 800

Number of resident students:nearly 700

Number of faculty and staff:70

Annual budget:nearly 90 lakh rupees

Sources of income:The Jami’ah has no regular source of income. It relies on the bounties of Allah, and then upon the contributions, charities, aids, sponsorships, etc. of generous Allah-fearing Muslims to fulfill its budgetary needs.



Urgent requirements of Jami’ah:


      Darul Iqamah (Hostel): As there is no separate hostel building, the students are forced to live in classrooms, which causes a lot of inconvenience to them. A separate hostel building for them is urgently needed.

      Guest-house: From time to time, renowned personalities from India and abroad visit the Jami’ah. Due to lack of a guest-house, the Jami’ah faces a lot of trouble in providing them with suitable accommodations and hospitality. Ceiling has been laid on a portion of the proposed guest-house. The remaining construction works are yet to be done.

      Family Quarters:The Jami’ah urgently requires family quarters to house the families of its faculty and staff so that they may render these services with complete dedication.

      Rector and director:Maulana Md Hassan Al Qasmi

      Secretary and Principal:Maulana No’man Bader Al Qasmi



Madinatul Ilm, Hyderabad – 500 005

Andhra Pradesh, India 

Phone: 0091 – 40 – 2444 0450Fax: 2444 1835


Address your cheques and bank drafts to: “DaRUL   ULOOM   SABEELUS   SALAM”



Important publications of Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam and its affiliated bodies


      ‘Asr e Hazir Ke Fiqhi Masail

      asan Usul e Fiqh

      Ai Insan! Waqt Ki Qimat Pahchan

      An Nahzatul Islamiya (Arabic) (Annual journal of the students’ association)

      Asrar e Hayat

      Baten Unki Yad Rahengi

      Bukhari Sharif Ki akhiri Hadith Ka Dars

      Charagh e Rah

      Dini Madaris Aur ‘Asr e Hazir

      Do Hafte Amrika (America) mein

      Durus e Haram

      Ganj-hae Gerañmayah

      Guldasta e Sunnat

      Halal o Haram

      Idul Azha – Ahkam o Masail

      Imam Abu Hanifa Ki Tadwin e Qanun e Islami

      Islah e Mu’asharah

      Islahi Ash’ar

      Islam Ka Nizam e Masajid

      Islam Ka Nizam e ‘Ushr o Zakat

      Istilahat e Usul e Hadith

      Jab Sitare Tut Jaeñge

      Jannat Aur Ahl e Jannat – Kitab o Sunnat Ki Raushani Mein

      Jaraim – Marz Aur ‘Ilaj

      Khuluq e ‘Azim

      Mata’e Qalam

      Me’mar (Urdu) (Annual journal of the students’ association)

      Muntakhab Du’aeñ

      Nabiye Rahmat Ka Payam e Rahmat

      Nafaqa e Mutallaqah Ka Mas-alah – Quran o Hadith Ki Raushani Meiñ

      Paighambar e Akhlaq o Insaniyat

      Payam e Ukhuwwat

      Qur’an e Karim – Tarikh e Insaniyat Ka Sab Se Bara Mu’jizah

      Qur’ani Ummat

      Safar e akhirat – Ahkam o Masail

      Salat o Salam

      Tarikh e Tadwin e Sirat

      Woh Jo Sha’iri Ka Sabab Hua

      Zakat o Sadaqa e Fitr – Ahkam o Masail

      Zuhur e Qudsi












Please do not use these spellings:

Sabeel us Salam

Sabeel us Salaam

Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam

Darul Ulum Sabilus Salam

Darool OOloom Sabeel Sabil us Salam

Darululum sabilussalam

Darulooloom sabeelussalam


[1] 1393AH~1973CE (For the equivalent of a Hijri year, the CE year corresponding to the 1st day of the 7th month of the said year has been given. Similarly, for the equivalent of a CE year, the Hijri year corresponding to 1st July of the year has been given in this booklet.)

[2] Shawwal 1393AH~Nov 1973

[3]He was serving as the Jamia fund-collection envoy at the time of the writing of the original Urdu book. He continued his service till the end of his life. After prolonged illness, he left for his final abode at 10:25 pm on 28 November 2007.

[4]  18 Shawwal 1393~13 Nov 1973

[5] Hafiz Abdur Rasheed Sahib served the madrasah in the same capacity till his last day (28 Nov 2007).

[6]  Early Zul Hijjah 1393~Dec-end 1973

[7]  10 Zul Hijjah 1393~3 Jan 1974

[8] Early Shawwal 1394~Oct-end 1974

[9] 1980-81CE~1400-1401AH

[10] 1413AH

[11] 1973-85CE~1393-1405AH

[12] 1984CE~1404AH

[13] 1985CE~1405AH

[14] 20/10/1992CE~20/4/1413AH

[15] 1985 to 20 Oct 1992CE~1405 to 20/4/1413

[16] 01/10/1929CE~26/4/1348 AH

[17] 1972CE~1392AH

[18] 1973-1983CE~1393-1403AH

[19] 1984-1992CE~1404-1413AH

[20]20/10/ 1992CE~20/4/1413AH

[21] 1936-2002CE~1355-1423AH

[22] Jun 2004CE~RabeeII 1425AH

[23] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH

[24] Nov 1967CE~Sha’baan 1387AH

[25] Oct 1969CE~Sha’baan 1389AH

[26] 18/10/1393AH~13/11/1973CE

[27] 9/9/2004CE~23/7/1425AH

[28] 11/10/2004CE~25/8/1425AH

[29] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH

[30] 1969CE~1389AH

[31] 11/10/2004CE~25/8/1425AH

[32] 11/7/1944CE~19/7/1363AH

[33] 18/10/1393AH~13/11/1973CE

3 thoughts on “A Brief History of Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam

    • Assalamu alaikum
      The contact number of the madrasah is: 040-2444 0450. You can get your information from there. The admissions start there at around 10 Shawwal and usually continue through the entire month.

    • I am not at Sabeelus Salam now, so my contact number won’t serve any purpose. Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam’s contact number is 040-2444 0450. Admissions take place in the entire month of Shawwal every year.

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