Maulana Abdullah bin Isma\u2019il Patel was born on 28 December 1933, 11 Ramadan 1352 in a Town called Heho in the central part of Burma (Myanmar) where his father moved to from India as a trader.\r\nThe family returned to India in 1935 and settled in (Kapodra) village which is the maternal hometown of Maulana. His paternal hometown was (Jitali) but because his father had purchased a house in (Kapodra) whilst still in Burma the family took up residence here.\r\nEducation:\r\nMaulana began his elementary education in the local madrasah in Kapodra. He enrolled at Jami\u2019ah Islamiyyah Talim al-Din Dabhel in 1944 to further his education. Here he studied Persian and the first two years of the Arabic course, thereafter he proceeded to Darul uloom Deoband to continue his studies. He completed the third year here. Half way through his fourth year he took very ill and was forced to return home for treatment. He returned to Dabhel the following year and remained there till he completed his studies and finally graduated in 1953.\r\nHe then went back to Darul Uloom Deoband where he spent two years benefitting from the great teachers there.\r\nHe studied under the following teachers in Dabhel:\r\n(1) Maulana Abd al-Jabbar A\u2019zami\r\n(2) Maulana Abd al-Ra\u2019uf Peshawari\r\n(3)\ufe0f Maulana Fadl al-Rahman Deobandi\r\nIn Deoband:\r\n(1)\ufe0f Maulana Sayyid Fakhr al-Din Ahmad by whom he studied Bukhari Sharif\r\n(2)\ufe0f Mufti Mahdi Hasan\r\n(3) Allamah Ibrahim Balyawi\r\nAll three \u2018Ulama granted him Ijazah in Hadith.\r\nHe also received Ijazah of Hadith from Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah and for the Musalsalat from Shaykh al-Islam Qari Muhammad Tayyab Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya and Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi. [May Allah Ta\u2019ala have mercy upon them all].\r\nTeaching Career:\r\nMaulana taught for seven years at Jami\u2019ah Islamiyyah Dabhel from 1959 onwards. His main field of teaching was Arabic Literature. In 1966 he was offered a teaching post at Darul uloom Falahe Darien Tadkeshwar. Very soon after his arrival at Tadkeshwar the principal\u2019s post became vacant. The Shura at that time appointed Maulana as caretaker principal for a period of one month. In the next sitting of the Shura the appointment was made permanent.\r\nMaulana remained principal of Darul Uloom Falahe Darien for 26 years from 1966 to 1992. He continued teaching side by side with his administrative responsibilities.\r\nHe became renowned in Gujarat and beyond for his excellence in administration, his style based on wisdom and leniency, rather than harshness and fear. He was a disciplinarian par excellence. It was remarkable how he was familiar with every student by name, where he hailed from and which class he belonged to. The teachers in the institution, to this day hold him in very high esteem.\r\nIt was during his tenure as principal that Darul Uloom Falahe Darien scaled new heights and began drawing students from around the world.\r\nSome Literary Works:\r\nMaulana has penned a number of books; the following are just some of them:\r\nAdhwa\u2019 \u2018Ala al-Harkat al-\u2018Ilmiyyah fi Gujarat [Arabic]. [Shedding light on the Educational Renaissance in Gujarat].\r\n\u2018Allamah Badr al-Din Ayni and his position in the Science of Hadith. [Arabic to Urdu]\r\nHaji Imdadullah Muhajjir Makki and his Khulafa. [Arabic to Urdu]\r\n\u2018Unwanu al-Hikam of \u2018Allamah Busti. [Translation and explanation]\r\nDiwan of Imam Shafi\u2019i. [Translation to Urdu]\r\nSada\u2019e Dil. [This is a compilation of lectures of Mawlana transcribed and printed into 3 volumes thus far].\r\nAfkar\u2019e Pareshan \u2013 Scattered Thoughts.\r\n[This is a compilation of 25 articles written by Mawlana for various journals and magazines in one volume].\r\nLove for Knowledge:\r\nMaulana has an excellent command of the Arabic language. To say that Maulana is a \u201cwalking library\u201d is no exaggeration. He has visited libraries throughout the world and will mention which book he had seen or read in which library. Many a time he mentions names of books to experts in certain fields which they had never heard of.\r\nTravels:\r\nMaulana has travelled extensively for the purposed of Da\u2019wah, attending conferences and seminars locally and internationally. Some of the countries he has visited include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Portugal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Reunion, Panama, Barbados, Pakistan and the USA.\r\nOther Services:\r\nOwing to his vast experience in education and administration of educational institutions, Mawlana is constantly called upon for advice. He serves on the governing or advisory bodies of a number of Darul Ulooms in Gujarat, including Jami\u2019ah Islamiyyah Dabhel, Jama\u2019ah Haqqaniyyah Kathor, Jami\u2019ah Qasimiyyah Kharod, Jami\u2019ah Sa\u2019adat-i Darayn Sitpon and Jami\u2019ah Isha\u2019atul Uloom Akkalkuwa. He is also a member of the Jami\u2019at al-\u2018Uluma India, The Muslim Personal Law Board of India, Majlis Khuddam al-Din Simlak, All India Fiqh Academy, Nadwat al-Adab al-Islami al-Alamiy and Kapodra Welfare Trust, where he was instrumental in the establishment of a Muslim School.\r\nIn 1994 Maulana moved to Toronto, Canada. Here he played a prominent role in the establishment of the Jami\u2019at al-\u2018Ulama Canada. He also lectures briefly at Darul Uloom Ajax and conducted lecture programmes at various Masajid in Toronto.\r\nLove for the Akabir:\r\nMaulana has maintained a close connection with all the Mashaykh and senior \u2018Ulama all his life. Some of whom he had a close bond with include Maulana Abu \u2018l-Hasan \u2018Ali Nadwi, Maulana Muhammad Masihullah Khan, Qari Siddiq Ahmad Bandwi, Qari Muhammad Tayyab, Mufti Mahmud Hasan Gangohi and Maulana Haji Muhammad Faruq [May Allah Ta\u2019ala have mercy upon them all]. He was also fortunate to have met and derived benefit from Shaykh al-Islam Maulana Husayn Ahmad Madani. He never missed visiting the elders at Nizam al-Din. During his tenure as principal of Falahe Darien he used to go the extra mile to invite prominent \u2018Ulama from the Indo-Pak subcontinent as well as from the Arab world.\r\nPresently Maulana is based in his hometown, Kapodra, where he continues to benefit the people of Gujarat, although he does spend a few months annually in Canada where a son and a daughter reside. His beloved wife who was a pillar of strength sadly passed away in 2006. Mawlana has been blessed with twelve children; seven sons and five daughters.