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Generosity, Preference and Sympathy

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:16

Once when speaking about the elders of Hatora, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned, that in those days poverty was the order of the day. Every home suffered with hunger. There were also some servants of Allah Ta‘ala whom He had blessed with abundance. They would look after the poor, see to the orphans and widows, etc. There was one person by the name of Muhammad Ilyaas, whom Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to often speak about. He built a warehouse opposite the musjid which he filled with grain from time to time. It was his habit to take a survey of the village and give out grains to those people who did not have any food. This generosity of his was not only confined towards the Muslims, but he would look after the needs of the non-Muslims in the same way.

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Fights due to Wealth

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Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:13

On several occasions Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to quote Hazrat Moulana Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih),

“It is our first-hand experience that whenever a family starts progressing from a worldly perspective in wealth and material, this is the beginning of its collapse. They become the victims of fitnah and corruption. Too much of wealth is not suitable for us. There is ‘aafiyah (safety) in poverty and simplicity.”

After mentioning this, Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that Hazrat Moulana (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has spoken the truth. I have also seen this happen with my own eyes. Look at the condition of Baroli and Hatora. As long as there was poverty in Baroli, no one knew what fighting meant. Now that wealth is pouring in abundance, look at what has happened. Enmity for one another has increased. People are killing one another. Up to this day they are still killing one another. Hundreds of thousands of Rupees have been spent on court cases. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 40)

   

Tolerance

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 08:04

Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) tolerance levels were such that if a person who had harmed him came to him with some need, he would fulfil that need with great happiness.

An individual whose needs were generally seen to by Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once became displeased with him due to some reason and began to oppose Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) behind his back. He tried ganging up with other members to gain some support. After some months, the same individual came back to Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and expressed his need for some money which he could not acquire from anywhere else. Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih), without showing any form of displeasure, gave him the required amount and did not mention a single word to him. (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 108)

   

Concentration in Salaah

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:52

Once, Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) was performing salaah on the railway platform with some of his companions when suddenly the whistle blew for the train to go. All his companions broke their salaah and ran into the train but Hazrat (rahmatullahi alaih) continued his salaah with great ease and calmness. After performing his salaah, he made du‘aa and then boarded the train. When his companions asked him, “How is it that when we heard the whistle, we broke our salaah and ran inside but you continued with your salaah so peacefully?” He replied, “If I heard the whistle I would have also broken my salaah and ran into the train.”

Subhanallah! Such was the level of the salaah of Hazrat Moulana Madani (rahmatullahi alaih).

(Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] pg. 177)

   

Du‘aas for Others during Hajj

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:33

Before leaving for hajj, Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) met all his family members and then left directly for the musjid. He performed salaah and then began his journey. On his return, before meeting his family and others, he first went to the musjid and performed salaah. Thereafter, he delivered a short talk and met everyone.

Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) said, with regard to his trip “It was my routine to sit daily in the Haram Shareef and remember all those from whom I enjoyed some favour. Whoever did any ihsaan (good) to me, I remembered him. I would take each ones name and make du‘aa for him. I made du‘aa for all my asaatizah, mashaayikh, students and the teachers of the madrasah.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 147)

   

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