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Jamia Qasmia Darul Uloom shahi at a Glance

Fourteen hundred years ago, the Divine light flashed on at the holy land of Makkah. The brilliant and bright rays of this light, emanating from there, reached the sacred city of Madeenah, and from there, spread around the globe. As it was ordained that there would come no other prophet after Muhammad (be peace upon him!), the hearts and minds of his followers were decided to protect and preserve this light. In India, this function was fulfilled by the greatest Muhaddith (i.e. a specialist in the Prophets' sayings, events and all that is narrated from or about him) of his times: Shah Waliyullah (1703-1763) of Delhi; and after him, it was carried out by those who learnt from him directly or indirectly, generation to generation. It was how it was till it was 1857 A.C. After the heart-rending revolution of 1857 õ the fall of Mughal Empire õ this precious heritage in India was buried under the heavy layers of dust and dirt!

The foreign forces of evil, gaining control over the Muslim Empire, spread Christian missions throughout the India in order to rub off Islam and Muslims from the whole surface of the Indian earth. These missions waged a full-scale war against Islamic education, traditions, culture and society õ all. As a result, Islamic academic heritage in India seemed to be counting its days. Values went off; people drowned in the dark of ignorance and were deprived of Islamic knowledge; Muslims, especially young generation, threw away the robe of Islam and put on the modern western civilization (better called "Wildization"!); solidarity and unity among them went breathing its last; and there prevailed all around an atmosphere of a mere selfishness, worldliness and Godlessness, instead of Godliness.

In this alarming situation, the foreseeing eyes of some blessed personalities, with God-gifted insight and abilities ealized the need of the hours. õ After well consideration and thorough reflection, they reached the decision that there should be built throughout the country Madrasas (i.e. Islamic institutions) õ the forts of Islam õ so that they would serve the purpose of protecting Islamic values and keeping the Ummah (i.e. believers in Islam) within the ambit of Islam. Among those who tried their best to carry out this uphill task, the names of Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi and Qutub-e- Aalam Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi are top of the list. elievers in Islam) within the ambit of Islam.

Among those who tried their best to carry out this uphill task, the names of Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi and Qutub-e- Aalam Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi are top of the list. The first string of this golden chain is Darul-Uloom Deoband, and the second one is this institution õ Jamia Qasmia Darul-Uloom Shahi, Moradabad. Founder and Foundation

This institution was founded by His Grace, Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi (R.A.) in 1296 A.H. (= 1878 A.C.) The cause for the foundation of this institution was that His Grace, Maulana Muhammad Qasim Nanautavi (Allah bless him!) visited Moradabad, condoling the sad demise of Maulana Aalam Ali. Being the only mentionable Islamic scholar and the main source of true Islamic knowledge and education in Moradabad and all its surroundings, his death was an irrecoverable loss to the religious education for the whole area. Now, the entire region was left with no light of Islamic knowledge as well as education.

This caused a great anxiety among the Muslims of Moradabad. Therefore, some of the true and selfless sons of Islam, concerned about its future in the area, came to His Grace and expressed their concern over the growing shortage of Islamic education in the region. They also drew his attention towards the fact that Moradabad and its surroundings were going soon to be completely deprived of Islamic scholars, teachers and preachers due to lack of Islamic education; and requested him anxiously to do something to refill the gap caused by death of the abovementioned Maulana and develop the continually disappearing Islamic education in the region. Thereupon, he thought and thought, and finally reached the decision that there should be established an Islamic institution. So he raised his hands, praying to Almighty Allah to enliven the Islamic education that had gone almost dead therein and then asked them to begin the work with no more delay. As for finance, he advised that they should collect funds especially from the poor Muslims, and if some wealthy Muslims also offer some aid on their own in order to get heavenly rewards, they should accept that too. Hence, trusting to Almighty Allah, a Madrasah was started in the month of Safar, 1296 A.H. with a single teacher: Maulana Syed Ahmad Hasan of Amroha, a pupil of Maulana Rahmatullah of Kerana, on the salary of Rs. 35. First Name of the Institution

Firstly, this institution was named as "Madrasahtul-Ghuraba, Qasimul-Uloom, Darul-Uloom, Shahi". It was also a fort of Islam like Darul-Uloom, Deoband and was founded with the same aims and objectives, on the same sincere and selfless principles of Islam. That is why it has always been the center of generous, righteous and pious persons' attentions and is flourishing day by day. So far, it has produced 7040 scholars, theologians, preachers and Quran-memorizers (i.e. Hafizes). They are all doing valuable services to Islam in various ways, in different parts of the world.