Being Extremely Mindful of Guests

Mawlānā Rashīd-ul-Waḥīd recounts that, if anyone ever acted rudely or harshly with the guests of Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, he would be left enraged and furious. There was once a man who remained as a guest for approximately two months. He neither performed ṣalāh, nor attended the talks of Ḥaḍrat Madanī.

Eventually, the chief supervisor of the guests confronted the man saying, “You have been here two months, neither do you state the reason of your being here, nor do you perform ṣalāh. If you do not have any reason to be here, its best you return to your home. Unfortunately, and coincidently, when this conversation took place, I also happened to be there unfortunately during this conversation. This incident was soon completely forgotten.

Months later, Ḥaḍrat Madanī became aware of this incident. When I (Mawlānā Rashīd-ul-Waḥīd) came into the presence of Ḥaḍrat Madanī, he was busy reading. The moment his eyes fell on me, he began reprimanding me, “Who told the guest to leave?! I gauged the gravity and intensity of the matter so I attempted to absolve myself of any blame. He said, “Were you not present when this happened? Why did you not intervene and stop this from happening?” With some courage, I said, “The guest was here for two months and never performed ṣalāh; so, I deemed him worthy of being scolded.”

Ḥaḍrat Madanī took a deep breath and said, “A person who does not perform ṣalāh, is not committing a wrong against us; but, wrongdoing Allah. If a guest stays for two months or even a hundred months, no one has a right to look down upon him. Do not assume that because I am always travelling, these incidents do not come to my knowledge. If anyone hurts or causes inconvenience to any of my guests, I will take from him retribution on the Day of Judgement.”

(Sawāniḥ-i Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, Page: 111)

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