The following lines are a selected translation of a biography of Amir-ul-Hind Maulana sayyid As’ad Madani, written by his eldest daughter, in which she explains how her noble father saw to her upbringing, how he would conduct himself with his children and how he would spare no efforts in seeing to their needs and keeping them happy.
Some appellants (to the permissibility of Riba’ in modern times) have tried to attract the doctrine of necessity to the case of ribaand argue that the Holy Qur’an has allowed even to eat pork in the case of extreme hunger to save one’s life. The argument of some appellant was that the interest-based system has now become a universal necessity and no country can live without it.
The one who fears standing in the presence of his Rabb shall have two gardens. So which favours of your Rabb do the two of you deny? Both these (gardens) shall be filled with branches. So which favours of your Rabb do the two of you deny? In both (gardens) there shall be two gushing springs. So which favours of your Rabb do the two of you deny? In both there shall be a pair of every fruit. (Qur’ān Ch. 50 V. 46-52)
Ibn ʿAbbās said: When the Prophet ṣalallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam came to Medina, he found the Jews observing fast on the day of ʿĀshūrā’; so they were asked about it (by the Prophet). They said: This is a day on which Allah gave Moses domination over Pharaoh. We fast on it out of reverence to him. The Messenger of Allah ṣalallāhu ʿalayhi wasallam said: We have a closer connection with Moses than you have. He then gave orders that it should be observed…
Many of us have confined the issue of Iṣlāh and reformation to only our outward appearance, or maybe to the acts of ʿibadāt (worships). We come to our masjid, and perform our salāt, make some tilāwah of qur’ān, make some ẓikr, probably give some ṣadaqah and charity, wear a sunnah clothing and keep a beard. But with all that, the internal value of the human being is equally important. And that is our muʿāmalāt, our dealings with people, even in the outside world.