Moulana Abdul Baari Nadwi  (rahmatullahi alayh) was once seated in the gathering of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi alayh). The gathering was such that on Moulana Thanwi’s (rahmatullahi alayh) right the Ulama were seated, on his left were the mashaaikh and in the front of him was the general public. On that occasion Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi alayh) spoke on a topic that was very deep and delicate, due to which the entire gathering was struck motionless in astonishment. Moulana Nadwi (rahmatullahi alayh) noticed tears flowing from the eyes of the general public who were common laymen and it could be gauged from their faces that they were not literate.

Thus Moulana Nadwi (rahmatullahi alayh) asked the question: “Hazrat! We have failed to understand this that the topic you discussed was so deep that the Ulama with great difficulty understood it, but these laymen were so affected that tears flowed from their eyes. Today you have eliminated an incorrect perception that I harboured.”

Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi alayh) replied: “Man is affected by companionship and friendship. These people have love and faith in me. Thus in my gathering, such effects take place in their hearts that tears begin to flow from their eyes.”

Lesson: Companionship is an outer bond of bodies coming closer, while friendship is an inner bond of hearts coming closer. This generates love and faith in a person. We need to adopt the company of the Ulama and the pious elders. We need to befriend them. Insha-Allah this will generate our love and faith in them. Thereafter their words will insha-Allah move our hearts and bring beautiful changes in our lives. Our lives will be graced with the beautiful commands of Allah Ta’ala and the beautiful Sunnat of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).