The Event Neither Took Place There Nor Here

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Iḥtishām al-Ḥasan Kāndhlawī relates an incident regarding the sincerity of Shaykh al-Islam Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī and Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Ilyās Kāndlawī,

“Once there was a Tablīghī gathering which took place in Khatolī. We accompanied Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ilyās Kāndlawī to Khatolī. When we dismounted the train, it came to our knowledge that parades of elephants were being exhibited, hence, we had to travel among the hustle and bustle of the crowds. As this went against Tablīghī principles, we refused to walk with the crowds. Rather, we opted to take a detour to our lodging. The Tablīghī gathering had already commenced. To our surprise, at the same time, the Congress political party were holding a rally nearby wherein Shaykh al-Islām Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī was the keynote speaker. Hadrat Mawlana Ilyās Kāndlawī who was the keynote speaker at the Tablīghī gathering, immediately concluded his speech and ordered the congregation to make way to where the Congress event was taking place. Upon reaching there, they realised that Shaykh al-Islām Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī had also decided to conclude the talk when coming to know of the Tablīghī gathering. He encouraged the people to participate and made his way home to Deoband to fulfil his other Dīnī responsibilities. In the end, the event neither took place here nor there. Both of these great luminaries have departed from the world but left an outstanding example of sincerity for generations to come.

(Sawāniḥ-i Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī 70)

Categories: Memorable Episodes from the Lives of the ʿUlamā of Deoband

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