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It is reported that once a person named Waasili presented himself in the blessed court of Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him. He then said to the eminent Saint, “I have travelled extensively in both the Arab and non-Arab countries but I have not found someone like you. You are someone who even gives away his horse, his camel and other animals and all types of monies to others and even grain and food. You also hand over medication to those who are ill and also deliver those who are misguided towards guidance”
When Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him – heard these words, he replied, “Listen carefully to my words. When I arrived in this place, I used to work for someone who used to also give me food. However, there was a very ferocious dog at this door. The floor of his house was also higher than the floor of the Masjid. I used to see that if there was no dog at his front door, I used to then go and collect my Wazifah. If there was a dog at the front door, then it meant that I stayed hungry the entire day. I am exactly the same person, however Allah Almighty has blessed me with this status and position.”
From this we come to realise that the Awliya never once displayed self-conceit or self-praise. Even though they had a lofty status, they also made sure that they praise Allah Almighty before anything else. There was no self-praise in their words.
One day, someone presented eleven hundred Rupees in his court. The moment Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him received these monies, he called the ‘Ulama, the Faqeers, the orphans and the other destitute of the city and distributed all of this among them. There was only one Rupee which remained in his pocket. When morning arrived, he called his khadim, Akram, and said to him, “Last night, I could not sleep because by mistake, one Rupee remained in my pocket.”
Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him then took this one Rupee and handed it to the khadim.
Whenever people used to present any food or fruit, he never kept anything for himself and always handed this to others who were present. As a matter of fact, Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him was always busy in the remembrance of Allah Almighty. In fact, he was sometimes so immersed in the Dhikr of Allah Almighty that he never used to even remember the number of rak’ah in various Salaah including even Jumu’ah. (Naafi’us Saalikeen)
It is also mentioned that at one time, there were no less than five hundred needy people in his court. Hadrat Shah Sulayman Tunsawi – may Allah be pleased with him used to take care of their clothing and food even though there was no set income that seem to come from anywhere. All of these things used to come from the unknown and there was never a poor person who left empty-handed. At the same time, if there was any expensive item which arrived in his court, he used to immediately sell this and distribute this among the poor. Whatever clothes the poor used to wear, that was the same clothing which he used to wear and whatever they ate, he also ate the same food.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Nizaamudeen Awliya – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates:
“On the 16th of Sha’baan on Thursday 655 A.H. we blessed ourselves by being in the company of Hadrat Sayyiduna Baba Fareed – may Allah be pleased with him. At that time also, Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaikh Badrudeen Ghaznawi, Shaikh Jamaaludeen Haansawi, Moulana Sharfudeen, Qadi Hameeudeen Naghuri – may Allah be pleased with him – and others were also present. The great Saint mentioned, ‘Whoever comes to visit me, whether he is a rich person or a poor person, I never allow him to leave empty-handed. Whatever I have, I also present that to the person.’ He mentioned, ‘When a person approached me and has brought nothing, it is Waajib upon me to give him something.’
“He then mentioned that when the blessed Ashaab used to arrive in the blessed court of the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – to acquire knowledge and educate themselves about the laws of Islam, whenever they used to return, they used to help each other and also receive benefit from each other.
“He then mentioned that Umdatul Abraar, Taajul Atqiyah, Khawaja Qutbudeen Khakhi – may Allah be pleased with him – was in the habit that when there was nothing in his blessed court, then he used to call his special khadim, Shaikh Badrudeen Ghaznawi – may Allah be pleased with him, and inform him, ‘We still have water, whoever arrives give him some water so that he does leave empty-handed.’” (Raahatul Qulub)
In the same manner, Hadrat Nizaamudeen Awliyah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates:
“I attended to the great Saint in 655 A.H. At that time all the people of Ajudhan, whether they were big or small, and eminent people of the community such as the Mashaa’ikh and even the orphans arrived to kiss his hand. He used to place his hand under his musallah and return with a few coins. When people used to bring sweetmeat, it was like there was a flood of sweetmeat. On that day, no poor person in the village went hungry.”
Hadrat Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates, “One day, Hadrat Sayyiduna Uthman Haruni, another Derwish and myself were on a journey. On this journey, we found that Shaikh Bahaawudeen Bakhtiyar Awshi – may Allah be pleased with him – was extremely generous. It was a habit that whoever arrived in his blessed court, they left with the best of clothing. The minute he did this, from the Unseen another set of clothing also arrived. We spent a few days in his blessed presence. His first advice to us what that whatever we receive, we should give it in the Path of Allah Almighty. We should never keep one coin for ourselves. We should also feed the masses because through this, we can achieve the Divine Friendship of the Allah Almighty. He then stated, ‘O Derwish! Whoever has received any bounty, he has received it through this.’
“He then told to us about a poor Derwish. He mentioned that this person was extremely poor but he had a habit that whatever came to him, he used to immediately distribute this among the others. He used to manage with whatever he had in his house. Once two eminent Saints arrived at his house and asked him for water. This poor Derwish then presented some water to each of them and two pieces of barley bread as well. When both of these Derwishes had eaten, they said to each other, ‘This Derwish has completed his duty, now it is our turn to complete our duty’. One said that they should open the door of the world to this person but the other replied that this would certainly become a means of fitnah for this person. The other then said, ‘A Derwish is someone who gives in abundance.’ Based on this, they made a special Du’a for this person and left. This Faqeer then became so complete that thereafter, more than a thousand pounds of rice was prepared daily in his kitchen and used to feed the people that arrived in his blessed court.” (Daleelul Aarifeen)
It was the habit of Hadrat Makhdum Jahaaniyan – may Allah be pleased with him – that whatever came from the royal courts and from others, he used to accept these gifts and keeping whatever he needed, he used to distribute the rest of these gifts. He used to say, “Wherever these gifts come from, the reason I accept it is because of the advice of the Shaikh of Mecca Shareef, namely Shaikh Abdullah Yafa’e – may Allah be pleased with him, and the Shaikh of Madina Shareef, Shaikh Abdullah Mutari – may Allah be pleased with him, who used to advise that, ‘One should accept these gifts with the purpose of giving it to others and one can also keep something for one’s own need as well.”