A Molvi who was a mudarris (teacher) in a Madrasah had resigned and had taken up a post at another Madrasah. The reason for his resignation was a salary dispute. According to the management of the Madrasah, this mudarris was not entitled to wages for eleven days while the mudarris believed that he was entitled to the wage. Commenting on this dispute, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) said:
“Regardless of entitlement or not, since when is it befitting for the Ulama to become involved in a dispute pertaining to such a disgraceful issue (i.e. monetary issue)? It is utterly disgraceful to dispute intransigently over a paltry sum. Even if the Madrasah’s management unjustly refuses to give what is your right, then too it is my advice to abstain from disputing with them. My advice is not to alienate your right. The amount (which was claimed) for the eleven days may be taken from me. I shall wholeheartedly give it to you. In this course of action (i.e. abandoning the dispute) is the honour of the Deen and the Ulama.
Furthermore, they (the Madrasah’s management) will then not regard you to be dishonourable. It is indeed dishonourable for the Ahl-e-Ilm (Ulama) to be involved in such dishounarable disputing and that too over such a paltry sum.
You should today write to the Madrasah stating that you do not want anything in excess of the rules of the Madrasah. This dispute pertains to wages for a mere eleven days. Even if the amount was a hundred thousand rupees, then too you should kick it aside (that is, not dispute and demand payment). In relation to the monetary issue there is a greater need to guard your honour and your profession (of Ilm).
You should at least have consulted with me. However, you had embarked on such action which convinced the Madrasah that your motive was only monetary gain (not the Deen). You roam around the whole world flaunting Taqwa, but it did not occur to you that your act was motivated by worldly desire and pursuit which is nugatory of the status of the Ahl-e-Ilm. Take twice the amount from me. But terminate this episode. I have been vastly grieved by your deed. What hope can one have on you that you will safeguard the Deen when Hubb-e-Dunya (love for the world) is embedded in you?
There were Servants of Allah Ta’ala who had abandoned kingdoms and thrones for protecting the honour of Deen of Allah Ta’ala while you have been unable to abandon the wages of eleven days. This has no significance in relation to the Deen.
Even on the assumption that the rules of the Madrasah are unjust and that they are the worst oppressors, then too, it is in conflict and nugatory of the shaan of Ilm to become involved in such a disgraceful dispute.
Now write immediately to the Madrasah that you no longer have any demand, and do not inform that you have abandoned your claim because of the advice of Ashraf Ali (that is Hadhrat Thanvi). This (i.e. abandoning a dispute) is such an issue which should be natural in the People of Knowledge. It (the claim) is a blot on the Ulama.
The Qur’aan and Hadith are present. Are these for the amal (practice) of the Yahood and Nasaara? Is it necessary to claim an incumbent right, but not necessary to safeguard the honour of the Deen? The Imaan of people should become rejuvenated by the moral character of the Ulama.”
(End of Hadhrat Thanvi’s comments)
In these comments of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali (Rahmatullah alayh) is salubrious advice, especially for Molvis, who dispute with Musjid and Madrasah committees regarding salaries. Some even have stooped to the utterly disgraceful ebb of running to the kuffaar CCMA. Then without any pangs of conscience they devour the haraam award of the CCMA.
Such molvis are bereft of the slightest shred of honour (Imaani Ghairat). Whatever the government institution awards is haraam. It is ingestion into the belly of the Fire of Jahannam.
from the majlis volume 26 number 06