A Brief History of
Därul Uloom Sabeel us Saläm
By Maulänä Qärï Ghuläm Rabbänï Qäsmï
Co-founder of Sabeelus Saläm, and Imäm of Masjid ‘Ämirah, Hyderabad
First epoch of the madrasah
Second epoch of the Madrasah
Third epoch of the madrasah
DUSS – a brief introduction
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First epoch of the madrasah 5
The first meeting of the madrasah. 5
Names of some of the boarding students of the Hifz and ‘Älimiyat sections. 5
The first teachers. 6
The second meeting of the madrasah. 6
Special meeting for hide-collection during ‘Ïdul Azhä. 7
Managing committee constituted. 8
Expansion of the managing committee. 8
Acquisition of land for the madrasah. 8
Transfer of madrasah to the new location. 9
The madrasah on its site. 9
Second epoch of the madrasah 11
1. First classroom building. 11
2. ‘Älimiyat Building. 11
3. Muhsin Library. 11
Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän passes away. 11
Academic Progress. 12
Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän (1929-1992) 12
Services of Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän. 13
Third epoch of the madrasah 14
1. Fencing of the madrasah land. 14
2. Construction of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattäb. 14
3. Tahfïzul Qurän Building. 15
4. Administrative Block. 15
5. Computer Building. 15
6. Tailoring Centre. 15
7. Borewell, Water Tank and the Two Adjoining Rooms. 15
8. As Saläm Hospital 16
9. Dining hall 16
10. Därul Ikhtisäs (Specialization courses block) 16
Academic progress. 16
Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih) (1944-2004) 16
Arrival at Hyderabad. 17
Maulänä’s schedule at Masjid ‘Ämirah. 17
The greatest feat of Maulänä’s life. 18
Maulänä’s books and literary works. 18
My last meeting with him.. 18
A brief profile of Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï 20
Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm, Hyderabad – A brief introduction (1426 AH = 2005 CE) 21
Important publications of Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm and its affiliated bodies. 23
Atheism, faithlessness and apathy towards religion pose a serious threat to our present ethical values and spiritual standards. Moreover, our country is a non-Islämic, secular republic because of which Isläm’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 Isläm.
The underlying objective behind the setting up of madrasahs is much more than mere preservation of Indian Muslims’ bond with Isläm. In fact, the aim is to make this bond firm and fervent, so that they may live in India with their Islämic 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-Islämic forces and held out against countless movements and campaigns carried out against Isläm. Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm, Hyderabad occupies an important place among such madrasahs. It was founded by Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï nearly 32 years ago (in 1393AH). At that time, he was serving as the Imäm (prayer-leader) and Khatïb (Jum’ah sermonizer) of Masjid ‘Ämirah, ‘Äbids while this writer had the same responsibilities at Masjid Hyderguda.
First epoch of the madrasah
The holy month of Ramazän was over and Shawwäl 1393 AH had set in. Häfiz Abdur Rasheed Furqänï and this writer were present at Maulänä Rizwän’s room in Masjid ‘Ämirah at ‘Äbids. With trust in Alläh, 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 Maulänä Rizwän’s mind and was endorsed by the remaining two of us. Subsequently, through Late Qärï Zahïruddïn Sharfï, Khatïb at Masjid ‘Äliya, Gun Foundry (near ‘Äbids), Maulänä Rizwän got in touch with Late Maulänä Abdul Khäliq Afghänï (Secretary, Masjid Miyäñ Mishk) who permitted the madrasah to be run at his mosque. Thus, by Alläh’s grace, the madrasah started functioning from 18 Shawwal 1393. In its first year itself, the madrasah had three different academic sections: Näzirah (Qurän recitation), Hifz (Qurän Memorization) and ‘Älimiyat (Arabic classes). Both boarders and day scholars were enrolled in the madrasah.
(1) Maulänä Shu’aib Aslam Nadwï Azharï (presently serving at Jämi’ah Azhar, Egypt), son of Maulavï Bahäuddïn Sähib (former staff at Indian Railways)
(2) Maulänä Häshim Ghaurï Qäsmï (presently living at Abu Dhabi, UAE)
(3) Maulänä Muhammad Hassän Qäsmï, younger brother of Hazrat Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï
(4) Maulänä Muhammad Tähir Qäsmï Shädnagarï, Rector, Madrasah Därul Uloom Sabeelul Huda, Shadnagar, Mahbubnagar district
(5) Maulänä Abdul Jabbär Qäsmï, Rector, Därul Uloom Rashïdia, Gadwal, Mahbubnagar district
(6) Maulänä La’ïq Ahmad Qäsmï, Imäm and Khatïb, Jämi’ Masjid, Shukr Nagar Boodhan, Nizamabad district
(7) Maulavï Häfiz Muhammad Mustafä
(8) Häfiz Abdul Wähid
(9) Häfiz Abdur Rashïd
(10) Maulänä Muhammad Usmän, Kodar
The teaching staff consisted of Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï and this writer (Arabic section) and Häfiz Abdur Rasheed Sähib (Hifz and Näzirah 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, Maulänä Rizwän 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. Häfiz 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.
At the time of the madrasah’s establishment, it did not have any source of fund at its disposal. Maulänä Rizwän and this writer used to teach for free. The requirements related to boarding were taken care of by Maulänä Abdul Khäliq Afghänï 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 madrasah had begun to function but without a name. So Maulänä Rizwän convened a meeting of the faculty at his Masjid ‘Ämirah residence in the early days of Zul Hijjah 1393 AH. The other two participants, this writer and Häfiz 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 Alläh a light (Prophet Muhammad صلَّى الله عليه و سلَّم) and a plain book (this Qurän). Through it, Alläh guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace. (Qurän 5:15-16)
سُبُل (subul) meaning ‘ways’ was converted to the singular form سَبِيْل (sabïl) and دَارُالْعُلُوْم (Därul Uloom) was added in the beginning of the name. Thus the madrasah had its full name as دَارُالْعُلُوْم سَبِيْلُ السَّلام (Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm). The verse also contains a subtle hint towards the founder’s name (Rizwän).
When ‘Ïdul Azhä, the festival of animal sacrifices, drew near, a special meeting was called at Masjid Miyäñ 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:
- Late Qärï Zahïruddïn Sharfï, Imäm and Khatïb, Masjid ‘Äliya, Gun Foundry
- Late Maulänä Abdul Khäliq Afghänï, Masjid Miyäñ Mishk, Puränä Pul
- Maulänä Shäh Muhammad Bin Abdur Rahmän Al Hamavï Qädrï, Imäm, Masjid Mu’azzampurä, Mallepally
- Maulänä Abdul Mannän Sabeelï Siddiqï, Golconda
- Late Häfiz Muhammad Ya’qüb, Muazzin, Masjid ‘Ämirah, ‘Äbids
- Late Janäb Muhammad ‘Alï alias Jänï Bhäï
- Late Khäja Nasïruddïn Engineer
- Late Imtiäz ‘Alï Husainï
- Late Hämid ‘Alï Hasan Siddiqï
- Abdur Rahïm Siddiqï Sähib
- Abdul Ghaffär Sähib
- Late Mas’üd Ismä’ïl
These gentlemen offered all possible support and contribution to the madrasah on that occasion.
In the very first year of the madrasah’s foundation, Maulänä Rizwän edited and published the Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm (DUSS) calendar based on the Hijrï 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 Alläh’s Grace, the publication of the calendar has continued till date.
Immediately after ‘Ïdul Azhä, 1393 AH, Ml Rizwän 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:
- Late Muhammad ‘Alï alias Jänï Bhäï (President)
- Late Khäja Nasïruddïn Engineer (Secretary)
- Janäb Abdur Rahïm Siddïqï Sähib (Treasurer)
- Janäb Haamid ‘Alï Hasan (Member)
- Late Imtiyäz ‘Alï Husainï (Member)
Maulänä Md Rizwänul Qäsmï was appointed the Rector (Näzim) of the Jämi’ah and he served in the same position till his death.
Due to some unfavorable circumstances, the madrasah had to be shifted to Läl Tekri and later, to Late Khäja Nasïruddïn’s plot at Mehdipatnam as an interim arrangement. A storm blew away the madrasah’s thatch (roof) and so, it had to move to Qärï Abdul ‘Alïm Sähib’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 Ziyäur Rahmän (Partner, Beverage Hotel, ‘Äbids) and Qärï Abdul ‘Alïm Sähib as members. This took place soon after the end of the holy month of Ramazän 1394 AH. 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.
It was around 1980-81. 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 Salälah, Bärkas 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 Ziyäur Rahmän 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 Ziyäur Rahmän 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 Ziyäur Rahmän (1992) and were completed at the hands of Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï (Alläh’s mercy be upon him).
After ten years, by Alläh’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 Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih), that auspicious hour finally dawned when on Friday, 15 October 1982 (= 27 Zul Hijja 1402), the world-renowned intellectual and scholar Hazrat Maulänä Abul Hasan ‘Alï Al Hasanï An Nadwï (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih), popularly known as ‘Alï Miyäñ, laid the foundation-stone for the Jämi’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 Jämi’ah was fulfilled! However much the Ever-bountiful Alläh is thanked for this, it won’t suffice! O Alläh! We acknowledge Your boundless bounty and kindness.
When the madrasah shifted from its Mehdipatnam building to its new location near Salälah, Bärkas, 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 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 ‘Alï alias Jänï Bhäï in 1984, Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän was appointed the president of the madrasah managing committee. In the latter half of 1985, the committee members vested all their rights and responsibilities to Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän (president, managing committee) and Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï (rector and director of the Jämi’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.
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).
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 ‘Älimiyat first year to ‘Älimiyat 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 Jämi’ah, a memorial of the second epoch.
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.
On 20 October 1992 at the time of Fajr, Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän suffered a heart-stroke and left for his eternal abode.
اِنَّا لِلّٰهِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَيْهِ رٰجِعُوْنَ ١٥٦ۭ
Truly, to Alläh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. (Qurän 2:156)
May Alläh 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) 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.
The academic progress of this epoch is as follows:
Up to 1985, education was imparted up to ‘Älimiyat 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-Hadïth) of ‘Älimiyat course were started. This was followed by the commencement of several specialization courses. Thus this epoch saw progress of the Jämi’ah in academic as well as infrastructural aspects. And that marks the end of the second epoch!
Born on 01 October 1929 (~26/4/1348 AH) at Jagtiäl in Kareemnagar district, Andhra Pradesh, Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän had later migrated to Hyderabad. He resided at Hyderguda and ran a restaurant Beverage Hotel at ‘Äbids in partnership with Mr Abdul Ghaffär. In 1972, when this writer was the Imäm and Khatïb of Hyderguda, Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän was the secretary (or president) of the Masjid Hyderguda managing committee. Later, he was appointed the secretary of Masjid ‘Ämirah managing committee, ‘Äbids. Till a few months before his death, he served as secretary of Masjid ‘Ämirah committee. Mr Ziyäur Rahmän was also an enthusiastic worker of the Tablïghï Jamä’at, a true, devoted Muslim and highly pious, sincere and saintly human. May Alläh forgive him and bestow him a place in the Jannatul Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)! May Alläh turn his services into an eternal charity (Sadaqa-e-Järiya)! Ämïn! Ämïn again and again!
From 1973 to 1983 for ten years, he served as a member of the madrasah managing committee; and from 1984 to 1992 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 Ziyäur Rahmän’s passing away in 1992. In this epoch, all the administrative responsibilities of the madrasah practically fell upon the shoulders of Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï. Maulänä Rizwän 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.
Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï was aware of the fact that the 46-acre land-plot of the Jämi’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 Maulänä’s far-sighted vision. So after 1992, the first project he took up was the fencing of the Jämi’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 Maulänä Rizwän could have done it and he did do it! The unprotected 46-acre land of the Jämi’ah thus became safe with the construction of the boundary-wall. This was Maulänä’s first and quite significant achievement after 1992. In this context, the uncle-nephew duo of late Abdulläh Bä Sulaimän (Bärkas) and Qädir Päshä (Mushïräbäd) deserve special credit as they extended every possible help to Maulänä Rizwän on this occasion. Because of the presence of these two gentlemen during the work of fencing, the uphill task became easier and achievable.
After completing the fencing project, the construction work of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattäb was started which now stands almost completed. This is the impressive Jämi’ah mosque, located behind Muhsin library, to its west. Nearly 2500 men can perform Saläh at a time in this mosque. This is the second important feat of Maulänä Rizwän Al Qäsmï. Below the northern portion of the mosque, there is a hall named Seminar Hall.
In this hall, Räbita Adab e Islämï (Islämic Literature League) conference was held a few years back. There is another large hall below the masjid courtyard. In his lifetime itself, Maulänä Rizwän had proposed the hall’s name after Hazrat Maulänä Qäzï Mujähidul Isläm (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih) (1936-2002) as Qäzï Mujähid Hall. Last year, in June 2004, this hall was the venue for the 14th Fiqh seminar of the Islämic FiqhAcademy. The hall needs plaster and finishing, and some minor works also need to be done.
The Tahfïzul Qurän (Qurän Memorization) building is located to the south-west of Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattäb. This is also one of the elegant buildings of the madrasah where lessons in Qurän 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.
It is also located near Masjid ‘Umar Bin Khattäb, 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.
It stands in front of the Tahfïzul Qurän 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.
It is situated near the main gate towards its west where desirous students are taught tailoring and embroidery.
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.
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.
It is situated near the madrasah mess, to its east where the teachers and students of specialization courses are served meals.
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. (Qurän 2:196)
These are the ten buildings that come under Maulänä Rizwän’s exclusive achievements, as all of them were constructed after late Mr Sayyid Ziyäur Rahmän passed away. In addition, there is a guest house under construction. The ceiling has been laid but other works remain to be done.
In fact, all the academic sections of Jämi’ah Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm owe their existence to Maulänä Rizwän’s thoughts and vision. His exclusive period of leadership saw the madrasah make remarkable academic advancements. More specialization courses were started. Tadrïbul Aimmah (Imämat training course) was begun and a special short-term ‘Älimiyat course for English-educated students (10th or Intermediate-passed) under the title “Jamä’at e Khäs” was started. The publication and dissemination section got quite active and a large number of books were published.
Born on 11 July 1944 at Bhagrathpur village, Rasülpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihär, Maulänä received his early education at Jämi’ah Rahmänia, Munger (Bihär); Madrasah Dhäkah, Champäran (Bihär); and Madrasah Husainiah, Ranchi (Jharkhand). After intermediate-level madrasah education, he came to Därul Uloom, Deoband (Uttar Pradesh) and after completing Daura e Hadith (final year of ‘Älimiyat) in 1967 there, he enrolled in Qurän specialization course. He completed the course in 1969 after submitting his dissertation.
At that time, the post of Imäm and Khatïb of Masjid ‘Ämirah, ‘Äbids, Hyderabad had fallen vacant. Then the legendary author and orator Hazrat Maulänä Qärï Muhammad Tayyib (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih), Chancellor, Därul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.) visited Hyderabad. Masjid ‘Ämirah committee members, in particular, Mr Abdul Wahhäb (Secretary, Masjid ‘Ämirah committee, ‘Äbids) 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 Maulänä Muhammad Rizwän Al Qäsmï for the above mentioned post by the recommendation of Hazrat Maulänä Me’räjul Haq Sähib, Vice-Chancellor, Därul Uloom, Deoband. He sent the young research scholar to Hyderabad. In this way, Maulänä Md Rizwän shifted to Hyderabad from Därul Uloom Deoband. On Maulänä’s arrival here, the committee members gave him a warm welcome:
دلِ مضطر سے پوچھ، اے رونقِ بزم
میں خود آیا نہیں، لایا گیا ہوں
Ask the troubled heart, O Splendour of the party!
I haven’t come on my own, rather I have been invited.
Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï used to reside on the fourth floor of Masjid ‘Ämirah. He would lead the five-time Salähs in the mosque. After Zuhr prayer, he would give a brief lecture on the commentary of the holy Qurän, explaining a few verses every day to the people. A large number of Saläh-performers (Namäzïs) would be present to listen to Maulänä’s lecture and benefit from it. After ‘Asr, Maulänä would teach Mishkätul Masäbïh, a collection of the holy Prophet’s Hadïths (traditions). Thus the Saläh-performers would benefit from the blessings of Hadïths as well. On Fridays, he would spellbind the audience with his distinctive and charming oratorical style. To listen to Maulänä’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.
Out of the long list of Maulänä’s achievements, the greatest is undoubtedly the establishment of Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm which he founded in 1973, three years after his arrival at Hyderabad. The late Al Häj Häfiz Qärï Abdur Rasheed Sähib Furqänï (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih) and this writer were Maulänä’s first colleagues and assistants. Maulänä Rizwän not only established this institution but also led it to the pinnacle of its advancement in his own lifetime. Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm, in its present state, is a living testimony to this. To Alläh are due all praise and thanks!
On one hand, Maulänä 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 “Siäsat”. Moreover, Maulänä would answer people’s queries on Isläm in his weekly column “Äp ke suwäl” (Your Queries) which benefited both the laity and the clergy. In return, they would compliment Maulänä on his elegant literary style. Maulänä also penned a number of books, some of which are mentioned here:
- Ai insän! waqt kï qïmat pahchän (O Man! know the value of time)
- Bäten unkï yäd rahengï (His quotes will persist in memory)
- Charägh e räh (The lamp on the road)
- Dïnï madäris aur ‘asr e häzir (Islämic seminaries in the contemporary world)
- Zakät o sadaqa e fitr – ahkäm o masäil (Rules and regulations regarding annual obligatory charity and ‘Ïdul Fitr charity)
- ‘Ïdul Azhä – ahkäm o masäil (Rules and regulations regarding the ‘Ïd of sacrifice)
- Safar e äkhirat (The journey of the Hereafter)
- Asrär e Hayät (The secrets of life)
- Matä’ e Qalam (The wealth of pen)
- Ganj-hä e geräñ mäyah (The valuable treasures)
My last meeting with him
At 10 pm on Thursday, 9 September 2004, this writer was returning from Masjid ‘Ämirah (nearly 16 km from the madrasah) after leading the ‘Ishä prayer. (The writer was deputy to Maulänä Rizwän, the Imäm of the masjid.) As soom as the writer neared the madrasah main gate, the gate opened out and Maulänä’s car moved past the gate. The car stopped at a little distance. This writer also stopped and greeted the Maulänä. Maulänä said that he was leaving for Delhi the next day, so he (this writer) should lead the Jum’ah prayer at Masjid ‘Ämirah in his place the next day. After that the car departed and I entered the madrasah. Next morning, this writer came to Masjid ‘Ämirah, ‘Äbids to lead the Jum’ah prayer where he got the distressing news that Maulänä has got seriously ill and his Delhi journey has been cancelled. Maulänä was admitted to a hospital. The next day, Saturday, 11 September 2004, at nearly 11 a.m., Maulänä suddenly went in coma and his condition got worrisome. Maulänä had already been suffering from hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments, now a fourth disease had been diagnosed – brain haemorrhage. Maulänä’s brain was operated upon in the state of coma itself, but this surgery too could help little in elongating Maulänä’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, after leading the Zuhr prayer, this writer was as usual sitting in Masjid ‘Ämirah library when some visitors – having heard of Maulänä’s serious situation – came (to me) to enquire if I had any new information about Maulänä. I expressed my ignorance and then all of us left for Care Hospital, Muazzam Jähï Market where Maulänä was undergoing treatment. It was 2:30 p.m. There we came to know that Maulänä had left this ephemeral world for his eternal abode.
اِنَّا لِلّٰهِ وَاِنَّآ اِلَيْهِ رٰجِعُوْنَ ١٥٦ۭ
Truly, to Alläh we belong and truly, to Him we shall return. (Qurän 2:156)
For the near and dear ones, and Maulänä’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, Maulänä’s funeral Saläh was said at Masjid ‘Ämirah. In spite of the short time interval, innumerable people had gathered for the funeral Saläh. Many people who could not arrive at Masjid ‘Ämirah went to Madrasah Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm. For their convenience, funeral Saläh was said at the madrasah as well. Maulänä was then buried in the madrasah itself. Thus Maulänä 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 shä Alläh (Alläh willing), a continuing charity (sadaqa e järiya) for him! May Alläh grant him forgiveness and bestow him with a place in Firdaus, the highest level of Paradise! Ämïn! Ämïn again and again!
This was the star which first appeared in the north (of India) on 11 July 1944 and moved on in its orbit till it reached the south in 1969, after 25 years. And after shining and illuminating the south for 35 years, it set on 11 October 2004 in the Deccan peninsula to remain out of sight till the Last Day. Maulänä was 60 years old at the time.
Name: Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï
Son of: Al Häj Habïbul Hasan
Date of birth: 11 July 1944
Place of birth: Bhagrathpur village, Rasülpur mandal, Darbhanga district, Bihär state, India
Educational qualification: Fäzil (Post graduation) and Mutakhassis (doctorate) from Därul Uloom, Deoband (U.P.)
Services and contributions:
- Imäm and Khatïb, Masjid ‘Ämirah, ‘Äbids, Hyderabad
- Founder rector and director, Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm, Hyderabad
- Founder member and member of Working Committee, All India Muslim Personal Law Board
- Vice-president, Islämic Fiqh Academy, India
- Member, Advisory Board, Nadwatul Ulamä, Lucknow
- Member, Board of Control and Administration, Imärat e Shari’ah, Phulwärï Sharïf, Patnä, Bihär
- Founder member, Al Ma’had Al Älï Li Tadrïbil Qäzä wal Iftä (High Institute for Training in Islämic Jurisprudence and Law)
- Vice-president, Alumni Association of Därul 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 Madäris Board (Board of Islämic madrasahs), Andhra Pradesh
- Vice-president, United Muslim Forum, Andhra Pradesh
We pray to Alläh to bestow Maulänä with a seat in Jannatul Firdaus and keep the garden of Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm blooming and safe from disturbances and unrests till the Last Day! Ämïn!
ایں دعا از مَن واز جملہ جہاں آمین باد
For this dua’a from me, let there be Ämïn from the entire world!
Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm, Hyderabad –
A brief introduction (1426 AH = 2005 CE)
Year of foundation: 1973 (Shawwäl 1393)
Founder: Maulänä Md Rizwän Al Qäsmï (Rahmatullähi ‘Alaih)
Land area: 42 acre
- Primary section
- Näzira (Qurän recitation section)
- Tahfïzul Qurän (Qurän memorization section)
- Arabic section (Arabic 1 to Arabic VIII i.e. Daura e Hadith or Fazïlat)
- Kulliyatul Qurän (Takhassus fit Tafsïr) (Specialization in Qurän and Exegesis)
- Kulliyatul Hadïth (Takhassus fil Hadïth) (Specialization in Traditions)
- Kulliyatush Shari’ah (Takhassus fil Fiqh wal Iftä) (Specialization in Jurisprudence)
- Kulliyatud Da’wah (Takhassus fid Da’wah) (Specialization in Call and Preaching)
- Kulliyatul Lughat-il ‘Arabiya wa Ädäbihä (Specialization in Arabic Language and Literature)
- Tadrïbul Aimmah (Imäm training course – a training course to make the Häfizs eligible for the position of Imäm and Khatïb)
- Jamä’at e Khäs (Short-term special Arabic course – short-term ‘Älim and Fäzil course for students with intermediate or equivalent degree from a government-curriculum institution)
- Computer section
- Tailoring section
- Muhsin library
- Därul Mutala’ah (Reading hall)
- Därul Iftä (Centre for Islämic sharia)
- Därul Ishä’at (Publication division)
- Daftar e Muhäsibï wa Ta’mïrät (Accountancy and infrastructure development office)
- Shifä Khänah (Dispensary)
- Al Faläh Students Association (for speaking and writing skills improvement)
- Safä (Urdu quarterly)
- Sautus Saläm (Arabic quarterly)
- Me’mär (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 Jämi’ah has no regular source of income. It relies on the bounties of Alläh, and then upon the contributions, charities, aids, sponsorships, etc. of generous Alläh-fearing Muslims to fulfill its budgetary needs.
Urgent requirements of Jämi’ah:
- Därul Iqämah (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 Jämi’ah. Due to lack of a guest-house, the Jämi’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 Jämi’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: Maulänä Md Hassän Al Qäsmï
- Secretary and Principal: Maulänä No’män Bader Al Qäsmï
DÄRUL ULOOM SABEELUS SALÄM
Madinatul Ilm, Hyderabad – 500 005
Andhra Pradesh, India
Phone: 0091 – 40 – 2444 0450 Fax: 2444 1835
Important_publications_of Darul”>Important publications of Därul Uloom Sabeelus Saläm and its affiliated bodies
- ‘Asr e Häzir Ke Fiqhï Masäil
- Äsän Usül e Fiqh
- Ai Insän! Waqt Ki Qïmat Pahchän
- An Nahzatul Islämiya (Arabic) (Annual journal of the students’ association)
- Asrär e Hayät
- Bäten Unkï Yäd Rahengï
- Bukhärï Sharïf Kï Äkhirï Hadïth Kä Dars
- Charägh e Räh
- Dïnï Madäris Aur ‘Asr e Häzir
- Do Hafte Amrïkä (America) mein
- Durüs e Haram
- Ganj-häe Geräñmäyah
- Guldasta e Sunnat
- Haläl o Haräm
- Idul Azhä – Ahkäm o Masäil
- Imäm Abu Hanïfa Kï Tadwïn e Qänün e Islämï
- Isläh e Mu’äsharah
- Islähï Ash’är
- Isläm Kä Nizäm e Masäjid
- Isläm Kä Nizäm e ‘Ushr o Zakät
- Istilähät e Usül e Hadïth
- Jab Sitäre Tüt Jäeñge
- Jannat Aur Ahl e Jannat – Kitäb o Sunnat Ki Raushanï Mein
- Jaräim – Marz Aur ‘Iläj
- Khuluq e ‘Azïm
- Matä’e Qalam
- Me’mär (Urdu) (Annual journal of the students’ association)
- Muntakhab Du’äeñ
- Nabiye Rahmat Kä Payäm e Rahmat
- Nafaqa e Mutallaqah Kä Mas-alah – Qurän o Hadïth Kï Raushanï Meiñ
- Paighambar e Akhläq o Insäniyat
- Payäm e Ukhuwwat
- Qur’än e Karïm – Tärïkh e Insäniyat Kä Sab Se Barä Mu’jizah
- Qur’äni Ummat
- Safar e Äkhirat – Ahkäm o Masäil
- Salät o Saläm
- Tärïkh e Tadwïn e Sïrat
- Woh Jo Shä’irï Kä Sabab Huä
- Zakät o Sadaqa e Fitr – Ahkäm o Masäil
- Zuhür e Qudsï
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ
Alläh does not let the reward of good-doers go waste. (Qurän 9:120)
Please do not use these spellings:
Sabeel us Salam
Sabeel us Salaam
Darul Uloom Sabeel us Salam
Därul Ulum Sabilus Saläm
Darool OOloom Sabeel Sabil us Saläm
 1393AH~1973CE (For the equivalent of a Hijrï 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 Hijrï year corresponding to 1st July of the year has been given in this booklet.)
 Shawwäl 1393AH~Nov 1973
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.
 18 Shawwäl 1393~13 Nov 1973
 Häfiz Abdur Rasheed Sähib served the madrasah in the same capacity till his last day (28 Nov 2007).
 Early Zul Hijjah 1393~Dec-end 1973
 10 Zul Hijjah 1393~3 Jan 1974
 Early Shawwäl 1394~Oct-end 1974
 1985 to 20 Oct 1992CE~1405 to 20/4/1413
 01/10/1929CE~26/4/1348 AH
 Jun 2004CE~RabeeII 1425AH
 Nov 1967CE~Sha’baan 1387AH
 Oct 1969CE~Sha’baan 1389AH