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Who led 1857’s Battle of Shamli?

Haji Saheb was born in Nanauta, a town in the district of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India on December 31, 1817. His father was Hafiz Muhammad Amin .

Haji Saheb had three brothers and one sister. When he was seven years old, his mother, Bibi Haseeni, died. At the age of nine, he accompanied Maulana Mamluk 'Ali to  Delhi. There, he studied syntax and grammar of Arabic and Persian. At the age of eighteen, his bay'at was accepted by Nasiruddin Naqshbandi.

Shaykh was of medium height, inclining towards being tall. He was of fragile build, brown-skinned and had a large head. He was of pleasant speech and friendly. He would always be smiling, and would sleep and eat little. The love of Allah had made him weak, and mujahadat and spiritual exercises had made him thin. He was extremely patient, had a big heart and possessed diverse qualities.

The Muslims and the people of the country revolted against the English in the year 1857 AD. A group of ulama, and people of zeal from amongst the Muslims arose and announced war against the English. The War of Independence was fought on two fronts: One in Ambala under the command of Maulana Ja’far Thaneseri, and the other in Shamli under the command of Haji Saheb. The battle of Shamli was won but the war was lost.

From 1864 to 1867 heart-rending acts of brutality and torture were perpetrated against the Ulama.

The greatest of his students were Shaykh Qasim Nanotwi, Shaykh Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi, Maulana Ya’qub Nanotwi, Molwi Ahmad Hasan, Molwi Muhammad Husayn and Molwi Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi. All of them became great personalities and many people benefited from them.

He has several literary works to his name, all of them regarding the love of Allah, m’arifa and tasawwuf. Among them is Dhiya al-Qulub in Persian, Irshad-e-Murshid, Gulzar-e-M’arifa, Tuhfat al-Ushshaq, Jihad-e-Akbar, Ghiza-e-Ruh and Dardnama-e-Ghamnak in Urdu.

In the last years of his life, his health deteriorated a lot. He died on October 18, 1899, at the age of eighty-one in Makkah. He was laid to rest in Jannat-e-Mualla at the side of Shaykh Rahmatullah al-Kiranwi.

Gleaned from thetruthmag.com and wikipedia.org     

   
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Answer to the WORD Jumble:
Haji Imdadullah Muhaajir Makki

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2016 on page no. 22

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