Two Five Rupee Notes

Sufī Muhammad Iqbāl narrates an incident which occurred before the partition of India when Mawlānā Alī Miyān stopped at Saharanpur which was en-route to Raipur. He was leaving immediately after breakfast for Raipur. In the mean time, Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah was asking the gathering for a ten rupee note in exchange for two five rupee notes. When he was unsuccessful, he got the two five rupee notes exchanged at the local shop. He then took out an envelope from his pocket which had more notes within it and placed the ten rupee note inside. He then handed the envelope to Mawlānā Alī Miyān to present to Ḥaḍrat Raipurī upon reaching Raipur. I was thinking to myself as to why Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth went through so much trouble for exchanging the notes?

When the gathering dispersed, he addressed me saying that the envelope contained ten rupee notes. If Ḥaḍrat Raipurī was to count the money it would continue in sets of ten, but suddenly change to five which would have caused him a little difficulty. So to save him from this uneasiness, I changed the two fives to a ten rupee note.

(Ḥaḍrat Shaykh ke Ḥayrat Angez Waqi‘āt: 35)

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