المحدثة رضية بنت الحاج احمد نور الله مرقدها
Hazrat Maulana Yusuf Motala saheb (damat barakatuhum), the khalifah of Qutubul Aqtab, Baqiyatus Salaf, Hazrat Maulana Zakariyah Kandhalwi (rahmatullah alaih) said in one of his lectures:
“The teacher of a large number of the teachers of all the madaaris in England where girls are taught books of hadith, Razia Apa has passed away. May Allah elevate her status. Her parents had enrolled her in (Jaematus Salehat,) Malegawn (India) at a very tender age. She was very weak and was unable to even lift her books. Her father provided a maid for her who stayed with her to lift her books.
For many years (after graduating and being appointed as a teacher in the said Jamea) she was bedridden to the extent that for a long time she was unable to even do tayammum. Another person had to assist her in making tayammum. Even in this feeble state she was punctual in teaching hadith.
When we (Maulana Yusuf Motala) established a Girls Madrasah in Kidderminster (UK) and the first group of girls reached the final year when Bukhari was taught, we made a request for her to come from Malegawn for one year. The girls that sat in her classes all testified that her lessons of Saheeh Bukhari and Sunan Tirmithi were on par with the usual male madaris. Rather, they say she surpassed many male teachers. Allah had granted her such ilm. May Allah elevate her status.
All of us have to go (die), but to teach hadith for such a long period despite so many illnesses (is a tremendous accomplishment). May Allah grant us the tawfeeq (ability) to benefit from our aafiyah, sihhat (health) and faraagh (time).”
A brief biography of this great luminary may be downloaded here. May Allah grant us the tawfeeq to follow in her footsteps. She was truly a noble legend and great role model.