All praise is due to Allāh ta‛ālā Maktabah Dār al-Ma‛ārif, Allāhābād is trying its utmost to fulfil the aims and objectives for which it was established. By the will of Allāh ta‛ālā, it is conveying to you – the reader – a variety of books on sīrah, Hadīth, biographies and Sufism. These are presented in a very professional and polished manner with full references. The Maktabah has been receiving approvals and recommendations from erudite scholars on these works. Just recently the Maktabah presented a very rare gift in the form of Dīnī Idāro Aur Jamā‛ato kī Dhimmedāriyā’,1 in which my respected father dāmat barakātuhum compiled – after much toiling – the beneficial and enlightening counsels, views and thoughts of scholars and Sufis in the light of the Qur’ān and Hadīth. This book is equally beneficial to the administrators of madāris and khānqāhs, those engaged in the work of da‛wat and tablīgh, those involved in writing and compiling books, political activists, the wealthy, and – in fact – the entire community of Muhammad sallallāhu ‛alayhi wa sallam. The book before you, Aqwāl-e-Salaf volume five contains useful additions. In addition to biographies of famous ‛ulamā’, jurists and mashā’ikh, it makes mention of personalities who are unknown. Volume three of the old edition of Aqwāl-e-Salaf contained biographies of personalities of the 11th, 12th and a part of the 13th centuries of the hijrah. Personalities of the 11th century have been included in the present volume. Allah willing, biographies of the remaining personalities will be mentioned in the forthcoming volumes. 1 All praise is due to Allāh ta‛ālā, this book has been translated to English under the title Responsibilities of Religious Institutes And Organizations by Al-Qamar Publications.
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In addition to aspects from the lives of the pious personalities of Dīn, incidents portraying the justice, equity, knowledge, character, worship and spiritual striving of certain Moghul kings have also been related. These were kings dressed in royal garments but who lived like dervishes. The Maktabah is grateful to its esteemed associates and assistants who provided the source books and references, selected incidents, and supported us financially so that this book could be in your hands. May Allāh ta‛ālā reward them. I request your du‛ā’ that Allāh ta‛ālā blesses my respected father with long life with good health and wellness. May Allāh ta‛ālā also bless all those who assist the Maktabah – academically or financially – with good health and wellbeing so that we can continue presenting valuable books of this nature to you. We are indebted to respected Hājī Shabbīr Ahmad who is a khalīfah of my father for making arrangements for the translation and publication of the first four volumes of Aqwāl-e-Salaf and is waiting anxiously for the remaining volumes. By the will of Allāh ta‛ālā, my father’s sciences and works are really proliferating in this way. This is enabling the English-speaking population to gain more insight on the topic of Sufism and for it to become more common. May Allāh ta‛ālā reward him. Muhammad Qamar az-Zamān Qāsimī Allāhābādī 30 Muharram al-Harām 1436 A.H. 24 November 2014