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The Forgotten History of Madrasah Sawlatiyya (Islamic school) in Makkah Mukarramah.


As salaamu alaii kumm wa rahmatullahi wa barakath,

Maulana Rahmatullah Kayranvi (may Allah have mercy on him) (1818-1891) – the Indian origin scholar of the Islamic sciences including jurisprudence best known for his magnum opus Izhar ul Huq or The Truth Revealed! was a honorable warrior in the battle for freedom (also known as the Sepoy Mutiny or The 1857 Uprising) from the British occupied India which took place in 1857. The uprising failed due to various reasons, and Maulana Kayranvi who also happens to be a descendant of the third caliph of Muslims, Caliph Usman bin Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) migrated to Makkah Mukarrama via Mocha, Yemen (where he arrived aboard a ship from Bombay, India). He actually walked the distance of about 600 miles (970 kilometers) from Mocha, Yemen to Makkah which took him about 2 years !!

After having migrated to the sacred land, he intended to set up an Islamic seminary but scarcity of resources proved to be a real hurdle.

Then the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala descended.

Begum Sawlatunnisa (may Allah have mercy on her), a woman known for her generosity and a descendant of the pious Muslim ruler of the  erstwhile kingdom of Mysore in South India, Hadrath Tipu Sultan (may Allah have mercy on him) (1750-1799) who fought against the hegemony of the English till his last breath (he died a martyr on the battlefield fighting against them in the fourth Anglo Mysore war) and who is said to be the descendant of the tribe of Quraish of Makkah (the tribe the last Prophet of God, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) belonged to) happened to visit the Holy land (probably for the pilgrimage) around that time.

While there, she received news regarding the setting up of the institution. She supported the proposal and donated a considerable amount of 30,000 (currency is not known, even though 30,000 rupees at that time too would have been a lot of money) for the noble cause. It was then that Maulana Rahmatullah Kayranvi attributed the school to her and named it ‘Madrasah Sawlatiyya’ (founded in 1875 / 1292 H) which continues to exist even to this day (a span of 138 years) and tens of thousands have been educated in the Islamic sciences since then.

The.Ijtema Conclusion

“He who guides to what is good will have a reward equivalent to that of him who acts upon it” (Mishkaat Shariff, No. 209)

Maulana Kayranvi passed away 16 years later in 1891. Not much is known about Begum Sawlattunnisa after this, not even her death. Probably, she’ll be nothing more than a mere footnote in the pages of history. Yet, in the light of the Glorious Quran and the above Ahadith among many, I leave it to you to calculate the rewards they have and continue to acquire in the hereafter.




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1. مسلمان خواتین کی دینی اور علمی خدمات

2. Pg. No. 208, ‘Leading Ladies Who Made a Difference in the Lives of Others’ by Mufti Abdul Qadir.

3. Pg. No. 36, ‘Women and Waqf – A Series of Translations on Philanthropic and Voluntary Work’ by Imam Mohammad Al Humaidan, Dept. of Studies and External Relations (Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation).

4. Wikipedia

5. Image courtesy: Internet.

Wa alaii kumm as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakath

Author: Salman

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30 thoughts on “The Forgotten History of Madrasah Sawlatiyya (Islamic school) in Makkah Mukarramah.

  1. as salamwalekum, long time no see, all is ok :) nice work so refreshing.

  2. Assalamu alaykum

    Jzakallahu khair.

  3. Madrasah is shifted to a new place in Makkah, where exactly is it.

  4. Assalamualaikum pls advice me what can I do admission for madrasa sawalatiya i am stay in burma

  5. Assalaam Alikum. i want admission from madrasa sawlatiyya. what i can do? does it is free education?

  6. can please someone post the phone number and address for this madrassah please Jazakum Allahu khairan

  7. can some one help me i want to go to this madarsa Saultia to take my qurbani for hajj there

  8. Salam aap fon nambar? Aut tareqa qurbane?

  9. Assalamu alikum brothers Can you please tell me the rules to join this madarsa..and where is this madarsa situated

  10. can any one share the contact detail of madrasah sawlatiyyah?

  11. salam alaikum,

    is there any contact info for people who are not currently in Saudi

    • Walaikumm as salaam,

      No info for now. Sorry. But maybe in the future, note that this is the hajj season, so you could try to contact the hajjis, it isn’t very far central Makkah.

  12. salam -al azhar islamic educational and welfare trust of kolkata india. it is very poor orphan trust plz help

  13. Masha Allah great grandfather alhind syed abdul aziz visited this 1904..i just came across a aerogram today that madrsah people has sended at our residence india . So i thot is he listed somewhere in founders member.plz forward me some email address so i cn b in cobtact with you people

  14. Salam alayekum, Syed sb.
    I know the contact address of this madrassa which is now relocated at kakiya area in Makkah. What information are you looking for from this madrassa??
    Mohammed Alam

    • Please is it possible to forward the details and full address as my parents would like to visit: please Allah reward you sir Mohammad Alam of jeddah: please forward to email

      • Please see the below comment by Mohammed Aminul Alam: “It is now relocated at kakiya area along the Ibrahim Khalil Road in Makkah in a rented building.”

        • Mohammed Aminul Alam can u say me what are the criteria if one should come ther for study..??/
          how to take visa and do we have to pay fees ..??

  15. I went to Madarssa Sowlathiya today for Hajj e Badal work. It is now relocated at kakiya area along the Ibrahim Khalil Road in Makkah in a rented building.

  16. Assalaamu alaykum brothers. Would anyone be so kind as to forward the contact number and email address please. I’m in South Africa and I need it urgently please. Jazaak Allah khair

  17. assalam can any one help me with a contact nr for this school

  18. Assalamu Alaikum WAWB Brothers – I have single contact info of Madrassa which is 966125425105 & What-app contact of Cordoba Academy Forum is 1616-777-7795. I got in touch with both numbers recently, but no response yet so far?
    If any Brother having other contact numbers or email address, kindly share at your earliest available convenience. I am very much interested in the history of Madrassa-Al-Saulatiya since 1874, as what Islamic courses they are offering in the Institute Mash Allah and how the Madrassa progressed maintaining its reputation Masha Allah. I want to know more details about the noble lady Begum Saulat-un-Nisa & other Nawabs from India, as how she & others helped in building the Madrassa for such a noble cause SubhanAllah.
    I am very much interested in writing an article on Madrassa-Al-Saulatiya In Sha Allah, with the help & efforts of you all Brothers!

    Jazakum Allah Khairan.
    Mahmood Azmat

  19. Bibi Saulatun Nessa was the wife of Munshi Muhammed Latafat Hossain who lived in 6 Beliaghata Road, Kolkata, India. She also build a mosque adjacent to her resident which is in ruin now after the partition of India and the muslim resident left the area during Hindu Muslim riot of 1946..
    She has also built a school in her village Sathatia, 24 Parganas, West Benga laround 1875 and it is still running.

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