This is the English translation of the Urdu Book “Aap Beti” an autobiography of Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (Rah.) The book is the spectrum of different reactions of happy and painful suffering, he observed and faced difficulties to quench the thirst in finding the right path.
After other scholars wrote biographies about him during his own lifetime, he set about writing his own sayings “that which should have been mentioned in it has been left out and that which should have been left out was written.” It gives great insight into his initial studies at Mazahir Ulum Saharanpur, his writings, other scholars, tasawwuf. A very interesting and informative about one of the greatest personalities of the nineteenth century.
An extract from the Book
Rasulluah Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam also said: ‘That nikah has more blessings in it, in which least expenditure is incurred.” It is a pity that we have through our customs made it the most difficult thing. No one knows how many salaahs are left unperformed because of it. Some times a greater museebat [calamity] is this: that the bride’s party is sent off just at a time when salaah is to be performed, as a result of which the bride, bridegroom and the whole party miss the salaah. When that is the beginning of the union, is it any wonder that the end of it is arguments, disputes and corruption?