Shaykh Ahmad al-Nuri of Marehra


Shaykh Ahmad al-Nuri
From Hakim Abd al-Hayy al-Hasani’s ‘Nuzhat al-Khawatir’ (p.1166)

Salam.  I found the following brief biographical entry for the spiritual guide of Mawlana Ahmad Rida Khan which I wanted to share with others who might find it of interest.  This same scholar was mentioned by Mawlana Ahmad Rida himself in his Ijazah to Shaykh Abd al-Hayy al-Kattani mentioned elsewhere on this blog.  Hakim Abd al-Hayy al-Hasani said:

The pious scholar, Shaykh Abul Hussain bin Zahoor Hasan bin Aal Rasul bin Aal Barakat bin Hamza bin Aal Muhammad bin Barakatullah al-Hussaini al-Wasiti al-Marehrawi, better known as Ahmad al-Nuri.

He was from the Sufi scholars, he was born and raised in Marehra and began studies from a young age.  He took hadith and the spiritual path from his grandfather Sayyid Aal Rasul.

He took the pattern chained narration of firstness (musalsal bil-awwaliyyah) from Shaykh Ahmad Hasan al-Muradabadi from Shaykh Ahmad bin Muhammad al-Dimyati from Shaykh al-Muammar Muhammad bin Abd al-Aziz from Shaykh al-Muammar Abil Khair bin Amus al-Rashidi from Shaykh al-Islam Zayn al-Din Zakariyyah al-Ansari.  And this is a very high/elevated chain.  I met him in Bhopal more than once and took from him the pattern chained narration of firstness. He was a pious scholar, possessed a radiant face, noble/honourable/generous, heavy set, of a medium height and eloquent.

He has a number of works in the furu and usul, amongst them being:

  • Al-Nur wal-Baha fi Asanid al-Hadith wa Salasil al-Awliyah

He passed away with 11 days of Rajab having passed in the year 1324.


  1. salamu `alaykum

    Shaykh Aal Rasul was the primary spiritual guide of Ahmad Ridha Khan. This makes him and Shaykh Ahmad Nuri as brethren on the path under the same murshid.


  2. Salam

    I have heard that Shaykh Aal Rasul (the student of Shah Abd al-Aziz al-Dehlawi) was Mawlana Ahmad Rida’s first Shaykh, but then he took allegiance with his grandson a short while later. I do not know if this was due to Shaykh Aal Rasul passing away or on his intructions. Never the less the large majority of his discipleship was under Shaykh Ahmad al-Nuri.


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