* Once some noblemen of Nishapur went to visit Hadhrat Ahmad Harb. Whilst they were sitting in conversation with him, the son of Hadhrat Harb passed nearby on the outside. He was playing the guitar and walking like a drunken man totally absorbed in the music. The noblemen stared in amazement at the son. Hadhrat Ahmad Harb who was obviously much embarrassed said: “Once some food came from my neighbour and we ate of it. That same night I had relations with my wife, and this son was conceived. It later transpired that the food had come to the neighbour from the ruler.” (The consequence of eating the doubtful food was the wayward child.)
* One of the neighbours of Hadhrat Ahmad Harb was a fire-worshipper. He was a trader. Once robbers had waylaid his caravan and looted the entire wealth of the caravan. It was a great loss for the trader. When Hadhrat Ahmad Harb heard of the calamity, he went with a few of his mureeds to console him. When he arrived at the neighbour’s house, he and his mureeds were warmly welcomed by the trader. He treated them very hospitably.
It occurred to the fire-worshipper that Hadhrat Ahmad Harb and his group had come for some food. This thought occurred to him because it was a time of famine in the land. This thought of the neighbour became revealed to Hadhrat Ahmad Harb (by way of kashf). Hadhrat Ahmad Harb said to the trader not to make any food arrangements as they had come solely to sympathize with him because of the calamity. The trader said: “Yes, undoubtedly I have lost much wealth. But, on account of the loss I have to be incumbently grateful for three issues:
The first is that others have robbed my wealth. I have not robbed anyone’s wealth. Second: They looted half of the wealth. Half remained behind. Third: They robbed me of worldly possessions. My religion remains with me.”
Hadhrat Ahmad Harb instructed his mureeds to write what the trader had said. He commented: “Wisdom is discernable in what he has said.” Then Hadhrat Harb said to the fire-worshipper: “Tell me, why do you worship the fire?” The trader said: ‘So that tomorrow on the Day of Resurrection it will not burn me., and that it (the fire) delivers me to the Almighty Creator.” Hadhrat Ahmad Harb said: “You are dwelling in a great deception. Firstly, fire is extremely weak. The opinion you have of it is nonsensical. If even a child throws some water on the fire, it will be extinguished. Now reflect! How can such a weak entity deliver you to the All-Powerful Creator? Furthermore, the fire is ignorant. It is unable to distinguish between musk and filth. It will equally burn both.
For seventy years have you been worshipping the fire whilst I have never worshipped it. Come, let us both insert our hands into the fire to see if it appreciates your worship. Bahraam was impressed by this talk. He said: “I want to pose four questions. If you answer correctly, I shall abandon worshipping the fire and become a Muslim.” Hadhrat Ahmad Harb told him to pose his questions.
She was also a kafir and she used to help the kuffar in their evil ways. When the time approached for Allah to send His punishment on the kuffar, He sent angels to inform Lut ‘alayhis salam. They said to him: "Leave your residence the following morning because the punishment of Allah is about to descend on this village. Take the believers with you and leave this village on this very night. No one should look back at this village." Acting on the orders of Allah, Lut ‘alayhis salam left his village. This woman also joined them in order to save her life. When the time came for the punishment of this village, Allah caused stones to rain down on them and there was a great uproar. All the believers lowered their heads out of fear and continued on their way.
In my opinion, for an Aalim there is nothing better for Izzat (self-respect), nobility, joy, comfort and peace than Khalwat (solitude). By virtue of this (solitude), he will enjoy safety of his body, his dignity and safety of his Deen in the Eyes of Allah and creation. The one who mixes much with people holds no respect in their eyes. Such a person has no honour in their eyes.
A Buzrug says that we used to mingle and joke with others. But when the masses took us as leaders, now in my opinion there remains no scope for that.
Hazrat Sufyaan Thauri (Rahmatullahi alaih) used to say: “Study Ilm, protect it and do not contaminate it with futile talk, otherwise hearts will become disinclined to it (Ilm).”
This is the Tahaffuz (Protection) of Ilm.
The reader should not think about the Ulama who frequent the Salaateen (rulers and governors). Khalwat (Solitude) is a great protector of an Aalim and Ilm. The loss accrued by those Ulama (who frequent the rulers) is more than what they gain by frequenting such people.
Sayyidul Fuqaha, Hazrat Sa’eed bin Musayyab (Rahmatullahi alaih) never used to go to the hukkaam (rulers). They would therefore be quiet about him. This is the way of a cautious person (i.e. he does not go to the rulers, because going to them harms one’s Deen).
Therefore, O Aalim, if you wish to gain pleasure and peace, then confine yourself to a corner of your home. Furthermore, be secluded from your family. You will experience a wonderful life. Stipulate a time to meet your family. Once they become aware of this, they will regulate time to meet you. In this manner you will also have the benefit of a beautiful social life.
There should be a room for your Khalwat (seclusion) in your home wherein you speak to your Kutub and join in the course of your thoughts. Abstain from meeting with people, especially the awaam (masses). Earn that much with which you will be spared from greed. For an Aalim this is the limit of pleasure in this dunya.
Someone asked Hazrat Abdullah bin Mubaarak (Rahmatullahi alaih): “Why don’t you sit with us?” He replied, “I sit in the gatherings of the Sahaabah and Taabi’een.” He alluded to studying the Kitaabs he wrote.
When an Aalim becomes independent of people, is fortunate to gain Khalwat and does things with understanding then he should involve himself in writing (kitaabs) for perfect pleasure.
And if such intellect is gained by which Ta’alluq Ma’Allah (Bond with Allah Ta’ala) gains progress and Munaajaat (Conversing with Allah Ta’ala) is established, then it is as if Jannat has been found before Maut.
We ask Allah Ta’ala for lofty courage which will take us to Kamaal (perfection), and we ask Allah Ta’ala for Taufeeq to do A’maal-e-Saalihah, for the travellers on the Road of Haqq are only a few.
Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has reminded us that we need to take lessons from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله. How is it possible for an individual to attach importance to himself? Many are those who impose themselves on others but the retribution from Allah Ta'ala جل جلاله is indeed unique.
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله mentioned an incident of a collector who passed away on the Shimla hilltop. His corpse was being transported from there on a bier in such a manner that his head was striking stones on the road. A person who observed this said; "There goes such a person whose word was law in the district but now he cannot save his own head from being knocked against these stones."
The disease of pride over intellect has reached alarming proportions. There are those who, on the basis of intellect, have claimed godhood. Fir'awn was one such person who said:
انا ربكم الاعلى
'I am your supreme lord.'
Hazrat Thaanwi رحمه الله mentions that even today, there is no dearth of pride below that of claiming godhood.
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وعن حكيم بن حزام رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: "اليد العليا خير من اليد السفلى، وابدأ بمن تعول، وخير الصدقة عن ظهر غنى ومن يستعفف يعفه الله، ومن يستغن يغنه الله” (متفق عليه)
Hakim bin Hizam (Radiallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, "The upper hand is better than the lower one; and begin (charity) with those who are under your care; and the best charity is (the one which is given) out of surplus; and he who wishes to abstain from begging will be protected by Allah; and he who seeks self- sufficiency will be made self-sufficient by Allah."