I have often heard the late Allah fearing Hazrat Maulana alHaj Shah Abdul Raheem Raipuri, the patron of Darul Uloom Deoband and Mazahirul Uloom Saharanpur, saying: "I do not fear anything as much as I fear being patron and supervisor of a Madressa.

If a person is an employee of someone and neglects his duty, or betrays his employer or causes him any loss and leaves his job, or at the time of death begs his employer's forgiveness, he may be forgiven and pardoned. But the money of the Madressa, comes from the general Muslim public, the poor ones, and has been collected in two two rupees from them. We the supervisors, trustees and protectors are not the owners thereof. We are the trustees. If we are guilty of any misuse or embezzlement in this regard it will never be pardoned even if people should pardon us. What right have we to pardon someone in connection with the misuse of another's money? It is however also possible that should we in the interest of the Madressa conceal any mismanagement, there is a strong hope and possibility that Allah will forgive.

On the other hand if because of our personal contact with someone we overlook a person's fault, we also will be responsible for the crime. And moreover our pardon to the criminal will not be a pardon at all, because that falls in the category of Huqooqulibaad."

From Aap Beti by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (ra)

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