The childhood of Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan
(May Allah shower His Mercy on him)
Our master was born in Hyderabad on Friday, the 10th of Dhul Hijjah 1292 Hijri at 5 O’ clock in the morning. The mother of the Shaykh says that from the days of pregnancy itself, I was being given glad tidings of the birth of pious son. Before his birth, his elder brother had passed away in infancy. Because of this, his mother was very sad. During these days, a mystic came and said: Daughter, don’t be sad! You are getting the return of what you have lost. Look at the sky! Your child can be seen coming. She says: In my innocence and out of love of my deceased child, I thought that my dead son was being returned to me through the prayers of the mystic. The moment I looked at the sky, I saw a radiant lamp descending from the sky and entering my house. The radiance of it was such that till the limits of sight, the whole atmosphere became radiant and my eyes were dazzled by it. After this the period of pregnancy started.
As an infant, Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His Mercy on him) never troubled his mother like other children. There was a particular time for every need of his. This made things easy for his mother. From his birth itself, signs of piety were apparent in him. His Tasmiya Khwani (a ceremony traditionally performed to indicate the beginning of education) was performed by Hadhrat A’aqibat Shah (May Allah shower His mercy on him). His piety was such that in his last age, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered the Shaykh to come to Him. Hadhrat A’aqibat Shah (May Allah shower His mercy on him) left for Madina and died there.
After this, educational responsibilities were placed on the shoulders of Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His mercy on him). The guide of today readied himself to traverse the highways of knowledge and learning under the direction of his teachers.
Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His mercy on him) was raised in the best possible manner. His whole family was high-minded and pious. His childhood was spent hearing the blessed name of Allah Most High and the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). On coming of age, he had seen his elders following the Shariah and spending their nights in the worship of Allah Most High.
His father was a pious person who followed the Shariah to the letter. His mother was the daughter of a saint and was herself a very pious lady. They spent their energies in raising their blessed son. His mother’s method was such that even though the whole family used to be present in the house, but there used to be no hullabaloo in the house. Once between Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His mercy on him) and his sister, there was some difference in dividing a fruit. Their mother came and threw that fruit out of the house and told them that if they were found fighting again, she would deal with them in the same manner.
The sister of Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His mercy on him) says: In those days, whenever we would hear some hawker selling something, we would ask our mother about it and if what was being sold was not good, she would say: It is a bad thing, child. On hearing this, Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His mercy on him) would say: La Haula Wala Quwwata Illa Billah. Mother, we don’t want that thing.
Whenever due to being extraordinary busy, any curry could not prepared, the Shaykh’s mother would serve him Supari along with chapatti and he would eat that and go to the Madarsa.