A Brief Biography of Shaykh al-Hadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi by Muftī Atiqur Rahman Azmi

A Brief Biography of Shaykh al-Hadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi Written by Muftī Atiqur Rahman Azmi (hafizahullah) In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise be to Allāh, Lord of the Worlds, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muḥammad, Mercy to the Worlds r. This offering, a translation of Mukhtaṣar sawāniḥ Mawlānā Fazlur Rahman Azmi by Muftī Atiqur Rahman Azmi, was originally published in Urdu in July 2002 by Zamzam Publishers, Pakistan. With the kind permission of the author, I consider myself fortunate to bring this invaluable work into the English language.

Keeping faithful to the original, I have attempted to translate as accurately as possible, however the style and format of the book have been modified to conform to the standards of Western readership. Therefore, a more standardised transliteration of Arabic terms has been adopted except where proper nouns are involved, in which case the common spelling is used, e.g. Azmi instead of al-Aʿẓamī, Darul Uloom instead of Dār al-ʿulūm, etc. Furthermore, chapter titles and subsections have been more clearly defined and other relevant headings added where deemed necessary. A transliteration key has also been added together with a glossary and index. Where possible I have attempted to use English terminology. However, where the English does not fully convey the intended meaning of the Arabic or Urdu word or phrase I have placed the original
in brackets after first offering a translation. For the sake of brevity, Bismillah-hi-Al-Rahman-Al-Raheem throughout this book Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi (may Allāh protect him) has been referred to as ‘Shaykh al-Ḥadīth’, and Shaykh Ḥabīb al-Raḥmān Azmi (may Allāh have mercy on him) as ‘Muḥaddith Kabīr’. The footnotes are from Muftī Atiqur Rahman Azmi, son of Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi (may Allāh protect them) unless stated otherwise.
May Allāh Most High accept this work and bless all who have assisted in its preparation. I would specifically like to thank my teacher, Muftī Atiqur Rahman Azmi for giving me the opportunity to translate this work; Mawlānā Taha Karaan for his invaluable corrections; Muftī Abdur-Rahman Mangera, Muftī Abdullah Patel and Mawlānā Ismail Ibrahim for their editing work; Mawlānā Ziyad Husain, Mawlānā Abdullah Dabhelia and Sidi Yahya Batha and for their advice and assistance in the preparation of this book. My final thanks are for my parents, wife and family for their continued support and without whom this task would not have reached its fruition.
I have attempted to render this invaluable work into English as accurately as possible. If there are any errors, they are from me alone. I would welcome any corrections or feedback on maky1@ymail.com. We ask Allāh that He accept this effort and grant us a true appreciation of Shaykh al-Ḥadīth Fazlur Rahman Azmi. May the All-Mighty prolong his life, bless him in his knowledge, health, wealth and family and allow us all to benefit from him fully. Āmīn.
Muhammad Abdul Khaliq Yusuf
Ramaḍān 23, 1429 | September 23, 2008

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