Maulana Saad

Maulana Saad is a religious figure and the current Amir (leader) of the Nizamuddin Offshoot of Tablighi Jamaat.

Maulana Saad
Maulana Saad

Maulana Saad Biography

Name – Maulana Saad
Real Name – Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi
Nick Name – Maulana Saad Sahab
AddressMaulana Saad’s Farmhouse, Shamli District, UP
Birthday – 10 May 1965
Age – 57 Years (as of January 2023)
Gender – Male
Nationality – Indian
Religion – Islam, Sunni
Profession – Indian Muslim scholar, Head of the Tablighi Jamat Nizamuddin Offshoot, New Delhi, India
Qualification – Maulana Saad never completed his A’alim/Religious certificate as testified by the Shura of the Madrasah himself (Kashiful Uloom Nizamuddin)
ExperienceMaulana Saad has not spent even 40 days on the Path of Allah

Maulana Saad Age / DOB

Maulana Saad was born on the 10th of May 1965 at Kandhla, Shamli District, UP, India. Maulana Saad age is currently 57 years old as of January 2023.

Maulana Saad Family Tree

Maulana Saad’s father is Maulana Muhammed Haroon Kandhalvi who is only a son of Maulana Yusuf Kandhalvi, who is the son of Maulana Ilyas Kandhalvi, the founder of Tablighi Jamaat. His lineage can be traced to Abu Bakar As-Siddiq RA. Although his lineage is strong, it is not as strong as Maulana Inaamul Hasan, Maulana Zubayr Ul Hassan, and Maulana Zuhair Ul Hassan, whose lineage from Razi Ul Hasan can be traced to Hassan RA and Rasulullah SAW.

Maulana Saad Family Tree
Maulana Saad Family Tree

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Maulana Saad Father

Maulana Saad’s Father is Maulana Harun Kandhalvi. He passed away on the 28th of September 1973 when Maulana Saad was 8 years old. Maulana Harun Kandhalawi was 35 years old at that time. He was engulfed by sickness and was treated in the hospital for 13 days.

Maulana Saad Father Maulana Harun Kandhalvi
Maulana Saad Father Maulana Harun Kandhalvi

Maulana Saad Early Education

After Maulana Saad lost his father at an early age, Maulana Saad was fostered by Haji Mumtaz from Basti Nizamuddin. He was also Maulana Saad’s Caretaker. Since women are not encouraged to go out of their houses, instead of Maulana Saad’s mother, Haji Mumtaz would be the person to bring Maulana Saad around such as to school and manage his early education.

Maulana Saad Spritiual (Tazkiyyah) Education

Due to Maulana Saad’s lineage, being the grandson of Maulana Yusuf (The second Amir of Tablighi Jamaat), Maulana Saad was always treated with a golden spoon.

Maulana Iftikharul Hasan Kandhelwi was appointed to be the spiritual guide of Maulana Saad Sahab. However, Maulana Saad did not respect him. On one occasion, he insulted him on some matter. Maulana Ihtikharul Hassan left Nizamuddin saying “Neither did his father or his grandfather ever speak to me this way”.

It is alleged that Maulana Saad achieved Khilafat (completion of spiritual education) at the age of 19. However, this is a hoax. He has never received a proper Islaahi Taaluq. Maulana Saad would get angry when people asked him who his Mursheed Sheikh was. In fact, he himself has said in a Bayan (Talk) that Islaahi Taaluq is not needed as long as people are connected to the work of Dawah.

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Maulana Saad Religious Education

Maulana Saad allegedly completed his religious education (A’lim Course) from Madrasa Kasiful Uloom, Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz In 1987. However, according to Chaudhry Amanatullah, a Mewati insider, who was the executive council / Shura of the Madrasa Kashiful Uloom itself, Maulana Saad never received a certificate for his religious education.

Maulana Saad’s teachers include:

  • Maulana Yaqub
  • Maulana Ibrahim Dewla
  • Maulana Ahmed Godhra
  • Maulana Izharul Hasan Sahab
  • Maulana Ubaidullah Baliyavi
  • Maulana Moin Sahab
  • Maulana Shabbir Sahab

Maulana Saad Da’wa Guide

Maulana Inaamul Hassan appointed Maulana Izharul Hasan to guide him in Da’wa. However, after being appointed to the World Shura in 1993 due to the pressure from Mewati, Maulana Saad has not spent any time in Jamaat (Path of Allah) until today.

Maulana Saad Family

Maulana Saad’s Family members are Binti Salman Mazahiri (his wife), Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad (eldest son), Maulana Saeed Bin Saad (second son), Maulana Ilyas Bin Saad (youngest son), and 2 daughters. They are a very rich family, owning luxury cars and living in a large mansion.

Maulana Saad Wife

Maulana Saad’s Wife is Binti Salman Mazahiri. She is the daughter of Maulana Salman Mazahiri, who is the principal of Mazahirul Uloom Saharanpur. They were married in 1990.

Maulana Saad’s Wife is known to be extrovert in nature and would give strong speeches to the ladies who came for Masturat Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz. According to one person who has met her in Nizamuddin, Maulana Saad’s Wife herself claims that she has not spent any time in Masturat Jamaat.

Maulana Saad’s Wife’s father, Maulana Salman Mazahiri (Maulana Saad’s father-in-law), has been openly critical of Maulana Saad. For example, he issued the fatwa/stance from Mazahirul Saharanpur on Maulana Saad.

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Maulana Saad Son

Maulana Saad has three sons, namely Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad (eldest), Maulana Saeed Bin Saad (second), and Maulana Ilyas Bin Saad (youngest). Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad is deemed to be his successor and the next amir of the Nizamuddin Faction of Tablighi Jamaat.

All three of his sons appeared in Tongi Ijtema 2023 and gave talks there. Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad was selected to give the final dua (Akheree Munajat), which is usually done by his father.

Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad
Maulana Yusuf Bin Saad
Maulana Saeed Bin Saad
Maulana Saeed Bin Saad
Maulana Ilyas Bin Saad

History of Tablighi Jamaat: Origin, Expansion and the Fitna

Maulana Saad and Deoband

Maulana Saad’s ideologies have been openly criticized by Darul Uloom Deoband.

The first-ever criticism of Maulana Saad’s speech came in the form of a letter from Maulana Muhammad Ishaq Utarwi in 2001. Maulana Ishaq claimed that Maulana Saad’s manner of speech is no longer in line with how the previous elders used to deliver lectures.

On 28th November 2016, Darul Uloom Deoband issued its first stance (Mawqeef) or Fatwa on Maulana Saad.

Following the Fatwa, Maulana Saad accused Doeband of being against the work of Da’wa and started a Rujoo process. The Rujoo was incomplete and was criticized by Darul Uloom Deoband.

Due to his popularity in India, Maulana Saad is no longer interested in making amends with Darul Uloom Deoband.

In 2023, Deoband released its latest fatwa on Maulana Saad. The lengthy 27-page fatwa delves into detail about why they believe Maulana Saad has deviated from the Ahlus Sunnah. In summary:

  • It is not permissible to propagate Maulana Saad’s views and ideologies by any means.
  • Those who are defending him are regrettable. They will be answerable to Allah SWT for their actions.

Wasiful Islam

Wasiful Islam is the leader of the Maulana Saad’s cult in Bangladesh. He has been surrounded by a lot of controversies such as embezzlement and illegally soliciting donations.

Wasiful Islam
Wasiful Islam

Maulana Saad vs Shura Alami

Maulana Saad broke away from mainstream Tablighi Jamaat Shura after he violated a 1995 treaty, which he himself signed. The purpose of the treaty was to prevent leadership disputes. The treaty enforces that there should not be a single Amir for the Jamaat and that the work will run through a Shura. Maulana Saad violated the treaty by declaring himself Amir and initiating Bay’ah in Nizamuddin Markaz.

As Tablighi Jamaat is a worldwide organization, as of now the main countries that have Maulana Saad’s followers predominantly are:

  • India – We estimate about 50% of Indian Tablighi members are following Maulana Saad. The states that are more than 90% following the Shura Alami are Gujarat, Karnataka, and Kashmir. Most major cities in India will have a good 50% split between Maulana Saad versus Shura but the smaller cities and villages in India are predominantly followers of Maulana Saad
  • Malaysia – We estimate about 90% of Malaysian Tablighi members are following Maulana Saad. The Main Markaz in Malaysia Sri Petaling is under the control of those who were appointed by Maulana Saad alone.
  • Indonesia – We estimate about 50% of Indonesian Tablighi members are following Maulana Saad. Indonesia is going through are reversal as more and more are coming back to the Syuro Alami (Aalami Shura in the Indonesian language), partly because of the role of great Ulamas like Maulana Abdulrahman which our Tablighi Jamaat History is based on.
  • Sri Lanka – We estimate about 90% of Sri Lankan Tablighi members are with Maulana Saad.
  • Fiji – We estimate about 90% of Fijian Tablighi Members are with Maulana Saad.

History of Tablighi Jamaat: Origin, Expansion and the Fitna

Where is Maulana Saad now?

As of 2023, Maulana Saad currently resides in his second home in Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi. His main home is a large house in Shamli, UP. It is currently managed by his son, Maulana Yusuf bin Saad. According to his relative, Maulana Badrul Hisham, he spends most of his time there and only once a month (for a few days) at his large farmhouse mansion in Shamli District, UP.

Maulana Saad House: Swimming Pool
Maulana Saad House: Main Block

Maulana Saad Facebook

Maulana Saad’s official approved page is, which officially uploads his latest talks and events. As an individual, we do not know if Maulana Saad has a Facebook page. His fans however have created the following Facebook page: Hazrat Ji Maulana Sa’ad DB Un, which has 80K followers as of 2023.

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Maulana Saad Violence

Maulana Saad has used violence to enforce his Leadership in Tabligh. Since 2014, he has been employing Mewati loyalists for Markaz Security and was known to incite violence. These incidents have been recorded by Chaudhry Amaanatullah, a Mewati Insider himself.

One key event was the Ramadhan 2016 Nizamuddin Assault. On the 19th of June 2016, on the night of the 13th Ramadhan, a group of Maulana Saad’s 100-150 gangsters stormed Nizamuddin Markaz and beat anyone who was not in line with him.

Maulana Saad 2016 Nizamuddin Assault
Maulana Saad 2016 Nizamuddin Assault

14 people were rushed to the ICU including a well-respected Maulana Ahmad Madhi, who was a close companion (Khadim) of Maulana Inaamul Hassan (This third Ameer of Tabligh).

Even though it was well established that all the Mewati gang members were his loyalists, Maulana Saad denied any involvement. One particular gang member however later repented and informed that it was Maulana Saad himself who masterminded everything.

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Maulana Saad Topi

Maulana Saad is known to wear a distinct Topi (Muslim religious hat), which is cylindrical in shape vs. the conventional semi-spherical one. This type of Topi is best for people who keep thick hair. The Topi is usually made from breathable cotton. As Maulana Saad wears a turban, the cotton helps with breathability.

Maulana Saad Topi
Maulana Saad’s Topi

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