Hadhrat Masihullah’s (رحمة الله عليه ) initial educational training commenced in his hometown. The greater part of the Islamic syllabus up to the stage of Mishkat al Masabih was acquired from Hadhrat Mufti Said Ahmad Lucknawi (رحمة الله عليه ), a great jurist and hadith scholar.
Thereafter in 1347 Hijri (1926 CE) he enrolled into the famous Islamic institute of learning, Darul Uloom Deoband from where he graduated. He had the invaluable opportunity to study under Shaykh ul Islam Mawlana Husayn Ahmad Madani (the famous tutor of the Sahih al Bukhari who lectured on hadith for eighteen years in the Masjid un Nabwi Sharif in Madinah al Munawwarah), Shaykh ul Adab Mawlana I’zaz Ali, Mawlana Asghar Husayn Deobandi, and Allama Ebrahim Balyawi, amongst others (Rahimahullah Alaihim).
His student days passed in perfect solitude and he was totally engrossed in the acquisition of Islamic knowledge. It was also in the same year that he took bay’ah on the hands of the Mujaddid (reformer) of the era, Hakim al-Ummah Hadhrat Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Nawwarallahu Marqaduhu). T
hus began a period of ‘Islahi’ (spiritual rectification) training under Mawlana Thanawi (رحمة الله عليه ) which gave him exceptional spiritual strength and as a result he occupied a distinguished position of honour and respect amongst students and scholars.
Source: A brief biography of Masih al-ummah Muhammad Masihullah Khan (Rrahimahullahu Ta’ala)