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Hadhrat Moulana Khaleel Ahmad Saharanpuri (rahimahullah)'s tolerance

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Shaikhpurah is a village near Saharanpur. Once, the people of this village extended a da`wat to Hadhrat Moulana Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) and Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahimahullah). Another person then invited both of them for breakfast in Saharanpur on their way back from Shaikhpurah. Hadhrat Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) accepted both the da`wats and went to Shaikhpurah. He slept the night there and the next morning, began preparing to return to Saharanpur but it began raining very heavily. The villagers tried preventing Hadhrat (rahimahullah) from leaving, but Hadhrat (rahimahullah) refused saying that he had promised the people in Saharanpur to attend their da`wat, thus it will not be correct for him to disappoint them. He eventually went to the station, took a horse and cart, and came to the home of the host. Hadhrat (rahimahullah) informed him of his arrival, but the host mentioned to Hadhrat (rahimahullah) that he did not make any arrangements for meals as he had not expected Hadhrat (rahimahullah) to return in such severe weather conditions. Hadhrat (rahimahullah) accepted his apology as well as his invitation to come and eat the next day. 

Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) on this occasion mentions that at that time it was worth seeing my anger and the tolerance of Hadhrat Moulana Saharanpuri (rahimahullah). He further mentions that this zaalim (oppressor) still had the audacity to postpone the da`wat to the next day. Couldn’t he have made some arrangements quickly? Hadhrat (rahimahullah) then went to the Madrasah and from there proceeded home. When he reached home, there was no food at home, not even flour as the womenfolk knew that Hadhrat (rahimahullah) was invited for meals. Hadhrat (rahimahullah) went to the bazaar and bought some flour to cook the food.

The next day, when the host came, Hadhrat Moulana Saharanpuri (rahimahullah) sent for Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) saying, “Come let us go, the host has arrived.” Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) excused himself saying, “I am not feeling hungry and I am not in the habit of eating early in the morning. Also if I wait till the meals have ended, I may miss my train and I have to leave today.” Hadhrat Thanwi (rahimahullah) then says, “Hadhrat (rahimahullah) was very accommodating. He mentioned to me, ‘Come and eat one or two morsels. The host will get very happy. The main purpose of an invitation is to be present. Thereafter if you wish you may leave from there.’”

Eventually, Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahimahullah) agreed and both of them went to the home of the host. He fed them on the roof of the house. Hadhrat Moulana Thanwi (rahimahullah) says, “I was still burning with yesterday’s anger, but out of respect for Hadhrat (rahimahullah) I remained silent. After the meals were over, I took permission from Hadhrat (rahimahullah) and then left. Quietly, I called the host downstairs and opened up his ears properly saying to him, ‘The tolerance of the pious has spoilt your mind. Make sure you don’t do such things again in the future.’” (Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 380-381)

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