The Mulberry Tree
I used to have a mulberry tree that grew on the side of the pathway to my house. Whenever, Sheikh Ibrahim Mia rahmatullah alayhi visited he used to enjoy the mulberries. Sometimes, we used to send mulberries to him as well.
Unfortunately, this tree used to bear so much that the pathway often becomes messed with dropped fruit. We thus cut down the tree. When Sheikh rahmatullah alayhi visited us thereafter, he told us that fruit trees are sadaqah jaariyah (they are means of earning perpertual reward) and we should not cut them down. When we moved to our new home, Sheikh rahmatullah alayhi used to take walks in the garden and identify various plants. If he saw a fruit tree he would remind us about earning sadaqah jaariyah through that tree.
Sprinkling left over Wudhu Water
Hazrat Sheikh Ml Ibrahim Mia Rahamatullah alyah used to advise us to stand and drink the left over wudhu water. Thereafter he advised us to sprinkle some of the left over wudhu water on our lower garment. This is a Sunnat practice. Sheikh used to explain that it will help in controlling the the tongue and private parts from misuse.
In our country, South Africa, this is not a common practice and sometimes people used to object to the above.
Hazrat Justice Mufti Taqi Usmani DB, writes in his book, "The Great Scholars of the Deoband Islamic Seminary," the view of Sheikhul Hind Ml Mahmud al Hasan Rahmatullah. The excerpt appears below:
It is reported in almost all of the hadith collections that after completing wudu, the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam used to drink the leftover water from the container3. It has also been reported that he used to sprinkle some of the water on his tahband (lower garment)4. The ‘ulama' have offered a variety of interpretations concerning the wisdom of these two practices. However, Mufti Muhammad Shafi‘ maintained that Shaykh al-Hind’s explanation for these was the most insightful one.
According to his view, wudu is an action for ensuring the cleanliness and purity of the bodily parts. Yet, while it is important to purify the outward, it is even more important to purify the inward. So, after completing wudu, the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam performed these particular actions, both of which are connected to the matter of inner purity. The connection is that the two body parts involved here, the tongue and the private parts, go to the very foundations of humanity’s most negative traits and wrongdoings. Therefore, the Prophet Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam is recorded as having said:
"He who guarantees that he will protect the following two: that which lies between his jaws (i.e. his tongue) and that which lies between his legs (i.e. his private parts), I will assure him of entry into Paradise.5"
Hence, the purpose of drinking the water left over from wudu, and sprinkling some of it on one’s lower garment, is to focus attention on the importance of protecting against these two major sources of human deficiency.
3 Tirmidhi, Nasai, Tabaran'i’s al-Mu‘jam al-Kabir and Ahmad.
4 Abu Dawud, Ahmad and al Hakim
5 Al Bukhari
‘Allamah Yusuf Binori Spurning a Donation
A person came to the Jamiatul ‘Uloom al-Islamiyah ‘Allamah Binori Town originator Maulana Sayed Muhammad Yusuf Binori رحمۃ اللہ علیہ with a big donation and said: “Hadhrat! I’ve brought this donation for your Madrassa.”
Maulana said in reply: “Our Madrassa’s expenses of one year have been covered. That’s why please take the donation and give it to a Madrassa who are entitled to this donation more than us.”
“Hadhrat! I’ve brought this for your Madrassa.” He gave him the same reply again. He kept on insisting, but Maulana did not accept. At the end he stood up and while leaving said: “Hadhrat! You’ll find no-one giving you such a big donation.”
To that he replied: “And you’ll find no one spurning such a big donation either.”
[Akabir ke Iman-afroz Waqi’at, pg. 413]
Sheikh's humility – Mas'ala
On many occassions when people asked Sheikh a mas'ala, Sheikh used to refer them to an Aa'lim who was a mureed, rather than answer himself even if he was aware of the answer.
He also preferred to give the view of the respected Mufti Rida-ul-Haq (db) of Darul Uloom, Zakariyya.