This was a historic day in Deoband. The Imam of the Ka'ba, Shaikh Abu Ibrahim Sa'ud ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ash-Shuraim visited Darul `Uloom Deoband on 4 March 2012, Sunday. He arrived in Darul `Uloom Deoband via helicopter and landed here around 1 O'clock. Mufti Abul Qasim N`omani presented him with "Words of Thanks" in the grand Jama' Rashid and welcomed him in Deoband. The Imam also addressed the gathering and admired Deoband for its important role in the cause of Islam. He conveyed a message of peace and unity and invited the Muslims to pay attention to Dawah and Tabligh. Maulana Arshad Madani summarized the essence of his speech in Urdu for the common audience.
Later, Imam Shuraim led the Zuhr Salah and lakhs of Muslims offered the prayer behind him. All the streets leading to Darul `Uloom and around were packed with crowds of people gathered to welcome the Imam and to perform Zuhr Salah behind him. Imam Ka'ba Shaikh al-Shuraim had lunch with the `Ulama in Darul `Uloom Guest House and flew back from Deoband at around 3:30 pm.
Abu Ibrahim Sa'ud ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ash-Shuraim An-Najdi Ph.d is one of the Imams and khateebs of the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Makkah. He holds a doctorate (Ph.D) and is a Professor of Sharia and Islamic studies at the Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, and was recently appointed as a Dean and "Specialist Professor in Fiqh" at the University.
He is also known as a researcher in fiqh, a judge, and a writer who has composed many books on aqeedah, fiqh, and Arabic poetry. Due to his position, rank, and love among Muslims, his voice has been widely recorded and is internationally distributed by various mediums.
Last year in March, Shaikh `Abdur Rahman all-Sudais also visited Darul `Uloom and another Saudi scholar, Shaikh `Aidh al-Qarni also visited Deoband and expressed their endorsement to Darul Uloom and its activities.
Wa salamu 'alaykum.