Maulana Ilyas ra Emphasises On Ilm & Zikr
One day after Fajr when a big congregation of in this effort [of Dawah & Tabligh] actively part-taking gathered in Nizamuddin’s Masjid and Hadhrat Maulana [Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi]‘s health was so weak, that laying on bed he could not even utter three four words in an audible voice, he demanded a special servant through who he conducted the whole congregation:
“All your Tabligh activities will be of no avail if, along with them, you do not pay proper attention to Ilm (knowledge) and Dhikr (remembrance of Allah). Ilm and Dhikr are the two wings without which one cannot fly in these surroundings. What is more, if Ilm and Dhikr are neglected, this endeavour may become a new source of mischief. Without Ilm, Islam and Iman are a mere formality, and without Dhikr, Ilm is darkness. Effluence is produced in Ilm by Dhikr and the real fruits of Dhikr are gained only when Ilm, too, is there. The Devil often makes the ignorant sufis his tools. The importance of Ilm and Dhikr should therefore, not be overlooked in this regard otherwise the Tablighi endeavour will end up in waywardness, and, Allah forbid, you will be in great loss.”
Hadhrat Maulana’s meaning of this guidance was that the ones working on this path should not understand the effort and struggles, the journey and migrations and the offering and sacrifices in line of Tabligh-o-Dawat as the essential work like nowadays it has become common. Instead learning and teaching of Deen and bringing the habit of Allah’s remembrance and understanding the building of a connection with these as one’s important obligation. In other words they should not become only “Sipahi” [Soldier] or Muballigh [Propagator] instead seekers of Deen’s knowledge and Allah-remembering servants, too.
[Malfoozat Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Ilyas (Rahimullah) by Maulana Muhammad Mansoor Nu’mani, pg. 38, Malfoozat #35]
Fire in Mina
"None of you can be a believer till he likes for his believing brother what he likes for himself."
Bukhari & Muslim
An event concerning Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh:
In 1398 A.H., a violent fire erupted at the site of Mina during Haj. Owing to extraordinary disabilities, Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh’s stay was in a house, (tents being the usual accommodation for people making Haj), which was located far away from the place where this accident took place. The rest of Hazrat Rahmatullah’s relatives and friends were staying in the endangered tents of Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s special Khadim, Al Haaj Malik Abdul Haq. Upon receiving the news about the fire, Hazrat Shaikh Rahmatullah Alayh at once engaged himself in making dua, and instructed others to do the same. Many tents caught alight and huge losses of life and property were sustained. By the Grace of Almighty Allah, when the fire was extinguished, I went to Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh’s residence and found him weeping bitterly. I conveyed the good news that the fire had been extinguished and added, “Hazrat! Alhamd-o-lillah, no loss was incurred in our tents. All the tents of relatives and friends are safe”. Hazrat Rahmatullah Alayh responded with a deep hurt and grief-filled voice, “The tents that burnt were also mine”.
Extracted from Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahmatullah-Alayh’s Adherence To The Sunnah And Love For Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) by Hazrat Sufi Iqbal Rahmatullah-Alayh
To Feel Superior
Hadhrat Maulana Shah Abrarul Haq Hardoi Sahib نوراللہ مرقدہ said,
“When a doctor gives a Prince an injection, he doesn’t consider himself superior to the Prince. In the same way the one speaking about Deen should not consider himself superior to the listeners. Regarding the expert of a field as perfect [Akmal] is permissible, but to regard as superior is Haram. Because the criteria of virtue/superiority is based on acceptance by Allah Ta’ala [Qubuliyat inda’Allah], which can not be found out about in the Dunya.
The dignity of every believer should be in the heart. It’s not permissible for any ‘Alim or Shaykh-e-Kamil even to consider a sinful Muslim despising. If a small child urinates on the father, the clothes of the father would be considered impure but there won’t be any decrease in the dignity of the father. Hadhrat Thanvi نوراللہ مرقدہ used to say, ‘Whenever I take care of someone[‘s affairs], I consider him superior to myself.’
Similarly, I consider my mother & sisters and you people superior to myself too, but am [at the same time] telling the commands of Allah Ta’ala.”
Lesson from a Hospital Visit
Recently one Hazrat's khulafa together with some friends visited a sick patient at the hospital. The patient was very pleased to have visitors and spoke for a while.
Whilst leaving the hospital it was mentioned that just see how the patient looks forward to a visitor while he is in hospital. A friend responded and said, "here in the dunya, when the patient has people around, see how a person looks forward to visitors. What will be the condition in the grave? How much will a person look forward to people sending him sawaab?"
What have we done to ensure our comfort in the grave?