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In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

QaddasAllahu Sirrahul `Aziz
A brilliant jewel arrived in Bareilly with the time of Zuhr Namaz
An illustrious emerald from Allah's treasures free from any flaws
From a virtuous family whose ancestors came from Afghanistan
The grandson of Mawlana Raza `Ali, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


Accredited during his youth, that his knowledge was extensive and sound
At such an early age he displayed that his writing and speech was profound
A precious gemstone shined with the recitation of the Holy Qur'an
A son born to Mawlana Naqi `Ali, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


With utmost respect for the four Imams, he mastered the Hanafi School
He took the Sufi path from his Shaykh Hazrat as-Sayyid al-e-Rasul
A path to Allah with the teachings of Shaykh `Abdul Qadir of Jilan
The spiritual master A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


His legal judgements in Muslim Sacred Law are a monumental feat
His writings demonstrate his grasp of knowledge, his scholarship is elite!
His Urdu translation of Allah's Book is entitled Kanzul Iman
The Shaykh of Islam, al-Hajj A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


Refuting heretics and deviants, he kept their confusion at bay
His love disallowed him to see the Prophet dishonoured in any way
In the colonizer's insidious game, he refused to be a pawn
Imam of Ahlus Sunnah A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


An expert in many branches of knowledge, how many did he pursue!
Astronomy, physics, math and linguistics, just to name only a few
A nat he composed uses four languages how great was his lexicon!
A vast ocean of knowledge A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


His Gardens of Gifts remain in full bloom, wherein seekers can quench their thirst
From its founts of love for the Prophet in which he was thoroughly immersed
Springing forth all types of spiritual poetry found in his diwan
Servant of the Chosen One A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


His salam to the light of guidance is like standing in a springtime rain
As it gently falls on a field of flowers in which we wish to remain
Recited from Makkah and Madina to India and Pakistan
The Reviver of the Faith A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


With the Testimony of Faith, a sweet-scented rose returned to its place
In the fragrant garden of the Prophet, by Allah's Beneficent Grace
In the month of Safar at the time of the Jumu`ah Prayer Azan
May Allah be well-pleased with A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan

Naf'anallahu bih !


The sweet fragrance of this rose remains, it was carried and became widespread
By his representatives and his disciples after he passed ahead
Like Shaykh `Abdul `Aleem Siddiqui who was a global phenomenon
Long live the legacy of A`la Hazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan     (Amin ya Allah!)

Naf'anallahu bih !



Irshaad Ahmad Rashid
Rabi' al-Thani 1441 A.H. / December 2019
Toronto, Canada










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