Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai as a student of sheikhul hadeeth Hazrat Moulana
Fazlurrahmaan Azmi sahib hafizahullah.
Mufti Ebrahim desai sahib writes:-
Moulana Fazlurrahmaan is my teacher and I began studying under him at Jāmiʿa
Islāmiyya Dabhel in 1984. In 1985 I studied Safīnat al-bulaghāʾ and Qutbī
in the fourth year [of the course] and the second volume of Hidāya in the fifth
The effect of Shaykh al-Ḥadīth’s unique style was such that I memorised
more or less every poem.
When the lesson of al-ashkāl al-arbaʿa came in Qutbī (a notoriously difficult
section in which the order of the words plays a hugely important role) a student
requested Shaykh al-Ḥadīth to deliver the lesson in Arabic. He obliged and
taught the entire lesson in fluent Arabic.
Then in 1997 I was given the final ten portions of the second volume of
[Ṣaḥīḥ al-]Bukhārī to teach in Madrasah Taleemuddeen, Isipingo Beach.
Then In 1998, I was reading Shaykh al-Ḥadīth’s Hadiyyat al-darārī (
Introduction to bukhari) during the last ten days of Ramaḍān.
When I finished the book and was resting after Fajr I dreamt of Imām Bukhārī
(may Allāh have mercy on him). He was clothed in green but his features and
form was that of sheikhul hadeeth(may Allāh protect him).
I also saw Ḥājī Bhāi Padia3 (may Allāh have mercy on him) in the dream
and he was reading something, though I can’t recall exactly what he was
Good dreams are from Allāh and I relay it in good faith.
Had I not dreamt this, it would not have made the least bit of difference in my
opinion of sheikhul hadeeth.