Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan's

Standard of respect to Sayyids

Sayyids are the descendants of Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him). A Sayyid, remains a holy descendant so long as he follows the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him), else he is repugnant. Except Sayyids, all Muslims are alike. Allah, the Almighty clearly declares that whosoever wants to love Allah, should follow Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) so that he could be loved by Allah. On the other hand, the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) declares: whosoever wants to love me, should love my descendants.

Thus, having regard to Holy Qur‘an and Hadith one ought to pay due regards to Sayyids. The following event would show as to where A‘lahazrat stands in this regard. Allama Arshad al-Qŕdiri has written a booklet "Dil Ki Ashnai" in which he has described an event relating to A‘lahazrat. The way of description is as nice as the event itself. In short, it runs as under:

"A palanquin is placed at the doorstep of A‘lahazrat. A‘lahazrat has to go somewhere. All the people are anxiously waiting as to when he comes out of his residence to get in. Such was the time when the palanquins were in vogue. After all, A‘lahazrat comes out, extends due courtesy to the waiting people and enters the palanquin. The palanquin-bearers take the palanquin on their shoulders and go on. Just after a while, A‘lahazrat asks to put down the palanquin on the ground and asks its bearers if anyone of them is Al-i-Rasůl (descendant of Holy Prophet). The entire labor is silent nobody speaks. Upon this, A‘lahazrat says; I ask you in the name of Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him), please do tell. I am feeling the fragrance of Holy race". Now one of its bearers grows pale and says, "Work is taken from labor, its race is not questioned. I know no skill. Hence, I am doing this work. I am a Sayyid, if you ask me in the name of my Holy Grandfather." Upon this, A‘lahazrat began to weep like a baby and exclaimed, "All this has happened due to my ignorance, kindly excuse me, kindly excuse me. Not only this, A‘lahazrat put his "Amama" (turban) on the feet of that man and went on saying," Prince, kindly pardon me. Whose footwear is the greatest crown for my head, I have ridden on his delicate shoulders. Alas! what have I done! What would I reply if the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) asked me at Mehshar: "were the shoulders of my offspring meant for your conveyance?" All the people were stunned. The whole atmosphere was stunned. What was happening was neither seen nor heard before. The greatest savant of the time was sobbing, repenting and begging excuse in such a humble manner. He did not deter unseen the Sayyid pardoned him several times. A‘lahazrat was not satisfied with this even and said, "The only atonement is that let the Holy Prince insisted and so insisted that this vice versa had to be given a practical shape and the people practically realized the standard of A‘lahazrat in regard to paying respect to the holy descendants of Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him)."

Through Hazrat Sakhawat Hussain, Khateeb of Jamia Masjid, Bareilly, I learnt of another important instance. The fact was that on being unhappy over some family matter, A'lahazrat did not take food. As a solution to this problem, a Sayyid was invited to intervene in the matter and persuade A‘lahazrat to take food and so he did. But, A‘lahazrat requested the Sayyid not to kindly intervene in his home affairs. The Sayyid reacted forthwith and said, "Okay, I will convey it as such to the Holy Prophet (Allah’s Grace and Peace be upon him) at Mehshar." Upon this, A‘lahazrat sought apology and took no time to accept the food. As is expected of a devout Muslim, A‘lahazrat always surrendered before a Sayyid unconditionally.

H. H Sayyid al-Ulčma Hazrat Al-i-Mustafa Marahravi, once disclosed a very interesting thing. A thought came to his mind that A‘lahazrat possessed all qualities but one. It was that he was not a Sayyid. A‘lahazrat took birth in a Pathan family. Allah could cause him to take birth in a Sayyid family. Allah does what He wants. H.H Sayyid al-Ulčma said that when he thought over the said case of palanquin, then he was forced to give a second thought to his earlier thinking. He was then able to think as to why A‘lahazrat was a non-Sayyid. If he were a Sayyid himself, how could the people know what respect should be given to a Sayyid and how he should be dealt with?