11.5 Effect and Impression

Every wa’z of his was a display of:

اُدْعُ اِلٰى سَبِيْلِ رَبِّكَ بِاْلحِكْمَةِ وَالْمَوْعِظَةِ الْحَسَنَةِ وَجَادِلْهُمْ بِالَّتِيْ هِيَ اَحْسَنُ
“Call to the path of your Rabb with wisdom and beautiful admonition, and argue with them in a beautiful way.”
(Surah An-Nahl, 125)

In his wa’z there would be wonderful contents discussed with extreme sagacity in the light of strong proofs and convincing self-evident facts. For the above mentioned reasons, laymen and Ulama would become ecstatic and, in consequence, the wa’z would be at times adjourned.

At times Hazrat would continue lecturing for up to six and seven hours whilst high society, affluent and influential people would remain sitting, or standing. Even though the sun may be beating down upon them, but they would not be bothered. The audience would be so much absorbed that:

كَاَنَّ عَلٰى رُؤُسِهِمُ الطَّيْرَ
“As if birds were perched on their heads,”

– said in regard to the Sahaaba-e-Kiraam (Radhiyallahu anhu) in the Majlis of Nabi (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) – would be recalled.

Top philosophers would see their ‘philosophy’ fade away, and in contrast to the Divine Mysteries elucidated by Hazrat their academic knowledge would appear trivial to them. Stony-hearts would crack open, dead hearts would come to life, the despondent would cherish new hope, sombre and dejected faces would become cheerful and smiling, people of divergent ‘sufi-paths’ would consider him to be their own and opponents would instead of fighting, be constrained to reconcile.

If an idiot had to be antagonistic then not long thereafter he would grab hold of Hazrat’s feet in apology. For this reason, Hazrat’s rivals would stop people from attending his lectures, saying:
“Don’t go there. He casts a spell over the audience.”

In Kanpur, Hazrat spoke for two months uninterruptedly in each neighbourhood on Namaaz. As a result there would be no place in the Masaajid in view of the crowd of Musallis, and eagerness for Namaaz assumed such proportions that cart drivers [who were notorious for their negligence in offering Salaat] would ask their passengers about the times of Namaaz.