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]

Maulana Wasiyyullah rahimahullāh used to say: “Everyone can become a Wali (friend) of Allah, but everyone cannot become a Shaykh.”

A Wali will be told to take a particular medication and asked to abstain from certain actions, but this is restricted to himself. However, a Shaykh has to relate to the problems of others. He is required to diagnose different ailments and then to treat each one of them accordingly. Thereafter, he will have to correctly guide them to the truth. This task cannot be accomplished by one and all.

[Malfoozaat, by Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi rahimahullāh]

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