Shah Waliyyullah Dehlvi was born on 4th Shawwal 114 AH/10th February 1703 CE in Northern India. He was descended from 'Umar ibn al-Khattab and was thus Qurayshi. He had a traditional education in all the classical sciences from his father and other scholars in India, before journeying to Makkah, from where he returned in 1145 AH/1733 CE with great knowledge of all the major works of hadith.
He dedicated the rest of his life to teaching in the Madrasah Rahimiyyah and to writing widely on all the known Islamic sciences as well as working indefatigably for the reform of Indian society and the renewal of the deen. He died in 1176 Ah/1762 CE.