The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said:
None among you is a [perfect] believer until I become more beloved to him than his father, his children, and all people. (Bukhari, Muslim)
After quoting the above-mentioned hadith, Hadhrat Mawlana Marghub Ahmad Lajpuri writes:
Hadhrat Mawlana [‘Abd al-‘Ali Meerathi]* also had such love for the Noble Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) that he would weep upon his blessed mention. At times, he would weep uncontrollably and teardrops would appear on his blessed beard. The author of Maqamat-e-Khayr (Mawlana Abu ‘l-Hasan Zayd Dehlawi) writes:
“He was a true lover of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)”. (Page 461)
At another place, Mawlana Abu ‘l-Hasan Zayd Dehlawi writes:
“After teaching Bukhari, Muslim and Ibn Majah, he said to this incapable one, ‘Son, begin something else.’ He then said, ‘Recite the Qasidah Burdah.’ Accordingly, lessons on the Qasidah Burdah were conducted for twenty to twenty-five days, and some of his love for the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) could be gauged when this incapable one would recite the blessed couplets and tears would flow from his eyes. He would cry so much that he would be unable to speak. Tears would be dripping from his blessed beard.”
Hadhrat Mawlana Marghub Ahmad Lajpuri continues:
I saw on many occasions that merely on the blessed mention of the Noble Prophet (peace and blessings upon him), the eyes of my teacher—the Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Mawlana Mufti Wali Hasan sahib (ra), senior khalifah of Hadhrat Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya (ra), [and] Shaykh al-Hadith of Madrasah ‘Arabiyyah Binnori Town—would immediately flow with tears. In Shawwal 1408AH / 1988CE, on a Sunday, Hadhrat Mufti sahib presided over the [Madrasah] Binnori Town entry-examination of our class. Just as someone recited the following text from the long hadith of the farewell hajj,
ثم اذن في الناس با الحج في العاشرة ان رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم حاج
Mawlana began weeping helplessly. I was deeply affected by this. I saw such scenes thereafter on numerous occasions. Once when a student recited the text in Kitab al-Tafsir relating to the occasion of ‘Ifk, Mawlana wept to such an extent that he was unable to conduct the lesson. The following day he taught with difficulty and in a broken voice.
Tadhkirah ‘Abd al-‘Ali, Published by Molwi Rashid Ahmad Ibn Isma’il Lajpuri, Pages 21-22
*He was among the famous students of Hadhrat Maulana Qasim Nanautwi and a distinguished graduate of Darul ‘Uloom Deoband. His students include Hakim al-Ummat Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanwi, the Grand Mufti of India Hadhrat Maulana Mufti Kifayatullah, Imam al-‘Asr ‘Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri, Hadhrat Shaykh al-Islam Maulana Husayn Ahmad Madani and Hadhrat Maulana ‘Abd al-Qadir Raipuri (may Allah shower his mercy on them all). A brief biography of this blessed personality will appear on the blog in the future, if Allah wills.
After having read and then translated the above paragraphs, I emailed a friend of mine who had studied at Darul ‘Uloom Bury (UK). I had heard something about the condition of some of the senior lecturers there, that when the hadiths relating to the passing away of our Master, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him), are read out during the course of the study of the Sihah Sittah (the six most authentic books of hadith), the teachers would become very emotional and would weep and find it difficult to speak. He answered thus:
Yes, it’s an emotional time. It is renowned. Lower class students keenly ascertain when these hadiths are to be read and also participate in the lesson. The entire class is in tears. The lecturers are in tears. Throughout the entire year they have been reading hadiths and sending salutations upon the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) and when these hadiths come, emotions are very high. People are seen weeping and find it difficult to withhold the tears. Students and lecturers leave class red-eyed.