Hamid al-Din Farahi was born in 1863, in the village Phariahah of Azamgarh, UP India. He started his education by committing the Qur’an to memory at the age of ten. He studied Arabic, Urdu and Persian while he was a young boy. He completed his traditional religious education under Shibli Numani (1857-1913), a famous Muslim historian and scholar of the time. Later on, his pursuit of higher studies in Arabic language brought him to Lucknow (1881) and then to Lahore (1882-3).