This blog is dedicated to the proliferation of the teachings of the Thanwi silsilah through what we have acquired from our beloved Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (RA) and Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Abdullah Phoolpuri Sahib (DB).
Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Akhtar is the khalifah of Maulana Abrar-ul-Haq Sahib (RA), who was a khalifah of Hazrat Thanwi (RA). He was also khadim-e-khaas (Special Attendant) of one of the most senior and prominent khulafa of Hakim-ul-Ummah (RA), Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpuri (RA). Hazrat Mufti Abdullah Phoolpuri (DB) is the grandson of Maulana Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpuri (RA) and is also a khalifah of Maulana Abrar-ul-Haq Sahib (RA) also.
Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Akhtar Sahib (DB) is one of the few living Auliya of our time who is carrying on the legacy of Hakeem-ul-Ummah in a realistic way. He continues to implement, preserve, and sustain the anwaar and barakaat of the Hazrat Haji Imdaadullah Sahib’s (RA) and Hazrat Thanwi’s (RA) Khanqah, the Khanqah Imdaadiya Ashrafiya of Thanabhawan, located in the Khanqah Imdaadiya Ashrafiya of Karachi, even in this day and age.
Nawab Qaisar Sahib (DB) who is a living mureed of Hazrat Hakeem-ul-Ummah (RA) and khalifah of Dr. Abdul Hayy Sahib (RA) attests to this fact that whenever he comes to Hazrat Maulana Hakim Akhtar Sahib’s Khanqah in Karachi, he feels the spiritual atmosphere and aura of the Khanqah of Thanabhawan and is compelled to exclaim:
“Hay Karachi may bhi ek Thanabhawan.”
In Karachi there is a Thanwabhawan.”
The teachings of Hazrat Thanwi (RA) which are being revived and disseminated by our beloved Hazrat, Maulana Hakim Akhtar Sahib (DB), is aptly conveyed and elucidated by the following statements of Hazrat Maulana Sayyid Sulaiman Nadwi (rahmatullahi alaihi):
“By virtue of his (Hazrat Thanwi’s) ta’leem (teachings), tarbiyat (spiritual training), writings, lectures and preaching, true aqaa`id (beliefs) were disseminated; correct masaa`il (laws) were propagated; programs for Deeni Ta’leem were initiated; wrong customs and innovations were eradicated; the Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was revived; the negligent were observant; the sleeping ones awoke; those who had forgotten, remembered; those who had broken away from Allah were connected to Him; hearts kindled with the love for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), and hearts lit up with the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. That branch of knowledge (Tasawwuf) which had become abandoned, once again became adorned with the treasures of Shibli, Junaid Baghdadi, Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilaani, Suhrwardi and Mujaddid Alf-e-Thaani (rahmatullahi Alaihim).”
This attribute and rank of revival (tajdeed) in this century has been bestowed by Allah Ta’ala specifically on the Mujaddid (reviver) of the time, viz., Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA). The noble endeavor of carrying on his legacy is now being fulfilled by Maulana Hakim Akhtar Sahib.
We pray to Allah Ta’ala that He perpetually showers His limitless blessings and mercy on all of our Akaabir, and their servants, who preserved and are continuing to preserve this Deen in their lives and through their teachings, and that Allah Ta’ala always grant them and us all His ranks of Proximity. Aameen!