Life of Shaikh Muhyiddin Baluchistani

Life of Shaikh Muhyiddin Baluchistani

Mawlana Muhyiddin was born in March 1950 in the village of Tappeh Daz in Zabol, the northern part of the province of Sistan & Balochistan.

Shaikh Muhyiddin’s father, his uncles, and ancestors were known for their service to community and for piety. His father was a preacher who was the imam of his village mosque until he died.
His uncle, Qari Shaikh Ghulam Nabi, president-founder of Jamia Tajweed-ul-Qur’an in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, Pakistan, was a famous scholar.

Scientific travels
In learning Islamic science, Shaikh Baluchistani traveled to Quetta of Pakistan. After completing three years of study in Jamia Tajweed-ul-Qur’an of Quetta, he went to Karachi to continue his education.
In Karachi, Shaikh Muhyiddin joined Jamia Farooqiya. The martyr Shaikh Adil Khan, the son of Shaikh Saleemullah Khan who founded Jamia Farooqia, was his classmate, May Allah have mercy on them.
He also benefited from Mufti Mohammad Shafi Usmani, the Grand Mufti of Pakistan, and Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai in Karachi.
For further education, Mawlana Muhyiddin left Karachi to Rahim Yarkhan in Punjab province and completed his education there.
In Rahim Yarkhan, he learned interpretation of the noble Qur’an and Hadith from Shaikh Abdol-Ghani Jajrawi.

An envoy to Khorasan
At the beginning of the Islamic revolution in Iran, when Mawlana Baluchistani returned home from Pakistan, Shaikh Abdol-Aziz, the founder of Darululoom Zahedan, sent him to serve the people in Khorasan province in Saleh-Abad.
Shaikh Muhyiddin went to an area where most of the inhabitants were Baluchs and he was familiar with their culture and customs.
In Saleh-Abad, he was the Imam of a mosque, but his activities were not limited to one village, he had reform and scientific programs in the whole of Khorasan province.
Mawlana Muhyiddin had wider programs to serve the Sunni Community in Iran. He built a mosque in Saleh-Abad, which did not have a grand mosque.
At that time, there were no seminaries there and the number of scholars was very small. Founding a grand mosque in Saleh-Abad was one of the greatest services of Shaikh Baluchistani. The mosque was the best place to teach, educate children and common people, and communicate with them.

Establishment of “Ta’leem-ul-Qur’an” seminary
After building a mosque, Shaikh Muhyiddin felt that founding a religious school was the need of the region, so he established a religious center there in 1982. The process of completing the main campus was continued for three years.
He worked hard to build this religious center. The people were poor; they endured hardships in building this school. Apart from collecting donations from various villages to build the seminary, he was summoned and threatened numerously by intelligence forces.
In the inauguration ceremony of this seminary, great scholars such as Mufti Khodanezar, the late chairman of Dar-ul-Ifta of Darululoom Zahedan, Shaikh Nezar Mohammad Didgah, Shaikh Abdol-Malik Mollazadeh, son of Mawlana Abdol-Aziz, Mawlana Shahdad, the prominent scholar of Balochistan and many scholars from Baluchistan and Khorasan were present.
Shaikh Muhyiddin served in that area under the supervision and guidance of Shaikh Abdol-Aziz, the late president and founder of Darululoom Zahedan and Grand Makki Mosque of Zahedan.
Mawlana Abdol-Aziz used to ask Shaikh Muhyiddin about the situation in Saleh-Abad and inspired him to work hard.
After a while, the Saleh-Abad seminary made tremendous progress in Islamic sciences in awakening the people and its services covered the entire region.
During the months of Ramadan, Shaikh Baluchistani used to send his students to different villages to serve the people and teach them the Holy Qur’an.
In managing the seminary, he paid special attention to the students and teachers; he used to attend the school day and night. His attention to the affairs of the seminary inspired both students and teachers to work hard and caused a significant progress in the seminary. Due to his sincere and continuous efforts, it became the largest seminary of the Sunnis in Khorasan at that time, as it had more than 250 students.

In 1996, the seminary was closed by official authorities; it was used as a compound by some security armed forces for one year. After four years, the seminary was re-opened, but only for teaching the Qur’an and working in the branch of female students.

It should be noted, Mawlana Muhyiddin had built a personal house in front of “Ta’leem-ul-Qur’an” seminary; but before shifting to that big house, he was detained and sent to jail. The authorities confiscated his house, which remained unused and empty for years and finally, it was demolished in recent years.

Relationship with people
Mawlana Muhyiddin had a strong relationship with the people in neighboring cities such as Saleh-Abad, Sarakhs and Torbat-e Jam. He respected tribal elders and always communicated with the people. He taught people the authentic beliefs and respected their customs and traditions.
In Tawheed and monotheism, Shaikh Muhyiddin made great efforts and fought against superstitions; he used to recite the verses of the holy Qur’an related to monotheism and other correct Islamic tenets for the people and forbade them from superstitions and polytheistic customs.
He endured various kinds of hardships in serving the community and was not afraid of anyone in telling the truth.
He worked hard and served people with love, enthusiasm, courage and respect frankly and sincerely.

Detention and life in exile
In 1985, Shaikh Baluchistani was arrested by the intelligence forces and was detained in Mashhad for one year.
Then he was exiled to Isfahan for five years. After spending five years in Isfahan, he returned to Saleh-Abad in 1991. But instantly he was forced by the intelligence and security forces to leave Saleh-Abad again. Therefore, he came to Zahedan.
In Zahedan, Mawlana Muhyiddin did not live more than four years. He then left Iran and immigrated to Afghanistan, where he engaged in reform and cultural activities.
When the United States invaded Afghanistan, he immigrated to Pakistan, Quetta, Balochistan province, where he lived his remaining days of life.

Death
After suffering from illnesses, Shaikh Muhyiddin passed away on Friday morning, 29 May, 2020. May Allah have mercy on him and reward him full forgiveness.

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