Shaikhul Hind, Hadhrat Moulana Mahmoodul Hasan Saahib Deobandi (Rahmatullahi alayh), is that personality who is well known amongst the Ulama of the world. He was the very first student of Darul Uloom Deoband and benefitedtremendously from the founder of the Madrasa Hujjatul Islam, Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Nanotwi (Rahmatullahi alayh). He drank from the spiritual fountain of his Ustaaz and quenched his thirst of knowledge and spirituality from him.
Allah Ta’ala blessed him with great knowledge of Deen and deep insight and wisdom. Although he was physically small in built, he was a giant in knowledge and spirituality. The khidmat and service of Deen that he rendered was so huge that one cannot fathom how one individual could render so much of khidmat and service all on his own. His works and efforts continue up to this day and will Insha Allah continue till the day of Qiyaamah. At one and the same time he was an Aalim of Deen, an Ustaaz of Hadith in Darul Uloom Deoband, a Shaikh-e-Tareeqat in the khanqah, a Mujaahid with his life in his hand on the battlefield, a humanitarian helping and assisting people on the ground, a Sufi who spent his nights awake in the worship of Allah Ta’ala as well as a leader for the poor of India. One person was a combination of so many different works and portfolios.
And it is not impossible for Allah Ta’ala to gather the whole world into just one individual
This biography is a humble attempt to capture the life of this great luminary with the hope that it will serve as an inspiration and an encouragement for us all to at least imitate the lives of these great Awliyaa.