The contribution of Shaykh Ahmed Koya al-Shaliyati(rah),the Malibari disciple of A’la Hazrat Mujaddid Ahmed Raza Khan.(Rah) in defending Shah Waliyullah Dehlawi.(Rah) Shaykh Shihadudheen Ahmed koya al-shaliyati al-malaibari(rah)[1302-1374.AH] was one of the rare geniuses that modern Malabar(North Kerala), the traditional home land of Shafi’i school in India had ever produced. His proficiency in shafi’i madhab was such that he had been appointed as a teacher and a fatwa board member , even before his graduation from the famous Latheefiyyah Arabic College of Tamil Nadu, India. He was also mostly self- taught in Maliki Aand Hanbali madhahibs. Soon after graduation, by studying both ‘Dars eNizami’ and ‘Silsilathul Faqriyyah’, he had also entered upon the Sufi paths of Qadiriyyah and Naqshbandiyyah Orders and got khilafath from Shaykh Hasbullahil Makki.(qs).His thirst for knowledge did not end there. He went all the way ‘from Malabar to Bareilly Shareef” to study Hanafi fiqh and theology under the feet of the Mujaddid of the age A’ala Hazrat Shah Ahmed Raza Kahan Fazil eBarelwi(rah) though there were Hanafi Scholars in the nearby states of Tamil Nadu and Andra pradesh. On his return he was warmly welcomed by the then independent ruler , the 'Nizam' of Hyderabad (under British India) and was appointed as his official mufti to issue fatawa in all the four madhahibs. He had been instrumental in making shafi’i scholars of Malabar to accept the Bareilly flag as the fag of its official ulema organization’s flag [Samasta Kerala Jam’yiathul Ulama, founded in 1926.AD] , with minor modifications and more important than that , his books, mostly in manuscripts became a tool for them to study the Doebandi and Tabligh Jama’ats. Sorry for this a bit lengthy introduction, as almost all Urdu Muslims and even some shafi’i Malibari are unaware of this Malaibari, shafi’i connection of A’la Hazrat. He had written many books, of which Fatawal Azhariyyah, printed , is the most well known, but our interest related to this topic is another work, namely Daf’u Sharril Aseer’, a defence of Shah Waliyullah Dehlavi.(rah) against forgeries in his books (in Arabic-manuscript) as also his ‘Hamish-i Taqwiyatul Iman’, refuting the heresies of Shah Ismai’l Dehlavi. I will be posting extracts from these works of this great scholar al-shaliyati in my next posts here.