To say being in the company of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai Sahib is a blessing from Allah is no overstatement. Those who personally know Hadhrat Mufti Sahib will be able to relate to what I say. It is in fact one of the greatest blessings of Allah upon me to see Hadhrat Mufti Sahib and be in his midst.
As a form of encouragement to others, I would like to mention a couple of events I have personally witnessed whilst in Hadhrat Mufti Sahib’s company.
Once, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib took us out for a drive. When the car was stationed, we went for a walk. A dishevelled ragged man in his late 50’s approached us. With his hands extending towards us and a face dripping of sadness, he asked us for some Rands. We looked at one another and had one thought circulating in our minds: not genuine! A friend uttered,
“we will pray for you.” We walked away from the man convinced begging was his habit. After an hour, when we met with Hadhrat Mufti Sahib in the car, a silhouette could be seen not far away. A shadow was approaching us. As I looked over my shoulder, lo behold, the man who confronted us earlier had targeted us again. He staggered towards the car. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib upon seeing him, smiled, conveyed salaam and asked,
“What is wrong?” The man replied he needed some money to get home. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib gave x amount of Rands. The man made dua for Hadhrat. Mufti Sahib asked,
“Is that enough to get you home?” The man’s face could be read as easily as a book. He wanted more. Mufti sahib gave more Rands to him. With a warm smile, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib asked,
“Is that enough to get you home?” The man replied in the affirmative and made dua. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib for the third time gave some Rands. The surprised man, stunned by the generosity of this bearded individual invoked Allah from the inner recesses of his heart in favour of Hadhrat Mufti Sahib. The old man turned to Mufti Sahib and gestured that was enough, he did not want anymore. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib smiled and conveyed salaam and drove off.
I was left dumbfounded upon seeing this episode. I recalled the quality of the Prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam that he would never reject anybody. Hadhrat Mufti Sahib practically taught me that we give to make Allah pleased with us no matter who the recipient maybe. We spend in the cause of Allah for our salvation.
Once, Mufti sahib had to admonish a couple of students. Very seldom will Mufti sahib admonish the students. He does our reformation with kind and loving words. He makes us understand what is better for us. However when he does admonish us, he always reminds us that he is only admonishing us as we have been entrusted to him by our parents. He feels obliged to do all he can to make us better human beings. He feels very passionate for our betterment. On one such occasion, many hours after Mufti sahib admonished a student, Hadhrat Mufti Sahib came to the Darul Iftaa looking disturbed. He called the student he had admonished and asked for his forgiveness. He said to him he could not sleep or rest. He has been uneasy ever since he admonished him. The student did not know what to say. He was bewildered by Hadhrat Mufti Sahib’s humbleness.
These are just two examples from the life of this esteemed personality. There is so much more to say. Mufti sahib is more than just a teacher for me. He is my shaykh, teacher, a friend to talk to and a father figure. Really, the company of the pious can work miracles in our lives.
I make dua Allah Ta’ala protect my respected and beloved teacher Hadhrat Mufti sahib. Allah Ta’ala bless him and his dear family with all goodness in this world and the Hereafter. Allah Ta’ala give Hadhrat and his family a long, healthy and fruitful life. Ameen.