Students of sacred knowledge are best known by the noble and erudite teachers with whom they study. Like parents (who were my first teachers and spiritual guides), teachers of the sacred sciences merit any and all credit for what their students achieve.

Though I have little achievement to my name and am embarrassed to be considered in any way representative of my teachers and parents, I can think of no better way to describe myself than to mention the many noble, pious, and scholarly souls who have been most influential in my life and to whom I owe the utmost gratitude.

My studies in the Islamic sciences began at Madrasat al-Ḥasanayn in 2000 under the guidance and supervision of its founder, Mawlana Ṭāriq Jamīl (may Allah preserve him). There, I studied the Arabic language and Islamic sciences under a long list of compassionate, erudite, and spiritually accomplished ‘ulama. I have listed their names below with the sciences I was fortunate enough to study with them:

Mawlānā Shabbīr Aḥmad (may Allah have mercy on him): Arabic Speech and Composition

Mawlānā Zubayr Kohātī: Arabic Morphology, Arabic Literature, Hadīth Terminology

Shaykh Ramzī al-Habīb al-Tūnisī: Arabic Syntax, Arabic Rhetoric, Arabic Literature

Mawlānā ʿUbayd Allāh: Islamic Creed, Islamic Jurisprudence (usul al-fiqh), Logic, Sunan Abi Dawud, Principles of Tafsīr

Muftī Aḥmad ʿAlī: Islamic Law, Principles of Issuing Fatwa, History of Islamic Law, Legal Maxims, Inheritance Law, Sunan al-Tirmidhi

Mawlānā Tāriq Jamīl: Prophetic Biography

For my final year of Dars Niẓāmī studies, I transferred to the large Islamic university in Karachi, Jāmiʿah Dār al-ʿUlūm Karachi and completed the dawrat al-ḥadīth year with:

Mawlānā Rasḥīd Ashraf al-Sayfī: Sunan al-Tirmidhī, Muwaṭṭā Mālik, Muwaṭṭā Muḥammad, Tadrīb al-Rāwī

Muftī ʿAbd Allāh al-Burmī: Sunan al-Tirmidhī, Shamāʾil al-Tirmidhī, ʿIlal al-Tirmidhī

Mawlānā Iftikhār Aḥmad al-Aʿẓamī: Sunan al-Nasāʾī, Sunan Ibn Mājah, Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Athār

Mawlāna ʿAzīz al-Raḥmān: Sunan Abī Dāwūd

Muftī ʿAbd al-Raʿūf al-Sikarhwī: Saḥīḥ Muslim

Muftī Muḥammad Rafī al-ʿUthmānī: Muqaddamah Saḥīḥ Muslim, Saḥīḥ Muslim, Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī

Muftī Maḥmūd Ashraf al-ʿUthmānī: Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī

Muftī Muḥammad Taqī al-ʿUthmānī: Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī

Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to collect ijāzahs in ḥadīth from several notable masters of ḥadīth and students of the polymath, Shaykh al-Islām Ḥusayn Aḥmad al-Madanī, including:

Mawlānā Salīm Allāh Khān

Mawlānā Sarfarāz Khan Safdar (may Allah have mercy on him)

Mawlānā ‘Abd al-Hamīd al-Sawātī (may Allah have mercy on him)

Khwājā Khān Muḥammad (may Allah have mercy on him), who was also my shaykh al-ṭarīqah

Mawlānā ʿAbd al-Halīm Chishti al-Nuʿmānī

All of the above shuyūkh were direct students of Shaykh al-Islām and amongst the most senior scholars in the subcontinent. Upon meeting Mawlana ʿAbd al-Halim Chishti,  I was fortunate to be allowed to study in a post-graduate (takhaṣṣuṣ) program with him. Along with various research projects and heavy reading assignments, our course work including the following ḥadīth studies texts: Sharḥ Nukhbat al-Fikar, Muqaddamah Ibn al-Salāḥ, Al-Rafʿ waʾl-Takmīl, Shurūt al-Aʿimmah al-Khamsah, and Shurūṭ al-Aʿimmah al-Sittah.

Upon returning to the United States, I have been able to continue studies both in the sacred sciences and in the applied behavioral sciences, and have had the good fortune of being able to work with and interact with several prominent scholarly personalities, including:

Shaykh al-Tafsīr Mawlānā Muḥammad Naʿīm (may Allah have mercy on him), with whom I intended to study the Quranic sciences before his passing but was not able to do so.

I have been wonderfully blessed by Allah to be pursuing studies in Islamic Theology, Dialectics, and Philosophy through Darul Qasim under:

Mawlānā Mohammed Amīn Kholwadia: Tabṣirat al-Adillah , Hujjat Allāh al-Bālighah

Most recently, I have had the good fortune to study parts of Al-Muwāfaqāt, Tafsīr al-Bayḍāwī, and Saḥīḥ al-Bukhārī with:

Shaykh Sāmir al-Naṣṣ

To list the many great personalities I have met over the years would be exhaustive, so I suffice with these personalities who have been essential in positively influencing me and tirelessly working towards my education and spiritual development.

Of course, it goes without saying that I owe everything to the most compassionate, caring, and cultured people I have met in my life: my parents. Without their kind and diligent upbringing, I would not have been able to accomplish anything. May Allah reward both of them eternally and infinitely, especially my mother, Dr. Tallat Anwar Ali (may Allah have mercy on her and enlighten her grave). I continue to benefit from the support and care of my honorable father, Dr. Muhammad Ali (al-Ansari), and I pray that Allah grants him a long, healthy, and happy life.

This is the short and most important part of my biography. The rest are minor details.


33 thoughts on “About

  1. Aamer says:

    Assalam Alaikum shaikh. I am interested in starting Hadith study and instead of buying summarized books, I would like to invest in Bukhari or Muslim. Do you have suggestions on which translation to buy for each..?

  2. Bilal Ali says:

    You really don’t have many options from what I know. But perhaps the more important question is whether you really want to depend on translations if you are interested in advanced studies in Hadith. Its sort of like reading an Urdu translation of advanced medical books. Its extremely limiting.

  3. Siddikur Rahman says:

    Salam Sheik,
    This is Siddikur Rahman from New York. Where can I find the book “Hadi al arwah ila bilad al afrah” by Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya (Rahimahullah)

    JazakAllah Khair

  4. nakarah says:

    Assalamu alaykum wrwb Hadrat. Have you been granted ijaza in the Spiritual Path as well? If yes, from whom? Please do reply. I am searching for a Shaykh.

    • Bilal Ali says:

      I have not, nor do I expect that a person like myself would ever be granted such an ijaza. If I could offer any advice, it would be to be careful of whomever you choose and not be hasty.

      • Abdul Kader says:

        As salamu alaykum shaikh.

        Do you know anything about hazrat shaikh wajeehuddin sab rahmatullah alaihi?
        If so could you please write something, even if it just a reply to me. (kader2393@gmail.com)

        Who is your shaikh now?

      • abdul kader says:

        Sorry for the misunderstanding maulana sab, i was asking brother nakara where he is from.

        Maulana sab, please have a look at the following link https://ilumulnoor.com/.

        The site is run by the beloved khalifa of hazrat shaikh wajeehuddin sab RA. It is the English version of maktubat sharif as translated by hazrat shaikh wajeehuddin sab RA.

        Hazratji db told me that the maktubat sharif in farsi and urdu is two volumes. Hazrat shaikh wajeehuddin sab RA translated the first volume into English and split it into two volumes as he felt it would be too large to keep as one.

      • Mansoor Shah says:

        Salam Abdul Kader,

        You wrote: “Hazratji db told me that the maktubat sharif in farsi and urdu is two volumes…” To whom are you referring as “Hazratji db”

      • Abdul Kader says:

        Wa alaykum salam brother,

        My shaikh, hazrat shaikh rizwan sab damat barakatuhum.

        Khalifa of hazrat shaikh wajeehudeen sab rahmatullah alaihi.

  5. Ahmed says:

    If you ever get a chance, can you compare amd contrast the cirriculum of both darul Uloom Karachi amd madrasatul hasanain please?

    Jazakumuallahu khairun

  6. Abdul Kader says:

    I am referring to hazrat shaikh wajeehuddin sab rahmatullah alaihi. The shaikh who wrote tje translation of maktubat sharif in English from lahore.

    Ji, i was asking about who your spiritual guide is

  7. Abdul Kader says:

    I think brother 786 is asking which student of khwaja khan Muhammad RA you seek spiritual guidance from?

    • Bilal Ali says:

      Oh ok. Got it. Jzk. I am seeking guidance through his deputy Mawlānā ‘Abd al-Ghafūr Sahib of Taxila through his deputy and my teacher Mawlānā ‘Ubayd Allāh of Chiniot.

  8. Hassan says:

    Salam ‘alaykum Maulana Bilal,

    I was hoping to ask you a few questions about Dar al-‘uloom Hasnayn. Is it possible to get your e-mail address or phone number so that I may be able to contact you?

    I am thinking of studying there sometime soon inshAllah.

  9. ohassan118 says:

    Salam ‘alaykum Maulana Bilal,

    I pray that you are keeping well.

    Is there a way to contact you? I was hoping to ask you some questions about Dar al-‘Ulum al-Hasnayn.

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