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The Importance of Salaah with Jamaat in the Lives of our Akaabir (Part 3)

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Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafee` Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih) writes explaining the daily routine of his father Hadhrat Moulana Muhammad Yaseen Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih):

After lunch, he would never have his qailulah (siesta) at home. Rather, he would rest in a room adjacent to the musjid so that nothing may become an obstacle in the performance of Zuhr Salaah with jamaat. This was his routine for his entire life. Towards the latter part of his life when he had become exceptionally weak, it became extremely difficult for him to leave the home in the severe heat and hot wind. Thereafter, on the insistence of some close ones he would rest at home. Despite this, he still deemed it necessary to go to the musjid for Zuhr Salaah.

Punctuality on jamaat Salaah was a distinctive feature in all the mureeds of Hadhrat Moulana Gangohi(rahmatullahi alaih). My father also placed a lot of emphasis on it according to the teaching of his shaikh. He would not allow his jamaat Salaah to be missed even at the time of heavy rain. When the path to the musjid would be dark and muddy because of the rain at the time of Esha and Fajr, he would go to the musjid holding an umbrella in one hand and a lantern in the other.

Once there was a heavy downpour at the time of Fajr. By then I had completed my formal studies and had begun teaching in Darul Uloom Deoband. I did not have the courage to go to the musjid due to the torrential rain. Thus, thinking this to be a valid shar`ee excuse I performed my Salaah at home. However, even in this condition my father went to the musjid. Upon reaching the musjid he found that there was no one else besides the mu’azzin. Hence, both of them performed Salaah with jamaat. When he returned home, he reprimanded me saying: “Masha Allah! You have become an aalim. You are able to quote the ahaadeeth of rukhsat (concession) but, tell me, if the Ulama continue looking for concessions, who will then practise upon azeemat? These masaajid will remain deserted.” (Mere waalid maajid, p. 22)

Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi alaih) once mentioned regarding his shaikh Hadhrat Moulana Asadullah Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih):

“Hadhrat Naazim Sahib (rahmatullahi alaih) seldom travelled, fearing he would miss his Salaah with jamaatand his takbeer-e-ula. Once he had to go to Deoband to visit Hadhrat Qaari Muhammad Tayyib Sahib(rahmatullahi alaih). Prior to the journey he drew up an itinerary for the journey. He first found out the times for the trains. Those trains wherein there was a possibility of missing out Salaah with jamaat were then avoided. It was his habit to travel only on those trains wherein he would not miss his Salaah with jamaat.

Thus we travelled to Deoband in this manner. After meeting with Hadhrat Qaari Muhammad Tayyib Sahib(rahmatullahi alaih) we quickly returned. On our return he was also very careful that no Salaah was missed with takbeer-e-ula.” (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq - English, p. 105)

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