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Deputy Abdur Raheem SahabRh:

Name & Lineage:

Mohammad Abdur Raheem Al-hajj deputy Abdur Raheem was born in a village named "Gadla" of district Muzaffarnagar, UP India in 1864 A.D. "Gadla" located about 12 KM to the north of Muzaffarnagar city. His exact date of birth is uncertain but according to his own words he was born in 1864, as he stated, " I got retirement in the year 1920 at the age of fifty six".


Reliable sources are uncertain about his primary education. In spite of earning Middle School certificate in Urdu, he knew how to read and write Hindi and English very well. He used to say about English, " I learnt English while I was in government service.


After passing out "Urdu Middle School" on account of some family problems, he started meeting their needs (his family) by a job. Firstly, he got a government job as "Ranger" in Water Supply Department. Then, because of his better performance, he was promoted to the post of "Sub Overseer" later on "Zila daar" and finally he was honoured with the post of ''Deputy Revenue Officer and Deputy Magistrate''. He spent most of the time in Rohail Khand, Baraily and Mathura during his tenure. At last he has been posted to Saharanpur. He retired from the service in 1920 A.D. and settled in the very city and started doing social services from there.

Relationship with Islamic Scholars and Reformatory works:

He loved and respected religious scholars. He got along pretty well with scholars of Darul-Uloom Deoband and Mazahir-Uloom Saharanpur, in particular, Hazrat Shaikhul Hind and after that Hazrat Madani. He initiated establishing Madrasas in the region on the intimation of Hazrat Madani (May Allah have mercy upon them all). He established large and small twenty two institutions. Although, from the very beginning, he was much concerned about the betterment of the community, he could not dedicate much time due to his job. No sooner he retired from the service, than he dedicated twenty four hours for the reformative works and served the community whole heartedly from 1920 to 1938. A.D. To uproot bad customs and rituals spread among the society, he tried his best. Regarding to the bad customs and rituals, he saw religious scholars, then they set together to make plans to uproot the evil deeds. He made the people aware about the virtues of education and asked them to solve mutually their community issues. He travelled village to village insisting people to form reformatory organizations. At last his endeavors yielded and an organization named ''Anjuman Gada" was established in 1923.

He kept on working hard under the banner of the organization and established its branches in several villages and towns. After nine or ten years' hard work he realized that all his efforts merely to make the people aware about education, would be in vain, unless he takes some appropriate steps in this regard. No active steps, till now, for education was taken under the banner of the organization though it was the prime aim of the organization. At that time, Deputy Abdur Raheem supervised only a Madrasa named "Jamia Islamia Reerhi Tajpura" and that was not sufficient to fulfill the needs of the region, hence, more Madrasas required in other regions. So, under the guidance of religious scholars, he laid the foundation stones of several Madrasas. The first Madrasa he established in 1351 A.H corresponding to 1932 A.D. was Madrasa Khadimul-Uloom Baghonwali.


He underwent the treatment many times and admitted to the civil hospital, Saharanpur. Later, he got paralyzed in the tongue causing the last journey of life. He left his heavenly abode on 2nd January 1938 A.D. in a guest room of late Hakeem Mohammad Yaqoob (Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaihi Rajioon) and was buried near the mosque of Jamia Islamia Reerhi Tajpura, Saharanpur to the north.