Warming the Water Vessel with Body Heat

Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, during his imprisonment in Malta jail, served and looked after his teacher and spiritual mentor, Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan in an unrivalled and outstanding manner. Shaykh al-Hind was old, feeble and infirm. He was unable to use cold water and would be caused severe inconvenience by its use; and unfortunately, the weather of Malta was of a very cold temperature thus the water ice-cold. To provide his teacher with warm water, Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, after completing the ʿishā prayers and other personal chores, would fill a vessel with water and remain in a crouched position, holding it with his stomach, until his teacher arose for the tahajjud salah (night prayer). He would then present the vessel of water with utmost respect and reverence.

Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan would be severely tortured and punished; however, he would remain adamant on his political position. He endured extensive wounds on his back and ribs. The jailors would strike him on his chest and back while he would offer the tahajjud salah (night prayer). The chief officer of the prison would be left amazed at his perseverance and unflinching determination. He once said, “He is a man that if killed and burnt, his blood would proclaim what his thoughts and viewpoints were.”

It was after a very long period of time when the jailors started supplying hot water, that Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was deprived of this great service to his teacher and mentor, Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan.

(Sawāniḥ-i Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī: 49)

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