Once, Hadhrat Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (rahmatullahi alaihi) was having his hair cut in front of his room, in the Chatta Musjid when a wealthy landowner of Meerut came to meet him. After making salaam to Moulana (rahmatullahi alaihi), he placed a bag of gold coins at Moulana’s feet. Moulana (rahmatullahi alaihi) gently moved it away. He begged Moulana to accept it, but Moulana refused to take even part of it. Eventually, he took all the wealth, placed it in Hadhrat’s shoes, and went away.
When Hadhrat Moulana stood up, he removed the gold coins from his shoes and they fell onto the ground. He then wore his shoes and with much amusement said to Hafiz Anwaar-ul-Haq Sahib Deobandi, “Hafiz Jee, we also earn the dunya and the people of the world also earn the dunya. The difference is that we forsake the dunya and it falls at our feet whilst the worldly people fall at its feet and the dunya forsakes them.”
(Malfoozaat of Faqeeh-ul-Ummat Vol 2 Pg 367)