A Brief History About Farangi Mahal

The Ulama-e-Farangi Mahal is the only family in the world to have produced Islamic Scholars consistently for the last about 1,000 years. These Islamic Scholars trace their lineage back as far as to the time of the Prophet (pbuh). The ancestors of Farangi Mahlis migrated to India in the 11th Century. The first evidence of the existence of the family lies in a revenue-free grant made to an ancestor Allam Hafiz in 1559. It is Emperor Akbar's first known 'farman' (edict). The Islamic Scholars of this family can be traced through similar documents down to the time in 1692 when the Allama's great-great grandson, Qutub-ud-din, was murdered at Sehali near Barabanki in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Emperor Aurangzeb was highly influenced by the Islamic scholars of Farangi Mahal, so when he heard about the murder of Allama Qutub-ud-din Shaheed, he immediately ordered the family of Allama be shifted to a safer place in the city of Lucknow.
In 1695, the family shifted to the palace occupied by a French merchant, hence this Palace being famous by the name of 'Farangi Mahal'. This is how the family came to be known as Ulama-e-Farangi Mahal.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed, Farangi Mahal 

The Ulama-e-Farangi Mahal is the only family in the world to have produced Islamic Scholars consistently for the last about 1,000 years. These Islamic Scholars trace their lineage back as far as to the time of the Prophet (pbuh). The ancestors of Farangi Mahlis migrated to India in the 11th Century. The first evidence of the existence of the family lies in a revenue-free grant made to an ancestor Allam Hafiz in 1559. It is Emperor Akbar's first known 'farman' (edict). The Islamic Scholars of this family can be traced through similar documents down to the time in 1692 when the Allama's great-great grandson, Qutub-ud-din, was murdered at Sehali near Barabanki in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Emperor Aurangzeb was highly influenced by the Islamic scholars of Farangi Mahal, so when he heard about the murder of Allama Qutub-ud-din Shaheed, he immediately ordered the family of Allama be shifted to a safer place in the city of Lucknow.

Maulana Tariq Rasheed, Farangi Mahal  

In 1993 a young scholar of Islam from Lucknow, India, Maulana Tariq Rasheed, brought with him to the Islamic Centre of Orlando an Asian perspective of the generous religion that takes into its purview the entire humanity and the whole world. Being a Hafiz of Qur’an and qualified in the tenets of religion, he instantly charmed all who visited the centre, whether followers of Islam or those simply curious about it.The rows of the devout offering namaz led by Maulana Tariq Rasheed have not stopped growing ever since he was appointed the Imam and one of the directors of the centre. His khutba (address) prior to the Juma (Friday) prayers gave all followers the peace of mind they had been hankering for and his advice on matters personal and public have made him the favourite of the community not only in Orlando, Florida, but across the United States of America.

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