Like other luminary Ulama, Mawlāna Nizāmuddīn Asīr Adrawī remains unknown to Muslim Ummah.
Born: 1926 in Adri, District: Mau, Uttar Pradesh.
Current Status: Bedridden at his house in Adri, Mau.
Respected Mawlāna was born in Adri in 1926 as, though my friends from Adri say, it is just a mere idea; he if rightly said, is born over 1920’s & thus is 100+. Hazrat
Mawlāna writes about this issue in his autobiography “Dastan NaTamam” (The Incomplete Story) that:
“This date is not written anywhere (homely documents or whatsoever) but I have heard my elders saying that when the foundation of Masjid of our Mohalla was laid down, and it was being constructed; I was born in the same year. The Masjid has written 1345H over it, so thus I assumed my CE birth year to be 1926”. [Dastan NaTamam, Page 14]
Mawlāna started his education from home, He then went on to Miftah-ul-Ulum in Mau & Ihya-ul-Ulum Mubarakpur for further studies. He graduated from Jamia Qasmiyya Shahi Moradabad in 1942. [Dastan NaTamam, Page 331]
HIS FAMOUS TEACHERS
Respected Mawlāna studied under the great luminaries of his time which include the likes of Mawlāna Ismail Sambhali, Mawlāna Muhammad Miyan Deobandi and
Mawlāna Sayyad Fakhruddin Ahmad (May Allah have mercy on them all.) He himself states about the teachers & darsgah’s (classes) in Madrassa Shahi Moradabad.
1: “Just entering from the gate, towards the left side is a room, this was the darsgah of our teachers Mawlāna Ismail Sambhali Saheb RA. The pearls of linguistic eloquence would scatter from his dars of Muslim Shareef”.
2: “When you walk a few yards towards the ground of Masjid, right towards the north of this ground is a canopied darsgah, here the great writer and author Hadhrat Mawlāna Sayyad Muhammad Miyan Saheb Deobandi used to teach. He was our Tirmidhi teacher”.
3: “That is the door of Dar al-Hadith, where our great & magnificent teacher, the great Muhaddith Hadhrat Mawlāna Sayyad Fakhruddin Ahmad used to teach. He was the flag bearer of the knowledge of Hadhrat Shaykh al-Hind & Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. He had imparted knowledge of Hadith to generations. Teaching of Bukhari Shareef & Abu Daood Shareef was entrusted unto him. At that timeonly these four books were taught in Daura Hadith”.
[Dastan NaTamam, Page 72-73]
HIS LITERARY WORKS
Mawlāna Abul Qasim Nomani of Darul Uloom Deoband regards Mawlāna Adrawi as a widely known name of Urdu world. [Afkar-e-Alam, Volume 1, Page 5]
Dr. Zafar Ahmad Sidddiqui of Aligarh Muslim University regards Mawlāna Adrawi as benevolent journalist and a great writer & author. [Afkar-e-Alam, Volume 1, Page 5].
Mawlāna has authored over 30 beautiful books, out of which 4 books are lost. The names are as below:
1: Darul Uloom Deoband Ehya-e-Islam Ki Azeem Tehreek (470 pages, Darul Mu’allifeen Deoband, 1992).
2: Ma’asr Shaykh al-Islam [Biography of Mawlāna Hussain Ahmad Madni] (504 pages, —do—, 1987).
3: Tehreek-e-Azadi Aur Musalman (551 pages, —-do—-, 1988).
4: Hazrat Shaykh al-Hind Hayat Aur Karname (291, Shaikhul Hind Academy, Deoband, 1998).
5: Mawlāna Qasim Nanotwi Hayat Aur Karname (432 pages, —-do—-, 1995).
6: Mawlāna Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi Hayat Aur Karname (412 pages, —-do—-, 1997).
7: Ehd-e-Risalat: Ghaar-e-Hira Se Gumbad-e-Khizra Tak (415 pages, —-do—-, 2000).
8: Jang-e-Azadi Mai MusalmanoN Ka Kirdar (474 pages, Markaz Dawat-e-Islam, Deoband, 1981).
9: Tareekh Jamiat Ulama Hind, 2 volumes (Markaz Dawat-e-Islam, Deoband).
10: TafsiroN Mai Isra’ili Riwayat (446 pages, Kutub Khana Hussaynia, Deoband, 1983).
11: Sharah Deewan-e-Mutanabbi (562 pages, —–do—–, 1984).
12: Tareekh Tabri Ka Tahqeeqi Jayzah (128 pages, Darul Mu’allifeen Deoband, 1985).
13: Fun Asma-ur-Rijal (168 pages, —-do—-, 1988).
14: Karwan-e-Rafta (271 pages, Darul Uloom Hyderabad, 1993).
15: Dabistan-e-Deoband Ki Ilmi Khidmat (182 pages, Darul Mu’allifeen Deoband, 1998).
16: Mawlāna Rahmatullah Kairanwi Hayat Aur Karname (330 pages, Fareed Book Depot, Delhi).
17: Mawlāna Imamuddin Punjabi (Qamrul Bari, Deoria, 2002).
18: Gulzar-e-Taleem (Qudratullah Gulzar Taleem Banaras, 1988).
19: Tablighi Jamat Ehya-e-Islam Ki Azeem Tehreek (Qasimul Uloom Zamania, 1992).
20: Aqeeda-e-Tauheed Aur Uske Amli Taqaze (—-do—-, 1990).
21: Jawahir-e-Hadees (Madrassa Darussalam Adri, 2003).
22: Ahadees Ke Jawahir Paare (Jamia Qasmia Adri, 2005).
23: Aurat Aur Islam (Madrassa Darussalam Adri, 1995).
24: Mu’jim Rijaal al-Bukhari (1200 pages, unpublished).
25: Mukhtasar Tareekh-e-Islam, 3 volumes (only first volume published).
26: Dastan NaTamam (Autobiography, Kutub Khana Hussaynia, Deoband, 2009).
27: Afkar-e-Alam, 2 volumes (Shaikhul Hind Academy, Deoband, 2008).
1: Communism Tajrubat Ki Kasoti Par.
3: Nasheeb-o-Faraz (collection of fictions).
4: Rudad-e-Qafas (Poetic collection).
“Tehreek Azadi Aur Musalman” (351 pages, 5th edition, April, 2017) is edited version of “Jang-e-Azadi Mai MusalmanoN Ka Kirdar” and is published by Darul Mu’allifeen Deoband. This book was so much liked & praised that American Congress demanded its copies for 50 libraries in Washington. (Dastan NaTamam, Page 245).
Besides being a great author, writer & historian, Mawlāna Adrawi is a fabulous poet also. A poem he wrote after the demise of his wife (she passed away on 3rd May 1995, 42 years) is quoted for reference.
Ek Hadsa Jo Sar Se Ba Zahir Guzar Gaya
Wo Zehr Banke Meri RagoN Mein Utar Gaya
Dil Hai Kahan? Dimag Kahan? Kuchh Khabar Nahi
Sheeraza-e-Hayat Kuchh Aisa Bikhar Gaya
Weeraniyan Hain Abh To Chaman Ke Naseeb Mein
Ik Qafla Bahaar Ka Aakar Guzar Gaya
Toda Hai Dam WahiN Pe Dil Nasaboor Ne
Munh Mod Kar Jahan Se Shareek-e-Safar Gaya
Abh Sari Zindagi Hai Kadi Dhup Ka Safar
Ik Ped Saaya Daar Tha, Wo Bhi Guzar GayaDastan NaTamam (Page: 329-330).
Whilst he was in Madrassa Shahi Moradabad, there was an organisation (Anjuman) of students named “Islah-ul-Bayan”. This organisation used to publish a magazine named “Al-Bayan”. Mawlāna Adrawi was chosen to be its in-charge (Mudir). During this time, Mawlāna Adrawi was addicted to poetry (if said rightly), he used to compose long poems. Sadly, all this is lost.
Mawlāna Adrawi talks about his long poem (Musaddas) named “Bang-e-Sarosh” which was over 60 to 70 units (6o-70 band). It was calligraphed and Ulama like Mawlāna Qazi Athar Mubarakpuri had written preface to it. This poem was about the downfall of Mughal Empire, and unfortunately, this poem is also lost.
Mawlāna Adrawi served at Jamia Islamia Banaras from 4th of February, 1978 until he was bedridden.
We pray to Allah Ta’ala for his well-being, Aameen!