Direct Knowledge: Episode 2
A doctor personally told me this story. He came to America to specialise in internal medicine and Allah Ta’ala involved him with the work of Tableegh.
After a few years he went back to Lahore and it was around the time of Ijtema so he asked his brother-in-law (not practising) to come to the Raiwind Ijtema. His brother-in-law had no respect or liking for Ulama/religious people so did not want to attend but grudgingly decided to come along.
Doctor Saheb set up a special meeting with Haji Abdul-Wahab (RA) and told him that his brother-in-law is Anti-religious people so the conversation has to be carefully constructed. Haji Abdul-Wahab (RA) did not give much of a response which scared Doctor Saheb about the outcome.
His brother-in-law was also not keen on this meeting and had a hot temper.
Professionally, his brother-in-law was the Chief Engineer at Pakistan Railway development for diesel engines.
This is what happened at the meeting…
Haji Abdul-Wahab Saheb (RA): So what do you do, brother?
Engineer: I am the Chief Engineer at Pakistan Railways for the development of diesel engines!
Haji Abdul-Wahab Saheb (RA): Oh! You guys are useless and have been wasting our time?
Engineer: (Astonished)! Why???
Haji Abdul-Wahab Saheb (RA): Pakistan and India both got independence at the same time in 1947 and look at India’s advancement in diesel engines, what have you done?
Engineer: (Embarrassed)! Well…You have to look at their size of the market and resources…
Haji Abdul-Wahab Saheb (RA): Excuses! Excuses! What are the problems tell me so we can discuss the technical aspects of the issues?
Engineer: (Embarrassed)! Well…
Then there was a long discussion about R & D on diesel engine development and nothing was discussed about Tableegh at all.
On the way back, the brother-in-law got angry for not introducing such “Ulama” with foresight, wisdom, technical and management skills sooner and was Sorry that he had not been able to spend more time with Haji Abdul-Wahab (RA) to gain more insight into Diesel Engine development!
The Doctor decided to interject and point out that Haji Abdul-Wahab (RA) was not “Ulama” to which he was chastised with a response, “He is one of the greatest Ulama of Pakistan! What are you talking about? He is the pride of Pakistan and this country needs more Ulama like him” :lol
Brother-in-law got involved in Tableegh and his life was changed.