A List of the names of 228 books of AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida al-Qadiri Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anho

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It is an established fact that AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) gained proficiency in more that fifty branches of knowledge. With this, AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) wrote many books on various aspects of Islam. AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) was a genius writer. He wrote numerous books and treatises in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu on diversified topics.

To date, it has not been fully ascertained as to exactly how many books he wrote, for in doing so, requires research and many personnel. There has risen, over the past years, many Islamic Scholars in the Indo-Pak Sub-Continent and in other parts of the world, who are making serious attempts in studying or translating the works of this great Mujaddid of Islam.

In 1887, at the age of 30 years, he had completed 75 books and treatises. In 1909, at the age of 43 years, this number increased up to 500. However, It has been estimated that the number of books written by AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Alaihir raHmah exceed 1000 on more than 50 branches of Knowledge. Apart from these contributions, he had written annotations and commentaries on more than 150 books pertaining to various branches of learning.

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Professor Dr Muhammad Hassan, Shaikh-ul-Adab, Islamia University, Bhawalpur, said:

“Mawlana was a prolific writer. He wrote a large number of treatises. It is due to the fact that his head and heart had surging waves of knowledge which were hard to restrain.”

From the many books that were written by him, a table of 549 have been classified. The table is as follows:

Tafseer of the Quran — 11
Aqaa’id (Belief) — 54
Hadith and Principles of Ahadith — 53
Fiqh, Principles of Fiqh, Dictionary of Fiqh, Faraa’idh and Tajweed — 214
Tassawwuf, Wazifas, Morals — 19
Reviews of Books — 40
Language, Arabic Grammar, Dictionaries, History, Poetry and Special Benefits, Traveling — 55
Inspired Knowledge (Jafar) — 11
Logarithms — 8
Astronomy, Astrology — 22
Mathematics, Geometry — 31
Philosophy, Sciences, Logistics — 7
Algebra — 4

TOTAL AMOUNT OF BOOKS RECOVERED = 549

Professor Abdul Shakoor Shad, Kabul University, Afghanistan, said:

“The research works of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan are worth presenting. There is due need that Historical and Cultural Societies of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran together with other such institutions keep all his writings duly cataloged in their libraries.”

His Divinely bestowed intelligence was such, that when AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) completed a quarter of any given book at the feet of a teacher, he used to study and memorize the remainder of the book by himself. It is recorded that he completed an Arabic commentary on the book, “Hidaayatun Nahw”, on Arabic Syntax, when he was only 8 years old!

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The names of a 228 books written by AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) have been listed below and all of these books are available for download at http://www.RazaNW.org (alHamduLILLAH)

1. Ajallā al-Iýlām anna’l Fatwā Muţlaqan álā Qawl al-Imām

2. At-Ţirs al-Muáddal fī Ĥaddi Mā al-Mustaámal

3. Jumān at-Tāj fī Bayāni’s Şalāti Qabl al-Miýrāj

4. Nahju’s Salāmah fi Ĥukmi Taqbīli’l Ibhāmayni fi’l Iqāmah

5. Īdhānu’l Ajr fī ِِِAdhāni’l Qabr

6. Ijtināb al-Úmmāl án Fatāwā al-Juhhāl

7. Awfa’l Lumáh fī Ādhāni Yawm al-Jumuáh

8. Surūru’l Ýīd as-Saýīd fī Ĥilli’d Duáa Baáda Şalāti’l Ýīd

9. Wishāĥu’l Jīd fī Taĥlīl Muáānaqati’l Ýīd

10. Al-Ĥarfu’l Ĥasan fi’l Kitābati ála’l Kafan

11. Al-Minnatu’l Mumtāzah fī Dáwāti’l Janāzah

12. Badhlu’l Jawāyiz ála’d Duáāyi Baáda Şalāti’l Janāyiz

13. An-Nahy al-Ĥājiz án Takrāri Şalāti’l Janāyiz

14. Ihlāku’l Wahabiyyīn álā Tawhīni Qubūri’l Muslimīn

15. Barīqu’l Manār bi Shumūýi’l Mazār

16. Jumal an-Nūr fī Nahyi’n Nisā’a án Ziyārati’l Qubūr

17. Ityān al-Arwāĥ li Diyārihim baád ar-Rawāĥ

18. Jalī as-Şawt li Nahyi’d Dáwati Amām al-Mawt

19. Ţuruq e Isbāt e Hilāl

20. Dar’a al-Qubĥ án Darki Waqti’s Şub’ĥ

21. Al-Árūs al-Miýtār fi Zamani Dáwati’l Iftār

22. Şayqalu’r Rayn án Aĥkāmi Mujāwarati’l Ĥaramayn

23. Anwāru’l Bishārah fī Masāyil al-Ĥajji wa’z Ziyārah

24. An-Nayyiratu’l Wađiyyah Sharĥ al-Jawharatu’l Muđiyyah

25. Izālatu’l Áār bi Ĥijri’l Karāyim án Kilābi’n Nār

26. Iýlām al-Aálām bi anna Hindustān Dār al-Islām

27. Dawāmu’l Áysh min al-Ayimmah mina’l Quraysh

28. Radd ar-Rafađah

29. Al Mubīnu Khatam an-Nabiyyīn

30. Al-Jabal at-Thānawi álā Kulliyati’t Tahānawi

31. Sub’ĥān as-Subbūĥ án Kadhibi Áybin Maqbūĥ

32. Damān e Sub’ĥān as-Subbūĥ

33. Qahru’d Dayyān álā Murtadd bi-Qādiyān

34. Al-Jurāz ad-Dayyānī ála’l Murtadd al-Qādiyānī

35. Al-Kawkabatu’sh Shihābiyyah fī Kufriyyāti Abi’l Wahābiyyah

36. Sall as-Suyūf al-Hindiyyah álā Kufriyyāti Bābā an-Najdiyyah

37. Kifl al-Faqīh al-Fāhim fī Aĥkāmi Qirţās ad-Darāhim

38. Ad-Dhayl al-Manūţ li Risālatu’n Nūţ

39. Kāsiru’s Safīh al-Wāhim fī Ibdāli Qirţāsi’d Darāhim

40. Subul al-Aşfiyā’a fī Ĥukmi’dh Dhabĥ li’l Awliyā’a

41. As-Şāfiyah al-Mūĥiyah li-Ĥukmi Julūdi’l Uđĥiyyah

42. Jalī an-Naşş fī Amākin ar-Rukhaş

43. Barakātu’l Imdād li Ahli’l Istimdād

44. Fiqh e Shahinshāh wa anna Al-Qulūb bi Yadi’l Maĥbūb bi Áţā’yillāh

45. Badru’l Anwār fī Ādāb al-Āthār

46. Shifā al-Wālih fi Şuwar al-Ĥabīb wa Mazārihi wa Niáālih

47. Maqāl al-Úrafā bi Iýzāzi Shar’ýin wa Úlamā

48. Al-Yāqūtatu’l Wāsiţah fī Qalbi Íqd ar-Rābiţah

49. Murūju’n Najā li Khurūji’n Nisā’a

50. Şafāyiĥ al-Lujayn fi Kawni’t Taşāfuĥ bi Kaffay al-Yadayn

51. Az-Zubdatu’z Zakiyyah li Taĥrīmi Sujūd at-Taĥiyyah

52. Lamátu’d Đuĥā fī Iýfā’yi’l Liĥā

53. Radd al-Qahţ wa’l Wabā’a bi Dáwati’l Jīrāni wa Muwāsāti’l Fuqarā’a

54. Irā’atu’l Adab Li Fāđili’n Nasab

55. Hādiyi’n Nās fī Rusūmi’l A’árās

56. Al-Adillatu’t Ţāýinah fī Adhāni’l Malāyinah

57. Ĥakku’l Áyb fi Ĥurmati Taswīdi’sh Shayb

58. Khayru’l Āmāl fī Ĥukmi’l Kasabi wa’s Su’āl

59. Masayil e Samāá

60. Al-Ĥaqq al-Mujtalā fi Ĥukmi’l Mubtalā

61. Taysīri’l Māúūn fī Ĥukmi’t Tāúūn

62. Al-Ĥuqūq li Ţarĥi’l Úqūq

63. Mashálatu’l Irshād fi Ĥuqūqi’l Awlād

64. Aájabu’l Imdād fi Mukaffarāti Huqūqi’l Íbād

65. A’áālī al-Ifādah fī Táziyati’l Hindi wa Bayāni’sh Shahādah

66. Al-Áţāyā al-Qadīr fī Hukmi’t Taşwīr

67. An-Nūr wa’d Điyā’a fī Aĥkāmi Báađ al-Asmā’a

68. Ĥaqqatu’l Marjān li Muhimmi Hukmi’d Dukhān

69. Ash-Sharīátu’l Bahiyyah fī Taĥdīdi’l Waşiyyah

70. As-Şamşām álā Mushakkiki fī Āyāti Úlūmi’l Arĥām

71. Al-Fađl al-Mawhibī fī Mána idhā şaĥĥa’l ĥadīthu fa huwa madh’habī

72. Nuzūl e Āyāt e Furqān ba Sukūn e Zamīn O Āsmān

73. Muýin e Mubīn Bahr e Daur e Shams o Sukūn e ZamīN

74. Fauz e Mubīn dar Radd e Ĥarkat e Zamīn

75. An-Nayyiratu’sh Shihābī álā Tadlīsi’l Wahābī

76. As-Sahmu’sh Shihābī álā Khadāýi’l Wahābī

77. Daf’áy e Zaygh e Zāgh

78. Al-Ĥujjatu’l Fāyiĥah li Ţībi’t Ta-áyyuni wa’l Fātiĥah

79. Aţāyibu’t Tahānī fi’n Nikāĥi’t Thānī

80. Izākhatu’l Áyb bi Sayfi’l Ghayb

81. At-Taĥbīr bi Bābi’t Tadbīr

82. Thalju’s Şadr bi Īmāni’l Qadr

83. Tajallī al-Yaqīn bi anna Nabiyyanā Sayyida’l Mursalīn

84. Shumūl al-Islām li Usūli’r Rasūli’l Kirām

85. Tamhīd e Īmān ba Āyāt e Qur’ān

86. Al-Amn wa’l Úlā li Nāáti’l Muşţafā bi Dāfiýi’l Balā’a

87. Nafyu’l Fayy Ámman Istanāra bi Nūrihi Kulla Shayy

88. Al-Hidāyatu’l Mubārakah fī Khalqi’l Malāyikah

89. Ismā’a al-Arbaýīn fī Shafāáti Sayyidi’l Maĥbūbīn

90. Al-Qawl al-Masúūd al-Maĥmūd fī Mas’alati Waĥdati’l Wujūd

91. Ad-Dawlatu’l Makkiyah bi’l Māddati’l Ghaybiyyah

92. Al-Wažīfatu’l Karīmah

93. Al-Mīlād an-Nabawiyyah fi’l Alfāž ar-Riđawiyyah

94. Ĥaqīqat e Bay’át

95. At-Tabşīr al-Munjid bi anna Şaĥna’l Masjid Masjid

96. Mirqātu’l Jumān fi’l Hubūţi án Minbari li Mad’ĥi’s Şulţān

97. Riáāyatu’l Madh’habayn fi’d Duáāyi bayna’l Khuţbatayn

98. Al-Hādi al-Ĥājib án Janāzati’l Ghāyib

99. Ĥāyatu’l Mawāt fī Bayāni Samā’áyi’l Amwāt

100. Al-Wifāqu’l Matīn bayna Samāáyi’d Dafīn wa Jawābi’l Mubīn

101. Tajallī al-Mishkāh li Ināri As’yilati’z Zakāh

102. A-ázz al-Iktināh fī Raddi Şadaqatin Māniý az-Zakāh

103. Rādiýu’t Ta-ássuf áni’l Imām Abī Yūsuf

104. Afşaĥu’l Bayān fī Mazāriý Hindustān

105. Az-Zahr al-Bāsim fī Ĥurmati’z Zakāti álā Banī Hāshim

106. Azkā al-Ihlāl bi Ibţāli mā Aĥdatha’n Nāsa bi Amri’l Hilāl

107. Al-Budūr al-Ajillah fī Umūr al-Ahillah

108. Al-Iýlām bi Ĥāli’l Bukhūri fi’s Şiyām

109. Tafāsīru’l Aĥkām bi Fidyati’s Şālāti wa’s Şiyām

110. Hidāyatu’l Jinān bi Aĥkāmi Ramađān

111. Úbāb al-Anwār an Lā Nikāĥa bi Mujarradi’l Iqrār

112. Māĥī ad-Đalālah fī Ankiĥati’l Hindi wa’l Bangālah

113. Hibatu’n Nisā’a fī Taĥqīqi’l Muşāharati bi’z Zinā

114. Al-Jalī al-Ĥasan fī Ĥurmati Waladi Akhi’l Laban

115. Tajwīz ar-Radd án Tazwīj al-Ab’ád

116. Al-Basţ al-Musajjal fī Imtināýī’z Zawjati Baád al-Waţyi li’l Muájjal

117. Raĥīq al-Iĥqāq fī Kalimāti’t Ţalāq

118. Ākidu’t Taĥqīq bi Bābi’t Tálīq

119. Al-Jawhar ath-Thamīn fī Ílali Nāzilati’l Yamīn

120. Nābighu’n Nūr álā Su’ālāti Jabalfūr

121. Al-Maĥajjah al-Mu’taminah fī Āyāti’l Mumtaĥinah

122. Anfasu’l Fikar fī Qurbāni’l Baqar

123. Abĥās e Akhīrah

124. Ad-Dalāyil al-Qāhirah ála Al-Kafarah an-Nayāshirah

125. Tadbīr e Falāĥ o Najāt o Işlāĥ

126. Al-Qamú’l Mubīn li Āmāli’l Mukadh’dhibīn

127. Bāb al-Áqāyid wa’l Kalām

128. As-Sū’u wa’l Íqāb álā Al-Masīĥ al-Kadh’dhāb

129. Ĥajb al-Úwār án Makhdūmi Bihār

130. Jazā’a Allāh Áduwwah bi Ibānati Khatmi’n Nubuwwah

131. Jawwāl al-Úluww li Tabyīn al-Khuluww

132. At-Taĥrīr al-Jayyid fi Ĥaqqi’l Masjid

133. Ibānatu’l Mutawārī fi Muşālaĥati Ábd al-Bārī

134. Anşaĥu’l Ĥukūmah fī Faşli’l Khuşūmah

135. Al-Hibatu’l Aĥmadiyyah fi’l Wilāyati’s Sharýiyyah wa’l Úrfiyyah

136. Fat’ĥ al-Malīk fī Ĥukmi’t Tamlīk

137. Ajwadu’l Qirā Li Ţālibi’s Şiĥĥati fī Ijārati’l Qurā

138. Kitābu’l Munā wa’d Durar liman Ámada Money Order

139. Hādī al-Uđĥiyyah bi’sh Shāt al-Hindiyyah

140. Ar-Ramz al-Muraşşaf álā Suāli Mawlānā As-Sayyid Āşīf

141. Naqā’a as-Sulāfah fī Aĥkām al-Bayáti wa’l Khilāfah

142. An-Namīqatu’l Anqā fī Farqi’l Mulāqī wa’l Mulqā

143. Al-Hanī’i al-Namīr fi’l Mā’a al-Mustadīr

144. Ruĥb as-Sāĥah fī Miyahin lā Yastawī Wajhuhā wa Jawfuhā fi’l Misāĥah

145. Hibatu’l Ĥabīr fī Úmqi Mā’ayin Kathīr

146. An-Nūr wa’r Rawnaq li Isfāri’l Mā’a al-Muţlaq

147. Áţā’a an-Nabiyy li Ifāđati Aĥkāmi Mā’a as-Şabiyy

148. Ad-Diqqati wa’t Tibyān li Ílmi’r Riqqati wa’s Saylān

149. Ĥusn at-Támmum li Bayāni Ĥadd at-Tayammum

150. Samĥu’n Nudarā fīmā Yūrithu’l Ájza Mina’l Mā’a

151. Až-Žafar li Qawli Zufar

152. Al-Maţar as-Saýīd álā Nabati Jins as-Şaýīd

153. Al-Jidd as-Sadīd fī Nafyi’l Istiýmāl áni’s Şaýīd

154. Qawānīn al-Úlamā’a fī Mutayammimin Álima índa Zaydin Mā’a

155. At-Ţalabatu’l Badīáh fī Qawli Şadru’sh Sharīáh

156. Mujalli’sh Shamáh li Jāmiýi Ĥadathin wa Lumáh

157. Salabu’th Thalb áni’l Qāyilīna bi Ţahārati’l Kalb

158. Al-Aĥlā mina’s Sukkar li Ţalabati’s Sukkari Rūsar

159. Ĥājizu’l Baĥrayn al-Wāqī án Jāmiýi’s Şalātayn

160. Munīr al-Áyn fī Ĥukmi Taqbīl al-Ibhāmayn

161. Al-Hādi’l Kāf fī Ĥukmi’đ Điáāf

162. Hidāyatu’l Mutáāl fi Ĥaddi’l Istiqbāl

163. Niýmu’z Zād li Rawmi’d Đād

164. Iljām as-Şādd án Sunani’d Đād

165. An-Nahyi’l Akīd áni’s Şalāti Warā’a Ádda’t Taqlīd

166. Al-Qilādatu’l Murassa-áh fī Naĥri’l Ajwibatu’l Arba-áh

167. Al-Quţūf ad-Dāniyah liman Aĥsana’l Jamāáh ath-Thāniyah

168. Tījān as-Şawāb fī Qiyāmi’l Imām fi’l Miĥrāb

169. Anhāru’l Anwār min Yammi Şalāti’l Asrār

170. Az’hāru’l Anwār min Şabā Şalāti’l Anwār

171. Waşşāfu’r Rajīĥ fī Basmalati’t Tarāwīĥ

172. Al-Jūd al-Ĥuluww fī Arkān al-Wuđū’u

173. Tanwīr al-Qindīl fī Awşāf al-Mindīl

174. Lumaá al-Aĥkām án lā Wuđū’u Mina’z Zukām

175. At-Ţirāzu’l Málam fīmā huwa Ĥadathun min Aĥwāli’d Dam

176. Nab’hu’l Qawm Anna’l Wuđū’u Min Ayyi Nawm

177. Khulāşah Tibyān al-Wuđū’u

178. Al-Aĥkām wa’l Ílal fī Ishkāl al-Iĥtilāmi wa’l Balal

179. Bāriqu’n Nūr fī Maqādīri Mā’a at-Ţuhūr

180. Barakātu’s Samā’a fī Ĥukmi Isrāfi’l Mā’a

181. Irtifāá al-Ĥujub án Wujūhi Qirā’ati’l Junub

182. At-Ţayyib al-Wajīz fi’l Amtiáti’l Waraqi wa’l Ibrīz

183. Abarr al-Maqāl fī Istiĥsāni Qiblati’l Ijlāl

184. Al-Kashfu Shāfiyā Ĥukmi Fūnūjrāfiya (phonograph)

185. Al-Fiqhu’t Tasjīlī fī Ájīni’n Nārjīlī

186. Al-Maqşadu’n Nāfiý fī Úşūbati’s Sinf ar-Rābiý

187. Ţayyibu’l Imáān fī Táddudi’l Jihāti wa’l Abdān

188. Tajliyatu’s Silm fī Masāyilin min Nişfi’l Ílm

189. Nuţq al-Hilāl bi-Arkhi Wilād al-Ĥabīb wa’l Wişāl

190. Jam-úl Qur’ān wa bima Ázzūhu li Úthmān

191. Iqāmatu’l Qiyāmah ála Ţāyini’l Qiyāmi li Nabiyyi’t Tihāmah

192. Kashf e Ĥaqāyiq o Asrār e Daqāyiq

193. Maqāmiý al-Ĥadīd álā Khaddi’l Manţiq al-Jadīd

194. Al-Kalimatu’l Mulhamah fi’l Ĥikmati’l Muĥkamah li Wihā’yi’l Falsafati’l Mash’amah

195. Ĥusām al-Ĥaramayn álā Manĥari’l Kufri wa’l Mayn

196. Waşāyā Sharīf

197. Aĥkām e Sharīát

198. Írfān e Sharīát

199. Malfūzāt e Ālāĥazrat

200. Shamāyim al-Ánbar fi Adabi’n Nidā’a Amām al-Minbar

201. Fatāwā Karāmāt e Ghawsiyah

202. Az-Zulāl al-Anqā min Baĥri Sabqati’l Atqā

203. Ţard al-Afāýī án Ĥimā Hādi Rafá’r Rifāýī

204. Tanzīhu’l Makānatu’l Ĥaydariyyah án Wasmati Áhdi’l Jāhiliyyah

205. Ghāyatu’t Taĥqīq fī Imāmati’l Áliyy wa’s Şiddīq

206. Qawāriýu’l Qahhār ála’l Mujassamati’l Fujjār

207. Khālişu’l Iýtiqād

208. Inbā’a al-Muşţafā bi Ĥāli Sirrin wa Akhfā

209. Anwāru’l Intibāh fi Ĥilli Nidā’yi Yā RasūlAllāh

210. Sharĥ al-Maţālib fī Mabĥathi Abī Ţālib

211. Iýtiqād al-Aĥbāb fī Al-Jamīl wa’l Muşţafā wa’l Āli wa’l Aş’ĥāb

212. Umūr e Íshrīn [Dar Imtiyāz e Áqāyid e
Sunniyyīn]

213. Rimāĥu’l Qahhār álā Kufri’l Kuffār

214. Munyatu’l Labīb Anna’t Tashrīý Bi Yadi’l Ĥabīb

215. Munabbih al-Munyah Bi Wuşūl al-Ĥabīb ila’l Árshi wa’r Ru’yah

216. Şallāt as-Şafā’a fī Nūri’l Muşţafā

217. Qamru’t Tamām fī Nafyi’z Žilli án Sayyidi’l Anām

218. Hadyu’l Ĥayrān fī Nafyi’l Fayy án Sayyidi’l Akwān

219. Al-Ijāzātu’l Matīnah li Úlamāyi Bakkah wa’l Madīnah

220. Aţāyib as-Sayyib álā Arđ at-Ţayyib

221. Sayf al-Muşţafā álā al-Adyān al-Iftarā

222. An-Nuktah álā Mirāyi Kalkatta [Calcutta]

223. Charāgh e Uns

224. Qaşīdatān Rāyiyatān

225. Zikr-e-Aĥbāb O Duáā-e-Aĥbāb

226. Ižhār al-Ĥaqq al-Jaliyy

227. Masāyil e Miýrāj

228. Fatāwā Āfrīqah

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Some people object that these 228 books are already included in Fatawa ar-Ridawiyyah published in 30 volumes by the year 2007. Some others gripe that these are small ‘booklets’ which consists of only a few pages. here is the retort:

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Ali al-qari in his sharH of fiqh al-akbar who noted that our elders were ‘qaleel al-kalam katheer al-barakah’ / spoke less, yet told more. and we are ‘katheer al-kalam qaleel al-barakah’ / we tell less even though we talk a lot more. he was alluding to the relatively small size of fiqh al-akbar which is no more than eight or ten pages. consider the following:

  • 37 of ibn abidin’s ‘books’ which are rasayil are collected in two average sized volumes named rasayil ibn abidin.
  • A number of rasayil are collected in fatawa imam as-subki
  • More than 70 rasayil are collected in imam suyuTi’s al-hawi li’l fatawi.
  • Recently some 60 different books of imam al-ghazali were printed in two large volumes named as ‘rasayil al-ghazali’
  • Ditto with ‘rasayil ibn arabi’
  • Fatawa al-fiqhiyyah of ibn Hajar al-haytami contains many of his epistles
  • There is a volume printed by dar kutub al-ilmiyyah which has 94+ ‘books’ on various topics titled: ‘al majmu’u al-kamil li’l mutun’: fiqh, usul al-fiqh, hadith, aqidah, poetry, naHw, prosody, etc. and many of these ‘books’ are no more than four or five pages. for example, ‘Aqayid an-Nasafi’ is a mere three pages.
  • Even novelists and poets have their own collections; check collected works of any major author: wells, twain, Iqbal’s kulliyat and not to mention [the person/s writing as] Shakespeare. Almost all of Shakespeare’s works are found – including his sonnets and poems – in one volume.

When a prolific author writes many books, it makes sense to put them in one volume as a collection. it is easy for readers and researchers to find all or most of them in one place. for a bibliophile/librarian, easy to store and retrieve. this does not mean that one volume is ONE book. only a fool would suggest that.

Yet, these rasayil have been referred by scholars as ‘books’ without vehement hair-splitting.


Coming back to the rant of some folk who cannot probably even pronounce the names of AlaHadrat’s books who attempt to downplay them as ‘small’ booklets. I would challenge them in a confrontationist tone to try and read these small booklets if they can; because if they have, they wouldn’t talk so naively. Only the ignorant shrugs away the diamond in comparison with a rock; just because it is big does not make it valuable – just as the diamond’s small size does not make it insignificant.


AlaHadrat’s fatawa – legal rulings are collected in one place. some legal rulings require lengthy explanations and in my humble opinion anything more than five-ten pages can be classified as a booklet as opposed to ‘an essay’ or an article.

Those unaquainted with fatawa ar-ridawiyyah might think that AlaHadrat started writing fatawa from Vol. 1 and ended with Vol. 30 [one can quibble that the original fatawa was only 12 volumes – and takhrij made it double the size]

In reality, AlaHadrat issued fatawa from a young age, many of which were never recovered. he also issued lengthy rulings/fatawa and published in the form of booklets giving them exquisite names instead of simply numbering them. in the later part of his life, his students and associates suggested that his fatawa being so insightful and valuable ought to be preserved; it was only then people began to collect the fatawa. when fatawa razwiyah was being edited by AlaHadrat himself, it was only fitting that lengthy fatawa issued as epistles be included under appropriate sections.

Even in today’s world these epistles are self-contained and are convenient to be published as separate works. for example take the issue of moon-sighting. how many people will buy thirty volumes, each of about 800 pages each to read those two or three epistles? naturally, it makes sense to print them separately and more so for online reading, where flipping pages to browse is not possible.


Even the names of his books impart knowledge. Try reading them in the arabic script and if you don’t understand the meaning, look it up in a dictionary. in the process, you will learn a lot of other words along with etymology and usage. I am sure there are not many – if there are any – who can understand all the words used in these names without a dictionary.

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