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Lessons from the Lives of the Pious

Balance Between Wife and Mother


Wednesday, 14 March 2018 22:29

Throughout Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) married life he practiced on the aayah “Be good towards your spouses”. Hailing from a wealthy family and being the daughter of a wealthy man, his wife was accustomed to luxury and comfort. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) therefore made an effort to see to her ease and well-being. Initially, Qari Siddeeq Saheb’s (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) wife would fall ill very often. He would worry about her treatment and would make a concerted effort to see to her by taking her to many places. 

When Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was staying in Fatehpur, his wife would stay with him whilst his mother remained in Hatora. From time to time Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would visit his mother and serve her. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never neglected his mother whilst looking after and seeing to his wife. He never said anything to her that would upset her. He never gave his mother a stiff look and never back answered her. In the same vein, he never spoke in an improper manner to his wife because of his mother. He always worked with softness, politeness, understanding, patience and tolerance. (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 137)


Being Pleased with the Decision of Allah Ta‘ala


Thursday, 08 March 2018 15:09

Hazrat Moulana Husain Ahmad Madani [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] mentioned:

It is necessary for man to be pleased and grateful to Allah Ta‘ala for whatever condition He has kept him in. This is called “radha bil qadha’ (being pleased with the decisions of Allah Ta‘ala). This is really the dictates of humility. It is necessary for a lover of Allah Ta‘ala to be pleased with whatever His beloved decides for him. Therefore, for one to be uncomfortable and troubled in any way is incorrect, especially when we believe that Allah Ta‘ala is our Rabb and the Rabb of the entire world. Whatever a Murabbi (Nurturer) does, he does it for our tarbiyah (nurturing) and for our goodness even though one undergoes some difficulty.

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Good Old Days of Poverty


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


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


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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