Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan narrates his eyewitness account of Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotawī:
“His room was completely void of furniture. It contained only a mat even that which was torn. It was as if he selected a mat to keep for his entire life. There was neither a chest for clothes nor could a bundle of clothes be seen anywhere.”
Shaykh al-Hind Mawlānā Maḥmūd al-Ḥasan further captures a scene of his journey. He says:
“He paid little attention to his journeys. If by chance he had a spare pair of clothing, he would entrust another person with it and undertake his journey in the clothes he was wearing. However, he used to keep a blue lungi (sarong) and whenever his clothes would be soiled; he would wear the lungi (sarong), remove his clothes and wash them with his own hands.
(Mawlānā Qāsim Nānotawī, Ḥayāt aur Kārnāme 179, Sawāniḥ-i Qāsimī 452)