SUFI ABDUR RABB'S STORY

I spend about thirty to forty Rupees daily on Paan (betel leaves) alone.

Hazrat Shaigh stated, 'Sufi Abdur Rabb Saheb was a Khaiifa of Hazrat Aqdas Thanwi.

A long time ago, a Jamaat came from Lucknow. Moulana Alimia, Moulana Manzoor Saheb Naomani and Sufi Saheb were also part of this Jamaat. Molvi Alimia and Molvi Manzoor Saheb taught the Jamaal the Usool (rules) and told them, 'You people will sleep in the Tableeghi Markaz Masjied.‘

They warned the Jamaat not to accept an invitation from Shaigh. if he insists, then agree to eat only one meal with him. However, the two of us have such a close relationship with him that we will eat all our meals at his house only.

The morning train from Lucknow arrives late and at an inconvenient time. This particular train arrived late, at about 1.30. Sufi Saheb got left behind somewhere.

He also accompanied both these esteemed Scholars to my house. Hazrat Munshi Rahmat Ali Saheb, a Khalifa of Hazrat Raipuri often said 'A Molvi’s brain only functions when the Dastarghaan is somebody else's and the arrangement is his.’

This is my condition too. My brain really functions well at lunchtime. These gentlemen ate lunch with me. Sufi Saheb then told the other two, 'Whatever you may say, I am going to have my meals here.‘

The Jamaat remained there for fifteen days. When he was leaving he made a lot of Duaa for me.

He was a Poet too. He even composed a few verses about me. He enquired from me about three matters. l have forgotten one. However, I do remember the other two.

One of them was, ”The Tableeghi people say, 'Leave everything and go out in Tableegh' and the Ulema say, 'You have obligations too. So fulfill your obligations.’ I find you to be a balanced person that is why I am requesting a reply.’

I replied, if one has made arrangements for the food and other needs of one’s wife and children then one most certainly should go out for Tabligh and don't listen at all to the Molvis if they tell you anything to the contrary. However, when you go out for Jamaat, then make sure that all arrangements in this regard are complete and that you have provided fully for their needs.

At the exact time of departure, speak to your wife in private. Tell her that the fear of the journey is overwhelming you. Tell her that your heart does not desire to leave her. Tell her that, 'I will miss you terribly and longing for you will upset me. My heart will not be in anything; l will miss you so much. However, this is such a great necessity that l have no other alternative but to go. I will try to return as quickly as possible.‘ '

With these words, embrace her tightly and leave.

Do write to her during the journey from various localities. expressing your love for her and how much you are missing her.

When you return, go home immediately to meet her first and tell her how you longed for her throughout the journey. My heart was not in anything. I have left everything and saying ‘ALLAH, ALLAH' I have come back home to you.“

lf you do not have any obligations to a wife or children, then practice on What the Tableegh people are saying.‘

When he returned to his hometown (Anow), I received a letter from both him and his wife. He wrote, 'When l retumed home, I did exactly as you said. In our family we do not use the word "Too" (informal Urdu second-person pronoun meaning You and used when addressing juniors) to address our wives, but we use the word  'Aap' (formal Urdu second-person pronoun meaning 'You‘ and used to indicate respect). However, I used the word 'Too' with this intention that there are blessings in the words I heard from Hazrat. I thought that l would not use any other words but rather use the exact words I heard directly from Hazrat. My wife found this method of addressing her very strange and asked me, 'Who taught you this lesson?'

When I mentioned your honoured name, she also decided to write a letter of thanks to you.’

Extracted from the book, "Ramadaan in the Company of Hazrat Shaikh (ra)"

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