Taking out Time​

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(Wife of Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi [rahimahullah] - Part Two)

The respected wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) bore him no less than ten children; three sons and seven daughters. We can thus well imagine the extent to which she would have remained occupied in looking after the children and raising them, together with her other domestic responsibilities. Nevertheless, this saintly woman was such that despite her responsibilities, she was always motivated towards piety and eager to engage in works of righteousness.

No matter what work she may have been engaged in, the very instant she would hear the muazzin call out, “Hayya ‘alas salaah!”, she would cease whatever she was doing and prepare for salaah.

Similarly, despite her busy schedule, she made time for the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. Every morning, after performing the Fajr Salaah, she would cover her face with her scarf and engage in the zikr of Allah Ta‘ala. Such was her punctuality on her zikr that she would never miss it under any circumstances.

Likewise, for a period of two years, she made the time every day to benefit from her grandson who was becoming an ‘Aalim. Her grandson, Qari Muhammad Tayyib (rahimahullah), says, “When I commenced my studies of hadeeth, I would come home every day, after my lessons, and explain the entire lesson to my grandmother. She would listen to the hadeeth with tears flowing from her eyes for the entire duration. This continued for two years.”

(Sawaanih-e-Qaasimi vol. 1, pg. 519 and Moulana Muhammad Qaasim Nanotwi – Hayaat aur Kaarnaame pg. 226)

Lessons:

1. In today’s fast-paced world, everybody complains that they ‘don’t have time’. However, if they regard something to be sufficiently important, they will take out the time for it. Whether it is a waleemah, a chat with a relative or a casual visit to some friend, they will somehow juggle their schedule and find a way to make it fit. Essentially, it all boils down to priorities. Since the respected wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) regarded ‘ibaadah and Deen to be the priority, she made everything else in her schedule fit around this priority and did not compromise on her salaah and zikr to make time for other engagements and activities.

2. It is a sign of true imaan that when the Quraan Majeed is recited or the ahaadeeth of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) are read, a person’s heart is affected and responds. Such a person will even be moved to the point where tears begin to flow from their eyes due to the softness of their hearts.

3. No matter what our age may be, we are never too old to learn Deen, nor should we regard it below our dignity to acquire the necessary knowledge of Deen from a person who is younger than us, just as the wife of Moulana Qaasim (rahimahullah) was learning Deen from her grandson. In fact, this is the blessing of having children and grandchildren who are ‘Ulama in one’s home – through them, the entire household benefits.