Who was Rashid Ahmed Gangohi?
Shaikh Rashid Ahmad Gangohi was born in the year 1244 a.h. His life was a remarkable example of devotion to the religion. He was an unparalleled authority in hadith of the time. Students flocked from all corners of the World to study at his feet in his home town of Gangoh, India. In Gangoh the Shaikh displayed the feat of teaching all six books in one year, unassisted, on an annual basis. Along with this, he was a Faqih whose Fatwas show immense erudition. Recently, the Idara-e-Islamiat in Lahore, Pakistan, printed a book called “Talifaat-e-Rashidiyyah,” which not only consists of most of his Fatwas but also contains his many learned treatises.
As well as being an authority in the Islamic sciences he was a unique example of piety and fear of Allah taala. He would speak sparingly only doing so if there was a need which is the hallmark of those who fear Allah taala. He tirelessly stopped evil through his speeches, writings and Dawah.
He would work hard in order to eliminate the innovations and heresies that existed in India at that time. Spiritually he was a Waliullah beyond any doubt and was recognized as such by the religious luminaries of the time. He had received Ijazah in the Chishti Order at a very young age. Having completed his studies in Delhi, he decided to give attention to his internal condition. Thus he handed himself over to the spiritual master and teacher of the time Imam Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki. It is from the many feats of the Imam that at the tender age of around twenty in just forty days of doing Dhikr in the company of the Imam that the latter bestowed upon him the Ijazah that normally takes others years to achieve.
The Shaikh lived and ate modestly and spent even his old age in the service of the Deen, spiritually reforming lost souls and teaching hadith even when he had become blind. The Shaikh passed away to meet his Lord on the 11th of August 1905 c.e. May
Allah taala envelop him with his Mercy. Ameen.
Wallahu Aalam bis-sawab
Mufti Mohammed Sajjad