Studying the life of Hadrat Anwar Shah Kashmiri Rahmatullahi Alaih is like studying a biography of the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. He adhered to the sunnah in every facet of his life and used to say that his success in life was due only to his close attention to the sunnah.

Hadrat Kashmiri Rahmatullahi Alaih used to be very scared of taking or reading any hadith out of context, and used to have so much love and respect for hadith that he used to study five hundred pages of hadith daily, in spite of his old age and failing health. During his daily study he would refuse to lie down or slouch, but would sit in respect as if sitting for prayer.

In the early 1930s, the Qadianis tried hard in the court of Bahawalpur to have themselves declared Muslims. The local Muslims hence invited the most esteemed scholars to the case.

Hadrat Kashmiri Rahmatullahi Alaih was very ill when he received the court summons and his town’s scholars urged him not to go, offering themselves in his place. Hadrat i said in reply, “Do not be angry because I am not agreeing with you, but I am going only because Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam might decline to intercede for me on the Day of Judgment, saying, ‘Why did you not travel when it was a question of my honor?’”

Coming to Bahawalpur he said, “Maybe my coming to speak for my Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) might be accepted by Allah Ta’aala.” Hadrat Kashmiri Rahmatullahi Alaih used to stand and speak in front of the court for five hours at a time, jewels of knowledge flowing from his lips. He said, “If I die before the judgment of this court, call out the judgment at my gravesite.”

Hadrat Kashmiri Rahmatullahi Alaih passed away in 1933 and the court did not render a decision until 1935. Honoring his instructions, Hadrat Maulana Muhammad Sadiq Rahmatullahi Alaih travelled from Bahawalpur to Deoband and called out the court’s ruling at Hadrat Kashmiri’s Rahmatullahi Alaih gravesite.

Source: The Love of the Scholars of Deoband for the Messenger Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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