Operation Imaan

By F a q e e h – u l – U m m a t  Hazrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi

On one occasion, I had visited a certain place. After performing
Maghrib Salaah, I was confronted by a person who very brusquely
asked me, “Moulana, I wish to ask you a question. Tell me. Where is
Allah Ta`ala? If He exists, then why is it that I cannot see Him? Until
I do not perceive Him with my five senses of perception, I will not
accept His existence.”

“This answer requires a detailed explanation and I cannot answer
you whilst standing here on the road. I am residing at a certain
place. Please come there and we will discuss this matter.”
“Bravo, Moulana,” he replied sarcastically. “For one small
mas’alah, I will have to present myself in your royal court!”
From this one statement of his, I understood his complete
temperament and what kind of person he was.

“If you had studied medicine and then excelled in the field of
surgery, say eye surgery, and here, whilst standing on the road,
someone comes up to you and says, ‘Doctor, I have a cataract in my
eye, and since you are an expert in this field, please operate on me
now.’ What will you say to him?”

“You will say,” I continued, “Brother, operations are not done in
this fashion. You will have to first gain admission into a hospital.
Thereafter, your system will be cleansed. Your eyelashes will be cut.
You will be made to lie down. Your eye will be anaesthetised, and
only then can the operation be conducted. After the operation, a
bandage will be tied around your eyes and you will have to remain
motionless for many hours. You will not be allowed to walk or talk
to anyone. Operations on the eye are done in this fashion and if he
retorts ‘Bravo, Doctor! For a minor matter also I will have to present
myself in your royal court,’ what will you say to him? If you operate
on him there and then, then you have betrayed your profession. You
will in all likelihood damage his eye. Needless to say, if the
government learns of your action they will confiscate your diploma
and punish you accordingly.”

After presenting this example, he agreed to meet me at my place
of residence. These people do not understand the reality of proofs.
They understand examples very quickly but not proofs.