Imam Aĥmed Riđā Khān al-Barelwī (1856–1921, sometimes transcribed as Ahmad Raza Khan) was a prominent Muslim Alim from Bareilly, a city in Northern India during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a follower of Hanafi fiqh. Hanafi Fiqh (the school of Islamic Fiqh, founded by Abu Hanifah), was one of four schools that enjoyed massive and general scholarly acceptance. Imam Aĥmed Riđā was also poet and writer, authoring nearly 1,000 books and monographs of varying lengths in Arabic, Persian and Urdu.
No student of Islam can claim to complete his or her studies until a full investigation is undertaken of the genius and the contribution made to Islam and the Ahl Sunna wal Jamaat by this great scholar. Ala Hazrat as he is affectionately referred to by people of the subcontinent is best described as a multi-dimensional genius whose real contribution to humanity and Islam is only now being fully understood by scholars, political figures, scientists and leaders around the world.
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