Haji Mohammed Ismail Jaani sahib (alayhe rehmah) was a distinguished khaadim of the Ahle Sunnah. Born in a Memon family of traders of Jamnagar, he spent most of his chilldhood and adult life in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). His love for deen brought him close to many luminaries, especially Huzoor Mufti e Aazam e hind Maulana Mustafa Raza Khan, Mujaahid e Millat Maulana Habeeb ur Rehmaan, Syed Abdul Aleem Qadri (alayhem alRehmah), and Allamah Mufti Akhtar Raza khan sahab (daamat Barakatuhum alAaliyah). He was blessed with ijazah from all of them. He was a frequent visitor to the blessed city of Bareilly Shareef. He spent some years in the UAE as a businessman where he learnt fluent Arabic. Then in (approx) 2002 he left all of it to concentate on building the Madrassah in Ratnagiri. I had the good fortune of meeting him on several occasions, especially during my first Hajj in 1986: we were in Mina along with Sayyedi Taj ush Sharia on the 13th of Zi-alHajj, and the group read the entire Qaseedah Burdah shareef on that blessed day. My last sight of him was when he was sitting in a wheel chair between Bab usSalaam and the Rawdha Shareef in Masjid e Nabawi. Being sick and slightly disabled in his later life, he moved to Medinah Munawwarah, with the intent of not going back. His wishes were fulfilled, for the sake of the Beloved. May Allah grant him a high station in Paradise. Aameen.