Volume 1 Letter 85


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

To: Al-Haj Muhammad Yakub Sahib (May his shadow be lengthened)

Date: 19th Sha’ban 1388/9th November 1968


After the sunnah greeting. I received the detailed letter in today’s mail, written on Saturday. I have forwarded a copy of a telegram and letter with reference to the London jama’at, written by dearest Yusuf on 31st October and received here on 8th November. I hope it has arrived. There have been no further reports since.

In Delhi Haji Muhammad Shafi Sahib, may Allah grant him an excellent reward, has dispatched a telegram from the Foreign Office to the Indian ambassador in Iran. No reply had been received in Delhi up until Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the offices are closed, he wrote of informing me once the office opens on Monday. I expect I will be informed by tomorrow if a response is received today.

It upset me that the papers in Bombay published the article. We prefer not to have any publicity for our gatherings, however, the Hindi and English papers really laid it on thick, and this has made me a little anxious. Should there be any further articles in the Ahmadabad or Bombay papers then kindly send the cuttings. I trust that the Ijtima will be brought to a successful closure by this evening, inshallah.

I received a letter from Moulana Manzoor Sahib Nu’mani from Bombay; he writes of Molvi Ateeq-ur-Rahman staying an extra day in Bombay due to illness and his assessment of the state of affairs there, further, that he will be departing for Baroda in the evening and return to Bombay on Tuesday night. It was reassuring to learn by way of your letter regarding the ticket arrangements from Bombay to Delhi and then Delhi to Lukhnow. Furthermore, Ali Mia has also written from Medina Munawwara, he writes regarding his stay in Riyadh and Kuwait and return to Bombay on 25th or 26th Sha’ban.

You did well organising Moulana’s bayaan amongst the Haji’s, very well indeed. I was disappointed to learn that the ship is inoperative. Passengers from the second ship generally reach their destination in the last 10 days of Ramadhan, but now the poor fellows will have to spend the whole Ramadhan in the ship. May almighty Allah facilitate them. Mughal Line earns millions of Rupees, yet they are unwilling to buy new ships. It would be in everyone’s interest if by means of the Haj committee or other channels we were able to pressure them into expanding their fleet.

I was surprised to learn Ali Mia travelled to Riyadh from Jeddah; there is a direct flight to Riyadh from Medina Munawwara. Ali Mia penned in his Medinite letter of departing from Jeddah after the Juma prayers to arrive in Riyadh in time for Isha. I am pleased that Qari Sahib is spending the holy month in Bombay, may almighty Allah accord the people of Bombay the good grace to gain benefit. If it is convenient to do so then kindly, present my sunnah greeting and request for prayers.

I was delighted at the arrival of Muhammad Iqbal Khilji. May almighty Allah accept those persons who are travelling to Baroda, and may he make it a means to fruition and blessing. I imagine the people in Baroda will begin to disperse by tomorrow evening i.e. Tuesday.

That is all. Salaam.

Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib

Dictated to Abdur-Raheem

19th Sha’ban 1388

If dearest Abdul-Qadeer has returned from Baroda, kindly communicate my sunnah greeting and inform him: I have appended a response to your card within Haji Yakub Sahib’s letter. I received a second card that you wrote prior to departing for Baroda. With the second ship out of action, to secure a seat in the first ship was going to prove difficult, however, with the onset of Ramadhan I believe most people will not arrive. May almighty Allah accord you the means to facility.

In today’s mail, I received an envelope from Brother Mahmood Sahib from Makkah Mukarramah through Moulana Manzoor Sahib who posted it from Bombay. Master Mahmood Sahib writes that he has put to you a certain request, he asks that I intercede on his behalf for the request to be realised.................... May almighty Allah grant you an abundant reward; you were created for the service of humanity. Thousands benefit through your services yearly. May almighty Allah accord you an extremely lofty rank. This useless-one can but only pray. What else can I do?

That is all. Salaam.

Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib

Dictated to Abdur-Raheem

19th Sha’ban 1388

From: Humble Abdur-Raheem

After the sunnah greeting. You failed to mention anything about my dear Molvi Yusuf bin Sulaiman Motala, how is he? What is the extent of his injuries? If you have any information kindly, forward the same. I am ever so worried.

That is all.


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