This kitaab would indeed be incomplete without mentioning something about our Hadhrat’s khaadim-e-khaas (special attendant) Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Pandor Saahib (db). He is the youngest of seven brothers. His father, Haji Ismail Yusuf Pandor (RA) was extremely pious and always had great love for the Ulama’ and the pious. Four of his seven sons are Ulama’, three of whom are the khulafaa of Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadeeth, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) and three are the khulafaa of Hadhrat Moulana As’ad Madani (RA). Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) is a khalifa of both Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (RA) and Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib (RA).
Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) initially studied at home in South Africa and thereafter enrolled in Hatora at the Madrasah of Hadhrat Moulana Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA). Thereafter he proceeded to Darul Uloom Deoband to complete his studies. He studied Bukhaari Shareef under Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib (RA). After qualifying, he dedicated himself to the service of Faqeehul Ummah, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib (RA).
In the service of Faqeehul Ummah
He served Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) with great passion. He completely annihilated himself in the khidmat of his sheikh, putting aside everything including his home, parents, family and friends. It was as though he had made himself waqf to Hadhrat (RA). His islaahi ta’alluq was with Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) but he also received Khilaafat from Hadhrat Sheikhul Hadith, Moulana Muhammad Zakariyyah (RA). (Reference, the list of khulafa No. 101). Many people felt that after he attained Khilaafat he would return home as seemingly the purpose for which he was making the khidmat of his Sheikh (RA) was now obtained. However, the world was to see this true lover dedicating his entire life to the service of his beloved sheikh. Even after khilafat, he remained in the service of Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA).
After marriage, many felt that he would not return to India as it is difficult to leave all the comforts of South Africa and settle in India. However, the love that he had for his sheikh was so intense that he took his family with to live in the difficult conditions of India and to serve his sheikh as well as the guests that would come to visit his sheikh. May Allah Ta’ala reward them both for their selfless sacrifice. They left the comforts of their luxurious homes to live in Chatta Musjid, Deoband and serve Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA). Living in a foreign land far away from home without any friends or relatives is no easy task, yet his wife also served Hadhrat (RA) with great passion to the extent that not even once did she complain regarding any of the difficulties she may have experienced. This is what the Ulama’ refer to as fanaa-fish-Sheikh to conform your thinking, your ways, your temperament and nature to that of the sheikh, to completely conform to the teachings and instructions of the sheikh. What a beautiful example Hadhrat Moulana Ibraheem Saahib (RA) has set for us.
Hadhrat’s love for Moulana Ibraaheem
Once, Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) undertook a journey to Kashmir to the Madrasah of Moulana Rahmatullah Kashmiri (db). Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) had gone into Baandi Pura with one of the saathies (travelling companions) whilst Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) remained at the Madrasah. After a while, someone brought some fruit for Hadhrat (RA). He refused to eat saying, “Wait for Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) to return, then we will eat.” However, after waiting for some time Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib had still not arrived. When Hadhrat noticed that it had now become quite late, he selected a peach and said to Moulana Rahmatullah, “Molvi Rahmatullah, be my witness that the first fruit I am eating is on behalf of Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib.” Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) remained in the company of Hadhrat Mufti Saahib (RA) in safar (on journey) and hadhar (at home) seeing to his every need. He used to make the necessary arrangements for all Hadhrat’s guests preparing their food, bedding, etc., Insha Allah Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) will have a full share of all the reward accrued from Hadhrat’s khidmaat. Upto this day, Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) is making every effort to spread Hadhrat’s work and to ensure that Hadhrat’s faiz and barakaat (blessings) continues to spread throughout the world.
The opinion of Hadhratjee Moulana Maseehullah Saahib (RA)
Once, Sheikh Wasf-e-Ilaahi Saahib (RA) asked Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Saahib (RA), “What is the position of Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db)?” Hadhrat (RA) replied, “I can only say this much, I used to go to Jalaalabaad to visit Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saahib (RA). Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) used to accompany me. From a distance Hadhratjee (RA) would see Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) and would start making dua for him. He never used to make dua for me but would only make dua for Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db). I used to think that Moulana Ibraahem Saahib (db) must be a person of a very high stature. Some of the pious are exposed whilst others remain concealed. He is among the concealed ones.” Once, Hadhratjee, Moulana Maseehullah Saahib (RA) also mentioned, that Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) has earned his Jannah by making Hadhrat Mufti Saahib’s (RA) khidmat.
Presently, Hadhrat Moulana has ten children and three grandchildren. We make dua that Allah Ta’ala accept them all for His Deen and keep them in His hifaazat (protection). May Allah Ta’ala bless Hadhrat Moulana Ibraaheem Saahib (db) with a long life with aafiyat and good health and keep him with us for a long time. Aameen.