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Taajush Shari’ah, Hadrat Allama Mufti Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari Qari was born on the 25th of Safar in the year 1942 in Bareilly, the centre of spirituality and learning. He is the great grandson of A’la Hadrat, Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan al-Qaderi (rahmatullahi alaih), the Mujaddid (Reviver) of Islam in the 14th Century Hijri.

Under the tutorship of renowned Ulama, he attained the degree of Fazile Deeniyat (Graduation in Islamic Theology) from Darul Uloom Manzare Islam, Bareilly. After spending three years (1963 - 1966) at the Al Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, Taajush Shari’ah post-graduated in Arabic Literature and Deeniyat with specialization in Ahadith (Prophetic Tradition) and Tafseer (Qur'anic Exegesis) with high distinctions.

On his return home, he joined Darul Uloom Manzare Islam, Bareilly Shareef. Thereafter, he left the Darul Uloom and established his own Darul-Ifta with the permission of his maternal grandfather, Ghausul Waqt, Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam Hind, Maulana Muhammad Mustapha Raza Khan al-Qaderi (rahmatullahi alaih). Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) declared him his Ja’Nasheen (Successor) while this great Shaykh was present in this world.

Taajush Shari’ah inherited the skill in the issuing of Fatawa (Legal Islamic Rulings) and in tackling the complex issues relating to Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) directly from Huzoor Mufti-e-Azam (rahmatullahi alaih) who inherited it directly from Mujaddid-e-Deen-o-Millat, Ash Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan al-Qaderi (rahmatullahi alaih).

He is not only the Successor and a trustworthy custodian of Fatawa writing of Mufti-e-Azam Hind (rahmatullahi alaih), but also the custodian of learning, knowledge, sanctity and saintliness, of his grandfather, Hujjatul Islam, Moulana Muhammad Haamid Raza Khan al-Qaderi (rahmatullahi alaih).

His father, Moulana Muhammad Ibrahim Raza Khan Jilani Mia (rahmatullahi alaih), was a great Aalim and Saint. He was well-versed in the commentary of the Holy Qur’an and so was given the title of Mufassir-e-Azam-e-Hind or Great Commentator of the Holy Qur’an in India.

Taajush Shariah, Mufti Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari, travels extensively propagating the Deen and is a world-renowned preacher and a spiritual guide. He is constantly invited throughout the world to attend religious programmes, official openings, Darul Uloom graduations, meetings, etc. and his travels have led him throughout India and to Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Holland, U.K., U.S.A., Dubai, Iraq, Tanzania, and many other countries. Now, due to his ill-health, his travels are limited.

Alhamdulillah, Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah has also been blessed with many Ziarahs of Madinatul Munawwarah and Hajj’s and Umrah’s.

Besides him hailing from the family of A’la Hazrat Imam Ahmed Raza (rahmatullahi alaih) and being a great Scholar and Mufti, many sincere devotees throng around Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah just waiting to get a glimpse of his blessed face which is always shining with Light (Noor)! Or even to touch him to gain blessings!

Thousands of Muslims in India and in many parts of the world are attached with his Silsila. Taajush Shari’ah also has many Khulafa.

Besides being a great Mufti and Aalim, he is also a poet and an academic writer. His Diwan (Collection of Poems) was published for the first time entitled Naghmat-e-Akhtar. Later, it was published entitled Safina-e-Bakhshish in 1986, a chrono-grammical name, derived by Dr. Abdun Naim Azizi. Safina-e-Bakhshish includes Hadrat’s Urdu and Arabic poems and was compiled and published by Dr. Abdun Naim Azizi. Many of his Naats and Manqabats have not been published as yet. Many of his Naats are read and have become famous. Each one is drowned in the Love of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Sallal Laahu Alayhi Wasallam).

Amongst his academic works, a few are as follows:

(1) Taswiron Ka Hukm,
(2) T.V. aur Video ka Operation,
(3) Difae Kanzul Imaan,
(4) Sharhe-Hadise Niyat,
(5) Al-Haqqul Mobeen (Arabic),
(6) Difa Kanzul Imaan Part I & II
(7) Mer-atun-Najdi’ah (Arabic)
(8) Hazrat Ibrahim ke Waalid Tariq ya Azar, etc.

N.B. This list has been updated in other articles

His Darul-Ifta is now the central Darul Ifta of not only Bareilly Shareef, but of the Sunni world and he has continued the prestige of Fatawa writing of his grand-father and great grand-father. To date, he has written more than 5000 Fatawa. He was also given the title of Taajush Shari'ah (Crown of Shari’ah) by prominent Ulama.

Hazrat also teaches Bukhari Shareef and other Kitaabs to students and is busy with the translation work of major Kitaabs of A’la Hazrat (rahmatullahi alaih). When he is not busy with this he is busy meeting with his Mureeds, he is seen with many of the Ulama and Mufti-e-Ikraam sitting at his feet, seeking his company, his advice and sorting out intricate problems.

Taajush Shariah has also been appointed as the Qaazi-ul-Quz’zat or “Muslim Chief Justice” for the entire country of India. This announcement was made by Muhaddith-e-Kabeer, Hadrat Allama Mufti Zia-ul-Mustafa Qadri Amjadi. This glorious event took place during the ‘Urs-e-Razvi in October 2006 in the presence of many Ulama, prominent Islamic Scholars and thousands of people.

For the benefit of mankind and Islamic followers and its flourishing, the education and schooling of the new generation is the basic need of the hour. This noble object has always drawn the attention of Huzoor Mufti-e-A’zam Hind (rahmatullahi alaih) and after him, Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah, Hazrat Allama Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari to establish the grand religious institution that could be conductive to profound learning and through the correct understanding of Holy Qura’n and Sunnah, so as to discover the hidden part of Islamic ideology to suit the present situations of scientific and technical era.

Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah felt a strong urge to lay down an effective system of education for the Sunni Muslims, which may infuse our learners as well as essential modern branches of knowledge. Hence, keeping in view the above, the Centre of Islamic Studies "Jamiatur Raza" was initiated on the 29th of May 2000. This Islamic University which was founded by Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah is ever-expanding and is seen toady as one of India’s most prestigious educational centre.

Besides being well-versed in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu he has also a good knowledge of English. He has written many Fatawa in the English Language. The original book, Few English Fatawa, was first published by Edara Sunni Duniya, 82 Saudagran, Bareilly Shareef by Taajush Shariah.

Allama Mufti Naseem Ashraf Habibi, of Habibi Darul Ifta, included a few more unpublished Fatawas, which was also written or orally dictated in English by Huzoor Taajush Shari’ah. He named this new and updated edition as Azharul Fatawa. Thus, Azharul Fatawa was published in South Africa in November 1998. It was distributed throughout the world. Azharul Fatawa Part II was later published followed by Azharul Fatawa Part III and then finally a combined edition.

May Allah azza wajal keep Taajush Shari’ah, Hazrat Allama Mufti Mohammad Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari firm on Maslak-e-A’la Hazrat and serve as a beacon of guidance. May He grant his Eminence good health and long life. Aameen.