Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (Rahmatullah Alayh) mentions:
Corruption in fund-raising schemes have increased to such an extent that the path of truth has been abandoned and the ways of falsehood have been acquired. Nowadays the authorities of religious institutions regard the contributors as gods. They have become subservient to those who contribute funds. They do not differentiate between halaal and haraam.
The existence of a Madrasah is meaningless if the pleasure of Allah and His Rasool is not acquired. In some cases it is better for a Madrasah to cease operation. In most cases, the management is more concerned with retaining the pleasure of the wealth even at the cost of Allah’s displeasure. Care is taken to avoid affronting donors even if Allah’s laws are violated in the process. It is quite apparent from the attitude of the officials and management boards (of religious institutions) that the aim is to achieve name and fame. They seek fulfilment of these aims via the Madrasah under their control.
Since the purpose of a Madrasah is the dissemination of the Deen and the acquisition of the pleasure of Allah and His Rasool (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), these ends should always be kept in view. Haqq (truth) is dominant. It has been said: “Haqq will remain dominant and will not be dominated.”
Resolve to maintain this work (of the Madrasah) as long as its activities are confined to the limits of the Shari’ah. The day these limits are transgressed, withdraw from the Madrasah, for then, the actual aim, viz. Allah’s pleasure, no longer exists.
Hadhrat Maulana Gangohi (rahmatullah alayh) once wrote to Maulana Khalil Ahmed (rahmatullah alayh) and Maulana Deobandi (rahmatullah alayh) when they were being distressed by opponents:
“My Beloved Brethren! Why are you distressed? The goal is not the Madrasah. The goal is the pleasure of Allah Jalle Shaanuhu. There are many ways of attaining this goal. One such way is the Madrasah. If the Madrassah remains with you, continue rendering your services. If it does not remain, find an alternate avenue for your services.”
Source: Malfoozaat of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (Rahmatullah Alayh – Part 1