Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah shower His mercy upon him) relates: 

[…] The state of the Molwis (‘ulama’) is such that Shah Isma‘il Shahid would press the legs of the guests of Sayyid [Ahmad Shahid] at night (for their relief). If someone asked, ‘‘who are you?’’, he would reply, ‘‘I am the servant of Sayyid [Ahmad Shahid].’’ Hearing this, the guests would be silent. It became known after a very long time that Mawlana Isma‘il presses the legs [of the guests]. 

Ashraf al-Jawab (Karachi: Idarah Da‘wat-e-Islam, 1st edition) p.189

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