Hakimul Ummat Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi Rahmatullahi alai presenting nasihah to Ulama, said
“Nowadays, once a person has studied a couple of Arabic books, he is given the title of Molvi whereas in actual fact he is not a Molvi.
A Molvi is a person who understands the laws of the Shariah and practises accordingly in both the Zaahiri and Baatini spheres.
He has to be a man of Allah. A man of Allah is never a jaahil.”
“I take qasam (oath) and say if the greatness of Allah Ta’aala enters into the heart, you will become ashamed if someone addresses you as ‘Maulana Sahib’, ‘Hafiz Sahib’, etc.”
“When one gains kamal (perfection or excellence in the moral and spiritual realms) then one will realize that one is in actual fact a jaahil.”“I always maintain that the Ulama are in greater need of moral reformation (islah).”
Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Mohammad Taqi Usmani saheb db’s bayan: Value of Knowledge
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