On many occasions, my Ustadh, Maulana Anwar Sahib, would relate an incident that occurred whilst he was in the company of Hadhrat Yusuf Motala Sahib, in Umrah.Maulana Anwar Sahib, by narrating this incident, would educate us in many ways and teach us many lessons from this one single episode. I have never forgotten this incident and it remains clear and fresh in my mind as the day it was told to us.He stated: On one occasion, when we were near the Ka’bah, Hadhrat Yusuf Sahib saw a man taking support on the Mataaf (area near the Ka’bah) whilst doing Tawaf. On seeing this Hadhrat explained to him that this was against the Sunnah and that one should not lean on the Mataaf, especially if he is able.On hearing this that man replied, “الدين يسر” (religion is simple), to which Hadhrat immediately replied, “اليسر ما ثبت عن اليني صلي الله عليه و سلم” (easiness is in that which has been established from the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم).

On hearing this reply the man felt ashamed and straight away removed his hand from the Mataaf.

From this incident, my Ustadh, taught us that although religion is simple, easy and compromising as well as lenient, we cannot start doing our own actions and say that religion allows it because easiness lies in what we are doing. Instead, we are taught that whatever the Prophet of Allah صلي الله عليه و سلم has taught is easy and simple to act upon and carry out as he was the Prophet of Mercy.

Another point which my Ustadh pointed out was the love of such saints for the Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم. Their love reached to such an extent that they were unable to see a person go against the Sunnah and they would not remain silent upon it. If this was the case, then we can imagine how punctual and dedicated they must be on their Sunan. Furthermore, if their dedication to the Sunan is as mentioned, then what would be the possibility of them committing a sin due to negligence?

May Allah increase our love for our Beloved Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم and make this love reflect in our actions. May he give us the inclination to adopt all the Sunan and refrain from the Haram.