Shaykh al-Hadith Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya, may Allah shower him with mercy, writes: 

The whole life of Hadhrat Shah ‘Abd al-Rahim Raipuri,[i] may Allah enlighten his grave, was one of humility. From amongst all of our elders, his humility was proverbial. Hadhrat Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi, may Allah enlighten his grave, once visited Raipur during Hadhrat [Shah ‘Abd al-Rahim Raipuri]’s lifetime, and [after seeing him], remarked, “Allahu Akbar! Humility is dripping from every leaf of the trees of this garden.” 

Akabir Ka Maqam-e-Tawadhu’, page 135 (Idara Islamiat) (Aap Beti, Volume 2, page 285)


[i] He was initially granted ijazah in the Qadiria-Naqshbandia tariqah by Hadhrat Miyan Shah ‘Abd al-Rahim Saharanpuri. After the death of his murshid (spiritual guide), despite being a shaykh in his own right, he turned to the guiding lamp of that era, Hadhrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, and was subsequently granted ijazah in tasawwuf by him. He spent the remainder of his life upon the maslak of his beloved Shaykh Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi. He is among the senior khulafa (spiritual successors) of Hadhrat Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi, and was a leading spiritual guide of his time.

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