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The Humility of a King

8th January 2015

Story concerning Hadhrat Khwajah Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA)

Hadhrat Khwajah Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA), who was the khalifah of Hadhrat Khwajah Mu’inuddin Chisti (RA), had just passed away. He had made a bequest that his Janazah namaz should be performed by that person who had the following qualifications:

“My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who was has been with wudhu all the time.

“My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who has never missed the takbire-tahrimah.

“My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who has never missed the sunnat namaz that is read before the Asr namaz.

“My Janazah namaz should be read by that person who has never involved himself in nazare-bid. (That is, he has never cast lustful glances at gairmahrams.).”

After having made these four bequests, he passed away. Having made the mayyat ready, it was now time for the Janazah namaz. The trustee, to whom the bequests were made, came forward and announced the bequests made by Hadhrat Khwajah Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki (RA). Nobody stepped forward, even though his khulafa’ were present. It is a different matter that the status of the khulafa’ may be higher but, it could be possible that, before become khulafa’, these qualities were not in them.

The announcement was made three times in a loud voice. It was the era of Sultan Shamshuddin Altamash (RA). To everybody’s surprise, he himself, the king, stepped forward. He said, “Alhamdulillah, shukran-lillah, I am such a person. I am stating this purely because we have been told to express our gratitude for our blessings – ‘wa amma bi-ne’mati fa-haddith.’”

Who was this – a poor person or a king? He was a king! Imagine the good character a king must have. Also, he had these four qualities, that he was with wudhu all the time, that he had never missed making namaz with takbiretahrimah, that he had never missed performing the four rakats sunnats before the Asr namaz and he had not been guilty of nazare-bid. This is even more remarkable taking into account that there must have been laundis in the palace and he had to carry out all the duties of a sultan. Despite being a king, he was a faqir.

Ponder over it.
What do we see over here? Despite being a faqir, takabbur (arrogance) has not been eliminated. Whereas, over there, despite being a king, he had an extreme sense of awe and humility. He did not gaze with contempt at anybody and he did not look at himself as being high and mighty.

Taken from "For Friends - Part 20"
Discourses of Maulana Maseehullah Khan Sahib (RA), published by Dr. Ismail Mangera
Tags: arrogance
posted by ummi taalib on 8th January 2015 - 0 comments


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