The name of Shaykha Amatullah daughter of the great Shaykh Abd al-Ghani al-Dihlawi appears amongst the names of the teachers of the Shaykh Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani. Whilst trying to find further information regarding her I came across the following brief ijazah which I assume is in her handwriting. The translation of it [scan of the ijazah above] is as follows:
“In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Kind
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, Salutations and blessings be upon the most noblest of Messengers, our Master Muhammad, his family and companions in totality.
To proceed: Our brother in Allah, the virtuous Shaykh, Sulayman the son of Shaykh Abd al-Rahman son of Muhammad al-Sani’ requested from me that I give license to transmit that which I was licensed to transmit by my father, the deceased, Shaykh Abd al-Ghani al-Mujaddidi al-Dihlawi, from the books of hadith, specifically that which is contained in “Al-Yani’ al-Janni from the chains of transmission of Shaykh Abd al-Ghani”, and other than them from the sacred sciences.
So I authorise him in all of this, from that which is in accordance with the books of the sunnah and pious predecessors. I also ask him to not forget me in his pious supplications from the heart, in private and in public.
O Allah, send Your blessings and peace upon the Master of the children of Adam, Muhammad, his family and companions.
The one needy of the forgiveness of her Lord
Amatullah daughter of the deceased Shaykh Abd al-Ghani
Written in the beginning of Shaban 1354 (Hijri)”
Apologies for the delay in writing. I have been busy with work and other matters, but have also been trying to complete some projects; one of which Alhumdulillah is now finished. I may post some extracts from it in the future insh-Allah for the benefit of readers.
Whilst making some notes from Allamah al-Kurdi’s excellent commentary on Imam al-Jazaris poem on the sirah, I came across the following note regarding severely weak or forged hadith which are cited in some sirah works. Severely weak and forged hadiths most probably have made their way in to Mawlid works due to the authors not being aware of their level of weakness. I thought the following would be of benefit due to the often knee jerk emotional reaction some people have when the issue of severly weak or fabricated hadith is raised. And through Allah alone is success. Allamah al-Kurdi said in his commentary (1/77-78):
“(Note) Shihab Ibn Hajar like Hafiz al-Ghayti said: People have made much mention of fabricated and severely weak reports in that which relates to the period of his being in his mother’s womb, birth and being fostered, with there only being a few reports regarding this which have been graded as Sahih. Thus that which is reported regarding these events via a weak chain is permissible to relate and to be relied upon if it indicates to an excellent and praiseworthy quality for him (Allah bless him and give him peace). This is because there is agreement that the weak hadith can be acted upon in virtuous acts and praiseworthy qualities, like the Hasan and Sahih hadith. As for those which are fabricated and contradict the authentic hadith; or the Huffaz have stated to be a fabrication and a basis for them is not known in the relied upon books; then it is not permissible to mention them except with a declaration of their being fabricated. This is whether they be in virtuous acts or other than them, as was stated by the Imams, so be aware of this whilst reading Mawlids!”