“Whoever wants Allah Ta’ala to grant him the Noor of Hikmat [the spiritual light of wisdom] he should adopt solitude as far as possible, he should eat less, dissociate from stupid people and stay far away from those Ulama who are partial and ill-bred.” (Imaam Shaafi' Rahmatullahi Alaih)
Whenever Hazrat would speak on contentious issues he would never at all attempt to detach the mureeds and associates of other Buzrugs of different thought. In fact, he would speak the matter in such a beautiful manner that even after listening to bitter and sour things they would be under the impression that Hazrat was friendly with them.
In a certain place, Maarwaar, Hazrat was due to give a lecture. The peer zaadah there feared that Hazrat Thanwi will try to take the peer zaadah’s mureeds away from him. He, therefore, discreetly took an Aalim of his kind and liking and sat for the bayaan.
The reason behind bringing his ‘own’ Aalim was to stage a protest debate at anything which Hazrat puts forward against his ideals. Hazrat was blissfully unaware of this. However, Minjaanibillah – with the Direction of Allah – a befitting topic came under discussion in which Hazrat very subtly drew the attention of people away from these peer zaadahs. He stated: “The offspring of the Buzrugs deserve the right to be served financially. However, Deeni service should not be taken from them at all. Don’t trouble them by asking mas-alah masaa-il. This service should be taken from the Ulama as they are learned. But don’t serve the Ulama financially as they are not in need of it. All are earning a livelihood to the degree of necessity, whereas the Buzrug Zaadahs have no means of livelihood. Therefore, they should be served financially and work should be taken from the Ulama.”
Upon hearing this, the peer zaadah became very happy and after the wa’z, instead of initiating an argument, he kissed the hands of Hazrat, whereas Hazrat had in fact severed his legs. [In other words, Hazrat Thanwi had drawn the attention of people not to follow the peer zaadahs in Deeni matters as they were jaahil and bid’atis ensnaring the ignorant masses into committing acts of bid’ah and shir’k at the graves of their ancestral Buzrugs.]
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: "Allah loves the woman who has love and affection for her husband and safeguards herself from other men." Lesson: This means that she should not consider it below her dignity to express her love and adulation for her husband as is the habit of certain proud and haughty women. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: "Women are also parts of men." Lesson: It is a well-known fact that Hawwa was created from Adam ‘alayhimas salam. The meaning of this Hadith is that rules that are applicable to men are applicable to women as well, except for certain specific rules. Based on this, even if their virtues are not mentioned separately, then too there is nothing to complain about. The virtues for good deeds which are mentioned with regard to men are applicable to women as well.
Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam addressed women and said: "Aren't you pleased that when a woman falls pregnant through her husband and he is happy with her falling pregnant, she will receive a reward equal to a person fasting in the path of Allah and engaging in ‘ibadah at night in the path of Allah? When she experiences labour pains, the things which are kept in store for her and which will provide her with comfort are not known to all those in the heavens and the earth. Thereafter when the child is born, for every drop of milk that he drinks and each time that he sucks her breast, one reward will be recorded in her favour. When the mother has to wake up at night on account of the child, she will receive the reward of freeing 70 slaves in the path of Allah. O Salamat! Do you know who these women are? They are those who, despite being pious and delicately brought up, are obedient to their husbands and are not ungrateful to them." Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: "When a woman gives anything in charity from her husband's house without destroying it, she will be rewarded on account of her giving. The husband will also be rewarded because it is his hard-earned money. The person who has been entrusted to distribute the charity will also receive a similar reward. No one's reward will decrease on account of the other." Lesson: A woman should not be under the misconception that if the income is the husband's she would not receive any reward.
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