Founder’s Message

Qari-Siddique-Bandwi Jamia Arabia Hathaura
Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Sayed Siddique Ahmad Bandwi (RA)

A message from our founder, directed specifically to you…

An appeal made by Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Sayed Siddique Ahmad Bandwi (RA) in 1959.

In 1959, Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Sayed Siddique Ahmad Bandwi (RA) made an appeal1. His life was marked by simplicity, devotion to Allah, and a commitment to spreading the teachings of Islam. Born in approximately 1341 AH in Hathora District Bandah, he endured immense hardship during his youth. Despite poverty and adversity, he pursued education, memorized the Qur’an, and later served in the fields of Tablîgh, Da‘wah, and writing. His legacy continues to inspire generations of believers.

My esteemed Muslim brothers,

I am honored to present the following lines to introduce you to the services provided by Madrasa Jamia Arabia Hathaura in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Nine years ago, in 1950, I held the position of a teacher at Madrasa Islamia Fatehpur. To my dismay, I witnessed a concerning trend: the conversion of Muslims was on the rise in Banda District, and some had already forsaken Islam.

I came to understand that this situation arose due to the absence of any Madrasa in the district that could provide essential Islamic teachings to those in need. As a result, I made the decision to resign from Madrasa Islamia Fatehpur and relocated to Banda. There, I embarked on a journey of tours and travels with the sole purpose of spreading the message of Islam.

While traveling, I observed that a significant number of Muslims in the region lacked fundamental knowledge about Islam. This lack of understanding led to confusion between Islamic teachings and pagan practices, putting them at risk of being swayed by the currents of paganism.

The demand for religious education was pressing. Initiatives were launched to establish religious schools (Maktabs) in different locations. Additionally, a central Madrasa was established to cater to the secondary stage. This Madrasa aimed to provide instruction in Dars-e-Nizami to students from these Maktabs. Subsequently, students could pursue higher studies at specialized centers to complete their religious education course.

After an extensive search for suitable land, the vision of establishing a central school began to take shape. Friends and well-wishers stepped forward, offering their support to commence teaching in a house that had been acquired in the hamlet of Naraini. Despite the initial efforts, the non-conducive environment hindered the continuation of teaching. Further attempts were made at various locations within the district, but unfortunately, they did not yield any positive outcomes. In this challenging journey, we placed our trust in Allah’s divine will.

Finally, the endeavor commenced in our humble village of Hathaura in Banda District, Uttar Pradesh, with unwavering reliance on Allah. Several of my students from Fatehpur relocated to Hathaura and embarked on their journey of studying Dars-e-Nizami.

These students encountered difficulties. A kind-hearted gentleman from the village generously offered a small room in his own house. During the day, this room served as a classroom, and at night, it transformed into a dormitory for the students.

During the limited time available, I diligently conducted their classes. This situation persisted for several days. Then, by the grace of Allah, our circumstances improved.

Generous individuals donated land, and construction work commenced. As a result, parents began enrolling their children in the Madrasa.

A handful of rooms, constructed with earthen walls and topped by Khaprail roofs, were initially built. Students arriving from other areas began to inhabit these rooms. Subsequently, with the students’ assistance, construction work continued, and teaching classes were conducted consistently. Despite the considerable challenges they encountered, the students remained steadfast and unwavering. Their indomitable courage eventually led to the creation of twelve spacious rooms and a large hall, all of which still stand today, adorned with earthen walls and Khaprail roofs.

The dedication and resilience of the teaching staff, who persevered despite limited resources and challenges, deserve commendation. May Allah grant them the best rewards (Aameen).

This location lies in the heart of the interior, far from the district headquarters, where daily necessities are scarce. Here, you won’t find a laundry, tailor, barber, or meat seller. The barber travels from Chhanera Lalpur, a mile away.

There’s no flour mill either. Daily essentials are procured from Banda, which is 10 miles distant. As for firewood, the students venture into the jungle, a mile from here.

During this season, the pointed leaves of the date palms can be quite prickly, causing discomfort. The students take matters into their own hands, preparing their meals since there’s no cook. It’s a sight to behold—the rows of fires as the students cook their food.

After meals, the students begin their studies. They dedicate their time from morning until noon, then again from Zuhar (midday) to Asar (afternoon), and finally from Maghrib (sunset) until Isha (night prayer), all under the guidance of their teacher. Even late at night, they continue their studies.

In summary, their routine echoes the discipline of the pupils of Suffa. These seekers of knowledge, devoted to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), maintain their simple and unpretentious daily schedule, even in this era of machines and progress.

May this endeavor thrive and may Allah alleviate all their hardships. (Aameen)

-Hazrat Maulana Mohammad Sayed Siddique Ahmad Bandwi (RA),

Founder, Jamia Arabia Hathaura Banda