Thursday, June 9, 2011

True Obedience - From the Malfoozat of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf 'Ali Thanwi saheb Rahmatullahi 'Alayh

'Nowadays the capacity of obedience is no longer to be found among the people. Once Hadhrat Umar (Radhiya Allahu Anhu), while making Tawaaf observed a woman with the disease of leprosy also making Tawaaf. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiya Allahu Anhu) forbade her from making Tawaaf, saying that since her ailment caused inconvenience to others, it was best that she remains at home instead of coming for Tawaaf.

After some days, the lady returned. People informed her of Hadhrat Umar's (Radhiya Allahu Anhu) death and told her not to worry since the one who had forbidden her from Tawaaf was no longer present to debar her. The lady replied: 
"I thought that he was alive, hence I came to plead with him. He is not the type of person one obeys in his presence and disobeys in his absence. He is a man of such caliber that his commands have to be obeyed after his death in the same way as they were obeyed during his lifetime."
So saying, she departed and never again returned to make Tawaaf. Such lofty degree of obedience is no longer found.'

Taken from Malfoozat (Statements and Anecdotes), page 7
Compiled by Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa

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