Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh , We pray this finds everyone well, wrapped in Allah’s mercy and steadfastly travelling the path to eternal felicity, in sha Allah.
Ustad al’-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi has Passed Away, he passed away this morning , he was a student of Shaykh al-Kul Malikul Ulama, Allamah Ata Muhammad Mateen Bandyalwi (Allah have mercy on him), who was considered the greatest Muhaddith in Pakistan for over 50 years. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May He give him to drink from the Basin of His Prophet (alayhi salat wa salam), that he may never thirst thereafter, and may He enter him into the highest gardens of Paradise! Ameen.
Update – The Janaza of His Eminence Allamah Shaykh al-Hadith wa Tafseer Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Rahimahullah will be held on, Thursday, 06, July, 2014 [Thursday 06, Ramadan, 1435 A.H] at 6.30 PM in Hazrat Sultan Bahu Trust, Balsall Heath, Birmingham .
He is the greatest scholar in Pakistan today. He is from Multan and has taught over 30 sciences and over 100 books in the last 53 years with an endless list of ‘Ulamah that he has produced, who are now serving all over the world.
The Shaykh is considered the master of logic, classical philosophy, Kalam, tafsir, balaghah, Arabic grammar, usul, astronomy and many other sciences. He continued to teach 6 hours a day and spends 6 hours preparing lessons, I have never met a man as disciplined and time concious as him. He teaches what other ulama have stopped teaching and each book is incredibly difficult. Hamdullah, Meer Zahid, Umur Amah, Shamse Bazighah, Mulla Sadra, Mulla Abdul Ghafoor, Chighmini, Mullah Hasan, Talweeh Tawdeeh, Musallam Thubut, Baydawi, Maani, Rasheediyah, Khayali, Sharh al-Mawaqif, Khudri ala Ibn Aqeel are just some of the classical Darse Nizami books our beloved Shaykh has taught for several years. He was also a senior teacher at Jamia Naushahia at Naushapur Shareef. Amongst his students are many young English speaking ‘Ulamah who have studied with them, The Madrassa is under the guidance of the noble Shaykh; Sayyid Mahroof Hussain Naushahi Qadri.
The noble Shaykh read the dars-e-nizami books twice (it takes eight years to do the course once) at the hands of the teacher of the ulamah, the master of Islamic sciences, Allamah Sayyidi Ata Muhammad Bandyalwi who then commented “you have eaten much lentils of bandyaal, it is time for you to leave”.
One of the Shaykh’s miracles is that he cannot write. He never went to school. But he is one of the greatest authorities of the Islamic sciences in Pakistan!
His memorisation is amazing and when he teaches, he offers all the commentary to Khayali, for example, all from his memory in such a way that he analyzes Nibras and Hashiya Abdul Hakeem at once and gives his original remarks too (all 3 of these are commentaries to single aqida text Sharhul Aqaid). This is with the tawfiq of Allah Almighty.
He is perhaps one of the healthiest men I have met at his age. He eats yoghurt for breakfast and tea after a while, has food just once a day at noon, sleeps after zuhr, has tea after he wakes up, meets guests between asr and magrib and then prepares lessons for the following day till midnight in a single seat. He walks 2.5 hours everyday at tahajjud/fajr time whether at home, in the madrasa and even during his travels to other cities. He always told us one of the reasons for good health was walking in the morning as it circulated blood around the entire body.
Many gems of the ummah are sitting in a single seat where the whole world turns up to them. These are true Awliya of Allah almighty who have sacrificed their lives for the service of the Islamic sciences..
When a Mountain Vanished – The Demise of His Eminence Allamah Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi (Allah have mercy on him).
Only two days prior, upon the advent of Ramadan, I visited a mountain. Two days later, that mountain has vanished.
With tear filled eyes and a grieved heart, I convey the news that today morning, 2nd Ramadan 1435, our beloved teacher, the Erudite Scholar, Sufi and Saint, Teacher of Scholars, Allamah Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi (Allah have mercy on him) left this world, aged 88 years. It has come as a shock to all who knew him. I was speaking to him only two days ago, at about 1am, wherein he made a lot of duas for all present.
His Eminence was a towering figure among the Ulema of Pakistan and an accepted authority in the sacred sciences. He was a direct student of the respected Allamah Ata Muhammad Bandyalwi (Allah have mercy on him). He studied hadith with the Grand Hadith Scholar Sardar Ahmad Qadiri (Allah have mercy on him). He began teaching the sacred sciences during his teen years, and for over 65 years he has produced thousands of scholars; this is his gift to this Ummah.
His character was gentle, his speech subtle. His behaviour and personality were a paradigm of knowledge, sincerity and integrity. No matter how another person would behave, Ustadh Sahib would maintain a good opinion for that individual – he was a Radiant Sun of Husn Al-Dhann.
He was blessed with a powerful memory; he memorized all that he learnt from his teachers without making notes. His advanced scholarship was evident from the classes he taught, wherein he would teach advanced texts such as Umur Aamah, Mullah Hasan and Qazi Mubarak, to name a few.
He was always in a state of dhikr; outside the classroom I rarely saw his hand without a subhah. Sufi poetry was his delight; especially the poetry of Rumi and Shirazi, which he would quote often.
He was more than a teacher of knowledge: He was a door to good character; a reflection of the Salaf. Allah have mercy on him.
We ask Allah Almighty to have mercy on this Heir of the Prophet (peace be upon him); to grant patience to his family and students; to elevate the Shaykh to the highest ranks of Paradise; to make his grave a garden from the gardens of Paradise and grant him ease in the hereafter.
To Allah we belong and to Him is our return.
A Special thanks to Shaykh Adnan al-Shadhili, Shaykh Mufti Wajid Iqbal al-Shadhili, Shaykh Monawwar Ateeq Ridawi and Shaykh Abu Bakr Banaras al-Shadhili for the photos and the information regarding the late Shaykh
Announcement of the Passing of Ustad al’-Ulama Shaykh Ghulam Muhammad Tonswi Rahimahullah
Photos of the Noble Shaykh and some of his teachers