Hazrat Sheikh's "Visa" tips for going out in the path of Allah
SUFI ABDUR RABB'S STORY
I spend about thirty to forty Rupees daily on Paan (betel leaves) alone.
Hazrat Shaigh stated, 'Sufi Abdur Rabb Saheb was a Khaiifa of Hazrat Aqdas Thanwi.
A long time ago, a Jamaat came from Lucknow. Moulana Alimia, Moulana Manzoor Saheb Naomani and Sufi Saheb were also part of this Jamaat. Molvi Alimia and Molvi Manzoor Saheb taught the Jamaal the Usool (rules) and told them, 'You people will sleep in the Tableeghi Markaz Masjied.‘
They warned the Jamaat not to accept an invitation from Shaigh. if he insists, then agree to eat only one meal with him. However, the two of us have such a close relationship with him that we will eat all our meals at his house only.
The morning train from Lucknow arrives late and at an inconvenient time. This particular train arrived late, at about 1.30. Sufi Saheb got left behind somewhere.
He also accompanied both these esteemed Scholars to my house. Hazrat Munshi Rahmat Ali Saheb, a Khalifa of Hazrat Raipuri often said 'A Molvi’s brain only functions when the Dastarghaan is somebody else's and the arrangement is his.’
This is my condition too. My brain really functions well at lunchtime. These gentlemen ate lunch with me. Sufi Saheb then told the other two, 'Whatever you may say, I am going to have my meals here.‘
The Jamaat remained there for fifteen days. When he was leaving he made a lot of Duaa for me.
He was a Poet too. He even composed a few verses about me. He enquired from me about three matters. l have forgotten one. However, I do remember the other two.
One of them was, ”The Tableeghi people say, 'Leave everything and go out in Tableegh' and the Ulema say, 'You have obligations too. So fulfill your obligations.’ I find you to be a balanced person that is why I am requesting a reply.’
I replied, if one has made arrangements for the food and other needs of one’s wife and children then one most certainly should go out for Tabligh and don't listen at all to the Molvis if they tell you anything to the contrary. However, when you go out for Jamaat, then make sure that all arrangements in this regard are complete and that you have provided fully for their needs.
At the exact time of departure, speak to your wife in private. Tell her that the fear of the journey is overwhelming you. Tell her that your heart does not desire to leave her. Tell her that, 'I will miss you terribly and longing for you will upset me. My heart will not be in anything; l will miss you so much. However, this is such a great necessity that l have no other alternative but to go. I will try to return as quickly as possible.‘ '
With these words, embrace her tightly and leave.
Do write to her during the journey from various localities. expressing your love for her and how much you are missing her.
When you return, go home immediately to meet her first and tell her how you longed for her throughout the journey. My heart was not in anything. I have left everything and saying ‘ALLAH, ALLAH' I have come back home to you.“
lf you do not have any obligations to a wife or children, then practice on What the Tableegh people are saying.‘
When he returned to his hometown (Anow), I received a letter from both him and his wife. He wrote, 'When l retumed home, I did exactly as you said. In our family we do not use the word "Too" (informal Urdu second-person pronoun meaning You and used when addressing juniors) to address our wives, but we use the word 'Aap' (formal Urdu second-person pronoun meaning 'You‘ and used to indicate respect). However, I used the word 'Too' with this intention that there are blessings in the words I heard from Hazrat. I thought that l would not use any other words but rather use the exact words I heard directly from Hazrat. My wife found this method of addressing her very strange and asked me, 'Who taught you this lesson?'
When I mentioned your honoured name, she also decided to write a letter of thanks to you.’
Extracted from the book, "Ramadaan in the Company of Hazrat Shaikh (ra)"
Virtues of Itikaaf
Abu Sa’iyd Khudri Radiallahu anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam once performed i’itikaaf for the first ten days of Ramadhaan. Thereafter, he made i’itikaaf in a Turkish tent (inside the Musjid) for the middle ten days. Thereafter, he raised his head out of the tent and said, “Verily, in search of Laylatul Qadr did I perform i’itikaaf for the first ten days, then for the middle ten days. Then someone (an angel) came and told me, ‘It is in the last ten days. Whosoever has made i’itikaaf with me should continue for the last ten days.’ I had been shown that night and then made to forget, which it how it shall be. I saw myself making sajda to Allah with my forehead on mud the next morning. Look for Laylatul Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan; look for it among the odd nights.”
Abu Sa’iyd Radiallahu anhu says; “That same night it rained. The roof on the Musjid leaked. I looked at Rasulullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam eyes and forehead and there were remains of water and mud. This was on the morning of the 21st after performing sujood in muddy clay”. (Reported in Mishkaat)
Rasullullah Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam said, “The person performing I’itikaaf remains free from sins, and he is given the same reward as those who do good deeds in spite of not having done those deeds because of staying in the Musjid.” (Mishkaat)
“...Whomsoever performs I’itikaaf for a day, thereby seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will open three trenches between him and the fire of hell, the width of each being the distance between heaven and earth”. (Reported by ‘Tabraani in Al Awsa’t)
The Ramadhaan of Ml Rashid Ahmed Gangohi (ra)
(Extracted from Haz Sheik's Ramadhan of the Pious (Akaabir Ka Ramadhan)
I have written in AAP BETI No 6 under the heading of spiritual exertion, that while dictating the practices of Hazrat Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi in Ramadan, I wanted to note it down because of its relevance to the subject. There I wrote:
“His extreme exertion in spiritual exercises were such that onlookers felt pity for him. Such was he that in Ramadan, even when his age had advanced beyond seventy, he fasted the whole day and then in Owabeen, instead of six rakats, he used to perform twenty rakats, during which he never recited less than approximately two paras. So long did he stay in ruku and sujood that onlookers thought that he had forgotten himself. On finishing this salaah, he proceeded homeward to partake of the evening meal. Even during this time too he would not remain idle, but en route and waiting for the food etc, he also finished reciting several paras.
Soon he would commence Esha salaah and taraweeh, which did not take less than an hour or an hour and a quarter at least. Thereafter he would lie down at about half past ten only to rise again at about two O’clock or half past two for tahajjud. At times his attendants and assistants found him performing wudoo at one O’clock. At this time of the night he used to spend 2-1/2 hours to three hours in tahajjud. Sometimes it happened that an attendant would go to him at five O’clock to join him for sehri and would find him in salaah.
After Fajr he remained busy reciting wazeefas, wirds and engrossed in meditation until eight O’clock or half past eight. Then it was time for Ishraq salaah. Thereafter for a few hours he would rest.
During this time the mail would arrive and he would begin answering letters and writing fatwas or dictate them. Thereafter it was time for Salatul-Duhaa (Chasht), and on performing this salaah, he would have his daytime sleep.
An Anecdote: Haz Sheikh's Ramadhan
One can imagine the amount of time Ĥađrat devoted to worship during the month of Ramadan by the following incident, as narrated by Ĥađrat in his Āap Bītī:
My close friend, Ĥakīm Ţayyib Rāmpūrī [the father of another of my close friends Shaikh ‘Āmir] came to visit me frequently in those days. He came for a very short time and was good at providing quick rundowns of the latest news, so he was allowed to visit whenever he wished.
Once, in Ramadan he came at 8 or 9 a.m. He said to Maulwī Naśīr,
“Open the door.”
Maulwī Naśīr responded, “It is Ramadan.”
He decided to knock on the door himself, but Maulwī Naśīr stopped him. Maulwī Naśīr explained, “If he is sleeping, you will ruin his sleep, and if he is awake, he is probably praying voluntary śalāt. So knock if you want, but you’re probably not going to get a response.”
Ĥakīm Śāĥib got angry and walked on to the school. On the way, he met Shaikh Manżūr Aĥmad Śāĥib who said, “Ĥakīm Śāĥib, what are you doing here? Don’t you know the Shaikh is in Ramadan?” Hearing this, Ĥakīm Śāĥib felt his anger towards Maulwī Naśīr cool. After this, he entered upon Nāżim Śāĥib [the dean of the school] who was dictating letters at the time. Nāżim Śāĥib was surprised and said, “Ĥakīm Jī, what are you doing here? The Shaikh is in Ramadan.”