A Brief History About Farangi Mahal

The Ulama-e-Farangi Mahal is the only family in the world to have produced Islamic Scholars consistently for the last about 1,000 years. These Islamic Scholars trace their lineage back as far as to the time of the Prophet (pbuh). The ancestors of Farangi Mahlis migrated to India in the 11th Century. The first evidence of the existence of the family lies in a revenue-free grant made to an ancestor Allam Hafiz in 1559. It is Emperor Akbar's first known 'farman' (edict). The Islamic Scholars of this family can be traced through similar documents down to the time in 1692 when the Allama's great-great grandson, Qutub-ud-din, was murdered at Sehali near Barabanki in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Emperor Aurangzeb was highly influenced by the Islamic scholars of Farangi Mahal, so when he heard about the murder of Allama Qutub-ud-din Shaheed, he immediately ordered the family of Allama be shifted to a safer place in the city of Lucknow.
In 1695, the family shifted to the palace occupied by a French merchant, hence this Palace being famous by the name of 'Farangi Mahal'. This is how the family came to be known as Ulama-e-Farangi Mahal.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed, Farangi Mahali

SHAHI Imam-E-Eidgah,Lucknow


Maulana Khalid Rasheed was schooled in a Christian Missinary institute an after completing his education from there he secured admission to the famous Islamic University Darul Uloom Naadwatul Ulama for Islamic education. He has done His Master’s from Lucknow University.

Maulana’s major quality is that he is a person who has completed modern school education and they’re after attained Islamic education as a result of which he is able to lead the community with an open mind. He has contributed a number of articles in English and Urdu newspapers and his interviews are published regularly in all the leading newspapers and on National News channels.

He is the youngest Executive Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

His Biggest contribution is that he has established an Islamic Centre for India for educational and social services. In this center, number of welfare work is being done. He has restarted the historical Madarsa Nizamia, which has a very important place in the history of Islamic education as it was basically started by Hazrat Maulana Nizam-ud-din Firangi Mehli, who has formulated a syllabus for the madarsas’ which was accepted and introduced in all the madarsas of India and the sub continent. Here he is giving free education to the children in various subjects including English and computer.

He is associated actively with the mission of interfaith dialogue.

He is associated with a number of Islamic institution s and organizations.

Islamic Consciousness

His duties as the Imam of Eidgah are demanding , but from a very young age, Maulana Kahalid Rasheed has gone all out to promote an environment in which people of all faiths be friends each other and respect each other creed. He reaches out to all members of the society through Nobel endeavors like free health camps on the splendid premises of the Eidgah, where he leads millions of Muslim in the Eid prayers, he has exhorted a community od volunteer including the most renowned doctors to heal and help financially weak parents, regardless of their  religious background. The move has been widely appreciated and has helped people look at Muslims and their place of worship with respect, love and gratitude.

Bold Initiatives

A time at which Islam and the Muslim community were facing the onslaught of harsh criticism, Maulana Khalid Rasheed founded the Islamic center of India to put off all the negativism and make people see Islam and its followers in a new light with love and respect. The  ICI made giant strides towards promoting health, education and social service simply as a duty prescribed by the religion and the prophet(PBUH). As time passed and ICI moved from strength to strength people from all walks and all faiths join the movement benefitting as well as contributing to the nobel cause of uniting manking.

Light of Learning

Maulana Khalid Rasheed revived the tradition of top class education imparted by the scions of Firangi Mahal. Malana Nizamudin invented the syllabus followed by most Madarsas in the world, in caspulating the best of Islamic education in the easiest format. For long, the original site of tis invention languished for the lack of initiative, till Maulana Khalid Rasheed took up the cause. He founded the Madars-e- Nizamia and enrolled students from all social backgrounds for education that combined the Nizamia syllabus with the modern mainstream education to create citizen with a well-rounded perspective. Students at the Madarsa are doing very well and leave even foreign dignitaries impressed with their knowledge and conduct.

Popular Moves

Maulana Khalid Rasheed has been the symbol of Muslim aspiration and a quintessence of leadership among the youth for his innovative gesture like the helpline that guides on phone about the dos and donts’ according to the Islamic Constitution, especially during the month of Ramazan, when along with prayers, people observe the fast. Similarly, his move of holding an Islamic fete went down very well among the community and society for the sheer awareness it disseminated about the religion and culture. Maulana Khalid Rasheed also lead Haj camps, which insures people leaving for the Pilgrimage to Mecca conduct themselves safely and in the most perfect manner.


Polio Eradication:

            Since Polio Virus was spread in India and hundreds and thousands of children were affected by this dreaded disease and 70% of the cases were reported from Muslim community, so on the request of the government official, Rotary International and UNICEF Maulana Kahlid Rasheed Firangi Mehli joint this movement and took a pledge to eradicate Polio.

He attended numbers of seminars, conferences, and rallies o this topic and lead the movement form the front, he came to know that their were a number of misconception regarding the Polio vaccination in the Muslim community.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed took a very bold step and gave Polio drops to his own on year old son Abdul Itai Rasheed  to send a very clear massages in the community, this act was very widely covered by the electronic and the Print Media. He also appealed during his Friday and Eid Seminars and speeches and also gave a number of Interviews.

Due to his Seminars effect now the Polio is completely eradicated from India for which he has been given a number of awards from Government, Rotary International and UNICEF.

FATWAS (Religious EPICS)

Maulana Khalid Rasheed has given a number of fatwas to guide the community on the right path of humanity and peace. Among his most famous and highly appricated Fatwas are:

  1. Issued Fatwas against Terrorism
  2. Issued Fatwas to prevent female Infanticide
  3. Issued Fatwas to promote girls’ education.


Want to see the world free from nuclear weapons, end of terrorism, end of communalism hatred and a war free world with peace and love for one and all and a honest, truthful, caring government through the world. 


Shahi Imam Eidgah Lucknow

Qazi-e-shahr, Lucknow

President        :        Islamic Centre Of India

Rector            :         Darul Uloom Farangi Mahal

President       :          Markazi Chand Committee

Rector.           :          Madrasa Qudbiya, Barabanki

Chairman       :         Darul Ifta and Darul Qaza Farangi Mahal

Executive Member. :   All India Muslim Personal Law Board

Secretary.       :           Deeni Taleemi Council

Editor             :            An-Nizamiya Magazine

Educational Qualification:

Bachelor in commerce    :    Lucknow university

Post Graduation              :     Lucknow University

Islamic Education           :     Nadwa-tul-Ulama and Faring Mahal

Maulana Tariq Rasheed, Farangi Mahali  

In 1993 a young scholar of Islam from Lucknow, India, Maulana Tariq Rasheed, brought with him to the Islamic Centre of Orlando an Asian perspective of the generous religion that takes into its purview the entire humanity and the whole world. Being a Hafiz of Qur’an and qualified in the tenets of religion, he instantly charmed all who visited the centre, whether followers of Islam or those simply curious about it.The rows of the devout offering namaz led by Maulana Tariq Rasheed have not stopped growing ever since he was appointed the Imam and one of the directors of the centre. His khutba (address) prior to the Juma (Friday) prayers gave all followers the peace of mind they had been hankering for and his advice on matters personal and public have made him the favourite of the community not only in Orlando, Florida, but across the United States of America.