Ulema-e-Deoband and Love for the Sunnah

ithmid Bottle jpegOur Akaabir Ulema of Deoband were Aashiq’ (lovers) of the Sunnah. It is narrated about Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullah Alayh) that towards the end of his life, due to a cataract he lost his eyesight. During this time, Hazrat would consistently apply surma to his eyes. Generally it is understood that surma is applied to strengthen the sight. A man remarked, “Hazrat, your sight is gone, yet you apply surma!?” He replied: “I do not apply it with the niyyah (intention) of strengthening the sight, I apply it following the Sunnah of My beloved Nabi (Sallalahu alayhi Wa Sallam)”

(From an Urdu lecture: ISHQ-E-NABI-AWR AZMAT-E-SAHABA by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi _May Allah Ta’aala elevate him)

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