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Good Opinions of Others

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:02

Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) never harboured ill feelings or evil thoughts about others. In fact, he would go to the extreme in covering up for that person’s action.

He said on one occasion. “A story after all is a story. For every story there are a thousand different versions. Even if one sees something with one’s own eyes, then as far as possible, interpret the action in a good manner because many a times, our sight could be in error. As in the case of a train, it appears to be moving but in reality it is stationary. The reality is that it is the other train that is moving.”

His good opinions of others were such that it became well known to people that he never entertained evil opinions of others. One of his attendants mentioned that he heard him say on numerous occasions: “We entertain only good opinions of others.” (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 126)

   

Ta’weez

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 09:00

Initially Hazratjee Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would write out a ta’weez if someone requested him to do so. Later on in life he stopped this practice completely. If someone persisted that he desperately needs a ta’weez, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would then send him to someone else.

However, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) had kept one ta’weez which he would give for labour pains and easy childbirth. Many people would come to borrow it from him. He would say to them, “Tie this ta’weez on the left thigh and after the child is born, return the ta’weez to me.”

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Preventing One’s Animal from Causing Harm

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:03

Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) whilst explaining the conditions of the elders of his family mentioned, “In those days most of people were concerned about Deen. Trustworthiness, honesty and the fear of Allah Ta‘ala were found in the men, women, elders and children. They themselves would stay away from deception and oppression and make sure that their children and animals also did not become a means of causing harm to anyone. They would make sure that their animals did not stray away into the fields of other farmers thereby harming the crops of others. They would not allow their animals to walk in the fields of others and even if they did allow them they would first place a muzzle on their mouths so that they could not eat anything.

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“Where is your Topee?”

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:36

In India, many people began adopting the dress of the West. Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would, in the most soft and humble manner, rectify anyone he met dressed in this way. He would say to him: “Where is your topee?” If a child was with and he did not have a topee on his head, Hazratjee (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) would say: “You do not have a topee, Oho! Did a crow come and take the child’s topee away? Why did the elders not chase the crow away when it came to snatch his topee? Oho! What kind of a crow was it?” In this manner he would get the message across.

If someone’s trouser was below his ankles, he would say: “Oho Bhai! Look! Your trouser has gone below the ankles. It must not drag on the floor and get torn. It might get messed in the mud. Pick it up above your ankles.” In this manner he corrected them. He never shouted or abused anyone as this in itself is against good manners. (Hazrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saaheb [rahmatullahi ‘alaih] – A Brief Biography, pg. 213)

   

Advice Regarding the Makaatib

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 14:26

One or two days before Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) passed away, one of his students who lives about 50 kilometres from Baanda and teaches at a maktab in a village came to visit him. Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) asked him regarding the conditions over there and contrary to his habit he spoke to him for about ¾ of an hour. During the discussion Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) mentioned:

“It is extremely necessary that in every village the makaatib should be established. Every village should have a maktab. A land should be obtained for this purpose. Arrangements should also be made for a place for the ustaaz to live.”

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