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Lessons from the Lives of the Pious

I have Forgiven her


Saturday, 22 March 2014 14:54

A person once came to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Sahib (rahimahullah) and said: “Half of my mother’s body is lifeless and the other half is alive (she is suffering from the pangs of death). This is causing her a lot of difficulty. Since she used to abuse you and Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah), I am requesting you to forgive her.” Hazrat Shaikh (rahimahullah) said: “Go, I have forgiven her and I have also forgiven her on behalf of Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah).” This person then left and returned home. As he reached his house, his mother had passed away and that which was difficult became easy.

Thus we understand that it is extremely dangerous to speak ill of the pious, to swear them and to cause them harm. Allah Ta‘ala says in a hadeeth qudsi: “Whoever harbours hatred for a friend of Mine, I announce war with him.” (Malfoozaat of Faqeehul Ummat vol. 2 pg. 470)


Intercession for his Opposition


Monday, 17 February 2014 14:51

On one occasion Hazrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) had some dealings with an individual which became sour. Coincidently, this person was involved in a court case and was advised that if Hazrat Moulana (rahimahullah) interceded on his behalf, his problem would be solved.

Eventually, this person came to Hazrat Moulana and requested him to intercede on his behalf. Hazrat (rahimahullah) wrote a letter to someone he knew in Delhi, who would be able to help him. The letter read as follows:

“Though my relationship with the bearer of this letter is not very good, I am nevertheless still interceding on his behalf. It will be good if his matter could be resolved. May Allah Ta‘ala reward you.”

He wrote these few words and gave the letter to him requesting him to read it. The person refused to read it saying that it was not meant for him. When Hazrat (rahimahullah) insisted, he read it and then asked Hazrat (rahimahullah) to remove the part stating their relationship was not very good. Hazrat (rahimahullah) asked him the reason for it as this was the truth, but when he insisted, Hazrat (rahimahullah) obliged and wrote out another letter omitting those words. (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat vol. 2 pg. 384)


Screening of Genuine from Fake


Tuesday, 14 January 2014 16:29

A person presented a tray of dates to Hadhrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahimahullah) and said: “These dates are from Madinah Tayyibah. I brought it for you.” Hadhrat Shaikh (rahimahullah) picked up three dates and said: “I have taken three dates for your pleasure. I regularly receive dates directly (from Madinah Tayyibah). Take it! Perhaps you may need to distribute it elsewhere.”

This person felt ashamed, remained silent, and went out. I asked him: “What happened?” He explained: “I have realised that this type of screening will also take place before Allah Ta‘ala.” I then asked: “What are you implying?” He replied: “There were only three dates which were from Madinah Tayyibah. The others came from another place. The screening and separation which has taken place just now, will also occur in the hereafter. The reality of the genuine and the fake will be exposed over there as well.” (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol. 2 Pg. 462)


Money does not make a Man


Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:25

Once, some businessmen from Burma came to Saharanpur. When they saw the madrasah and enquired about the madrasah budget, they boldly said, “We have such rich people in Burma who can each run a large madrasah like this on his own. When we return home, we will establish a madrasah just like this over there.” Upon hearing this statement, Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Lateef Sahib (rahimahullah), the principal of the madrasah said, “Money doesn’t make a man. Man makes money. If a person is productive, he can make a huge sum for himself, but if a person has an abundance of wealth and he is not productive, then of what use is all that money to him?” (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 485)


Perhaps I may never get another chance to make sajdah


Wednesday, 30 October 2013 06:24

When Hafiz Hasan Ali (rahimahullah) made sajdah, he would arise after a very long time. Once, someone thought that he slept away whilst in salaah, so he kicked him from the back. He woke up from sajdah and recited, “Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji‘oon. Did I fall off to sleep? O no! How can I fall off to sleep and spoil the salaah of the people?”

One day someone insistently asked him, “Why do you make such a long sajdah?” He replied, “When I go into sajdah and intend to wake up, I think to myself, “Let me recite one more Subhaanallah, perhaps I may never get another opportunity to make sajdah again.”

Allahu Akbar! What a level of consciousness with respect to the presence of death! If only we could also be blessed with this condition. (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 482)


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