The Great Scholars of The Deobandi Seminary is a highly inspirational glimpse into the lives and works of some of the luminaries affiliated to Dar al-Ulum Deoband, aptly renowned as the Azhar of the East. It is a translation of two Urdu articles authored by Mufti Taqi Usmani, which were later jointly published under the title Akabir-i Deoband Kya Thay. The first article is essentially a recollection of an array of profound stories, teachings and personal interactions, which Mufti Taqi Usmani's illustrious father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani, would often related with great fondness regarding his teachers and elders whom he benefited from. The second article, again a collection of stories and sayings, highlight the salient features of those who hailed from the rich tradition of the Deoband seminary.
Essentially, this book epitomises the essence and spirit of the Deoband seminary, and provides an invaluable insight into the character, legacy and methodology of its great masters.
The author, Mufti Taqi Usmani is one of the leading contemporary scholars of today. After studying at Dar al-Ulum Karachi, Pakistan, the renowned institute established by his late father, Mufti Shafi Usmani, he has been teaching at the same institute over the last four decades and currently teaches Sahih al-Bukhari. Alongside his expertise in Islamic Law, Economics, and Hadith, he has authored over foorty books in Arabic, Urdu and English on various topics.
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