Volume 1 letter 102

From: Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib (May his secret be sanctified)

To: Moulana Yusuf Motala Sahib & Moulana Abdur-Raheem Sahib

Date: 8 th Ramadhan 1388/ 28 th November 1968

Dearest Molvi Abdur-Raheem and Yusuf

After the sunnah greetings, I have presently received your timely letter written on Thursday. In today’s mail, I took receipt of a card from Moulana Saeed Sahib Randeri, enquiring in relation to dearest Yusuf’s injury. I have conveyed a letter of appreciation to him.

I was saddened to hear that the joint needed to be reset. Providence is always at hand. I was always keen for dearest Yusuf to spend Ramadhan here, however subsequent to the collision in Iran, when it became apparent that he was unlikely to recover in time for Ramadhan, I felt it pertinent he return to London by plane along with his companion. He would have received the requisite treatment, provided much-needed reassurance to his wife, and reduced the overall expenditure.

Notwithstanding, I still opine that if it is prudent to return to London then do not plan on going for Haj this year, if it is destined then consider it for some time in future. Dearest Yusuf, in his initial letter, conveyed to me how inexpensive and straightforward the trip was, at the time I was oblivious to the fact that he was still in debt from his first trip. It was only later, when his khaloo informed me by way of letter that it came to light. In his circumstance, he ought to have considered the creditors point of view. Furthermore, he should not have sent gifts to either dearest Abdur-Raheem or me. The settlement of any loan is essential and takes precedence.

I received Haji Yakub Sahib’s letter on Tuesday. On Wednesday I received two cards from dearest Abdur-Raheem written Monday, I have presently forwarded my responses to the home address. I was delighted Abdur-Raheem sent sweetmeats to dearest Yusuf’s wife on my behalf. God willing Muhammad has taken the Medinite dates. Molvi Ahmed Ghodra has been visiting since the onset of Ramadhan and is proposing to leave in ten days time. I am considering sending the dates for dearest Yusuf with him, as he will definitely go and visit.

I am uncertain as to whether you have sent any letter to dearest Yusuf’s wife, it is imperative you do so. This is not a directive by any means, nor should you consider any opposition might offend me, but if it is all the same then I counsel a prompt return to London. The reason is just as you have written; the bandage is scheduled for removal after Eid, and there are two further bandages thereafter. Hence, your stay in Surat will be prolonged and as regards medical facilities, I feel London will be a better option.

Dearest Yusuf has written requesting supplication, it was quite unnecessary as I pray for him assiduously without his petition. I am truly sad for all that he has gone through.

That is all. Salaam

Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib

Dictated to Ismail

8 th Ramadhan-ul-Mubarak

Kindly write to your wife as frequently as possible. Abdur-Raheem came across a letter from your wife; I presume he has taken it with him. In addition, one more letter arrived, I planned sending it to you registered post, but I do not know where you are currently residing. Continue writing to your khaloo and wife as frequently as you can.

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