Whoever Hurts my Guest, I Will Not Forgive Them

Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Manẓūr Nuʿmānī writes: Readers must have seen many examples of generosity and giving preference to others; however, the degree to which these characteristics were found in the life of Ḥaḍrat Madanī is scarce in the books of history. The residence of Ḥaḍrat Madanī was a like a huge guest house; those who have never experienced it first-hand will find it difficult to imagine. After dozens of visits and first-hand experiences, my estimate of daily guests is no less than forty to fifty guests. A large number would be of spiritual students, who would come from far and wide to pledge allegiance at the hands of Ḥaḍrat Madanī. Another group would be of those who would come for a mere visit or to request for dua’s, and would remain for a day or two. And one group would be those who would come to learn and acquire the recognition of Allah and reside for months on end. According to my knowledge there was also another type of visitors, who would take unwarranted and improper benefit from the generosity of Ḥaḍrat Madanī. I have heard from well-acquainted individuals that villagers from nearby vicinities who would come to Deoband for the market, police station or the administrative division, would consider themselves guests of Ḥaḍrat Madanī. Despite having knowledge of these uninvited guests, Ḥaḍrat Madanī would still treat them as guests and tend to their needs.

He would strictly order his attendants to treat them and honour these individuals the same way other guests are treated. A close attendant of Ḥaḍrat Madanī himself informed me that he once spoke harshly to a guest of this nature, upon which Ḥaḍrat Madanī became furious to the point that he remarked that, “Whoever hurts my guest, I will not forgive them.”

(Sawāniḥ-i Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Ḥusain Aḥmad Madanī: 109)

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

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