His name was Mohammad Haneef and his father's name was Miyanji Ghulam Mohammad. He was born in a village Malakpur Nahar, District Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh in 1922 A.D. He belonged to a farmer family.
After completing pre-Fadhilat Islamic studies upto "Sharh-e-Jami" from Jamia Islamia Reerhi Tajpura, he went to Darul-Uloom Deoband and studied there upto "Mukhtasarul-Ma'ani" and after that he left for Mazahir-Uloom Saharanpur and pursed his graduation in 1947. He also pledged before Hazrat Maulana Sayyed Husain Ahmad Madani. He attains high character. He was a figure of patience. He was far away from show off and a staunch follower of the traditions of the prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)
After completing "Fadhilat" he rendered teaching service in his first Madrasa Jamia Islamia Reerhi Tajpura for eight years. in 1955, He was sent by '' Anjuman Gada " to Madrasa Khadimul-Uloom as a rector. The way, with great efforts, Sincerity and in a beautiful manner, he served Madrasa is an outstanding. He always performed his duty whole heartedly. Each and every moment he tried his level best for its educational improvement and devoted himself completely to its development. Hence, the Madrasa, at his death, had six departments of education: eight classes of Nazra, ten classes of Hifz, three classes of Fauqania (As per the syllabus of state govt. upto 5th class), department of Tajweed, department of Arabic (upto Dora-e-Hadith Shareef), department of Arabic literature and department of Computer. He always concentrated rather on the quality of education than the quantity of departments that Madrasa Khadimul-Uloom was well known for quality of education at that time.
When he was appointed, the Madrasa had a few rooms in its campus so he expanded the campus. At his last days, it had both small and large 325 rooms consisting of a library, Hadith Lecture Hall (Darul-Hadith) (was under construction) and a grand two-storied Mosque: The area of the Mosque was expanded and the second storey was built under his tenure. Through sincerity and love during his 57 years of administrative services, he left a great impression not only on the village but also the entire region that they all became his devotees.
On Tuesday night, Safar 22, 1433 A.H. corresponding to January 17, 2012 A.D. was a tough night in the history of Madrasa Khadimul-Uloom Baghonwali, which cannot be easily forgotten. The Madrasa had suffered a dangerous tragedy: It lost its benefactor and mentor, a gardener who irrigated it for more than half a century, a sailor who brought its boat to shore, a father who kept encouraging all his children to move forward by inviting them to unity. The rather quiet person, full of sublime conducts and characters was calm like a sea from outside but was a deep-sea inside. When he died, left behind thousands of mourners. The onlookers were stunned to see a simple man sitting quietly on the bed doing remarkable deeds, furthermore, over a short period of time, he had built a Red Fort that would be reminiscent of a Shah Jahan and a lighthouse that would keep on illuminating the entire world.
A man who lived a simple life, far from the commotion, partying, praise and fame, but when he passed away, hundreds of people became his devotees. This is the glory of the well-accepted slaves. Because they live for others and their lives are also dedicated to them, therefore, others consider them their own as well.
These features and attributes mentioned above are found in a person called Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Haneef sb. (R.A). He sacrificed his whole life for the Madrasa. Serving the Madrasa was all for him. Working for the nation was his mission. Educating and schooling the new generation was the treasure of his life.
He was a perfect person in his field. He gave lecture non-stop when he started and talked for hours while delivering Speeches. And if he remained silent, it seemed that he did not know how to speak. He was down-to-earth as well as a beautiful figure of simplicity. If he sat quietly in the courtyard of the Madrasa, the birds would think that there is a dry tree whose branches have fallen off. That scene is still fresh in the eyes of the viewers that an eagle flew away carrying Hazrat Maulana's hat.
The point is that a comprehensive personality passed away, whose favours were not only to a Madrasa or a village but to the entire nation. It is not easy for the nation to forget such a great personality.
May Allah reward him with the best and grant him a high position in Paradise. Aameen.