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Introduction - Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia, Mubarakpur, India - Courtesy: www.aljamiatulashrafia.org

Introduction - Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia, Mubarakpur, India - Courtesy: www.aljamiatulashrafia.org

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 In the Name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful 
Al-Jamiatul Ashrafia
Mubarakpur, Azamgarh, (U.P.), IndiaPhone : +91 05462250092Fax : +91 05462 250149Mobile: 09335968693Email :
AN INTRODUCTION
Hafiz-e-Millat came to Mubarakpur on 29th of Shawwal 1352/ 14th of January 1934 andwas appointed the principal of the Madarsa. At the time the Madarsa was situated atPurani Basti (where Hazrat Aziz-e-Millat lives these days.) Instructions were given onlyin the reading of Qur'an, pimary religious texts, Persian language and Mathematics. Therewere no students from outside Mubarakpur. The annual budget of the Madarsa was2757rupees, 14 annas and 9 pies. He emerged as the harbinger of a new enthusiasm in theMadarsa and created a unique Islamic atmosphere in the town. The Madarsa becamefamous far and wide for its quality education and it drew many students from outsideMubarakpur and soon the Madarsa was packed to its capacity.At the time of Hafiz-e-Millat's arrival, those in the opposition got panicky with thesedevelopments and they intensified their activities. Hafiz-e-Millat accepted thesechallenges and got ready for constructive thoughts and deeds. Now he delivered speechesto put counter challenge to the opponents and devoted all his energy to make the Madarsathrive and flourish and Hafiz-e-Millat's efforts on those fronts were crowned withsuccess.
 
This process of replies and counter replies continued for four months. Hafiz-e-Millat'sspeeches exposed the weakness of the opponents who were extremely defamed. He gavethe slogan-Unity is life and dissension is death-to the people of Mubarakpur and wonover their hearts.Some elderly and well intentioned Muslims of Mubarakpur established a madarsa calledMisbahul Uloom in 1317 (A.H.) / 1899 (A.D.) next to the Mosque of Rani Deena Baba ina thatched house on the western side. The Madarsa was aimed to impart the education of the Holy Qur'an and the primary religious texts. This institution was run with theassistance and contributions of the people in spite of their bad economic condition.Those were the days when there was no discrimination between the Sunnis and theDeobandis. Except for some Shi'ites the entire Muslim population comprised the Sunnis.The early teachers of the madarsa were Maulana Mohammad Siddique Ghusavi, Maulana Noor Mohammad Mahmood. Unfortunately maulvi mahmood, who belonged to PuraMa'roof, a village in the district of Azamgarh, was from the Deoband school and he didnot keep his inclinations secrets. Two students and the managers of the Madarsa andsome others came under his influence. The difference rose with the emergence of theDeobandi School of thought, when heated debate started on whether Allah can tell a lie or not. Some students under the impact of Maulvi Mahmood believed that it was possiblewhile the Sunnis believed that Allah can not tell a lie. This controversy grew inmagnitude and affected the Madarsa, rather adversely. The Deobandis started their ownMadarsa,called Ehya-ul-Uloom while the ambitious Muslims retained the name of Misbahul Uloom and continued their madarsa as such. They shifted it to the Mosque atGola Bazar in 1326 (A.H.) 1908 (A.D.)According to the wishes of Maulana Mohammad Umar Lateefi , a desciple of HazratShah Abdul lateef Chisti, a sufi descendant of Bahadur Shah Zafar and several other disciples of Shakhul Mashaikh Hazrat Syed Shah Ali Hussain Ashrafi Kichhauchhavi, (d.1355/1936) Madarsa Misbahul Uloom got two more prefixes and came to be known as"Madarsa Lateefia Ashrafia Misbahul Uloom". It worked on a limited scale along withtraditional line. Then the Madarsa kept on shifting from place to place and it finallyestablished itself in 1341 (A.H.) /1922 (A.D.)in Purani Basti. This madarsa is generallyknown as Purana Madarsa. Then, for unknown reason the prefix "Lateefia" was omittedand the madarsa came to be known as "Madarsa Ashrafia Misbahul Uloom."Madarsa Misbahul Uloom could not progressed as desired after the death of its sincereteacher Maulana Mohammad Siddique Ghusavi (a cousin of Hazrat Sadras ShariahMaulana Amjad Ali Azmi) due to the frequent entry and exit of many other teacher sduring those days.
 
Maulvi Shukrullah Mubarakpuri, after having graduated from Darul Uloom, Deobandcame to Mubarakpur in 1336 (A.H.) and started working for the propagation of his schoolof thought. The followers of this school separated their Friday prayers in an another mosque, on their own, in 1337 (A.H.), while these people said their Friday prayers andEid prayers in Jama Masjid, Raja Mubarak Shah. With the continuous and consistentefforts of Maulvi Shukrullah, the Sunnis started feeling rather intensively the need for ahigh statured Sunni scholar who may take over, pose a counter challenge to the opponentsand take Madarsa Ashrafia Misbahul Uloom on the way to progress. The people of Mubarakpur invited Sadrus Shariah Hazrat Maulana Amjad Ali Azmi (d. 1367 / 194A)and Muhaddith-e-Azam Hazrat Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashrafi Kichhauchhavi (d.1381 / 1960) and both the scholars in their own wisdom, according to the wishes of the people of the mubarakpur and the needs of the time selected a pious and qualified teacher.The teacher was Hafiz Abdul Aziz Moradabadi who is known as Ustazul Ulema JalalatulIlm Hafiz-e-Millat Allama Shah Abdul Aziz Moradabadi for his wide spread valuablereligious and academic services and he came to be known as a bright star in the page of History.Just at the heated discourses and debates held during Moharram 1353 H. to Rabiul Akhir 1353 H. came to a close, the members as well-wishers of Ashrafia started a newconstructive front under the leadership of Hafiz-e-Millat. A meeting was held in JamaMasjid Raza Mubarak Shah and on Friday the project for constructing buildings for Ashrafia was started and a move for raising fund began. In spite of their economic poverty, the sunni muslims of Mubarakpur spent out whatever they had on their hand.The work of collecting the contribution went on for two months. About the dedicationand enthusiasm of Mubarakpur for collecting the contributions some office bearers of Ashrafia write in the annual report :"The people of Mubarakpur spent out their rupees, sold their cattle, live stock, pots and pans, cloth, jewelleries to raise the fund of Ashrafia. The Muslims of Mubarakpur dedicated every type of valuables to raise the fund for Ashrafia. The Muslim women of Mubarakpur gave their jewelleries- there most favorite and dear valuables. What a realand genuine religious fervour! For the construction of the first storey the women gave outapproximately 50 kilograms of jewelleries save gold jewelleries, to Ashrafia. (Rudad-Darul Uloom Ashrafia, P3, 1356 A.H.)For the construction of the new building of Darul Uloom Ashrafia, Hafiz-e-Millat and theSunni Muslims of Mubarakpur took a plot of land from Sheikh Mohammad Ansari (d.1388 / 1968) at Gola bazaar, Mubarakpur. In 1935 people decided to lay the foundationstone. The foundation stone laying ceremony was attended by Sheikhul MashaiekhHazrat Ashrafi Mian Kichhauchhavi, Hazrat Sadrus Shariah Azmi, Hazrat Muhaddithe-Azam Hind and other distinguished Ulema.

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