Miya Sahib and his neighbours

[Allah has commanded us to be good to our neighbours. The prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) was the best to his neighbours. The pious obey the command of Allah almighty and follow his noble messenger. Be good to your neighbours for a considerate neighbour is a great bounty of Allah. - Saif]

[Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani relates regarding Ml. Asghar Hussain (also known as Miya Sahib),]

His house and living quarters were made of mud. Every year, during the rainy seasons, the plastering of the house was inevitable. This cost significant amount of time and money. Once, my father (Mufti Shafi Usmani) said to Miya Sahib, “Sir! The amount it cost to plaster the house yearly, if you built a brick house the amount will be recouped in two to three years and you will be forever free of this labour”.

Upon hearing this he responded, ‘Masha-Allah, this is a very intelligent suggestion; we have become old and become unfocused’. After a short pause he outlined the true reality and then it was clear the calibre of this person’s thought. He said,

All the houses in my neighbourhood is of the poor and made of mud. If I build a house of bricks the poor neighbour will feel sorrow and I do not have the capacity to build concrete houses for all.

My father writes, ‘At that time I knew that whatever these people think, it is not possible for everyman to comprehend. So he did not make his house concrete until the neighbours had brick houses ’

Posted in ijtima.org, note 56 (12 Jumada I 1433). Originally published in Ulama Deoband kiya te? (1430). 2nd ed. Mufti Taqi Usmani. Karachi, Pakistan; Maktabah Ma'arif al-Quran. p.102

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman