Volume 1 Letter 138


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

To: Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Motala Sahib (May his lofty shadow be lengthened)

Date: 5 th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1389/21 st May 1969


After the sunnah greeting. After much expectancy, your correspondence eventually arrived; I had been ardently awaiting your letter for several days. I penned a letter prior to my departure from Saharanpur, wherein I gave a detailed account of my petition to Molvi Naseeruddin to dispatch the books. Thereafter, on my arrival in Bombay, I requested dearest Abdur-Raheem to write to you on my behalf, I am yet to receive your response. On my arrival in Makkah Mukarramah, I consigned some Zam-Zam, almonds, and a letter to Molvi Jallad Sahib; I await your letter of acknowledgment. I supplicate for you unreservedly. May Almighty Allah preserve you from all manner of artifice, favour you with advancement, and grace the people of London with your blessings and effulgence.

I was pleased to hear of the Tablighi ijtima taking place there, may Almighty Allah confer his blessings and sanction it. May your reverent exertions be fruitful and beneficial, may he apportion a felicitous reward in both the worlds. The Pakistani Jama’at that stopped over there, en-route from America, also sojourned here; yet, I was unable to ascertain any news of your wellbeing and whether they had participated in any ijtima. However, dearest Abdur-Raheem subsequently informed me of a particular individual who upon his departure apprised him of your good health. If I had known beforehand, I would have enquired about you and brought solace to my heart.

I was overjoyed at the acceptance of Islam by Fadhlurahman Sahib, may Almighty Allah enable him to remain steadfast in faith. Your letter was received here yesterday; it would have proved useful had it arrived when the American Jama’at was present, incidentally they departed for Makkah Mukarramah before travelling to Pakistan. I was anxious to ascertain news of your wife’s wellbeing; I was pleased to learn, by way of your letter, that she is in good health. Convey my sunnah greeting to her and wish her well on her convalescence. May Almighty Allah accord her a complete, expeditious, and abiding recovery.

I also yearn to meet up with you again, but the protracted nature of the previous trip was to the detriment of your madrassa. Moreover, in view of the considerable expenditure, another journey so soon afterwards does not seem pertinent, particularly when the madrassa is put to a disadvantage. Nonetheless, if Almighty Allah by way of his grace and bounty should create some alternative avenue for you, then everything is easy for him. Your dream wherein you envisioned yourself naked is commendable and is an indication to your advancement, it is hoped that at some point you will receive detachment from the world and attachment to Allah. The women appearing behind you is also worthy and implies the world will pursue you, i.e. acquire worldly possessions of benefit. However, playing with a ball is disliked; it appears that your solitude is disturbed by worldly pursuits. Molvi Abdur-Raheem and molvi Ismail are also affected by it.

You were right to leave the property, moreover until the debt is serviced; there is no need for you to acquire another house. One visit within a 7 to 10 day period is sufficient. Indeed, you may commence the construction of the madrassa and student quarters, may almighty Allah facilitate you. I long that through your blessed labours a viable religious institution is established where lessons in Tafseer and Hadith are imparted.

I was saddened to hear that arm is still frail, you say that you are unable to make full use of it and are unable to write for prolonged periods, may Almighty Allah accord you a complete recovery. I was also sad to hear of the discomfort in Molvi Hashim’s legs, may Almighty Allah accord him a complete, expeditious and abiding recovery. It came to light that your father-in-law intended to journey out collecting funds, what transpired? Kindly apprise me. Communicate my sunnah greeting to him and to your khala, this lowly one prays for them both.

You penned that you conveyed £15 to dearest Abdur-Raheem, yet you omitted to say where you sent it. This lowly one anticipates staying until the end of Rajab. However, I do not consider it apposite for dearest Abdur-Raheem to remain here for that length of time; it is desirable if he left opportunely. Molvi Ismail arrived last night via Bahrain. Hasaan accompanied him until Bombay, but due to difficulties in arranging a visa, he is presently situated there in his attempt to secure one. The most convenient address for me is Sufi Iqbal Sahib, P.O Box 32, Medina Munawwara.

That is all. Salaam

Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib

Dictated to Abdur-Raheem

21 st May 1969



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

Date: 7 th Rabi-ul-Awwal 1389/23 rd May 1969


Dearest and most honourable brother

After the sunnah greeting. My most cordial greetings are extended to you. Your letter to Hazrat Sheikh was received here and I too was apprised to your situation after reading it. Truly, you are blessed on account of your services to religion, not to mention it taking place in England. This lowly one supplicates on your behalf, more than I do for myself. May Almighty Allah employ you for the services of his faith and make your services a means for our forgiveness, and that is easy for Allah the Mighty. Because of my sins, I hold no expectation from my own self to bring forth acts of virtue, merely being pardoned would be adequate.

I assiduously supplicate for you to present be here, may Almighty make it easy for you, grant you his auspices and expediency. However, I kindly request that you seek permission from mother first, as the saying goes once bitten twice shy. This lowly one had written several letters pleading and soliciting her before consent was reluctantly given. She would repeatedly write back saying that her concerns are not for a ‘wife’ but for a young girl who is pleading with her to relay her apprehension. Therefore, I advise you seek permission first.

I am delighted to hear of your wife’s recuperation. I supplicated for you and her health in Makkah and offered salutations on behalf of both of you at the Holy Prophet’s sepulchre, may Almighty Allah accept it. Tomorrow, being Saturday, I intend to visit Makkah for ten days and return to Medina thereafter. I delayed writing this letter in expectation of the £15, but as yet, today 23 rd May it has failed to arrive, hence on completion it will be added to the outgoing mail.

All praise be to Allah; Hazrat is in good spirits and is presently completing two months of continuous fasting. Kindly entreat Almighty Allah that he may permit him a long, healthy, and peaceful life. It is a month since I arrived here and it is somewhat troubling that there has been no correspondence from home. I took receipt of a letter from Molvi Jallad sahib yesterday, kindly convey my sunnah greeting to him, and inform him that I have expressed it to Hazrat, and that he prays diligently. What more can I write.

That is all. Salaam

Most contemptible of creatures

Abdur-Raheem Surati

Friday 23 rd May 1969


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