Hazrat Saharanpuri was very strict and adamant that teachers should teach with punctuality. He insisted that classes commence five minutes after the bell. It should not commence before that time and not end more than five minutes before the bell, so that students can in time transfer from one class to another, otherwise they could lose some part of the lessons.
Whenever any complaints were received from students regarding any teachers, the teachers had to answer. There was such fear and respect for him that his mere asking a teacher about a complaint was sufficient to put fear into them.
He also insisted that lessons should be given regularly and in a uniform manner. He greatly resented that a teacher should in the beginning give long and detailed explanations and then towards the end of the year let the kitab be recited (without explanation) like Ramadan Taraweeh. In the case of complaints in this regard he did not hesitate to scold the most senior lecturers.
In accordance with his opinions a teaching time-table was prepared in his last years of teaching which to this day is in operation in the Madressa. Similarly he also had the habit of personally supervising the teaching and manner of teaching. Whenever any complaint was received regarding a teacher, he would just as that teacher was starting to teach, send a message to the specific teacher, informing him that the ''lesson will be given under the bell".
in our days that was a special term used to indicate that the teacher had to come and teach his students in the hall of the room where he sat, under a bell that up to this day hangs there in front of his room. In those days classes were small and Hazrat himself would listen for the full hour, without making any comments or passing any criticism. However if he found the complaint to be partly true he reprimanded the teacher.
If the complaint was of a serious nature he had someone else take over that class. If on the other hand, it was found that the students' complaint was not in order, Hazrat ordered that such a student be punished by not receiving food from the kitchen. But where serious complaints were discovered to be completely unfounded, such students were at times expelled.
The effect of this was that teachers were always concerned about the fact that at any time they could be called upon to teach "under the bell". Even students thought carefully before making any complaints, as it could lead to their "food being stopped" or their own expulsion.
Further, Hazrat had the habit of personally taking special visitors to show around the Madressa. He would pass all Ilse teaching rooms, stopping for ten or fifteen minutes at any class where he wanted to listen.
I never had the ill-fortune of having had `to teach under the hell', but have had to endure the second ordeal numerous times. In my younger days because of suffering much from fever, I did not have the habit of daily preparing lessons for the following day. Once while teaching Mishkat while sufforing from high fever, Hazrat brought the then Indian Amhassador stationed in Jeddah around to the classes. They stood outside my classroom for about fifteen minutes listening to me as I discussed the question of Musirraat' with the fever being at its height. At the time I knew nothing of his presence. As I looked in that direction I suddenly saw him and was so taken aback that my tongue immediately got stuck. I was like one dumbstruck. Seeing this Hazrat moved further. Only afterwards the students informed me that Hazrat had stood there listening to me for over fifteen minutes.