On the initiative of Maulana Shibli Nomani, the Ulama organisation, i.e. Nadwat-ul-Ulama, in their Lucknow Session of 1894 A.D. decided to establish Dar-ul-Uloom Nadwat-ul- Ulama. But due to some financial constraints, regular teaching work could start in 1898 A.D. Maulana Muhammad Ali Mangheri was appointed its first administrator/ manager. At Nadwa, Maulana Shibli had the same position and status as Sir Syed Ahmed Khan enjoyed at Aligarh.

In 1896 A.D., this institution could start teaching work only in a few grades. However, only after one year,, the landlords of Shah Jahanpur endowed some land for Nadwa. In 1900 A.D. the State of Hyderabad and then in 1905 A.D. the State of Bhopal sanctioned regular monthly aid for the Nadwa. The Government’s misgivings regarding the objectives behind Nadwa were removed by colonel Abdul Majeed the then Foreign Miniser of the State of Patiala, Mr. Mohsin-ul-Mulk and Justice Sharif-ud-Din. As a result, a grant of Rs. 500/- p.m. was sanctioned by the Government. The mother of the Nawab of Bahawalpur donated Rs. 50,000/- for the building of the Nadwa. The resources pooled in this way facilitated the construction of the Dar-ul-Uloom.

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