“Without any exaggeration, he is an imam
of the sciences of Islam. ‘Ulama who have read any of his tens of extraordinary works would know what an ocean [of knowledge] he is. All of his works are geared towards the more serious research scholar. Many years ago, whilst living in Bangladesh, I had his book Maqam-e-Abi Hanifah
brought for me from Pakistan. Thinking it would be ‘just another biography’ of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) I did not look at it for months. When I finally got round to reading it, subhanallah!
It was a biography like no other. His book Rah-e-Sunnat (The Path of Sunnah) is another incredible book. I recommend two books to friends who wish to understand the concepts of sunnah
: Imam Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi al-Andalusi’s al-I’tisam
in Arabic and Rah-e-Sunnat
in Urdu. In brief, all his books are brilliant and highly beneficial.
“I recall during our Mishkat year at Darul ‘Ulum Karachi, ‘Allamah Sarfaraz Khan Safdar saheb paid an unannounced visit. All classes were immediately suspended and all the students and teachers gathered in the mosque. Hadhrat was requested to give a dars
(lesson) on Sahih al-Bukhari. Instead of a student reading the text in front of the shaykh (as is the norm), Shaykhuna ‘Allamah Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani saheb became a student and very politely and humbly asked if he could read the text! I could see some of our teachers of hadith
almost fighting for Hadhrat’s feet as he sat there delivering the dars.
‘’As for the annual Daura-e-Tafsir
of the shaykh, he used to teach the entire Qur’an to ‘ulama
every year during the long Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr holidays. This used to be a strictly ‘ulama
-oriented study of the Holy Qur’an. If a non-‘alim
were to listen to the recordings, they would mean very little to him. This annual course used to be attended by ‘ulama
from several countries including India (Deoband) and Bangladesh. It, sadly, stopped when the shaykh
was so old and ill that he could no longer continue.”