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By Aarif Billah Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar Saheb (damat barakaatuhum)
Upon the demise of the wife of Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb Hazrat Wala delivered a most inspiring talk on sabr (patience). The talk was a means of great comfort for all those who were berieved. This talk will be serialised over several issues. Hereunder is Part One of this discourse.
By Shaikh-ul-Arab Wal Ajam Arifbillah Hazrat-e-Aqdas-Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb
On this Wednesday, the 19th of Sha’baan ul Mu’azzam 1419 equivalent to 9th December 1998 at 9:45am, the mother of Maulana Mazhar Saheb passed away, whereby the door of a close companionship of fifty years had closed. This has naturally affected the heart. All praise is due to Allah by whose Grace, and by the bounty of my Buzurgaan-e-Deen (pious elders), my heart is totally at ease, totally submissive to the will and decree of Allah , which is reflected in the following verses composed by this humble servant,
“Sorrow causes my eyes to shed a rivulet of tears
While my heart, for His sake, submits to His pleasure.”
“The state of submission and pleasures has induced perpetual spring that knows no autumn.
Even though in sorrow and grief, the soul of Akhtar is not dejected.”
“The example of the smile of my heart in the state of grief and sorrow
Is like the swooning lilt of the rosebud among prickly thorns.”
Having observed her elevated states and stages for the past fifty years, it is the thought and feeling of this servant of Allah Ta’ala which borders on conviction that she was a Sahib-e-Nisbat, a Wali Allah of a very lofty stature. She was always my helper in Deen. For years now, considering all the trips to different parts of the world being undertaken, she was never a hindrance, never an obstacle. It was due to her understanding nature that it was possible for me to remain in the Khidmat (service)of my Shaikh, Hazrat Phoulpuri (RA). She, immediately after our marriage, on seeing my relationship with my Shaikh, happily gave me permission saying,:
“You can remain in the company and service of your Shaikh for as long as you want you will not hear any objection from me.”
She also said: “Whatever condition you will be in, I will always remain with you. If you eat, so will I. If you are in state of penury, it is for me. If you live in the wilderness of a jungle, so will I. Whatever you provide, I will readily partake of. What you will provide, I will dress in. Never will I make any demands from you.”
She has, true to her words, passed fifty years in this manner without a single demand, without a single request. Absolutely no inkling of the love of the world existed in her heart. She was totally oblivious of what the world entailed. Upon entering home, I generally found the Quraan Shareef open in front of her and she was engaged in its recitation. This too, was amongst her many miracles, that in spite of the many illnesses she suffered from, never was there an iota of difference in her daily schedule of Ma’mulaat. During the period immediately before her demise, the women attending her detected amazing fragrance emanating from her.
Above all, Allah (SWT) blessed me with a worthy, noble, obedient, pious, Allah – fearing son in the person of Maulana Mazhar (DB) from whom Allah (SWT) is taking immense work of Deen. His sons too, Mashallah, are becoming Hafiz and Aalim. We beseech Allah (SWT) to give us the ability and accept me and my family for the service of Deen till the Day of Judgment and that He makes my progeny from amongst the Ulema-e-Rabbaniyeen on the plain of Wilaayate-e-Siddiqiayati, so that they may be able to correctly and efficiently run the Deeni institutions which Allah (SWT) has granted through His bounty and that He accept us all in His illustrious court.
After the demise, many glad tidings in the form of dreams have been witnessed. Mufti Hussain Bhayat Saheb (RA) of South Africa is an Aalim and also my Khalifah, together with being extremely close to me. Two days after her demise, Mufti Saheb (RA) saw that he was attempting to enter Jannah whereupon he was stopped by an angel and asked who is behind him. In response, he said it was his mother, meaning the mother of Maulana Mazhar . The angel then gave way and allowed her to enter. The mother of Maulana Abdur Rahman Saheb (RA) saw a dream that Maulana Mazhar’s mother was dressed in shining clothes and was engaged in the recitation of Quraan Shareef. Many other associates saw her reciting the Quraan.
The brother-in-law of Maulana Mazhar saw Maulana Mazhar’s mother in a very large room, the roof of which could not be seen and she was busy picking up some shining items from the ground. The interpretation of this dream is rewards reaching her through the Isaal-e-Sawaab. From among the associates of this servant, Janab Zafar Ahmed Engineer Sahib who was not even aware of her having passed away, saw that Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Saheb Thanwi (RA) has passed away and that the Janazah had taken place in the home of this servant. He then saw the Janazah of Hazrat Thanwi (RA) leaving from the residence of this servant.