Books related to Mawlid written by Naqshbandi scholars

Hundreds, rather thousands of books and treatises have been authored by a vast number of Sunni scholars on the topic of Mawlid (Mīlād) for many centuries. There are indices of such works available (one index in Urdu, a list in Arabic). However, here I have tried to list the writings related to Mawlid authored by Sufi masters and scholars of the Naqshbandī Order.

Mahmūd ibn Husayn al-Afḍalī al-Ḥāẓiqī (d.970 AH)

He was Shāfiʻī by madhhab and Naqshbandī by tarīqah, and lived in Madīnah Munawwarah. He authored many books, among these was a book of Mawlid titled “Mawlid an-Nabī”.

Muhammad ʻAlī Ibn-ʻAllān al-Makkī (d.1057 AH)

He was a great scholar and author of several books. He wrote Mawrid aṣ-Ṣafā Fi Mawlid al-Muṣṭafā, a manuscript of which is preserved in Berlin.

Imām ʻAbd al-Ghanī an-Nābulusī (d.1143 AH)

He was a great scholar, author of several books, and a  third generation deputy of Khwāja Bāqī-Billāh Dahlawī (d.1012 AH) from the non-Mujaddidī branch. He wrote a short book on Mawlid titled “Al-Mawlid an-Nabawī”.

ʻAbdullāh ibn Muhammad Kāshgharī Zāhidī (d.1174 AH)

He used to teach in Istanbul and was a master of the Naqshbandī tarīqah. He wrote a book called “Mawlid an-Nabī sallAllāhu ʻalayhi wasallam”.

Muṣṭafā Salāmī Islāmbūlī Naqshbandī (d.1228 AH)

A manuscript of his book Mawlid an-Nabī is preserved in Turkey.

Shāh Ahmad Saʻīd Mujaddidī (d.1277 AH)

Shāh Ahmad Saʻīd Mujaddidī is one of the great Sufi masters of India and successor of Shāh ʻAbdullāh alias Ghulām-ʻAlī Dahlawī (d.1240 AH). He wrote three book specifically on Mawlid:

  1. Athbāt al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām (Arabic): validity and proofs of Mawlid
  2. Az-Zikr ash-Sharīf Fī Athbāt al-Mawlid il-Munīf (Persian): validity of Mawlid
  3. Saʻīd ul-Bayān Fī Mawlid-i Sayyid il-Ins wal-Jān (Urdu): a book of Mawlid

Mawlānā Irshād Husayn Rāmpurī (d.1311 AH)

Muftī Irshād Husayn Mujaddidī Rāmpurī was one of the dignified deputies of Shāh Ahmad Saʻīd Mujaddidī (d.1277 AH). He was a Muftī and issued many fatwas, including some fatwas regarding the validity of Mawlid and various practices related to Mawlid.

Muftī Razā ʻAlī Banārasī (d.1312 AH)

Shaykh Muftī Razā ʻAlī Banārasī Hanafī was one of the qualified deputies of Shāh Ahmad Saʻīd Mujaddidī (d.1277 AH). He wrote a book about the validity of Mawlid and Qiyām, titled: Mazāhir al-Haqq Fī Athbāt al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām.

Shāh Muhammad Maʻṣūm Mujaddidī (d.1341 AH)

He was a grandson of Shāh Ahmad Saʻīd Mujaddidī (d.1277 AH), and deputy of his father Shāh ʻAbdur-Rashīd Mujaddidī. He wrote a book in Urdu titled: Aḥsan ul-Kalām Fi Athbāt al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām.

Imām Yūsuf ibn Ismāʻīl Nabhānī (d.1350 AH)

One of the greatest scholars of early twentieth century, he was authorized in Naqshbandī tarīqah as well as many other Sufi orders. He wrote Jawāhir an-Naẓm al-Badīʻ Fī Mawlid ish-Shafīʻ in Arabic.

Sayyid Dīdār ʻAlī Alwarī (d.1354 AH)

Mawlānā Dīdār ʻAlī Alwarī was a student of Mawlānā Irshād Husayn Rāmpurī and authorized in the Naqshbandī tarīqah by Khwāja Fazl-i Rahmān Ganj-murādābādī. He wrote a short book in Urdu on the validity of Mawlid titled: Rasūl al-Kalām Min Kalām-i Sayyid al-Anām Fī Bayān al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām.

Imām Muhammad Zāhid al-Kawtharī (d.1371 AH)

He was a highly reputed scholar and Imām and a shaykh of the Naqshbandī tarīqah. He wrote a number of short essays related to Mawlid.

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