An excellent way of explaining something to somebody is also to give examples. Explaining something by giving examples makes it easier for a listener to understand what is being said and it is also remembered for a long time. The manner of explaining something by giving examples is not only found in the Holy Quran and Hadees, but it is also found in the blessed life history of pious predecessors. A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has also adopted this attractive style in his works at many places. Last year [Safar-ul-Muzaffar 1440 AH], 22 examples were presented from the books of A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه in the special issue, ‘Faizan-e-Imam-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat’ published on the occasion of 100th ‘Urs of A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه. Now some more examples are being presented below from the works of A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه.
Glass and stone
Nikah breaks up by divorcing though the one who divorces does not know of it that if he divorces, his Nikah will break up. Explaining this thing by giving an example Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: If a person throws a stone at a glass, the glass must break though he does not know that it breaks the glass. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 21, pp. 216)
Responsibilities of Mufti
If a person wrongly judges the type of his problem by having his own presumption and then he asks about this type from a Mufti, but the Mufti knows the real type of the problem, now it is the responsibility of the Mufti to mention the Shar’i commandment as per the real type. Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated this thing by giving an example like this, ‘There is a patient who diagnosed his disease wrongly due to being unaware of it and asked about the medicine for it from a doctor. If the doctor knows his real disease and understands it and knows it that this medicine will not be beneficial for him, but rather harmful to him, so it is not Halal at all for the doctor to prescribe him the medicine of the wrong disease and make him firmer on his mistake by helping him harm himself.’ (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 16, pp. 331)
In his book, ‘Ahsan-ul-Wi’a li Adaab-id-Du’a’ [اَحْسَنُ الْوِعَاءِ لآدَابِ الدُّعَاءِ], talking about the sixth manner of Du’a the father of Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah Maulana Naqi ‘Ali Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated: If someone has violated the rights of someone, he should fulfil his rights or should get them forgiven from him. A’la Hadrat رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه wrote a footnote in this book. Its name is ‘أحسن الوعاء لآداب الدعاء و ذیل المدعاء لأحسن الوعاء’. Giving an example in it he رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said, ‘Raising hands for Du’a after violating the rights of bondmen is as a person goes to the king for begging in the state that people surround him and make complaints to him that he has abused him, beaten him, usurped his wealth and robbed him. Just ponder, should he be forgiven or be punished!’ (Fazaail-e-Du’a, pp. 60)
Bird and shehper [the biggest feather of a bird’s wing]
Mentioning the 17th manner of Du’a Maulana Naqi ‘Ali Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated: Recite Durood in the beginning and at the end upon the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and his family members and companions.
Commenting on this manner of Du’a to be heard, Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has stated the importance of blessed Durood with this example, ‘O dear! Du’a is a bird and Durood is the biggest feather of the bird’s wing; how can a bird fly without feather!’ (Fazaail-e-Du’a, pp. 68-69)
Allah Almighty is the Owner of all the worlds. Whatever He wills, He does; no one has any right to make any objection. Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has given a very beautiful example in order to explain it: Zaid bought a thousand bricks for 1 rupee; he used 500 in the Masjid and 500 in the toilet. Can anyone have any objection to it? When these 1000 bricks were made by one type of clay, baked in one furnace and bought for one rupee, what quality did 500 bricks possess which were used in the Masjid and what was the fault in the 500 bricks which were used in the place of impurity [toilet]? If a foolish person asks him [the one who bought bricks and used in the Masjid and the toilet], he will say, ‘It was my possession. I did what I wanted.’
Having mentioned the example Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه said, ‘When it is the state of the possession which we own only in the world, so what will be the state of the possession which Allah Almighty owns! He is the pure, single and true Owner of us, our lives, our wealth and all the worlds. How can anyone have the power to say anything in His work and in His commandments! Is there anyone who is equal to Him or who is His officer? Who asks Him what and why (not at all)! He is the absolute Owner of everything and does not have any partner; whatever He willed He did, and whatever He wills, He will do.’ (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 29, pp. 295, summarised)
Those who expect from worldly people
Mentioning the 48th manner of Du’a the father of Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah has said: Do not hasten for your Du’a to be heard.
Explaining this manner of Du’a Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has mentioned this example: The people who expect from the rich and the rulers of the world are seen that they spend even three years, go to them all the time with the expectation that they will help, but rulers scold them [their subjects], do not like to listen to their problems and do not give the opportunity to any poor person to mention his problem. If someone reaches them by mistake, they get fed up with their request. By doing all this they do not help people, but even then people neither give up hope nor stop going to them. On the other hand, very few people turn towards Allah Almighty and those who turn, feel bored, get confused and think that it should happen today instead of tomorrow; they spend only a week doing some Wazifah (invocations) and then start making complaints, ‘Dear, I recited but it did not have any effect.’ These foolish people themselves close the door of acceptance for themselves. (Fazaail-e-Du’a, pp. 97, 100)
Dear Islamic brothers! Everyone cannot define very difficult scholarly things by giving simple examples. Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Muhammad Ilyas Qaadiri دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه has written about A’la Hadrat, Imam of Ahl-us-Sunnah, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه:
Allah Allah! Tabahhur-e-‘ilmi
Ab bhi baaqi hay khidmat-e-qalami
Ahl-e-Sunnat ka jo hay sermayah
Wah kya baat A’la Hadrat ki