The grave of Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, popularly known as Hakim-ul-Ummat, and those of his wife, his brother Khan Bahadur Mazhar Ali and his friend Maulana Zahoorul Hasan were leveled and desecrated in the dead of night at his native place Thana Bhawan in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on December 17.
The incident caused great panic in the entire area and the followers of Hakim-ul-Ummat started coming in large numbers to the Ashrafi graveyard in the private garden of the great Islamic scholar near Thana Bhawan railway station. Sensing the situation going out of control, the administration deployed PAC jawans in the area.
The renowned author of Bihishti Zewar has over one thousand books to his credit. He was a Fazil from Darul Uloom Deoband and an outstanding Alim of Khanqah Imdadiya. His direct disciples include Maulana Wasiullah Jalalabadi, Maulana Abdul Majid Dariyabadi and Hakimul Islam Qari Tayyab, etc.
All social and political groups as well as dignitaries have condemned the hate incident. ¨