Haz Mol Ashraf Ali Thanwi (ra)

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullah alayh once mentioned: The path of Deen and the path leading to the true love of Allah Ta‟ala will only be understood in the company of the Ahlullah (i.e. those who have the true love of Allah Ta‟ala and the correct understanding of Deen).

Though the kitaabs of Deen contain the laws and aadaab (etiquettes) of Islam, however through merely studying the kitaabs one will not succeed in acquiring the true understanding and essence of Deen. One will be in need of the guidance of a spiritual guide who will demonstrate the practical application of Deen to him. This principle is not confined to Deen and the matters of Deen. Instead it also applies to worldly matters. One fully understands that by merely studying medical journals and textbooks one will not succeed in acquiring sound health, rather one is in need of the guidance of a qualified, expert physician to guide him in acquiring good health. (Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah Rahmatullah alayh 4/100)

Whilst discussing the life of Hazrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi Rahmatullah alayh, Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullah alayh mentioned: “Compared to the benefit I acquired through studying, teaching and carrying out spiritual exercises in self reformation, I found greater benefit in remaining in the company of these great luminaries and closely observing their lives. After closely examining their lives, one acquires a true understanding of Islam.” (Malfoozaat of Hakeemul Ummah Rahmatullah alayh 10/344)

Once Hazrat Moulana Ashraf 'Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaih) mentioned: 

According to my understanding, nothing can be more despicable than pride. I detest the sin of pride more than any other sin. Even though there are many grave sins such as committing adultery, consuming intoxicants, etc. which are extremely serious, however, I have a natural aversion and hatred for pride due to it being a branch of shirk. Despite Allah Ta'ala being the greatest, by regarding oneself to be great and better than others, one has attributed greatness to oneself. Hence is this not a type of shirk? A proud person, who is a mere slave, is in actual fact attributing a quality (greatness) to himself which is exclusive for Allah Ta'ala. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 54)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

In a dream Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal rahimahullāh asked Allah Ta’ala to inform him of a way in which he could gain the Proximity of Allah. Allah Ta’ala replied: “By Tilawat of the Qur’an.”

Imaam Hambal then asked: “With or without understanding?”

Allah Ta’ala replied: “With or without understanding.”

 

[Malfoothaat - by Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahimahullāh]

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