Abu Hurayrah, rahimahullah, reported that Allah's Messenger, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said:

"When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three types: an ongoing sadaqah, a knowledge (of Islam) from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes du'a for him."

— Muslim and others:

Abu Qatadah, rahimahullah, reported that Allah's Messenger, sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said:

"The best that a man can leave behind after his death are three things: a righteous child who makes du'a for him, an ongoing sadaqah whose rewards continue to reach him, and a knowledge that continues to be implemented after him."

— Ibn Majah, and others. Verified to be sahih by Al-Mundhiri and Al-Albani

In the 1970s when the muslim community came to the UK to earn a livelihood. It was extremely difficult to practice our religion. To Pray Salah at work or even get time off for juma was a extremely difficult and a big challenge and you can imagine the challenges and hurdles that they face and the obstacle that they must have encountered when they came in to this country.

When there was no infrastructure or a curriculum in our deen or Islamic Schools or Madrasah.

Some of you here might be aware that on the 08/09/2019 around 1:30am UK time, and moments after Maghrib local Canada time, i.e. the night of 10th Muharram) we all received the extremely sad news that the teacher/Shaykh of thousands of scholars Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlānā Yusuf Motala has left this world . He was visiting Canada and suffered a heart attack there some two weeks ago, but sadly did not survive. May Allah grant him a high abode in Paradise and grant patience to his family and students, Amin.

Just wanted to talk briefly on Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlānā Yusuf Motala biography and the efforts that he made in the UK

Those who don’t know the respected Shaykh, he was a giant of a scholar and leader in the UK and the West. Sent by his teacher and mentor Shaykh al-Hadith Muham­mad Zakariyya Khandahlawi (Allah have mercy on him) to the UK during the 70s, he established the first ever Islamic seminary in the West, namely the Dar al-Ulum in Bury (UK). Later other institutes and Madrasas were established (in the UK and abroad) directly by him or by those who graduated from the Bury one. Literally thousands of scholars across the Western world have studied and graduated from his institutes, and are thus his direct or indirect students

Hadhrat Ml Muhammad Yusuf ibn Suleman ibn Qasim Motala RA

 (25 Nov 1946 -8 Sept 2019)

 Hadhrat was an Indian Muslim scholar of Islam. He was one of the students and disciples of the late Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalwi.[1][2]

 Yusuf's father's family hails from Varethi, a village in the district of Surat, which is located in the state of Gujarat, India. Though their source of income was farming, his paternal grandfather, Qasim Motala, relinquished his land on a contract and adopted business as his source of income. Due to his premature death, Yusuf's father, Sulaiman ibn Qasim Motala, was raised in his mother's care. After reaching puberty, he started a business. His first marriage was into an honourable family of another village in the district of Surat called Hathuran. From that marriage, he had a son named Mohamed Ali. Unfortunately, this wife died within a few years, after which he married Shaikh's mother. Her family hailed from Kholwad, a village on the shores of the Tapisti River in the district of Surat. For unknown reasons, however, they shifted to the village of Nani Naroli. There, they adopted farming as their source of income. Shaikh was born at his maternal grandfather's house in Nani Naroli on the night of Monday, 25 November 1946.


Hadhrat completed the recitation and memorisation of the Qur'an and studied Urdu at Madrasa Targhib al-Qur'an. In 1961, he enrolled at Jamea Hussainia, where he completed the first five years of the Alimia course. Thereafter, in 1966, Shaikh enrolled at Madhaahir al-Uloom. His classes commenced on 23 February 1966. He studied Mishkat al-Masabih under Shaikh al-Hadith Yunus Jaunpuri, Tafsir al-Jalalayn under Shaikh Muhammad Aqil, the third volume of Al-Hidayah under Mufti Yahya, and Mishkat al-Masabih for a second time under Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalwi.

In the following year, Shaikh studied Sahih al-Bukhari under Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalwi, Sunan Abu Da'ud, Sunan al-Nasa'i, and Muwatta Imam Malik under Shaikh Yunus Jaunpuri, Sahih Muslim and Sunan al-Tirmidhi under Shaikh Mudhaffar Husain, and Sharh Ma'aani al-Athar under Shaikh Asadullah.


 Upon the instruction of Shaikh al-Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya al-Kandhalwi, Shaikh established Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah in Holcombe, Bury, Lancashire, in 1973.[3] At present, he is the founder and patron of numerous Islamic institutes throughout the world and spiritual guide to thousands of Muslims all over the world. His students, who number thousands, are scattered across the world, occupied in the service of din in varying capacities. More than 75% of English-speaking Ulama in the UK are graduates of institutes founded by Shaikh, a number of whom are engaged in the reinforcement of community relations.[4] Shaikh is a dedicated educationist and has devoted much of his life to establishing schools and colleges for the betterment of the Muslim community. His work has been praised by both the community as well as OFSTED.[5] who in 2014 gave them outstanding in all areas.


*Institutions established by him in the UK*


·       Darul Uloom Al-Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah, Bury (Boys)

·       Madinatul Uloom Al Islamiya, Kidderminster (Boys)

·       Jami'atul Imam Muhammad Zakariyya, Bradford (Girls)

·       Madrasa Misbah al-Uloom, Bradford

·       Markaz ul-Uloom, Blackburn (Boys and girls)

·       Madrasa al-Imam Muhammad Zakariyya, Bolton

·       Madrasa al-Imam Muhammad Zakariyya, Preston

·       Al Markazul Ilmi, Dewsbury, (Girls)

·       Zakariyya jaame masjid, Bolton (boys and girls)


Some of his famous students are

·       Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari,

·       Shaykh Ahmed Ali

·       Shaykh Riyadul Haq

·       Mufti Ibrahim Raja

·       Shaykh Yunus Dhudwallah Who staterd HMC

·       Shaykh Mufti Abdu Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera Zam Zam Academy

The UK has lost a truly unique person whose absence will be felt in years to come. I feel his death is a pivotal moment in the history of the UK. We pray to Allah Most High preserve his legacy and that his students and followers continue with his vision and work in the best of ways, Amin.

His Brother has also started a similar system Madrasah in Zimbabwe

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Shaykh Al-Hadith Mawlānā Yusuf Motala

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Published on September 15, 2019

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