Shaykh al-Hadith Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya (ra) was born on Feb. 3, 1898 to a deeply religious, pious family in Kandhla, Muzaffarnagar, district of U.P., India . He acquired knowledge from some of the most distinguished religious personalities including his father Shaykh Muhammad Yahya Kandhelvi (ra) and his uncle Shaykh Muhammad Ilyas Kandhelvi (ra), who was also the founder of Tablighi Jamaat.

At the tender age of 7, he started the memorization of Quran and learning the beginning books from his father. At the age of 13 he joined Mazaahir al-Uloom and completed Daura Hadith from his fathe and his Shaykh Maulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri (ra). After the completion of his studies, he began to teach there. His expertise was Hadith which was also his passion. He was a teacher of Siha Sitta in Mazahir al-Uloom for 60 years. Even though he received his khalifat from Shaykh Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri (ra), he was greatly influenced by Shaykh Abdur Rahim Raipuri (ra), Hakeem al-Ummat Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanvi (ra), Shaykh Shah Abdul Qadir Raipuri (ra) and Shaykh Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (ra).

He has written more than 100 well known books including Bazl al-Majhood, Fazaile A'maal which have earned the authenticity even amongst the scholars of the Arab world. He was not only a Muhadith but was also the spiritual leader of thousands of people around the world. Shaykh Muhammad Zakaria (ra) left behind an unforgettable legacy with his final breath on May 24, 1982 in Madinah Munawwarah. May Allah SWT be pleased with him.

Hadrat Dr. Mohammad Ismail Memon Madani was born in 1935 in a small town, known as Mangrole, in Junagadh state, India. After the partition of the Indian subcontinent, his family moved to Pakistan and settled in Karachi.

His quest for knowledge began while a young student. While completing his formal education in Medicine at the Dow Medical College, he also learned the Arabic language and other religious subjects at Darul-Uloom Karachi. In 1961, he completed his study of medicine and shortly thereafter, migrated to Saudi Arabia to serve as the official Medical Officer.

He was a sincere student of the prominent late Shaykh al-Hadith, Shaykh Zakariyya rahmatullahi alaih who taught many Islamic Sciences in Madinah Munawarrah for almost 10 years. Hadrat Dr. Ismail’s regular attendance and devotion to his teacher quickly made him one of Shaykh Zakariyya’s beloved students.

In 1967, he received Ijazah for Bai’ah from Shaykh Zakariyya rahmatullahi alaih He also had close friendship with the late Shaykh Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi rahmatullahi alaih.

He migrated from Madinah Munawwarah to Canada with the intention of establishing an Islamic Educational Institution in 1986. After five years of hard work and struggle, he succeeded, with the blessing of Almighty Allah, in establishing the Darul-Uloom Al-Madania in Buffalo, New York. Presently, he has given up his practice of Medicine and keeps himself busy with the affairs of Darul-Uloom and the work of Deen.

Shaykh Ibrahim Madani was born in the blessed city of Madinah Munawwarah, where he began memorization of the Holy Qur’an and study of Hadith. As a child, he attended the lessons of the great Shaykh of Hadith, Muhammad Zakariyya , winning his adoration and duas.

In 1980, Shaykh Zakariyya instructed him to study at Daral-Uloom (Holcombe, England) where he completed memorization of the Holy Qur’an and his study of the sciences of Qur’an and Hadith.  In 1987 he served as Imam in Ontario, before moving to New York with his father and brothers to help establish Darull-Uloom Al-Madania, the largest traditional school of Islamic sciences in North America.

Since 1991, Shaykh Ibrahim has been teaching Arabic, Islamic Jurisprudence, Hadith, and Qur’an. He regularly lectures at colleges, churches and Mosques all over the United States and abroad. In addition to delivering inspirational talks daily in the blessed month of Ramadan and giving sermons every Jumu‘a, he has conducted sessions on the attributes of Allah, the Pious Predecessors, and the exegesis [tafsir] of the Qur’an. All of his sessions can be heard and downloaded for free from www.madania.org.