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Good Old Days of Poverty

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:19

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned the following regarding the poverty that was prevalent in his childhood:  

“On several occasions we did not even have money to purchase paraffin for the lamps. My grandmother used to spin yarn in the moonlight and my mother used to sew kurtas for two paisas. If we had food for one meal, we stayed hungry for the next. We would regard it as a day of great joy if we got chutney and roti to eat for two meals in a row. Such a time had also come upon us where we had to break leaves from the trees, boil them and eat them.

This was a time of poverty and constraint. My father had already passed away. My two sisters who were younger than me had also passed away in this condition of poverty and hunger. I remember clearly that people would bring cotton seeds from the fields and boil them. Everyone used to eat from it. In those days there used to be lots of berries growing in the jungles. People would pluck them and survive on this. This was not only the condition in my home, it was the condition in most of the homes. Every second day people would stay hungry. Some of the elderly folk in my family had mentioned that at times people used to grind the bark of the Seemer tree into flour and make bread out of it. The entire area suffered abject poverty.

That period however was still much better than this period. There was no fighting and quarrelling, no fitnah and corruption. Whatever people found, they ate and survived. The rest of their time they spent in making the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. When the floodgates of wealth opened up, it brought along with it much fitnah and corruption.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 39)

   

Hatred for Music and Dancing

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:21

Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) always hated singing and music. Once he narrated the following incident of his childhood:

“I was a young boy and fell off to sleep one night at home after the ‘Esha Salaah. The Hindus of the village began playing their loud music and my sleep was suddenly disturbed. I began crying in my bed and my paternal aunt came into my room to console me. She immediately went to my father’s quarters and woke him up saying: ‘Maseehullah is crying in his bed.’ My father retorted, ‘He is crying for nothing. Why is he worried about them? He should continue with his work as they are continuing with their work.’ My aunt insisted that he should go and stop them as I was going through great difficulty by having to listen to their blaring music. Eventually my father, who was very respected, as well as feared, by one and all in the village got up and went towards them. Just on seeing him they all immediately dispersed.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 11)

   

Deeni Atmosphere and Enthusiasm

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:01

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that the people of his hometown, Hatora had benefited tremendously from Hazrat Qaari ‘Abdur Rahmaan Paani Patti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). People used to sit and benefit from his lectures. It was through his barakah that people began turning towards Deen. Even little children had the desire to worship Allah Ta‘ala.

Most of the people of the village were punctual on salaah. There was hardly a person who would miss out his salaah. The musjid would be filled with musallis. In Ramadhaan, the musjid would always remain filled with people who were engaged in zikr and tilaawah. At home the women would recite many paras of the Quraan Majeed daily. I had also seen this wonderful environment and it is through the barakah of this environment that Alhamdulillah, this enthusiasm was revived within us.

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Unity in Difference

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:55

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that differences of opinion in those days were not like how it is today. Nowadays if we have a difference of opinion with someone then we drag his name, respect and honour to the gutters. There is absolutely no understanding and consideration for people left anymore. One does not even go to meet or speak with his counterparts. A veil is thrown over all his good qualities.

Our elders were such that they maintained unity despite having a difference with others. They would show kindness and sympathy to one another, share in one another’s sadness and happiness. In this regard, Hazrat Qari Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentions the following incident,

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Piety from Childhood

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:17

As a child, Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never missed his salaah with jamaat. He would always be in the musjid and was very particular about performing every salaah with jamaat. Together with this he was very enthusiastic to perform nafl salaah and spend his time in the musjid reciting the Quraan Majeed and making zikr. He was punctual with his Tahajjud Salaah from childhood and would spend long hours making zikr and engaging in fervent du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala. He would also keep nafl fasts in abundance. When he became baaligh he would often call out the azaan in the local musjid and perform the salaah. If perchance Hazratjee was delayed for some reason, the musallis would wait for him to arrive and then only would they commence the salaah. (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 10)

   

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