Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [61-64]

61. To feed others with the intention of showing off is a grave sin. Thus one should feed others with sincerity and for the pleasure of Allāh. Consequently, feeding only a little will result in immense reward. In contrast, feeding on a large scale with the intention of conceit or showing off will result in... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – For Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ

Question: Is it correct to donate reward to Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ when his status is highly elevated and he is not in need of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward)? Answer: In some cases the objective of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) is the elevation of status for another person, and sometimes to repay favours which another has conferred... Continue Reading →

Eating Only Gourd for 15 Years

Anas bin Malik narrates that, “A tailor invited Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ to a meal which he had prepared. ” Anas bin Malik said, “I accompanied Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ to that meal. He served Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ with bread and soup made with gourd and dried meat. I saw Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ taking the pieces of gourd from the dish.”... Continue Reading →

Residents of the City of the Beloved

Haḍrat Mawlānā Khalīl Ahmad Sahāranpūrī ؒ would respect and admire the people of Arabia to a great extent. This respect and admiration would double for the residents of Madinah Munawarrah. If any of his associates would argue with conveyance owners, he would become furious and enraged, remarking that people underestimate their value and are unaware... Continue Reading →

Hajj: A Journey Full of Reminders [Concise]

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah Kandelwhī states that, “Every step that we take towards the blessed lands of Makkah Mukarramah on this blessed journey bears many reminders from which a believer should take lesson from. Below are a few: 1) As we embark on this great journey we leave everything behind. Similarly, we will leave... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

A Craft Which Needs to be Learnt

Mawlānā Sayyid Asghar Ḥusain was a prominent teacher who shaped the intellectual inclinations of Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ. In Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband he was popularly known as Ḥaḍrat Miyān Ṣaḥib. One day Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ called on him after the Maghrib prayer. He offered him mangoes, which Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ gladly accepted. He brought two baskets,... Continue Reading →

The Status of Low-Ranking People

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Qāḍī Ẓuhūr-ul-Ḥasan relates from an eye-witness that, during a meal with Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī, a man wearing tattered clothes seemed a little uneasy and awe-struck by the other respected and well-dressed people present. As a result, he did not participate and sat behind the group of people eating. When Ḥaḍrat Madanī’s... Continue Reading →

Spending the Entire Night with a Cloak

Mawlānā Fayḍullāh recounts an incident to which he was an eye-witness. This incident occurred when he was studying the final year of the traditional ʿālim class. He was appointed to carry a lamp whilst accompanying Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī back and forth from the Hadith lecture hall to his home. He recounts that half the... Continue Reading →

Love for the Blessed Lands of Madinah

The immense love Hadrat Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotvī harboured for Rasūlullah ﷺ was indeed spectacular. When he travelled to the blessed lands of Madinah (where the ground was very stony and rugged), the state of his deep affection and infatuation was truly noteworthy. His travel companion Mawlānā Hakīm Mansūr Alī captures a scene from this memorable... Continue Reading →

The Unknown Toilet Cleaner

Mawlānā Zakariyya Sambhalī relates that, there were a total of twelve lavatories in the compound of Ḥaḍrat Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī’s madrasah which was used by both students and teachers. The students from the village would leave it filthy in the worst manner possible, but every morning the lavatories would be found immaculately clean. Nevertheless, the... Continue Reading →

Whoever Hurts my Guest, I Will Not Forgive Them

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Manẓūr Nuʿmānī writes: Readers must have seen many examples of generosity and giving preference to others; however, the degree to which these characteristics were found in the life of Ḥaḍrat Madanī is scarce in the books of history. The residence of Ḥaḍrat Madanī was a like a huge guest house; those who have... Continue Reading →

Spiritually Immersed in Salah

Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī began leading the maghrib salah at Meerut train station when the train horn blared. Majority of the participants broke their salah and boarded the train. However, Ḥaḍrat Madanī peacefully completed the salah, supplicated and then boarded the train with great ease. One of his special attendants was surprised and enquired... Continue Reading →

If Only the Guests Are Served the Same

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Bashīr Aḥmad FayḍAbādī writes that, one Ramadhan which Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī spent in Tanda, Uttarpradesh, was during the hot summer days, and a time when there was a severe heatwave. There were scores of guests arriving every day. The household members and close associates of Ḥaḍrat Madanī suggested that due to... Continue Reading →

Shopping for the Elderly

As to Muftī ʿAzīz ur-Raḥmān’s stature, it should be borne in mind that he held the position of chief Muftī at Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband at a time when Dār al-ʿUlūm Deoband had many luminaries on its staff. Yet he was an extremely simple and modest person, as is evident from the following report narrated by... Continue Reading →

What Can he Take From Me?

During the time prior to the partition (of India and Pakistan), Ḥaḍrat Madnī was a very loyal supporter of the Congress political party. His remarkable commitments to the Congress are known to all. Opposing them was, Mawlānā Ashraf ʿAlī Thānwī and Mawlānā Ẓafar Ahmad, who were staunch supporters of the Muslim League political party. They... Continue Reading →

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;... Continue Reading →

Teaching After Wife’s Burial

Shaykh-ul-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī would always ensure that he never misses a single lesson of teaching. Mawlānā Hakim Diya-ud-Din relates that when the wife of Shaykh-ul-Islam passed away, all his associates and students gathered at his residence. After a short while, he began to make his way towards the hadith lecture hall. This caused... Continue Reading →

Why the Difference in Effect?

قيل لحمدون بن أحمد :- ما بال كلام السلف أنفع من كلامنا ؟ قال : لأنهم تكلموا لعز الإسلام ، ونجاة النفوس ، ورضا الرحمن . ونحن نتكلم لعز النفس ، وطلب الدنيا ، وقبول الخلق. [صفة الصفوة ٦٢٧/٢] It was said to Hamdun bin Ahmad: Why is it that the speech and words of... Continue Reading →

The Siege of Ta’if and the Pangs of Hunger

Shaykh al-Islam Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was under siege along with his teacher and mentor Shaykh al-Hind Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan for two months and twenty days in the vicinity of Taif, Saudi Arabia. The suffering and ordeal they endured is beyond description. There was a shortage of food and water, the entire vicinity... Continue Reading →

What Will I Answer to Allah?

Doctor Ismail Memon relates that there would always be scores of guests day and night at the khanqah (spiritual convent) of Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah. Especially in the blessed month of Ramadhan, there would be a lot more people. If Ḥaḍrat Shaykh would ever find out that a guest was deprived from partaking of... Continue Reading →

Recalling a Speech

Sayyid ʿAṭā’Ullāh Shāh Bukhārī was once seated in the surgery of Ḥakīm Muhammad Ḥanif Ullāh when he suddenly started mumbling and scolding himself under his breath. The words were something like this, “You delivered a speech but what knowledge do you possess? Flocks of people came to listen to you, but what is your actual... Continue Reading →

I Obtained Benefit from the Heat

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī says that, during my father’s time the madrasah (Islamic seminary) did not yet have a kitchen to supply students, nor was there a cook or restaurant in the vicinity of the madrasah. Because my father’s family was not residing there, his food was arranged with a cook who had a... Continue Reading →

Two Ink-Stands and Two Pens

Mawlānā al-Ḥāj ʿInayat Ilāhi was the principal of Maẓāhir al-ʿUlūm, Saharanpur. He was also a Muftī and all the madrassahs legal affairs were entrusted to him. Apart from that he was also responsible for collecting funds monthly. His high degree of precaution compelled him to keep two ink-stands and pens in his office; one belonging... Continue Reading →

Precaution in Every Sentence

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī was once dictating a letter of condolence to the family of a deceased that he is supplicating and conferring rewards on their behalf. He then said that when Ḥakīm al-Ummat Mawlānā Ashraf ʿĀlī Thānwī would write a letter of this nature, he would recite Surat-ul-Ikhlās thrice and confer its... Continue Reading →

Say an Indian Haji Gave It

Sufī Muhammad Iqbāl relates that Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah would hand over thousands of riyals to me immediately upon reaching Madinah Munawwarah for spending on the Muazzins, police and caretakers of the haramayn. For the muazzins and policemen, he would generally give 500 riyals, whereas for the caretakers, he once gave 2000 riyals and... Continue Reading →

Eagerness for Wearing Sunnah Clothing

On one Friday, during his stay in Madina Munawarrah, Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah wore a new set of clothes after performing the Friday ghusl (ritual bath). As he approached the car (which was needed due to his inability to walk), he noticed that the garment was a little below the sunnah length of half... Continue Reading →

Two Five Rupee Notes

Sufī Muhammad Iqbāl narrates an incident which occurred before the partition of India when Mawlānā Alī Miyān stopped at Saharanpur which was en-route to Raipur. He was leaving immediately after breakfast for Raipur. In the mean time, Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah was asking the gathering for a ten rupee note in exchange for two... Continue Reading →

Outstanding Behaviour

Doctor ‘Abdul Ḥayy ‘Arifi says that, "Through the sheer grace of Allah, my entire life, I have never taken even the slightest of work from my wife. For example, I have never asked her for a glass of water or asked her to pick something up for me; I have not requested her even this.... Continue Reading →

Never Tasted the Food

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyya Kandelwhī relates that Mawlānā Ẓuhūr al-Ḥaq, was the supervisor of the kitchen and a teacher at the world renowned Islamic institute, Maẓāhir al-‘Ulūm. He remained practically in the kitchen for the entire day. When the need arose for the food to be tasted for the amount of salt etc., he... Continue Reading →

True Value of Time

The condition of Ḥaḍrat Miyān Ji Nūr Muhammad Janjhānwi was such that when he would visit the market to shop, he would carry a moneybag. After buying something, he would place the bag in front of the shopkeeper and instruct him to take the money out and count it. He would mention that if I... Continue Reading →

Unparalleled Reliance on Allah

The extent to which food of the Markaz of Nizamuddin would be served and the scores of people who would be fed twice a day was itself an act that defied all odds. It was always the norm to borrow money for food which was later repaid whenever funds would be acquired and the funds... Continue Reading →

He Is My Guest

Mawlānā Mahmud Rampuri said that once I and a Hindu collector once went to Deoband for some business. I was a guest at the house of Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan r and the Hindu later joined me and requested to spend the night here. He was given a bed. When everyone had gone sleep,... Continue Reading →

Racing with One’s Spouse

Ḥakīm al-Ummat Mawlānā Ashraf ʿĀlī Thānwī was once visiting a village a distance away from his hometown Thanabhawan to partake in a meal. His wife was also accompanying him. It was a walk through the woods and they were both alone. When they reached the middle of the jungle the thought crossed his mind that... Continue Reading →

Concealing One’s Actual Condition

The generosity and kindness of Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was not due to being wealthy or well-off. He was himself poor and needy, however, experienced delight and pleasure in acting upon the sunna (way) of Rasūlullāh ﷺ. Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā ʿĀbdul Haq Madanī narrates that: “The inhabitants of Madina revered and respected Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā... Continue Reading →

Detailed Account of the Journey

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Aḥmad ʿAlī Sahāranpurī wrote commentary notes on Bukhārī, Tirmidhī and other aḥadīth books and was a well known ʿĀlim (scholar) and muḥaddith (ḥadīth expert). He visited Calcutta to solicit financial assistance for the erection of the old Maẓāhir al-ʿUlūm structure, as he had previously stayed there for a long time and had good... Continue Reading →

Sacrifices in Teaching Children

Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī said that, “I was given the responsibility to oversee the Dīnī affairs of a locality which was very barren and in need of desperate overhaul. They were oblivious of spending in the path of Allah.” During his visits to different villages, Qārī Ṣāḥib proposed the idea of sending children to his madrasā,... Continue Reading →

Being Particular in Noting the Time

Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Maẓhar Nānotvi is looked upon as the actual founder of the institute Maẓāhir al-ʿUlūm, Saharanpur. It was a well-known fact that if anyone visited him for a personal visit while he was busy teaching and spoke to him, he very particular in noting the time that went into the meeting. He used... Continue Reading →

This Cushion is Only for Teaching Purposes

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī writes that, I have not experienced this incident at first hand, but have heard it from two trustworthy sources. Once a very high personality from among the relatives of Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Khalīl Aḥmad Sahāranpūrī, who held a high position, came to visit him, while he was teaching. Up until... Continue Reading →

Acknowledging Mistakes

Muftī Taqī ʿUthmānī narrates that I have often experienced my father that in the midst of anger whilst scolding or reprimanding an individual, he were to discover his fault, he would immediately acknowledge his mistake and ask for forgiveness. This may be easy to say but to see it practically is another thing altogether. Unless... Continue Reading →

Paying Off Debts for Others

The easiest way in gaining the pleasure of Allah is to serve others and be a helping hand to his creation. Be of assistance at times of pain and difficulty. Visit them if they are sick. Pay off debts on behalf of others etc. Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was penniless and a man... Continue Reading →

Sheer Simplicity

Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan narrates his eyewitness account of Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotawī: “His room was completely void of furniture. It contained only a mat even that which was torn. It was as if he selected a mat to keep for his entire life. There was neither a chest for clothes nor could a bundle... Continue Reading →

The Event Neither Took Place There Nor Here

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Iḥtishām al-Ḥasan Kāndhlawī relates an incident regarding the sincerity of Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī and Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Ilyās Kāndlawī, “Once there was a Tablīghī gathering which took place in Khatolī. We accompanied Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ilyās Kāndlawī to Khatolī. When we dismounted the train, it came to our knowledge that parades... Continue Reading →

Troubled by the Sorrowful State of the Muslims

After receiving news of the Muslims of Bānda leaving the fold of Islam, Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī resigned from his teaching duties and returned to his hometown to propagate the religion of Islam. He would go from village to village on foot. He would make his own food arrangements thereby avoiding being a burden on anyone.... Continue Reading →

Seeking Forgiveness from a Sweeper

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Asʿad Ullah was extremely soft-hearted and compassionate. He would be left troubled and in tears over trivial and insignificant matters. Whenever he rebuked someone and came to know that he was offended and hurt, he would immediately send for him and seek his forgiveness. Until he was not pardoned, he would not be... Continue Reading →

Never Forgetting God-Given Bounties

Muftī Muḥammad Taqī ʿUthmānī narrates an incident which occurred when his elder sister had pain in her teeth due to which many of her teeth had to be removed. She experienced severe pain in this process. Once, after having some teeth removed she came in the presence of her father (Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ). He enquired... Continue Reading →

Helping the Abandoned

In 1949, Qārī Ṣiddīq Bāndwī had the opportunity to perform his first ḥajj. He mentioned that his habit was to spend his entire time in the Masjid al-Ḥarām and would only leave out of necessity. He further relates [in humility] that Allah granted me the chance to serve his bondsmen. One of my fellow companions... Continue Reading →

Being Content with a Mud House

Mawlānā Sayyid Aṣghar Ḥusain was a role model in terms of discharging his duties and being considerate towards his relatives, friends and neighbours. His house was made of mud, which needed reinforcement every year. While doing so he had to take all of his household items. On one occasion Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ told him that... Continue Reading →

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