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The Incident of Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi)’s Contentment


Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:02

Once, a yogi came to visit Shah Abdul Haadi Amrohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). He found him living in abject poverty whilst many guests frequented his home. The yogi, feeling sorry for Shah Sahib, mentioned to him that he possessed the knowledge of alchemy (converting metal into gold) which he wished to impart to him. He then showed him the method by practically demonstrating it to him. When he gave Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) the formula, he asked him to place it on the shelf. The yogi placed it there and departed.

After a year, the yogi returned thinking to himself that Shah Sahib must be living in a large mansion, but to his utter surprise, he found him in exactly the same condition as before. The yogi quite surprised, asked him, “Did I not give you a copy of a formula for changing metal into gold? What happened to it?” Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied, “I think you left it on the shelf.” The yogi went to the shelf, picked it up and handed it over to Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) who said, “I was feeling ashamed to ask Allah Ta`ala to transform metal into gold for me.”

When the yogi heard this, he requested Shah Sahib to return the formula to which he very willingly acceded. As the yogi was leaving, Shah Sahib (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) called him back and said, “I also have a special recipe with me and that recipe is contentment.” When Shah Sahib said this, the yogi replied, “There is no formula greater than that.”  (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 472)


Respect for Deeni Books


Sunday, 18 August 2013 06:58

In the room of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahimahullah) there was a place for hanging old clothes. Sometimes others were asked to hang the old clothes over there, but Hadhrat (rahimahullah) would caution them to check if there was any kitaab kept on the desk beneath it. Mistakenly, the old clothes should not be kept higher than the kitaabs (resulting in disrespect of the kitaab). (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 406)


Hadhrat Moulana Yahya Sahib invites Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) to the nikaah of his younger brother


Thursday, 15 August 2013 07:28

Hadhrat Moulana Yahya Sahib (rahimahullah), the father of Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hadeeth (rahimahullah) had arranged the nikaah of Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Sahib (rahimahullah). He invited four buzurgs to the nikaah; Hadhrat Moulana Abdur Raheem Sahib Raipuri (rahimahullah), Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahimahullah), Hadhrat Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) and Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah). The first three buzurgs accepted the invitation, but Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahimahullah) did not accept it.

Hadhrat Moulana Yahya Sahib (rahimahullah) made arrangements for these buzurgs to take the night train from Saharanpur and meet him at Thanabhawan station. He took the morning train and went to meet Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah). As he met him, he said, “Jee ha, your taqwa has surpassed the taqwa of your ustaadh, Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hind (rahimahullah). It has also surpassed that of Hadhrat Moulana Abdur Raheem Sahib (rahimahullah) and Hadhrat Moulana Saharanpuri (rahimahullah). They have accepted, but you have not accepted.”

Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) replied, “Nowadays there are many customs prevalent in weddings and therefore I stay away from attending wedding functions.” Hadhrat Moulana Yahya Sahib (rahimahullah) then said to him, “It is for this reason that we are taking you along. If you see anything wrong, you should stop it immediately.  Otherwise, what relations do I have with you that I must invite you to the wedding? I am taking you especially to stop all these customary practices.”

Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) finally accepted the invitation. In the evening Moulana Yahya Sahib took Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahimahullah) along to the station and met the other three buzurgs. (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 411)


Hadhrat Saharanpuri (rahimahullah)’s Contentment


Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:36

Hadhrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) would normally wear very clean yet simple clothing. He used to wear a thick trouser and a malmal kurta (thin material). His clothes were immaculately white and a beautiful fragrance emanated from them. Whichever gulley he walked through would be filled with a beautiful scent. His kurta would be white, his trousers were white, his beard was white and his eyebrows were white. He was fair in complexion with streaks of red on his cheeks. The reason for him wearing good clothing was to ensure that people may not think he does not possess anything, which actually would be an expression of complaint against Allah Ta`ala. His ghayrat (self-shame) would not allow him to express his complaints to Allah Ta`ala in the form of his dressing. 

Someone once mentioned, “When I was studying in Mazaahir-ul-Uloom, I took a utensil and went to Hadhrat’s house. After knocking on the door, Hadhrat’s brother-in-law opened the door. I asked him to please give me some curry. He replied that there was no curry at home. I then requested him to please give me some of Hadhrat’s curry, to which he replied that Hadhrat (rahimahullah) also did not have any curry to eat. I asked him, “What will Hadhrat eat if there is no curry?” He replied, “Presently there is no food at home. Hadhrat and his family are undergoing starvation.” 
Thus I offered to go to the marketplace and purchase some food, but he caught hold of my feet and begged me not to do so for the sake of Allah Ta`ala, otherwise he would be in deep trouble for disclosing the secret of the house. (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol. 2, Pg. 373-374)

The Day of Jumu`ah


Monday, 29 April 2013 08:15

Whilst Hadhrat Shaikh-ul-Hind Moulana Mahmoodul Hasan (rahimahullah) was living in Deoband, on the day of jumu`ah, he used to go to the river to wash his clothes. Thereafter, he would take a bath whilst his clothing dried up. He would then wear the moist clothes and walk towards the musjid at a time when the azaan was about to be called out. As the azaan would be called out, he would hasten his steps in order to practise on the aayah:

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ إِذَا نُودِىَ لِلصَّلَوٰةِ مِن يَوْمِ ٱلْجُمُعَةِ فَٱسْعَوْا۟ إِلَىٰ ذِكْرِ ٱللَّـهِ وَذَرُوا۟ ٱلْبَيْعَ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ ﴿٩﴾

(When the azaan is called out for the Jumu`ah Salaah, then hasten towards the zikr of Allah Ta`ala.)

(Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 394)


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