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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)"

Once Shaikh Alawi Maliki (rah) came to visit Hazrat Shaikhul Hadith (rah) at Madinah Munawwarah. While he was about to return.. Hazrat Shaikh (rah) sent us Khuddam (attendants) to escort him.

Shaikh Alawi commented “I feel deep envy for you Khuddam , that By Allah.. you are in the service of Imam Malik (rah) of our times, it is my claim for which I even have daleel (proof). See..how much unanimity we find between Imam Malik (rah) and Hazrat Shaikh (rah).

Imam Malik (rah) had love for Madinah Munawwarah, similarly Hazrat Shaikh (rah) has love for Madinah Munawwarah.

Secondly, the preoccupation with Noble Hadith of Rasulullh (saw) and its love by Imam Malik (rah) is also possessed by Hazrat Shaikh (rah).

Thirdly, Muwatta by our Imam Malik (rah) has been considered amongst the excellent books all over the world. The best commentary of Muwatta available today with par excellence from commentaries of the books of Hadith is Awjaz ul Masalik ila Muwatta Imam Malik by Hazrat Shaikh (rah).

And the Fourth shall also be إن شاء الله completed such that Imam Malik (rah) lays buried in Jannat ul baqi’i and Hazrat Shaikh (rah) shall also be buried at Baqi’i.”

When I narrated this incident to Mufti Hussain kamani, he added a fifth point from his side that the manner in which Imam Malik (rah) was buried along with his Shaikh and Ustadh Hazrat Naf’i رضي الله عنه at jannat ul Baqi.., Hazrat Shaikh (rah) also rests there alongside his Shaikh and Ustadh Hazrat Maulana Khaleel Ahmed Saharanpuri (rah).

Extracted from the book Mere bhaijaan by Hazrat Maulana Yousuf Motala sahab (db). http://www.muftisays.com

It has been customary for Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh to hold gatherings daily after Asr Salaah. Besides the spiritual benefit of those in attendance, other activities such as meeting new guests, having tea and going through the mail, were also carried out. Later on it became a regular practice to listen to some religious kitaab. However, these gatherings were not held on Fridays. Instead, Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh would recite the above Durood in the Masjid after Asr. He would then return home and lock the gate which reopened only minutes before Maghrib Salaah. During the seclusion he engaged in making dua and in meditation. During the latter period of his life, when he was disabled, a servant would put a lock on the outside so that those who were unfamiliar with his practice on Fridays would not enter. On one Friday, Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh was especially kind toward me and ordered me in and requested me to engage in Ibadat. That day I observed Hazrat’s Rahmatullah Alayh practice during seclusion. Later on, spending this period in meditation at the masjid became his routine. The masjid would fill up with Thakireen who engaged in Zikr-Jehri till the Adhaan for Maghrib. These gatherings on Fridays were wonderful and were filled with nur.

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QUTUB-UL-AQTAAB HAZRAT SHAIKH UL HADITH HAZRAT MAULANA MUHAMMAD ZAKARIYYA RAHMAT- ULLAH-ALAYH’S ADHERENCE TO THE SUNNAH AND LOVE FOR RASULULLAH SALLALAHU ALAYHI WASALAM

Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh has stated in “Khasail-e-Nabawi” which is the Commentary of Shamail Tirmizi, that wearing the turban is a Sunnat “Mustammara” (perpetual). The commandment from Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) about wearing the Amaama is also narrated, according to which Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) has said, “Wear the turban and your forbearance will increase”. Someone asked Hadrat Abdullah bin Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, whether wearing the turban was a Sunnah. He replied, “Yes, it is a Sunnah”. In a hadith, Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) has said, “Wear the turban, the Turban is a sign of Islam and distinguishes the Muslim from the disbelievers”. Hazrat Jaabir Radiyallahu Anhu says that when Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam)) entered the city upon victory of Makkah, he was wearing a black turban.

Hadrat Umar bin Harees Radiyallahi Anhu narrates, “I have seen a black turban on the head of Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam). It is stated in ‘Muslim and Nasai’ Sharif that Umar bin Harees Radiyallahi Anhu says that, “It is as if the scene in front of me, when the Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) was delivering Khutba on the pulpit, wearing the turban and its ends were hanging in front of him between the shoulders”.

The practice of Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh regarding the turban:

Once Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh said with much grief and sadness, “Wearing the turban was always my practice, but just as my ailments have disabled me from doing many things, so too have they also made me unable to wear the turban. For many years now, my head is afflicted with intense heat, so much so that even in severe winters, I cannot use anything other than a light cap. Otherwise it was always customary for me to wear the turban (Ata’at Rasul)”. I, (Hazrat Sufi Muhammad Iqbal), can vividly recall the times before the partition (of India), when I got the blessed opportunity of meeting Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh for the first time. I found him seated on a bed wearing a black turban.

It is very sad that this Sunnah Mustamarra is being neglected, to such an extent that even in the winter period, wearing woollen caps is becoming common. The turban because of its shape covers the forehead also, and it loose ends provide protection to the neck from both heat and cold. These are the parts of the body that are usually affected by severe cold and heat. At this point, a word of caution is necessary. If following the Sunnah is evident in someone, but he is wearing a woollen cap, objections should not be raised about this. It is quite possible that the person has some valid excuse for wearing the cap. However, it is improper for those without a legitimate excuse to abandon this Sunnah merely on account of laziness. Particularly nowadays, when this Sunnah is generally being neglected, special care should be observed to practice it. In doing so, Insha Allah, there will be tremendous reward.

Extracted from HAZRAT MAULANA MUHAMMAD ZAKARIYYA RAHMAT-ULLAH-ALAYH’S ADHERENCE TO THE SUNNAH AND LOVE FOR RASULULLAH (SALLALU ALAYHI WASALAM) by Hazrat Sufi Iqbal Rahmatullah Alayh

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