Volume 1 Letter 131

From: Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib (May Allah enlighten his resting place)

To: Hazrat Moulana Abdur-Raheem Motala Sahib (May his shadow be lengthened)

Date: 29 th Muharram 1389/ 16 th April 1969

After the sunnah greeting. I have presently received your card, written the day before yesterday; this in addition to your card received yesterday, to which I have already written a response. On the day that I wrote the letter permitting you to travel with me, I also penned a letter to Haji Yakub Sahib requesting he purchase a seat for you on the same vessel. It is preferable if a Hindi ticket was purchased, as there is the difference of Rs1500 in price. If that is unfeasible for any reason, utilize the Saudi ticket that has been received and accordingly reserve a seat for the 29 th. Furthermore, I sent him a registry this morning alluding to the same subject matter.

I have written previously that the seats from Delhi are booked and confirmed for the 26 th, I assume the tickets for Bombay are booked for the 29 th, but there has been no confirmation thus far. All your paper work is now in order and your passport and ticket are registered in Bombay. Further, Molvi Ismail has now cancelled his plans to travel via Bahrain and hence intends to travel from Bombay to Jeddah by ship. Though the costs may be higher, it is much more expedient.

You penned of your wish to prolong your stay while this lowly one continues to remain there. I am retired from my domestic responsibilities.......... you cannot leave your wife for such a long time. There is also the question of your illness, and that scares me. Convey my salutations to your sister and brother-in-law, it would have been opportune had they visited for two or three days. When will I find time to greet people during my sojourn in Bombay, while trepidation of the forthcoming journey will have already set in. Nonetheless, I received a letter from him his Father-in-law and wife, wherein he mentioned his wife’s illness. With regard to yourself, I consider it pertinent if you arrived in Bombay on the morning of the 25 th, in case you need to tie up any loose ends.

That is all. Salaam

Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib

Dictated to Ismail

29 th Muharram

I am setting out on Tuesday to arrive Wednesday.

From: Moulana Muhammad Ismail Sahib:

After the sunnah greeting, I had intended writing to you for several days, except I have been extremely busy of late. The whole morning is spent upstairs and I don’t have time to stretch my legs until the evening. There is a letter enclosed herein. A short while ago, just before Zuhr, I appended something onto Ahmed Dawood Ji’s letter and I am currently writing this after the Zuhr prayer. You may present this letter if you wish. In my haste, I was unable to find a larger sheet of paper, can I trouble you and ask you to copy it onto another sheet, kindly do it confidentially.

Remember me in your prayers. God forbid that my sins preclude me from this journey. May Almighty Allah through his grace and favour make this blessed journey feasible.

That is all. Salaam

Lowly Muhammad Ismail

29 th Muharram


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