Hakim al-Umma Hadhrat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said,
“Essentially in every era there exist one or two such pious people that having no connection with them whatsoever, leaving aside open opposition and confrontation, leads to (Divine) displeasure and great loss of blessing. Though, no punishment results.
I consider Hadhrat Mawlana (Rashid Ahmad) Gangohi (may Allah have mercy on him), to be one of them.”
Waaz: Arza al-Haq, Khutbat e Hakim al-Ummat, volume 15, page 88