Alahazrat’s Piety

Alahazrat was exceedingly pious, strict in adherence to sharīáh and brooked no laxity in any religious matter. Whether in word or in deed, he abstained from anything that contradicted the sharīáh, or anything that was opposed to the sunnah. He always held things in his right hand and started with the right side. He even wrote numbers from the right.[1] He always donned his clothes and shoes as prescribed in the sunnah and observed this unfailingly. Once he went to visit a shaykh and saw him giving bayáh[2] to women without veil or segregation.

Alahazrat came away without meeting him. The shaykh was an upright man; so he came to Alahazrat and regretted this lapse; he promised to be mindful of the sharīáh and do bayáh appropriately in the future. Alahazrat shook his hand and embraced him. Alahazrat performed obligatory prayers in the masjid with the congregation [jamāáh] regardless of the weather. He was very cautious in his prayer and if he had the slightest doubt, he repeated his prayer.

Once a mawlid reciter said in his speech that angels will first restore the blessed soul of RasūlAllāh ﷺ on Judgement day. Alahazrat was very angry and he forced the reciter to stop his recitation because this is against the well-known ĥadīth and belief of Ahl as-Sunnah, that prophets are alive in their blessed tombs.

By Allāh you are alive, and certainly you live –
You are only veiled, from the eyes of the world.

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[1] Numbers are read – and therefore usually written – from the left even though the Arabic script itself is written from right to left.
[2] Swearing allegiance to be obedient and observant of the sharīáh and follow the sunnah; it is a practice with roots in the sunnah, and a predominantly sufi practice, by which the person receiving bayáh becomes the shaykh or master, and the one pledging it becomes the murīd or disciple.

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