The Sufi Genius at a Glance

It is not a bed of roses to write about a person who may have written hundreds of books regarding dozens of subjects. In point of fact, unless one knows so many subjects oneself, one cannot possibly write about him. However, drops can represent an ocean. Examining a handful of water goes to suggest about the rest. Through this book, I have made an endeavor to present a few drops so as to suggest about the ocean — the ocean of wit, wisdom and knowledge, Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Fazil-i-Bareillwi Alaihir Rahmah. [25th Safar, 1412 AH Zahoor Afsar 5th September, 1991]

Table outlining his career

Family Sketch of Imam Ahmed Raza Multi-Dimensioned Sufi Master
Standards of the Imam Charges against the Imam
Teachings of the Sufi Master Opinions about the Imam
Conclusion More on His Genius personality


Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan, son of his Hazrat Naqi Ali Khan, was born in India at Bareilly on Saturday, the 10th of Shawwal, 1272 A.H, corresponding to 14th June, 1856 A.D. Alahazrat means a great person. Ala means Highest and hazrat means threshold. He was a great savant, a great Hafiz, a great Qari, a great Mufti, a great Muhaddith, a great Mufassir and a great Mujaddid. 


He was a great guide, a great teacher, a great saint and a great lover of Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him). He was a great linguist, a great writer, a great speaker and a great poet. He was a great economist, a great mathematician, a great astronomer and a great philosopher. In all, he was a person great and so great that he was called Alahazrat.

Alahazrat was fair complexioned, bright-looking medium-structured, smart, simple, soft-spoken, sweet-voiced and taciturn. Alahazrat breathed his last on Friday, the 26th Safar, 1340 A.H/ 28th October 1921 A.D.  


Muhammed Idris Qadri

Translated and annoted by

Rashid Hasan Qadri
Senior Vice President
Habib Bank Limited, Karachi


With the Co-operation of:  

Idara-i-Daman-i-Mustafa, Bareilly (India)

Idara-i-Tahqiqat-i-Imam Ahmad Raza, Karachi (Pakistan), [Courtesy: Barkati Foundation]