Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi Faruqi Madani (1802-1860)

Hazrat Shāh Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi Fārūqi Dehlavi then Madani (1802-1860), may Allah sanctify his soul, was one of the most popular Naqshbandi shaykhs of India, and the spiritual heir of Hazrat Shah Ghulām Ali Dehlavi.


He was born in 1217 AH (1802 CE) in Rāmpur, India. He is the elder son of Hazrat Shah Abū Saeed Mujaddidi Dehlavi who was the first spiritual successor to Hazrat Shah Ghulām Ali Dehlavi.

His father was first a disciple of Hazrat Shah Dargāhi, a famous shaykh at that time, and would often bring his little son to the shaykh’s company. When Shah Abu Saeed went to Hazrat Shah Ghulam Ali Dehlavi for seeking advanced stages of Wilāyah (sainthood), Shah Ahmed Saeed also accompanied him. Thus he entered the service of Shah Ghulam Ali from his young age.

He was young and was still seeking Islamic education. Hazrat Shah Ghulam Ali advised him that one should combine the Haal (spirituality) with Qaal (literary education), so you should learn the external knowledge from the scholars and join the Halqa when free. Thus he advanced his external education and internal/spiritual training together. He would learn the Islamic knowledge, specially the science of Hadith from his father’s uncle Shah Sirāj Ahmed Mujaddidi and other scholars. Meanwhile he would also continue seeking his spiritual training from Shah Ghulam Ali who trained him in all the prevalent Sufi methods of the time.

Finally, when he completed the spiritual training and reached the highest stages of Wilāyah, his shaykh gave him authority in seven Sufi orders, mainly the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi tarīqa. He was just 22 years old when his shaykh departed from this world on 22 Safar 1240 AH (October 1824). His father Shah Abū Saeed had been appointed by the shaykh as his ultimate heir who succeeded the spiritual movement and the noble khānqāh Mazhariya. After striving to train thousands of disciples for about ten years, his father left for Hajj and passed away in the return journey, in the night of 1st Shawwal 1250 AH (31 January 1835). His body was brought to Delhi and finally laid to rest in this sublime khanqah. Hazrat Shah Ahmed Saeed became the next successor to his shaykh after the demise of his father, and inherited the khanqah and all the followers.

Migration to Madinah

During his life, most of India was captured by the British who had reached close to Delhi where he lived. The Muslim scholars declared India as Dar al-Harb (legally, in state of war) and allowed for Jihad against the British. The uprising of 1857 was a key event in the history of India, in which the capital Delhi was taken over by the British and the long rule of Muslim kings over India came to an end. This uprising was supported by a fatwa (legal ruling) of the Islamic scholars, and one of them was Shah Ahmed Saeed himself. Indeed, he was the first to affirm it and sign it.

This fatwa made the British rulers his foes, and he had to flee from Delhi in order to evade the oppression and injustice of the new rulers who wanted to persecute him. He decided to migrate to the holy city of Madinah. During the journey, he stayed for 18 days at khanqah Mūsā Zaī Sharīf, established by his chief khalifa Hājī Dost Muhammad Qandahari in district Derā Ismāīl Khān (presently in Pakistan). There he declared Haji Dost Muhammad his successor and made him the custodian of khānqah Mazhariya in Delhi and commanded him to either reside there himself or send a khalifa to take control of it. Haji Dost Muhammad decided to stay at Musa Zai and presented his khalifa Mawlana Rahīm Bakhsh Ajmeri to his shaykh for residing at the Delhi khanqah.

Finally, from Musa Zai Sharif he left for Makkah and performed Hajj there in 1274 AH (1858). In Rabi al-Awwal 1275 AH (October 1858) he reached Madinah, the city of light.

During the journey, numerous people did bay’ah with him including scholars, and his fame reached far and wide. He lived in Madinah for about two years. Thousands of people there did bayah with him. His biographer says that if he had lived there for few more years, number of his murids would have reached hundreds of thousands.


Hazrat Shah Ahmed Saeed had four sons and one daughter:

  1. Hazrat Shah Abdur-Rasheed Mujaddidi
  2. Hazrat Shah Abdul-Hameed Mujaddidi (died in childhood)
  3. Hazrat Shah Muhammad Umar Mujaddidi
  4. Hazrat Shah Muhammad Mazhar Mujaddidi
  5. His daughter Roshan-Ãrā, may Allah be pleased with them all.

His deputies

Eighty names from his deputies are reported by his son Shah Muhammad Mazhar in the book Manāqib-e-Ahmadiya. Those blessed names are listed below.

  1. Hazrat Shaykh Hājī Dost Muhammad Qandahārī, his chief deputy and spiritual successor, died 22 Shawwāl 1284 AH (February 1868)
  2. Hazrat Shāh Abd al-Ghanī Fārūqī Mujaddidī (born 4 Sha’bān 1234 AH, died 7 Muharram 1296 AH / 3 December 1878), his younger brother
  3. Hazrat Shāh Abd al-Mughnī Fārūqī Mujaddidī, his youngest brother
  4. Hazrat Shāh Abd ar-Rashīd Fārūqī Mujaddidī, his eldest son
  5. Hazrat Shāh Muhammad Umar Fārūqī Mujaddidī, his son
  6. Hazrat Shāh Muhammad Mazhar Fārūqī Mujaddidī, his son. He was Shaykh of Mawlānā Murād al-Manzilvī al-Makkī who translated the letters of Imām Rabbānī Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindī into Arabic.
  7. Hazrat Mawlānā Muftī Muhammad Irshād Husain Mujaddidī Rāmpurī (1248-1311 AH)
  8. Hazrat Mawlānā Waliy an-Nabī Mujaddidī Rāmpurī
  9. Hazrat Mawlānā Sayyid Abd as-Salām Haswī, son of Sayyid Abul-Qāsim Hasvī
  10. Hazrat Muftī Hāfiz Razā Alī Fārūqī Hanafī Banārasī (1240-1312 AH)
  11. Hazrat Nawāb Mustafā Khān Dihlawī
  12. Hazrat Shaykh Ahmad Jān Dihlawī
  13. Hazrat Shāh Abd al-Wahīd Fārūqī Mujaddidī
  14. Hazrat Shaykh Khurshīd Ahmad Fārūqī Mujaddidī
  15. Hazrat Mawlānā Habīb-Allāh Multānī, who accompanied him in Hajj
  16. Hazrat Mawlānā Husain Alī Bājorī
  17. Hazrat Mawlānā Qurbān Bukhārī
  18. Hazrat Mawlānā Yūsuf Arganjī
  19. Hazrat Mawlānā Hājī Abd al-Karīm Kūlābī
  20. Hazrat Mawlānā Husām ad-Dīn Bājorī
  21. Hazrat Mawlānā Tāj Muhammad Qandahārī
  22. Hazrat Mawlānā Safar Darwāzī
  23. Hazrat Mawlānā Pīr Muhammad Qandahārī
  24. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Yūsuf Kūlābī
  25. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Sharīf Kūlābī
  26. Hazrat Mawlānā Nūr Muhammad Kūlābī
  27. Hazrat Mawlānā Iskandar Bukhārī
  28. Hazrat Mawlānā Faiz Muhammad Ghaznavī
  29. Hazrat Mawlānā Sharf ad-Dīn Ghaznavī
  30. Hazrat Mawlānā Faiz Ahmad Qandahārī
  31. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Jān Qandahārī
  32. Hazrat Mawlānā Zahīr ad-Dīn Bājorī
  33. Hazrat Mawlānā Jawās
  34. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Kabīr Qandahārī Shaheed
  35. Hazrat Mir Abdullāh Pishāwarī, buried in Madīnah
  36. Hazrat Hāji Mīr Mazhar Kābulī
  37. Hazrat Mawlānā Sayyid Bashīr Alī Amrohī
  38. Hazrat Shāh Abd al-Hakīm Punjābī
  39. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Ghawth Naqshbandī
  40. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Sālim Qandahārī
  41. Hazrat Mawlānā Abd al-Latīf Qandahārī
  42. Hazrat Mawlānā Chandan Khān
  43. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Nawāb
  44. Hazrat Shaykh Abūbakr Rūmī Diyārbakrī Shāfi’ī
  45. Hazrat Shaykh Muhsin Basrī Hanbalī
  46. Hazrat Mawlānā Ghulām Muhammad Ghaznavī
  47. Hazrat Hājī Gul Muhammad Rūmī
  48. Hazrat Shaykh Sayyid Mahmūd Husainī Afandī Makkī (1233-1304 AH)
  49. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Shāh Lakhnavī
  50. Hazrat Sayyid Qamr ad-Dīn Ahmad Lakhnavī
  51. Hazrat Mawlānā Abul-Hasan Lakhnavī Makkī
  52. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Murād Jalālābādī
  53. Hazrat Shaykh Rahīm ad-Dīn Dihlawī
  54. Hazrat Shaykh Hasan Afandī Rūmī
  55. Hazrat Hājī Alī Razā Afandī
  56. Hazrat Sayyid Ibrāhīm Kurdī
  57. Hazrat Mawlānā Rahmat-Allāh Bukhārī
  58. Hazrat Hājī Ahmad Afandī Azmīrī
  59. Hazrat Munshī Razā Alī Hyderābādī
  60. Hazrat Mawlānā Muhammad Husain Hyderābādī
  61. Hazrat Mawlānā Abd ar-Rahīm Chīnī, Malībār, India
  62. Hazrat Akhund Hamza Bājorī
  63. Hazrat Mawlānā Abd al-Quddūs Kashmīrī
  64. Hazrat Mawlānā Bādshāh Mīr
  65. Hazrat Mawlānā Yūnus Yārkandī
  66. Hazrat Sayyid Uthmān Nasafī Qureshī
  67. Hazrat Mawlānā Hasan Ghaznavī
  68. Hazrat Mawlānā Nādir
  69. Hazrat Mawlānā Sālār
  70. Hazrat Mawlānā Nazar Muhammad Khūqandī
  71. Hazrat Mawlānā Abd al-Hakīm Charkhī
  72. Hazrat Shaykh Ahmad Bakhsh Kurdī

He passed away on 2nd Rabi al-Awwal 1277 AH (18/19 September 1860) in Madinah and was buried in the graveyard Jannat-ul-Baqi alongside the sacred tomb of Sayyidina Usmān Ghani, may Allah be pleased with him. His Janazah prayer (funeral) was attended by a huge crowd, and the people of Madinah said we have never witnessed this many people attending a funeral before.

His writings

Hazrat Shah Ahmed Saeed was an author and wrote the following books:

Handwriting of Shah Ahmed Saeed Mujaddidi

Handwriting of Shah Ahmed Saeed Mujaddidi, Arabic, from the book Asbāt al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām

  1. Sa’eed al-Bayān Fī Mawlid Sayyid al-Ins wal-Jān (سعيد البيان في مولد الانس والجان), Urdu, about the Mawlid-un-Nabi (Mīlād in Urdu).
  2. Az-Zikr al-sharīf Fī Athbāt al-Mawlid al-Munīb (الذكر الشريف في اثبات المولد المنيب), Persian, also about the Mawlid
  3. Athbāt al-Mawlid wal-Qiyām (اثبات المولد والقيام), Arabic, about Mawlid, written in refutation of a book written by Molvi Mahboob Ali Ja’fri
  4. Al-Fawāid az-Zābita Fī Athbāt ar-Rābita (الفوائد الضابطه في اثبات الرابطه), Persian
  5. Al-Anhār al-Arba’ā Dar Bayān Salāsil-e-Arba’ā (الانهار الاربعه در بيان سلاسل اربعه), Persian, describing the spiritual lessons of four Sufi orders: Naqshbandi, Mujaddidi, Qādri and Chishti.
  6. Al-Haqq al-Mubīn Fī al-Radd Alā al-Wahhābiyyīn (الحق المبين في الرد على الوهابيين), written in refutation of the Wahhābi sect, a newly emerged cult in the Arabia whose influence had reached India at that time.
  7. 137 of his letters collected by his chief khalifa Hājī Dost Muhammad Qandahāri, and recently published under the name Tuhfā Zawwāriyā. Many other letters have also survived but are not included in this collection.

The next in the Naqshbandī Mujaddidī Tāhirī spiritual golden chain is Hājī Dost Muhammad Qandahārī.


  1. Maqāmāt Mazharī, Urdu Translation by Muhammad Iqbal Mujaddidi, Urdu Science Board Lahore, Second edition, 2001
  2. Tazkirat al-Sulahā, Urdu, by Maulana Muhammad Hasan Jan Sirhindi
  3. Biography in Urdu by Mukhtar Ahmed Khokhar, published in Attahir


  1. Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi and the Indian Wahhabism (a discussion of the response of Shah Ahmad Saeed to the then newly emerged Wahhabism in India)
  2. Al-Mu’tamad wa al-Muntaqad by Allama Fazl Rasool Qadri (Arabic), containing a foreword written by Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi (page 6)
  3. Saif-ul-Jabbār by Maulana Fazal Rasool Qadri, 1973, containg an article by Maulana Raza Ali Naqshbandi Banārasi, a murid of Shah Ahmad Saeed, about the conflict between Sunni scholars (including his shaykh) and the Wahhabi scholars (page 211)
  4. Tuhfā Zawwāriyā, letters of Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi, Urdu translation
  5. Arba’ Anhār by Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi (Persian)
  6. Tahqeeq-ul-Haqq-ul Mubeen Fi Ajwibat Masail Arbaeen (Persian and Urdu)
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16 Responses to Shah Ahmad Saeed Mujaddidi Faruqi Madani (1802-1860)

  1. muhammad khairi mahyuddin says:

    Assalamukum my brother in Islam, I sech for ahmad seed’s wroting about sufism particularly in naqshabandi’s teaching in arabic. Most books i found in the weeb writtren in persien , urdu and less arabic. I am glad if you can help serching ahmad’;s said ‘s collections writern or tranlated in aravic from any reputbel scholars. As iI a, serching data fro phd. Thanks

    • Ahmad Saeed Faruqi Mujaddidi says:



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      • bint e zafar says:

        maulana i want to know in detail the life of HAZRAT SHAH AHMED SAEED IN MADINA.can u plz tell me from where can i get this information in detail.jzk khair.

      • Ahmed Asim says:


        Hazrat! i am humble servant and disciple of Sirhindi Hazraat. I am requesting you to please would you refer me website (so that i can download book) book on Hazrat Shah Ismael Shaheed Bin Shah Sibghatullah. i need to read and get more information about Him.
        thanks I will be desperately waiting for reply. thanks

        Allah Hafiz

      • Abdullah khan says:

        Dear Ahmad saeed, I am very much pleased to got your name in NETand it wil be my pleasure that if you keep continue touch with
        me.I am a follower of Naqshbandi tariqa .I got lesson from
        my beloved sheikh Hazrat Muhammad ullah khan naqshbandi
        (r) of Khanqa Inayetia,Rampur.

      • Abdul Samad says:

        I am in search of the resting place in Rampur, of Nazilun Nabi, his uroof “Arab Sahaib” his lineage includes Khalil un Nabi Naqshbandi Farooqui, and Hazarat Shah Wali un Nabi Mujadadi Naqashbandi and Quame Zaman Qutab e dauran Shah Abu Saeed.
        If any one knows of Arab Sahaib’s , Nazilun Nabi’s Khalifas, I would appreciate that information. I live in Texas. my email is Please email me and I will call you if that helps. Thank you . – See more at:

      • Nadeem Ahmed says:

        Assalam o alaikum
        Good to know about yourself. Can you help me to find out three books of Hazrat Ghulam Ali Shah Dehlvi namely :
        Risālah Azkār
        Risālah Murāqibāt
        Risālah Mashghūliyah


      • mohammed anees says:

        T am a research student of Istanbul, Turkey from Kerala, can i get your mail id please…

  2. Al Maturidi says:

    Once the Young Shaykh was sitting in front of his mentor Hadhrat Shaykh Ghulam Ali Sahib (qs) when he said “Hadhrat Imam-e-Rabbaani Mujaddid Alf Thaani Sheikh Ahmad Sirhindi (qs) [d.1034 Hijri ,Sirhind, Punjab, India,One of the Greatest of all Awliya] has written that Imam Mahdi(rh) will get Nisbat-I Naqshbandi with a Shaykh who will be from his descendants.” Hadhrat Shah Ghulam Sahib continued by saying “To me, it seems that this Shaykh will come from the offspring of this boy.”

  3. Dear sir, Asalam o Alakum…..I am a student of history, recently came to know about a buzurg, named hazarat Mohib Hassan. He lived near Bazar Nasurallh khan ( peela talab area). He was also known as ‘Lal kewaron walay’ . His last khalifa was (?) shah Muhammad Mian.
    Sir if you have any information about him please guide me…..thanks.

  4. Abdul Samad says:

    I am in search of the resting place in Rampur, of a saint. His name Nazilun Nabi, his uroof “Arab Sahaib” his lineage includes Khalil un Nabi Naqshbandi Farooqui, and Hazarat Shah Wali un Nabi Mujadadi Naqashbandi and Quame Zaman Qutab e dauran Shah Abu Saeed.
    If any one knows of Arab Sahaib’s , Nazilun Nabi’s Khalifas, I would appreciate that information. I live in Texas. my email is Please email me and I will call you if that helps. Thank you .

  5. Abdul Samad says:

    Do any of you or someone who may know “Arab Sahaib, Nazil un Nabi” from naqshbandi- mujadaddi who used to live in Karachi but passed away visiting his grandfathers grave in Rampur and is mahafoom in Rampur. I want to know if somone knows where is resting place is and any one who may be from his lineage?
    I am in search of the resting place in Rampur, of a saint. His name Nazilun Nabi, his uroof “Arab Sahaib” his lineage includes Khalil un Nabi Naqshbandi Farooqui, and Hazarat Shah Wali un Nabi Mujadadi Naqashbandi and Quame Zaman Qutab e dauran Shah Abu Saeed.
    If any one knows of Arab Sahaib’s , Nazilun Nabi’s Khalifas, I would appreciate that information. I live in Texas. my email is Please email me and I will call you if that helps. Thank you . Abdul Samad

  6. Abdullah khan says:

    I am very much eager to know the life story of the famous holy sufi of Rampur
    Hazrat mowlana shah Irshad hussain(khailfa of Hazrat shah Ahmad sayeed and
    the Murshid of Hazrat shah hafiz Inayat ullah khan rampuri) buried in mohalla
    khari kuan rampur.If any one knows about the life sketch of the aforsaid sufi
    pls write to me

  7. Jawaid khan says:

    DEAR S I m also Beeit of Hazrat Muhammad Ullah khan rh ZYARAT HALQA wali Ram pur Hazrat obiad ullah khan is my murshad I Request Abdullah khan sb pls if u have some Urdu book r news papers pls send me

  8. Jawaid khan says:

    Abdullah khan sb b e mail

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