Hujjatul Islam, Huzoor Haamid Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) was born in 1875 (1292 A.H.). He is the eldest son of Alahazrat, Shah Imam Ahmed Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu). The name given to him at birth was Muhammad. His alias was Haamid Raza Khan and he later earned the title of Hujjatul Islam [Proof of Islam].
He received his early education under the tutorship of his father Alahazrat (radi Allahu anhu). By the age of 19, he completed his formal Islamic studies.
Due to his immense love for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) he possesses encyclopedic knowledge. He was very proficient in both the Arabic and Persian languages. He was also an expert in the field Ahadith, Fiqh, Logistics, Philosophy, Mathematics, and numerous other fields.
Hazrat Haamid Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) wrote and translated numerous books on a variety of subjects. Amongst his famous works was his compilation of "Risaal-e-Jaleela". He also translated Alahazrat's Arabic treatise, "Ad Daulatul Makkiya Bil Mad'datil Ghaibiya," which dealt with the subject of I'lm-e-Ghaib (Knowledge of the Unseen).
Hazrat Haamid Raza (radi Allahu anhu) was also a great debater against the enemies of Islam. In one of his historical debates that took place in 1933, in which he was accompanied by Sadrul Afadhil Maulana Na'eemuddeen Muradabadi, Shah Sayyid Ali Hussain Kichauchawi, Pir Sayyid Sadru Deen and Maulana Muhammad Shareef Kotli [may Allah be well pleased with them all], to refute the corrupt beliefs of Ashraf Ali Thanwi. He was so proficient in the Arabic language that in one debate he delivered a speech against the Wahabis in the Arabic language without using any alphabets with nuktas (dots)!
His rendered tremendous service towards the Deen of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Huzoor Haamid Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) taught for many years at the Darul Uloom Manzare Islam, Bareilly Shareef, where thousands of students benefited from his teachings.
Huzoor Haamid Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) had very beautiful physical attributes. His very physical appearance was enough to convince anyone that Hujjatul Islam was an Awliya Allah. His was a very kind and humble person. He was usually seen in the company of Sadrush Shariah, Allama Amjad Ali Khan and Sadrul Afazil Maulana Na'eemuddeen Muradabadi (radi Allahu anhuma). It is recorded that Hujjatul Islam applied the camphor on the Sajdah portions of Alahazrat's (radi Allahu anhu) blessed body when he passed away.
He had thousands of Mureeds who served the Deen of Islam. His Khulafa were spread out internationally serving the Ummah. Amongst his Khulafa were Muhaddith-e-Azam Pakistan, Maulana Sardar Ahmed Qadiri; Hazrat Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hazaarwi; Hazrat Muffasir-e-Azam Hind Raza; Mufti Ijaaz Wali Khan (Sheikhul Fiqh Jamia Na'eemia) and Allama Abul Hasnaat Muhammad Ahmad Qadiri (radi Allahu anhumul ajma'een).
Huzoor Haamid Raza had two sons and four daughters. One of his prominent sons was Mufassir-e-Azam, Hazrat Maulana Ebrahim Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu), who is the father of Taajush Shariah, Allama Mufti Mohammed Akhtar Raza Khan Azhari al-Qadiri.
He passed away in 1945 (1362 A.H.) at the age of 70 in Bareilly Shareef. He is buried next to his blessed father, Sayyiduna Alahazrat (radi Allahu anhu). Till this day, his lovers from throughout the world present themselves at his Mazaar [Shrine] during the Urs Shareef to pay homage and to gain blessings from this great Saint and Scholar of Islam. [Courtesy: Imam Ahmad Raza Academy – South Africa]