The Life of Hakeemul Ummat (45)

iv. Hazrat Moulana Sayyid Ahmad Hasan Saheb Amrohi
He was very dear and among the dutiful students of Hazrat Moulana Qaasim Saheb Nanotwi. In the spiritual path he was the mujaaz of Hazrat Haji Imdaadullah. He is ranked among the elite Ulama of Hindustan. His eloquence and rhetoric, his speech and writings and his command in debating were widely recognized. Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi accompanied him on many occasions.

Although Hazrat Thanwi was younger in age than him, Hazrat Amrohi Saheb would, however, show much consideration and respect for Hazrat. So much so that one day when Hazrat by chance stopped over by him at Amroha, he forgot to ask where the toilet is. In the latter part of the night when the need arose to relieve himself, he became extremely perturbed. Now who should he ask?

Moulana Amrohi saw through his illuminated insight that Hazrat was troubled. Immediately he came out of his home, outside and setting up pardah he took him to the ladies quarters [where the toilet was situated]. With his own blessed hand he placed a clay stone and jug of water in the toilet. This put Hazrat under immense strain [that Moulana was serving him]. He said: “This clay stone is for tabarruk. Now with what should I make istinja?” [In other words, how can I take khidmat from you?] Moulana very humbly said: “What is wrong with what I have placed!”

Narrating this incident Hazrat Thanwi once said:
“In our circles Moulana would dress in very exquisite garments which ostensibly appeared to be extravagant. And I also laboured under that notion. But after the incident that day, I became truly convinced of Moulana’s humility, informality and simplicity, and I understood that the underlying reason for Moulana’s beautiful garments was his exquisite and delicate temperament; not extravagance.”

v. Hazrat Moulana Ahmad Hasan Saheb Kanpuri
He was also the Peer Bhai of Hazrat, that is, he was among the Khulafa-e-Mujaaz of Hazrat Haji Imdaadullah (Rahmatullahi alaih). He however differed in practice to Hazrat Moulana Thanwi with regard to ijtihaadi masaail. He was renowned in Kanpur by virtue of his knowledge and excellence, and he was looked on with great esteem. Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi was still of a young age then and it was the early stage of his residence [in Kanpur] when Moulana confounded people by eating the food placed in front of Hazrat as tabarruk, to show their special relationship and acknowledge his [Hazrat Thanwi’s] degree of honour.