Doing Things Solely For The Pleasure Of Allah Ta’laa

When Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullah Alayh was an Ustaadh in Kaanpur, he once invited Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind Rahmatullah Alayh for the Jalsah of the Madrasah.

In Kaanpur, there were some Bid’ati Ulama who were masters in the fields of logic. On the other hand, since the focus of the Ulama-e-Deoband was on Deeni Education, hence the Bid’ati Ulama were under the impression that the Ulama-e-Deoband had no expertise in Mantiq (logic and philosophy).

At that time, Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi was still young. He also had this wish in his heart in inviting Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind that when Hadhrat will deliver a lecture, the Ulama of Kaanpur will have an understanding of the status of Ilm the Ulama of Deoband have and how well-versed they are in the field of Mantiq (logic).

Thus, the Jalsah commenced and Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind’s Bayaan commenced. Coincidentally, during the course of the Bayaan, the subject of Mantiq was touched upon. Until now, the Ulama who Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Rahmatullah Alayh wanted to be present to listen were not in the Jalsah.

When Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind’s Bayaan reached its peak, and a perfect explanatory Bayaan on the Mantiq subject was delivered, the Bid’ati Ulama whom Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullah Alayh was awaiting, appeared.

Hadhrat Thanwi Rahmatullah Alayh was extremely overjoyed that now these Ulama will understand and see the status of Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind Rahmatullah Alayh.

However, as soon as Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind Rahmatullah Alayh saw those Ulama, he concluded his Bayaan. Hadhrat Moulana Fakhrul-Hasan Gangohi Rahmatullah Alayh was present. When he witnessed this, he asked in amazement,

“Hadhrat! Now was the actual time for the Bayaan. Why did you stop?”

Hadhrat Sheikhul-Hind Rahmatullah Alayh replied,

“Yes! In actual fact, the same thought crossed my mind. That until now the Bayaan was been given with a pure and good Niyyat—for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. However, after this thought crossing the mind, it would have been to show-off and boast my knowledge. Therefore, I terminated the talk.” (Akaabir-e-Deoband kya the? page 20)

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