If Rasheed Ahmed doesn’t pick up their shoes, what else should he do?

images-38Hazrat Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi (Rahimahullah) would treat his students with great love and affection. Once it suddenly started raining while he was imparting a lesson to his students sitting in the compound of the Masjid. In order to prevent their books from getting wet in the rain, the students ran towards their rooms leaving their shoes behind. Hazrat Gangohi (Rahimahullah) spread a piece of cloth on the ground, placed the shoes of all his students on it, and carried the bundle on his head to the students. When the students saw this, they were amazed and astonished and said, “Why did you do so, we would have collected our shoes ourselves”. Hazrat replied, “The people who study قال الله (what Almighty Allah said i.e. The Quran) and قال الرسول (what the Blessed Prophet SallalahuAlayhiWaSallam said i.e. The Hadith), if Rasheed Ahmed doesn’t pick up their shoes, what else should he do?”

Source: Ba-Adab-Ba-Naseeb, Etiquette 2: How a teacher should be kind to his students and consider them as his sons. By Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi (D.B)

The day she quit teaching reading, and writing, and arithmetic and she began to teach children.

images (23)_20160109161057125Note: This story is etched in my mind from the time I read it as a little girl and it continues to inspire and bring tears to my eyes today as a teacher.

Her name was Mrs. Maryam. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie.

 

Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Taahir Sulayman. Continue reading