Hadhrat mentioned that once, Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله was sitting, and his disciples were fanning him. During which a person came to him and questioned him: “When a sinful person is buried next to a pious person does he benefit from the mercy and blessings that are revealed on the pious person?”
On hearing this question, Maualana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله questioned him, “Can you feel the breeze from the fanning that is being done for me?” He replied, “Yes”. To this Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله replied, “There it is, if you can experience the benefits in this world for an act which is being done for me, then surely Allah’s mercy and blessings are much more vast.”
For me, this statement diverted my attention towards the fact that the questioning of a person begins in the grave and that each individual will be tormented in the grave or will be rewarded for his piety.
Similarly, if the proximity and adjacency of a pious person can be of benefit even after his death, one should try and ponder over the benefit that can be derived from a pious person during his life. Through his company a man can enjoy and benefit from the mercy and blessings of Allah.
May Allah give us all the inclination to keep in the company of the pious. Aameen.