بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِيْن،وَالصَّلاۃ وَالسَّلامُ عَلَی النَّبِیِّ الْکَرِيم وَعَلیٰ آله وَاَصْحَابه اَجْمَعِيْن۔
Maulana Marghoob-Ur-Rahman (Rha), the Rector of Dar-Ul-Uloom Deoband
By becoming the heartbeat of the Muslim Ummah, Dar-ul-Uloom has been providing the wealth of knowledge as well as good practices and training of character-building to the pupils of the studies of Prophethood for approximately one hundred and fifty (150) years. Its real asset is the trust in Allah, (Tawakkul Alallah). This institution is providing its remarkable services continuously with the blessings of Allah and the donations of Muslims, and without any government aid or any permanent mode of income.
The last rector of this institute, Maulana Marghoob-ur-Rahman (RHA) was born approximately hundred (100) years ago in a wealthy family in the city of Bijnaur. His father, Maulana Mashee’atullah (RHA) was a rich landlord of the city of Bijnaur. He was also a member of the advisory committee of Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband. Maulana Marghoob-ur-Rahman (RHA) finished his studies from Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband in 1932. He got the studies of Ifta (legislation) from Maulana Mufti Sahool (RHA). After finishing his studies, he spent approximately twenty five (25) years as an Imam in a mosque of his town, but he never took any remuneration for this service. Rather, he himself fulfilled different financial needs of the mosque. He was selected as the member of the advisory committee of Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband. In order to fulfill this responsibility, he always borne the expenses of his travelling, whenever he travelled to Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, he always paid the cost of tea, he had taken in Dar-ul-Uloom.
After the centenary in 1981, he was appointed Vice-Rector and became Rector in 1982 and till his death on 1st Muharramul-Haraam 1432 Hijri corresponding to 8th December 2010 AD, he remained on this position.
In the crucial situations of 1982, Maulana took the responsibility of the leadership and management of Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband. He used his God-gifted skills and wisdom to discipline this institute for thirty years consecutively and performed excellent services in this regard.
Maulana (RHA) did not take any salary during his thirty years’ tenure. He even used to pay the rent of the room which was allotted to him for residing there. He used to pay the costs of his guests himself, even if they came during the office hours. Maulana (RHA) sold a big portion of personal assets and spent it on Dar-ul-Uloom. Apart from this, he used to give donations most often. Maulana (RHA) never insisted on his opinions, but after coming to a term, he strictly followed its implication. He always inquired from the responsible personnel about the spent money. He worked with the team spirit in a patient manner. Thirty years back, the annual budget of Dar-ul-Uloom at the time, when he became the Rector, was fifty Lac Rupees approximately. As the number of pupils increased, and the construction activities are also in progress, therefore the annual budget is fourteen Crore Rupees now.
The role of Maulana (RHA) in the protection of Dar-ul-Uloom and to take it to an esteemed position is highly commendable. Maulana (RHA) was a generous and pious religious scholar. He had a humble and down-to-earth personality, an epitome of modesty and greatness. We pray that May Allah forgive Maulana (RHA), raise his status and grant him a higher position in the Paradise. May Allah protect all religious institutions specially Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband from all kinds of evils. Amen, thumma Amen! Hence it is requested to all the dedicators and well-wishers of Dar-ul-Uloom to pray for his forgiveness and for sending him virtues.
Mohammad Najeeb Qasmi (www.najeebqasmi.com)