His Demise

On the third Ramadaan 1339/10 May 1921 Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (may Allah be pleased with him) foretold his death 4 months and 22 days before its time. He used this verse to deduce the date:
"And there shall be passed around them silver vessels and goblets". (Sura 76: Verse 15)

The last meeting of good counseling, advice and guidance of Alahazrat (may Allah be pleased with him):
Oh people! You are the innocent and in experienced sheep of the Holy Prophet that are surrounded from all sides by cunning wolves to mislead you. They are waiting to sow seeds of mischief in you to take you along with them into hell. Protect yourselves from their clutches by staying far away from them. The Deobandis, Rafziz, Naturalists, Qadyanis and Chakralwies are all devilish sects who are coming to rob you of faith. Safeguard yourself from their hellish attacks.

His insight and standards are really remarkable. His departure from this mundane world as a true devotee is documented as follows:
Alahazrat (may Allah be pleased with him) documented his final Testament and he himself executed its contents. Every act associated with death is being meticulously and timelessly carried out in accordance with his orders. At 56 minutes past one he inquired about time, then instructed that a watch be left in front of him. Suddenly, he ordered all photographs to be removed from the house. The people present at the bedside thought why the reference to photographs. Seeing their hesitancy, he said remove all cards, envelopes, money, etc and those having photos of them. Thereafter he instructed his eldest son Maulana Muhammad Hamid Raza Khan (may Allah be pleased with him) to make wudu and bring the Holy Quran. Before he could come he instructed his second son Maulana Shah Muhammad Mustapha Raza Khan (may Allah be pleased with him). Donít just sit there, begin the recitation of Surah Yaseen and Sura Ra`d.

He listened to their recitation very attentively. The recitation of whichever verse seemed doubtful, or could not be clearly heard or was recited hastily to undermine its accuracy, Alahazrat in that critical condition recited these verses correctly for his son to identify the errors. He then recited all the prayers associated with the Sunna acts of a journey properly and beautifully, exceeding even his normal practice. Thereafter he recited Kalima Tayyiba fully. When his strength began to fade away his last breath came upon his chest, as his lips stopped moving with the remembrance of Allah Almighty a sudden speck of light shone on his blessed face, which was moving, just as the brightness of the sun reflects in a mirror. Thus he departed the pure blessed soul of a true devotee of Allah on 25 Safar 1340 AH/ 28 October 1921 at exactly 38 minutes past two at the time of Friday prayer. "To Allah we belong and unto him is our return".


Maulana Abdul Aziz, the Caliph of Ajmer Shareef writes: 

After the Imam's death he met a scholar from Syria at Delhi asked him why he had come to Delhi. The scholar said that on 25 November 1921, he dreamt of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) while he was in the Baitul Mukaddas. In his dream, he saw many Sahaba-Ikraam (radi Allahu anhum ajma'in) seated around the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). All of them seemed to be waiting for someone. The scholar says that, in his dream, he asked, "Ya Rasoolallah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)! Whose presence is being awaited?" The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) replied, "Ahmed Raza Khan." The blessed scholar then asked, "Who is Ahmed Raza Khan?" The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) answered, "An Aalim from Bareilly."

When this scholar awoke, he immediately journeyed from Syria to Bareilly Shareef to meet Alahazrat (radi Allahu anhu), but to his dismay, he learnt that Alahazrat (radi Allahu anhu) had already departed from this world.

It is said by those true lovers of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan (radi Allahu anhu) that after he passed away he was spiritually transported to Madinatul Munawwarah to be close to the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). They say this because once, Alahazrat (radi Allahu anhu) personally said: "The time for demise is close and India is India. But, I do not even feel like passing away in Makkah. My desire is this, that i should pass away with Imaan in Madinatul Munawa'wara and then be buried with kindness in Jannatul Baqi. Almighty Allah is most powerful.

Mazaar Shareef

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The Mazaar Shareef (Blessed Tomb) of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (radi Allahu anhu) is situated in the Mohalla Saudagran, Bareilly Shareef in India (U.P.). Each year, in the month of Safar, during the Urs Shareef of Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (radi Allahu anhu), hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over the world present themselves in Bareilly Shareef to partake in the Urs Shareef of the Mujaddid of Islam, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Qadiri (radi Allahu anhu).

May Almighty Allah shower his choicest blessings upon the Mazaar-e-Anwaar of this great Saint and Scholar of Islam.