Prominent Islamic scholar of the Subcontinent, Ayatollah Seyyed Dildar Ali ‘Ghufraan-Ma'ab’
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 19th of the Islamic month of Rajab in 1235 AH, prominent Islamic scholar of the Subcontinent, Ayatollah Seyyed Dildar Ali Naseerabadi known as Ghufraan-Ma'ab, passed away in Lucknow at the age of 69. Son of Seyyed Mo’in ibn Seyyed Abdul-Hadi, he came from a family of scholars hailing from Naishapur in Khorasan, Iran, which had settled in the village of Naseerabad, in what is now Uttar Pradesh state of India.
The title "Ghufraan-Ma'ab was bestowed on him by the ulema in holy Najaf, in Iraq, due to his scholarly activities that included writing of books and promoting of Islamic teachings in society. He completed preliminary studies in India under various scholars, including Gholam Ali Dakani (of Deccan, southern India where the school of the Ahl al-Bayt was the state religion of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda-Haiderabad for almost two centuries, and which model was later adopted by the Nawabs of Oudh).
then left for the famous seminary of holy Najaf where his teachers included the jurisprudents Shaikh Ja'far Kashef al-Gheta and Wahid Bahbahani. Later, he travelled to holy Mashhad in northeastern Iran for further studies. Initially of Akhbari persuasion, Dildar Ali became an Usuli, and on his return to India, was hailed as a Marja’.
He wrote prolifically in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. He authored several books including “Imdad al-Islam” on theology, which is a refutation of the allegations of Fakhr od-Din Razi. His detailed work in jurisprudence is “Muntah al-Afkaar”. His sons were also pious, dedicated scholars and teachers.