Volume 1 Letter 113
From: Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith-Sahib (May his secret be sanctified)
To: Moulana Abdur-Raheem Sahib Motala (May his shadow be lengthened)
Date: 1 st Zi’ Qa’da 1388/19 th January 1969
After the sunnah greeting. I have presently received your timely letter of affection. My retribution for your insolence is as follows, you left here Wednesday, and since Thursday, I have written to you a succession of letters, I have received only one letter from you today on Monday, whereas this is my fourth letter to you. To begin with, I have forwarded correspondence to you that arrived along with Dr Ismail’s registered post, God willing it has arrived. I am anxious about its arrival and await your acknowledgment; it is registered post so you will have to sign for it. On Saturday, I wrote a concise reply to a letter from Yusuf’s father-in-law.
I was delighted to learn through your letter the status of dearest Yusuf’s arm however, I was upset at the suffering caused by the strong prescription. May Almighty Allah grant a complete recovery. On Thursday, I was acquainted with your safe arrival in Delhi by way of Molvi In’am Sahib’s letter. You did the right thing accepting the counsel of Moulana Saeed Sahib, it is sure to be beneficial, inshallah. Given that your letter ended in poesy, I commended it to Moulana Abdul-Mannan Sahib seeing that only a fellow poet can truly appreciate genuine poetry. He subsequently proceeded to circulate that they were poems he had dictated, this only served in degrading your poetry further.
My dearest! Such writings hold little sway with me. Now, if only you had written that whilst travelling from Saharanpur to Rander you completed one reading of the Qur’an and allotted the reward to me. I have previously recounted to you the different stages of my life, it all started with making etymological sentences en route from khatoli, then getting myself involved in the folly of poetry. Then, for years my journeys were predominantly by train and power of endurance permitting, I was accustomed to completing 15 to 20 parts of the Qur’an en route between Saharanpur and Delhi, and on the return journey, I would hold my head out of the window and not talk to anyone. Today I no longer travel by train; however, during my journey to Gangoh I recite surah Yaseen 15 or 20 times and allot the virtue to the mashaikh along with my nearest and dearest in a methodical and orderly manner. The order in which I allot the virtue is something you have enquired of me previously. It would have been more agreeable to me had you solicited me about these types of things.
I have receive numerous letters daily from Dabhel, Rander, Ahmadabad, Surat etc asking when I will be arriving in Bombay. Kindly tell them in no uncertain terms that my journey has been postponed. Communicate my sunnah greeting to dearest Yusuf; further tell him I remain concerned about his illness, may Almighty Allah grant you an expeditious recovery and a safe journey back to London. Upon your return kindly take her some sweetmeats or savouries she may fond of on my behalf.
That is all. Salaam
Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib
Dictated to Muhammad Ismail
1 st Zi-Qa’da
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