Many people will be aware of the fact that Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi ‘Uthmani, may Allah protect him, gave a talk last Friday (18th May) at the Azhar Academy in London, where his English Translation of the Noble Quran was officially launched. The turnout at the Academy was amazing, Alhamdulillah. It was the first time an event of such magnitude was organized at the Academy. ‘Ulama from all over the country came to benefit from Hadhrat Mufti Taqi sahib, including senior teachers from Darul ‘Uloom Bury. May Allah reward those whose efforts ensured that such an event took place.
However, a couple of things which happened a while after Hadhrat Mufti sahib’s talk left me rather disappointed. It is natural for people to want to meet and benefit from the ‘Ulama. We all want to gain their blessings and Du’as. It is because of our love and respect for the noble ‘Ulama that we desire to see and meet them. However, sometimes, in our excitement, we do not take their comfort into consideration and cause unnecessary inconvenience.
With this in mind, we should always remember that true love demands that we give preference to the comfort and well-being of those who we love over our own desires and wishes.
After contemplating on the event for the past couple of days, the following anecdote concerning Hadhrat Hakeem al-Ummah Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi, may Allah have mercy on him, which I had read a long while ago, came to mind. I have reproduced it for the benefit of regular visitors to the blog. I would like to point out that I am not criticising anyone who tried to meet Hadhrat Mufti sahib. My disappointment was due to other minor happenings which I will not discuss here.
May Allah grant us true love for the guardians of Sacred knowledge.
In 1332 AH, Hadhrat Hakeem al-Ummah Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi gave a lecture in Kanpur. This lecture was delivered while standing and lasted for two hours.
After the lecture, people desired to shake [Hadhrat’s] hands on which Hadhrat said, ”I am tired now, so please excuse me from shaking hands.” An individual insisted by saying, ”what inconvenience is there in this? All that needs to be done is [to] place one hand on one side and the other hand on the othe side.” Hadhrat said to him, ”explaining how to do it is very easy. Very well, I appoint you as my representative. You can shake hands with all these people on my behalf so that you can realise whether this entire exercise is tiring or not.”
اول الاعمال The Initial Action, Islamic Book Service, Page 86