Then there is Hazrat Maulana Abdul Lateef Saheb. With him I have always had bonds of love from the very beginning of my student days under him, but from 1345 onwards when he became Nazim, this love and admiration for him grew daily in depth till the time of his death.

Hence, when shortly prior to his death, he had a testamentary document (Wasiyat-nama) written by Qari Saeed Ahmed's hands, with regard to household matters, he called me and asked me not to disclose its contents to anyone in his lifetime, and laid upon me the responsibility to carry it out and to see it being implemented after his death. He used to consult with me quite often on his family affairs. Often if he had to impress something upon the mind of his wife, he made me do it. On the other hand, if his wife wanted to impress something upon his mind, she used me to do the talking and persuading. Hence at the time of the Nikah of Abdur Ra'oof, their son, several such occasions arose, which his wife will still remember quite well. All this close contact was basically because of our connection with the Madressa, and his diligence in carrying out his duty and even beyond, for the Madressa.


His attitude was such that he never worried about whether he was the Nazim sitting in the office or a collector of funds (which he also had to do), or whether he was the gate-keeper.

He never used to consider what was Madressa time and what was not Madressa duty time. His Madressa times never ended. If a student brought some written application to him after Asr, after Maghrib or after Esha, he would immediately have a look at it, approve (or disapprove), write his instructions down immediately, to have his decision implemented.

I, in my bad-mannered way, would often reprimand students, trying to make them understand with words of harshness, that the time for putting an application forth, is during Madressa hours, but not him. He would never ask them, as I would: "Is this the time for coming to me with an application?"
He used to regularly go into the kitchen to check on the food for the students. There he would buy a meal, pay for it, taste it by eating about half of it on the spot and give the other half to one of the Munshis or cooks. He never used to think that as Nazim (Rector), I have the right to take any amount of food for tasting without paying for it. He never tasted any food without first having paid for it. There were times when out of his own pocket he used to have something nice added to the naan (like kulunji or syrup) or encouraged someone to pay for such luxuries for the students.

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