There is a story from which an even greater lesson is to be learned. Although Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullah) was the imam of his era and had reached the level of ijtihaad, he still made the time to humble himself before a great and famous saint of his time – Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah) – and to hold the bridle of his conveyance and lead it in the way that a servant and attendant would. People enquired as to why he treated him with such honour and respect. To this he replied: “Bishr Haafi has more ma’rifat of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) than I do.”
Bishr Haafi has more ma’rifat of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) than I do.
Twin Rivers by Moulana Mahboob Ahmad Bin Moulana Muhammad Qammaruzzamaan Saheb
Translated by Moulana Zakariyya Siddiq du Preez
(Note: Arabic terms in brackets after the names have been added my myself where I found appropriate. )