Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (ra)

Moulana Abdur Rahman Sahib had related the following incident:
There lived in Ambala a person who was bay`at to a shaikh who lived in the mountains. This mureed used to be called Punjabi Mulla. He would pay his shaikh an annual visit. As he grew older, climbing the mountains became difficult for him. Once, whilst climbing the mountain he began thinking to himself that it would be much better if he received permission to derive benefit from the grave of a certain buzurg buried in Ambala. With these ideas still lingering in his mind he eventually reached his shaikh. Upon reaching, the peer sahib told him, “A certain buzurg is buried in your area. Go to his grave and derive benefit from him as climbing the mountain has become difficult.”

The mureed was overjoyed since he had received permission without even requesting. After returning home, he began frequenting the grave of this buzurg in Ambala who set his mind straight (in the following manner).  When he got up for tahajjud the buzurg in the grave said, “My son lives in a certain area and he does not have fodder for his horses. Provide them with fodder.”  Thus, he made the fodder available for them and returned. As he sat to make zikr, the buzurg instructed him clean the stables as they were filthy.

This mureed thought to himself that it would have been better to climb the mountains once a year. When he returned the buzurg reprimanded him from his grave, “You do not need to come to us. Return to the buzurg who you used to previously visit on the mountains.”

This is the effect of not acquiring tauheed-e-matlab. The saalik is unable to do anything and he thus remains deprived

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Someone had written to Moulana Thanwi  (Rahmatullah Alayhi) I make zikr silently. I do this for two reasons: (1) I fear that if I make zikr audibly I will disturb those who are asleep. (2) People will begin to think of me as a buzurg and this will create pride within me.

Hadhrat Thanwi  (Rahmatullah Alayhi)  replied: Continue making zikr aloud. The solution to the first problem is that you should make zikr in a place where there isn’t anybody sleeping e.g. the Musjid. However, do not make zikr so loudly that the people of the area will be disturbed.
As far as the second problem, then ponder over the fact that when you will begin to sway your head whilst making zikr people will not think you to be a buzurg but an insane person. Your nafs has advised you that people should not think you to be a buzurg.

However, it has in fact devised a plan whereby people would begin to think of you as a buzurg. The reason for this is that when you will lower your head and engage in zikr-e-Sirri people will think that you have now reached the level of the angels. The nuktah (subtle point) in this is that it is difficult to remain punctual and constant on a devotional practice. If you will make zikr-e-jahri a few people will come to know that you wake up in the latter portion of the night to make zikr, such as the muazzin of the musjid. At times you will be overcome by sleep and laziness and perhaps miss out making zikr on that day. The muazzin will come to know that today Mr so and so did not wake up. However, if you make zikr-e-Sirri nobody will know whether you got up or not and in this way your laziness and weakness will remain

Extracted from Malfoozaat of Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullah alayhi)

A person once came to Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Sahib (rahimahullah) and said: “Half of my mother’s body is lifeless and the other half is alive (she is suffering from the pangs of death). This is causing her a lot of difficulty. Since she used to abuse you and Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah), I am requesting you to forgive her.” Hazrat Shaikh (rahimahullah) said: “Go, I have forgiven her and I have also forgiven her on behalf of Hazrat Madani (rahimahullah).” This person then left and returned home. As he reached his house, his mother had passed away and that which was difficult became easy.

Thus we understand that it is extremely dangerous to speak ill of the pious, to swear them and to cause them harm. Allah Ta‘ala says in a hadeeth qudsi: “Whoever harbours hatred for a friend of Mine, I announce war with him.” (Malfoozaat of Faqeehul Ummat vol. 2 pg. 470)

A student once enquired regarding the nature of a certain game. Hadhrat (Mufti Mahmood Sahib rahimahullāh) asked him: “Do you also play this game?” The student replied that he engaged in it to pass time.

Upon hearing this, Hadhrat mentioned: “You must come to me and I will show you a way of passing your time. I will give you a kitaab and ask you to learn it from here up until here, and you will then have to read it out to me. Time is a great favour of Allah Ta’ala. It is gross ingratitude to waste it as dust and to fling it around. It is like a person who has a heap of gold coins in front of him and he picks it up one by one and throws it away.”

[Malfoozaat – by Mufti Mahmood

Hasan Gangohi rahimahullāh]

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