The Ameer (Commander) of the Jihad in Thanabovan and Shaamli in 1857 was the Leader of our Taaifah (Jamaat/Group), Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh). All his associates had participated in this Jihad. By the decree of Allah Ta’ala the Muslims were defeated.

The British had issued orders for the arrest of the Mujaahideen. Hadhrat Maulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) was arrested and jailed. Hadhrat Maulana Muhammad Qaasim Nanotwi (rahmatullah alayh) went underground. He remained hidden for three days. After three days he emerged and stated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had been concealed in the Cave of Thaur for three days, hence he (Maulana Qaasim) also remained in concealment for three days. Now that he had fulfilled that Sunnah, he would no longer go into hiding. Allah Ta’ala had created such circumstances which defeated attempts to arrest him.

Haaji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh) also went into hiding. One day whilst still in concealment, he went to the town of Gangoh to console the family of Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh). At their home, Hadhrat Imdaadullah lifted on to his lap, Safiyyah, the little daughter of Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi. He gave her a gift of 2 rupees. The little girl placed the two rupees at the feet of Haaji Imdaadullah who commented that she will become a Zaahidah (a woman who will renounce the world).

Hadhrat Gangohi frequently commented that Allah Ta’ala had made his daughter a Zaahidah just as Hadhrat Imdaadullah had predicted. When she grew up, Zakaat never became obligatory on her. Whatever money would come to her would be immediately distributed to the poor.