In a world where the life of Rasulullah ﷺ is sold cheaply, in an environment where Seerah is the name given to programs but devoid of all realities of the Seerah. Everything against the teachings of Rasulullah ﷺ.
Closure of the holy places where illumination descends in abundance and when it was opened, gaps which Rasulullah ﷺ warned of, was the order of the day. How then can we expect the desired results?
This drops in the heart an important question, how did the Ulama of the past prevent plagues from entering their areas? At this juncture you have to highlight the fact that they put more trust in the Seerah of Rasulullah ﷺ. Inviting Shaytaan was a no area zone and refuge was sought from the bloating nafs to indulge in something that is noble of this sort.
The answer to the question, is given in Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Rahmatullahi Alaihi’s Seerah book, “Nashrut-Teeb”.
“As a matter of fact, from the commencement of this treatise up till now, Rabee’uth Thaani 1329 Hijri, through the Fazl of Allah Ta’ala this town has been protected from every calamity in spite of this treatise being unpublished as yet. Moreover, there was a severe and lengthy outbreak of plague in all cities, towns and villages this year starting in most places after Ramadhaan. Now into its seventh month the pandemic has not yet cleared up, but by the Fazl of Allah Ta’ala here [in Thanabawan, the residence of the compiler Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali, Rahmatullahi alaih] there was no effect whatsoever.
From the onset I was certain that there would be no plague here. Now after observation I disclose that my notion of it (this treatise] having this barkat proved to be correct. I, therefore, trust as well that should this treatise be published then wherever it (i.e. its recitation] becomes a practice in the Sunnat Way, Insha Allah, there complete calm and peace will prevail. More than this it rests upon the individual’s faith. In a Hadeeth-e-Qudsi it is stated:
“I am according to what My bandah thinks of Me.”
This is how they would seek to solve problems!