Shaykh Safi ur Rahman Mubarakpuri Passes Away!

So I come home, check my email after a long and tiresome day and read the unfortunate news that the Shaykh and al ‘Allaamah Safi ur Rahmaan Mubarakpure has passed away. The message was forwarded to me by a dear brother which contained a forward of a student in Medina University by brother Abu Imad Rasheed Gant which basically said that after the Shaykh passed away after Salaatul Jumu’ah in Banaras, India which is 2.00 – 2.30 PM there and 1.30 – 2.00 AM Houston time or Central Zone time.

For those who don’t know the Shaykh was one of the major scholars upon the Sunnah in India. He is popularly known for his award winning work on the Seerah of the Messenger of Allah () entitled “ar Raheeq ul Makhtoom” or “The Sealed Nectar“and his supervision of the translation and abridgement of Taseer Ibn Katheer/Kathir. Both these works can be purchased from Dar Us Salaam Publications and are available in English, and I recommend the work on the Seerah to everyone. He was known for his defence of the Sunnah and warning against innovations and those who propagate it.

Indeed it is a great loss for the muslim Ummah that such a great scholar and hard worker has passed away. I have given a short biography of the shaykh below for thsoe who are interested. And as the brother that forwarded me this message quote and quote it here again he hadith of the Pophet () found in Sahih Muslim:

‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:

Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when He leaves no learned person, people turn to ignorant as their, leaders; then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge, they go astray, and lead others astray.

The following is a brief biography of the Shaykh taken from his own autobiography mentioned in arRaheeq alMakhtoom

Short Bio of Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri (rahimullah – b.1360AH/1942CE – d.1427AH/2006CE) )

His name was Abu Hashim Safiur Rahman bin ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad Akbar bin Muhammad ‘Ali bin ‘Abdul-Mu’min bin Faqirullah al Mubarakpuri al Azami. He was born in the year 1942 corresponding to 1360 AH in Husainabad , a village one mile deep to the north side of Mubarakpur (Azamgarh District).

Education, Teaching, and Writings

He started his studies at home with the Qur’aan from his grandfather and uncle. Then started his studies in Arabic and Persian after being admitted to Madrasah Arabia Dar ut Ta’leem in Mubarakpur. Then moved onto Madrasah Ihyaaul Uloom in Mubarakpur after being admitted there in 1954CE/1373AH. Two years after that he joined Madrasah Faid Aam in Munath Bhanjan in Azamgarg District for further studies. Upon completion of his 7 years of studies, he acquired the Fadilat degree and passed multiple exams to receive the Maulvi and Alim Certification.

Shaykh Safiur Rahman (rahimullah) then went onto teach for the next 28 years in various Universities, Madarahs, and schools in India until he was offered a position at the Islamic University of alMadinah alMunawwarah at “The Center for the Services of the Prophet ()’s Biography” and was entrusted with the job of preparing an encyclopedia on the subject of the life history of the Noble Prophet ().

The shaykh put his efforts in writing many books of those that I know are available in English are the following:

The Sealed Nectar
When the Moon Split
History of Makkah alMukarramah
History of Medinah alMunawwarah
Abridged Tafsir Ibn Kathir

The above books are available at the Dar Us Salam Website under the English books section and “Biography and History” sub-section and “Qur’aan and Tafsir” sub-section.

May Allaah () have Mercy on the Shaykh and Forgive his sins.

In the words of Abu Khaliyl:



In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Living, the Maintaining, Lord of the worlds, and may He mention , and send peace upon His Messenger Muhammad (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam)

I can narrate to you from Shaykh Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, may Allah have mercy with him and expand his abode, with his chain, reaching to Imam al-Bukhari, with his chain reaching to `Urwah, from `Abdullah bin `Amr bin al-`Aas, that Allah’s Messenger (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam) said:

“Allah does not take away the knowledge by taking it from the people, but He takes it away by the death of the knowledgeable ones, until no knowledgeable one remains, then the people will take ignorant persons as their leaders, they will ask them, and they will give them fatwas without knowledge – and in one version: “according to their opinions” – so they will go astray and lead others astray.”

Al-Bukhari reported this hadith, in no. 100 of his Sahih, in the Book of Knowledge, and with the different wording, in number 7307 of his Sahih, in the Book of Holding Fast to the Book and the Sunnah.

After the deaths of such important scholars of our era, Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz bin Baz, Shaykh Muhammad Nasir ad-Deen al-Albani, Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih al-`Uthaymeen, Shaykh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wad`i, and others, may Allah have mercy upon them, Our Lord – Exalted is He – has taken another of our Shaykhs, Shaykh Safiur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri, may Allah have mercy with him and expand his abode.

And as I have said to many of those who know me before, we are living between two eras, where many of us have seen, learned from, and spent time with these scholars, and then an era when they are no longer with us.

Abu Hishaam, Safiur-Rahmaan bin `Abdullah bin Muhammad Akbar bin Muhammad `Ali bin `Abdul-Mun`im bin Faqeerullah al-Mubarakpuri al-`Azami, was born, may Allah have mercy upon him near the year 1361, as he himself wrote about himself, that he was born in the middle of 1942 in the village of Husainabad near Mubarakpur.

Shaykh Safiur-Rahman heard from a number of prominent Shaykhs and scholars. Among the most prominent the grand Shaykh Abul-Hasan `Ubaidullah ar-Rahmaani al-Mubarakpuri, may Allah have mercy upon him, author of “Mir`aat al-Mafateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh.”

Shaykh Safiur-Rahman, may Allah have mercy upon him, has mentioned these shaykhs he heard from in his commentary on Sahih Muslim, “Minnat al-Mun`im fi Sharh Sahih Muslim.”

The Shaykh had been suffering with problems, on and off sometimes worse than others, for a number of years now.

And today we learned that the Shaykh has passed away and we ask Allah have mercy on him and expand his abode, grant him Paradise, and raise his rank, and to send salah, salam, and blessings upon the family of the Shaykh.

was-salamu `alaykum

Abu Khaliyl

From Zulfiker Ibrahim (student at the Islaamic University of Madeenah):


“Today after Salaatul-Asr I received a phone call from Jamia Salafia -Banaras, India, informing me that the Shaykh, al-‘Allaamah Safiur-Rahmaan Mubarakpuri passed away today in Mubarakpur, India, after Salaatul-Jumu’ah -Indian time roughly 2.00-2.30 pm.


The Shaykh was known as one of the Major Salafee Scholars of India and his defence for the Sunnah and warning against Ahlul-Bid’ah.


The Shaykh has a number of beneficial works in print, his most famous book being “ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom” (The Sealed Necter) and the summary of the Tafseer of Ibn Katheer as published by Darussalam Publishers in Riyadh where he was a resident Scholar authenticating works prior to ther publication.”


We ask you all to remember the Shaykh in your prayers and we ask Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) to cleanse the Shaykh of his sins and reward him with al-Firdaws, aameen.

I ask you all to remember the Shaykh in your du’aa and ask Allaah () to forive the Shaykh’s sins and enter him into Jannat al Firdaws.


37 Responses to “Shaykh Safi ur Rahman Mubarakpuri Passes Away!”

  1. 1 grave_yard49 December 4, 2006 at 12:27 am

    innalillahi wainna ilahi rajioon… May blessing and mercy of Allah be upon our beloved Sheikh.

  2. 2 Abdur Rahman Falahi December 4, 2006 at 9:58 am

    انا لله و انا اليه راجعون
    موت العالم موت العالم
    Shaikh was a great Islamic Scholor. I know him as a relative. because his son Tariq is friend of my Cousin Brother Mohammed Alamgeer Salafi.
    we ask Allah have mercy on him and expand his abode, grant him Paradise, and raise his rank and blessings upon the family of the Shaykh.

  3. 3 Rasha December 4, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Asalam 3alaykom,
    Inna lelah wa inna lelah raje3oon..
    Ra7emaho allah..he was a great scholar..alra7eeq elmakhtoom is my fav when it comes to sunnah and seerah books..
    May allah grant us understanding and following ..

  4. 4 muhammad syahiran December 5, 2006 at 7:42 am

    innalillahi wainna ilahi rajioon

  5. 5 Muslim Apple December 5, 2006 at 11:09 am

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. May accepts of his good deeds and forgive his sins. Ameen.

    I benefited much from his three-volume work on the History of Islam.

  6. 6 hafiz afghan December 5, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    فاصبر جميل

  7. 7 syedu December 5, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon!
    May Allah grant him a place in Janatul Firdaws for his great work which is a great sadakah by him for all of us.

    I just got to know about him 3 months ago thru his award winning book The Sealed Nectar which I am currently reading.

  8. 8 Ahmad Saifullah December 6, 2006 at 2:57 am

    inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi ra’jiuun..
    May Allah place him among al’mu’minuun..

    Actually, i’m not know who is sayikh safi ur Rahman, and I hope tht anybody can send e’mail to me about him, thank you..

  9. 9 Mohammed Farhatullah December 6, 2006 at 5:57 am

    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon. May Allah have mercy on him and grant him highest level in Jannah. One of the best book i have ever read on the seerat.

  10. 10 Ridwan December 6, 2006 at 6:37 am

    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon. May Allah have mercy on him and grant him highest level in Jannah. One of the best books i have ever read on the seerat.

  11. 11 BaaZauq December 7, 2006 at 8:34 am

    انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون

    An URDU article by myself on Fazilat-us-Shaik on my blog… reat it @ :

  12. 12 Serving Islam December 7, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Assalam Alaikum

    May Allah (SWT) grant him Jannah.. ameen

    This is truly a great loss

    Jazaak Allah KHair brother for letting us know..

  13. 13 Mujahideen Ryder December 10, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

    Ameen to the duas.

  14. 14 MOHAMMED MASOOD ALI December 11, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji’oon. May Allah have mercy on him and grant him highest level in Jannah. One of the best books i have ever read on the seerat MOHAMMED MUSTAFA SALLALLAHU ALAIHI WA SALLAM ” AR RAHEEQ AL MAQTUOM “

  15. 15 Milena-Irshad December 16, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Assalamu aleikum!
    May Allah have mercy on him!

  16. 16 faizan January 4, 2007 at 9:48 am

    i m the student of islamic history in karachi university .when i read the new of death of great muslim schlor safi-ur-rahman mubarkpori .i realy shocked to read this news .allthe muslims of pakistan and syudents of islamic history pry for him that allaha give him heaven

  17. 17 faizan January 4, 2007 at 9:52 am

    i m the student of islamic history in karachi university .when i read the news of death of great muslim schlor safi-ur-rahman mubarkpori .i realy shocked to read this news .allthe muslims of pakistan and syudents of islamic history pry for him that allaha give him heaven

  18. 18 anwar hassan January 18, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    i was not aware of his death till i logged on his website, inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajiun

  19. 19 Imam baig January 28, 2007 at 10:19 am

    May Allah bless him Jaanat al Firdous. Aameen

  20. 20 Abdul Haseeb Ansari August 31, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Shaikh Safiur Rahman a great islamic scholar i am also his student in jamia salafia banaras from 1984-1987
    allah darajat buland kare AAMIN

  21. 21 mahamuud January 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    inaa lilah wa inaa ilaah rajiuun

  22. 22 ummmakkah May 10, 2009 at 9:56 am

    as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    May Allaah ta’ala have mercy on Shaykh Mubarakpuri forgive him for his sins illuminate his grave and make it spacious may HE protect him from the torture of the grave and the punishment of the fire and grant him the greatest place in Jannah amin. It saddens me to know another scholar another link to pure Islam has passed away. may Allaah bless his family and give them peace in their time of grief and hold onto the rope of Islam and make them steadfast in this perfect way of life amin.

    umm makkah sakinah bint philip ibn ishmaeel hyman

  23. 23 ummmakkah May 10, 2009 at 9:59 am

    as salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi

    i met to say “hold onto the rope of Allaah” and inna illahi wa inna allaahi rajiuun

  24. 24 ABDUR RAHMAN AL SALFEE August 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm


    He was a great aalim,it was a great desire of mine to go to india and meet with him but when i heard that he has died i was greatly shocked and there is nothing left for except to remember him in my prayers.May Allah rest his soul in Heaven Firdous forever.Aammin summa Aammin

  25. 25 abdul raheem October 1, 2009 at 5:22 am

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajihoon.

  26. 26 MUSLIMAH AHMAD December 20, 2009 at 1:45 am

    may ALLAH swt give him the highest place in jannat, i loved him so much for the sake of ALLAH he is one of the best schlor ever

  27. 27 Masaab Mushtaq February 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

    inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajihoon
    Read his book.Really great work.I never knew even india have such great scholars.
    Now I am really scared as many renowned scholars are passing away
    we need to gain knowledge from them.

  28. 28 salahudheen March 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I am a Muslim student from India, kerala studied Arabic and English well without any help of govrnment.I heard about this great man but I couldnt hear him or read his books.So I kindly request those who have his Raheequm Makhthoom to send me.It will be a great help for this poor student in India.If u want I will send back the book later.
    Salahudheen K
    Kottaril Hose
    Parambil Peedika

  29. 29 talib al islam March 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Assalmoualaikoum, I am currently studying the seerah in its depth. (Your duas are requested) As a check, on the Ar-raheequl-Makhtoum, I loved this book and so googled out to know more about this great author but inna lillahi wa innna ilaihi rajioun…… Great men don’t last long.

  30. 30 Atif Atique October 25, 2010 at 7:36 am

    May Allah give him peace inside grave and Jannath at the Resurrection Day,Insha-Allah,,,

  31. 31 aron ahmad June 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    ina lila wa ina elaihy rajiun i really got shoke when heard about shiek rahman mubarakpuris that he passed away may god reward him and forgive hin and make him one of muhamads nation which is enter paradice without judging.

  32. 32 aron ahmad June 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    i live in the north of iraq and i wanted to translate shiek rahman mubarakpuri s book about prophets biography (the sealed necta ) into kurdish language and gathering both language in one book and i needed mr mubarakpuris permission but i came late and got a bad news about his death may alla forgive him and reward him with great reward .now i confused how to do that job without his permission please help me to get permission from one of hisfamilly and i need e-mil and phone number please brothers help me . this is my e-mail

  33. 33 razika January 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    ” iennaa liellaahie wa iennaa ielayhie raadji’oen”.

    I am reading his book right now, beautiful book ! mashaALLAH.

    May ALLAH, SUBHANAH WA TAALA, reward him with the djennah, ienshaALLAH, amien.

  34. 34 salim mayet March 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I want everyone to own THE TAFIR IBN KATHIR(ABRIDGED) in english.

    This Tafsir by the seik is one of the best so far up to now in English.The work in it and for the english readers to undestand the Qurans tafsir.

    For english readers /scholars /teachers/this is my best collection in my library.

    What a work in english .Itshould be read in all institution of learning.madessars IN HOMES IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.


    may Allah give the sheik the highest place in Jannat FIRDOUS AND fill HIS GRAVE WITH NOOR AND BY READING HIS BOOKS WE WILL GET HIS NOOR INTO OUR HEARTS.

    MAY Allah give all our muslims and I also their company in hereafter.
    Our dearest brother shaheed IMAM Anwar al-awlaki WHO WAS SHAHEED IN Yeman in his lecture gve me the advice to read the TAFSIR.

    Salim Mayet
    South Africa

  35. 35 Nemo April 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    What a loss?

  36. 36 hanifullah February 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    May Allah give him peace inside grave and Jannath at the Resurrection Day,Insha-Alla

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Fiqh As Sawm

Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

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