Hadhrat mentioned that once, Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله was taking a walk during which a person asked him: “What is the difference between الهام / كشف (matters made apparent by Allah) and وحي (revelation)?” Upon hearing the question, Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله asked him to how much distance was left to their intended destination. The person replied: “approximately five to six hundred yards”. Maulana Qasim Nanotwi رحمه الله replied, “That is the answer to your question”.
Meaning that whatever Allah reveals upon His slaves as الهام or كشف can sometimes be misinterpreted by the person and the information can differ. However, that which is revealed to the Prophets علهم الصلوة و السلام can never be incorrect nor can its meaning contain any ambiguity in its meaning.
From this I understood that Allah, at times, reveals hidden matters for His slaves from which they can derive benefit and benefit others. At times, these matters aid them in decision making as their goal and aim is always to please Allah and by committing themselves to Allah; they gain His pleasure and enjoy His guidance in matters which are unknown to the general people.
Therefore, the one who intends to please Allah and makes a firm intention to accomplish this and exercise all his efforts in pleasing Allah then surely Allah will help in his aim.
May Allah aid us in acquiring His pleasure and giving us the strength to make all our desires in accordance to Allah’s will. Aameen.