Some incidents concerning Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Zakariyya (RA)

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Hadhrat Sheikh, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) intended to go from India to Madinah Tayyibah. Prior to his departure, someone dreamt that Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam was awaiting Hadhrat Sheikh`s arrival in Masjidun Nabawi Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam. Many people were assembled there as well, but he could not recognize any one of them. Hadhrat Sheikh’s luggage began to arrive. Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam was saying, “Keep this (piece of luggage) here and keep that there.” He made muaanaqah (embraced) with Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) and exclaimed, “O! Moulwi Thereafter, Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) arrived. What made Zakariyya to become very weak.” Then he said, “All right, bring a certain medicine.” Rasulullah Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam administered the medicine to Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) with his own mubaarak hands. The person who saw the dream could not remember the name of the medicine. A letter comes from Hijaaz to India for an interpretation. “The name of the medicine is forgotten. What should we do?”

Hadhrat Mufti (Mahmood Hasan) Saahib replied, “There is no need to remember what medicine it was. Nabi did not say, ‘Give him such and such medicine.’ Or, ‘Take such and such medicine.’ Rather, he had personally ordered the medication and administered it himself. What harm is there in not remembering the name of the medicine? Had Nabi Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam given the instructions to take a certain medicine, then in that case it would have been necessary to remember its name. However, Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam himself had given some antidote for weakness.”

Imagine being present there and being embraced by Rasulullah Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam. How wonderful! During Haj, crowds are huge. Salaah with Jamaa’ah is being read upto the Madrasah Shari’yyah where Hadhrat Shaikh (RA) was residing.

Hadhrat Shaikh (RA) was yearning to present himself at the Raudha Mubaarak, but because of the huge crowd, he was unable to. He therefore requested his attendants to take him upstairs from where he could see the green dome. He joined the Jamaa’ah from here. He felt comfortable reading Salaah here.

Incident 2

One person saw a dream that Moulana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi (RA) is close to Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam and Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya Saahib (RA) is sitting a little further away. Hadhrat Moulana Rashid Ahmad Saahib (RA) was saying to Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam J, “O Rasulullah Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam my beloved Zakariyya is very eager to join you, but I desire that some work be taken from him.” Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam replied, “Certainly he is very eager to come to me and I also wish for some work to be taken from him.” After this dream, the longing and desire in Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) to leave and meet Nabi-e-Kareem Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam quickly lessened. Hadhrat Sheikh (RA) would previously think, “Of what use could I be in this world. Due to my sickness and weakness I am a burden to others, lying down on the bed doing nothing.” However, (after this dream) he was consoled that work would be taken from him, and it was not his responsibility to look for work.

Source: The Deoband Ulama and their Love for Rasulullah Salalaahu Alayhi Wasallam.