Volume 1 Letter 141
From: Hazrat Moulana Yusuf Motala Sahib (May his lofty shadow be lengthened)
To: Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Hadith Sahib (May Allah enlighten his resting place)
Date: 24 th Rabiul Awwal 1389/9 th June 1969
My respected noble father Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
After the sunnah greeting, I received your letter the day before last. It gave me immense pleasure to learn Hazrat recited the Blessings and Salutations on behalf of this loathsome and defiled one. May Almighty Allah in accordance with his Sublime Majesty reward Hazrat in both the abodes for his benevolence and kind gesture, and accord him a long and peaceful life.
Moulana Khairghami arrived the day before yesterday; I delivered Hazrat’s letter to him, the other gentleman namely, Abdul Aziz Khan has departed in Jama’at, I shall endeavour to deliver his letter upon his arrival. I will write a letter to Moulana Nasrullah’s son in order to determine his whereabouts and on receiving a response, I will deliver his letter too.
In a preceding letter, Hazrat had directed me to write to a certain individual and I have done so. Those whom Hazrat had instructed to meet with me have come here and introduced themselves personally, whilst some have elected to exchange letters. On the arrival of any visitors, I do my utmost to entertain them as though they are Hazrat’s own guests; I seek pardon from Allah for any deficiency on my part. On my departure from Saharanpur, I brought with me eight or ten booklets, of which there are only three or four left, there is none in Gujarati, and I intend to order some from Gujarat, inshallah.
I enquired from dearest Muhammad regarding the English booklet; he pointed out that the person rendering the translation returned it after a few days, professing a lack of time. Consequently, I reacquired the booklet from Muhammad as Hazrat also decided to make several amendments to it. It is 15 days since I entrusted the booklet to Wakeel Pasha Sahib Bhopali, I trust he has completed the translation. It is simply as a result of Hazrat’s attention that we have managed to give to it its due consideration; poor Muhammad had even lost sight of the fact that he had been entrusted with the undertaking. Yesterday I penned a letter to Molvi........... Sahib in relation to this issue, if a response is received in the negative then I will assign the booklet for print to a printing press here.
This lowly one is planning to depart in the not too distant future, there are two mediums open to me, and I can either chose to fly or travel by car. The first option allows for a comfortable and expeditious journey, admittedly it is the more expensive option compared to travelling by car, but the car has the added threat of endangerment en-route. Further, two or three scholars wish to travel by car as passengers and are reluctant to fly. Flying is more expensive and provides for a more restful journey, except these passengers are not prepared to fly and the car being the cheaper option has the added danger and its perils en-route. For several days, I have been betwixt between the two options and so I shall allow Hazrat to decide and abide by his decision.
I am consistent with my Zikr-Bil’Jahr and Qur’anic recitation, although very occasionally there is a lapse in the recitation. There is also a failure on my part in practising the Pas-Anfas and sitting down for Contemplation. Further, as Hazrat alluded to in his letter in relation to the Nafs feeling constrained, whenever there is a cause to feel guilty on missing the litany because of my religious or madrassa related obligations, the Nafs retorts back declaring this is also a ‘religious duty’. In future, I shall endeavour never to omit any litany on such a premise. Along with your kind attention, I request your benign supplications.
Hazrat penned of his longing for Moulana Abdur-Raheem Sahib to return because of concerns raised by khala among others. However, upon his decision to return from Hejaz, it was my intention to send Bhai Sahib a ticket so that he may visit here a short while. Moreover, if Bhai Sahib decided to settle here permanently, his presence would contribute immensely in lifting the ambience of the Zikr and increasing the number of Zakireen. However, the burden of debt that I am liable for at such a tender age prevented me from writing to him. Nevertheless, if it is Hazrat’s bidding and Bhai Sahib’s desire then I am still willing to take on more, though there still remain the concerns raised by mother, khala and his wife to contend with.
The aforementioned persons travelling with me are as follows Moulana Muhammad Mia Sahib Khairghami who studied Hadith under Hazrat, Molvi Ayub Sahib Surati, and Sufi Ali Asghar Sahib one of those absorbed in zikr and inward occupation and Bay’at with Qadhi Abdul-Qadir Sahib. Afford me your kind attention and kindly supplicate on my behalf, may Almighty Allah favour me with a pleasant and safe journey. I require your most earnest supplication and attention.
That is all. Salaam
Supplicant to the Threshold of the Most High
Muhammad Yusuf Gujarati
Monday 9 th June 1969
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