It's a well-known fact that Maulana Ilyas Kandhalvi Sahib, the founder of Tablighi Jamaat belonged to Deobandi school of thought. He studied under Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi and had close links with Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi and Hussein Ahmad Tandavi and In 1926, the first group of Tabligh Jamaat travelled under Khalil Ahmad Anbethvi. The ancestral home of Maulana Ilyas was in Jhanjhana, in the district of Muzaffarnagar, UP. His childhood was spent in maternal grandfather’s home in Kandhla. He took his education from Gangoh and stayed with Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi for about nine years. There after Maulana went to Deoband, where he studied from Maulana Mahmoodul Hasan. He started his teaching from madarsa Mazahirul Uloom of Saharanpur.