Shaykh Badi'-ud-Din ibn Ihsanullah ibn Rashidullah Shah ar-Rashidi as-Sindhi was born in 1925 CE (1342 H) in Hydrabaad District of Pakistan. He memorised the Qur’an in three months and he memorised the whole of Soorah Noor on a camel Journey.

Some of the books he studied include: 40 Hadith of an-Nawawi, Bulugh al-Maram, Mishkat al-Masabih, Kutub as-Sittah, Muwatta Imam Malik, Muwatta Imam Muhammad and parts of Sharh Ma’ani al-Athar of at-Tahawi.

Due to the oppression by the people he was forced to move to a village called New Sa’eedabaad. Here the Shaykh established Madrasah al-Muhammadiyyah, and began to teach Sahih al-Bukhari and Tafsir Ibn Kathir. During his life he destroyed a number of graves and had numerous discussions with the people of innovation. Once he was invited to a village to deliver some lectures. The Shaykh, as usual, would deliver his lecture on Tawheed and adherence to the Sunnah and refutation of the evidences of the people who are engaged in shirk. The Shaykh, due to his oracy granted by Allah, convinced and influenced many people; some of whom were from adjoining villages.

There was another village in which a man claimed visions of a famous saint, so he made a false grave and started worshipping it. Eventually a weekly gathering was established. As news of the grave spread, people from far and wide would come for worship and offerings. So one day the Shaykh went and advised the person but he would not listen, so the shaykh recited the verse: “And look at your ilah (deity), to which you have been devoted. We will certainly burn it, and scatter its particles in the sea. Your ilah (God) is only Allah, the One, there is no deity worthy of worship but He. He has full knowledge of all things.” (Quran - 20:97-98)

So the shaykh, himself, and his companions demolished the grave to the ground. So the people of innovation lodged a complaint with the government, but their case did not succeed as the grave worshippers could not prove the existence of a real grave at that place. And many similar incidences of this nature occured with the shaykh during his life.

Then, upon the request of Dar al-Hadith Makkah he taught there for one year. Then upon the request of Shaykh Abdullah Ibn Humaid Raaes, he taught in the Haram for a number of years. During his stay there he was asked on numerous occasions to deliver lectures and sermons against the people of innovation, who were spreading their innovations in Makkah. One such incident was during the days of Muharram. The Shi’ites from Iran, Pakistan and India would set up stalls in the names of their Imams. The Shaykh delivered extensive lectures for two full days in refutation of them after which a single stall was not set up. The Shaykh also delivered lectures in the Prophet's Mosque which were full of the radiant light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah on issues of Tawhid, Sunnah, Shirk, Innovations, Customs and Practices. However this hurt some of the people of desires who complained to the government that he (Badi-ud-Din) was misguiding the people and hence he should be prohibited from delivering lectures. So the government sent some representatives to listen to the lectures of the shaykh. When they returned they said to those people of desires, “Whatever he says is with evidence from the Book and the Sunnah, so we cannot restrict him." In the same year the Shaykh would deliver lectures after the Asr prayer, on the loudspeaker, in the Prophet's Mosque. Then he moved to Makkah and resided there. As usual he would deliver lessons on Sunan Abu Dawud, Usul al-Hadith and Asma ar-Rijal after Fajr everyday in Masjid al-Haram. And after the Maghrib prayer he would teach Sahih al-Bukhari and Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

His works number over two hundred and fifty that were written in Arabic, Urdu and Sindhi. He was a master in language and a prolific writer. He wrote a book, in Arabic, called Wasul al-Alham Lasul al-Islam without a single period.

During his life the Shaykh was invited to many countries to propagate the deen of Islam. He travelled to the State of Aa’maan, UAE, Kuwait, England, the USA and other countries. The great Imam departed in January 1996 (1416 H).

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