During the 1857 Jihad campaign in India against the British invaders, Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh) who was wanted by the British government went into hiding. He remained in concealment in a room near to the stables of a wealthy person. A spy notified the British authorities of Haaji Sahib’s place of hiding. Soon some English officers came to the mansion of the wealthy person. They said that they had heard of his excellent horses and desired to view them.
They were taken to the stables. Whilst looking at the horses they came to the room wherein Haaji Sahib was in hiding. The owner of the house was in a state of panic. When the door was thrown open, they saw a musalla spread open and a jug of water. No one was present. The officer asked: ‘Whose musalla and jug are these?’ The owner said: “I perform Namaaz in this room.”
The officer: “Namaaz is performed in the Musjid not the stable.”
The owner: “I perform Nafl Salaat in concealment.”
The officers feeling embarrassed, apologized for the inconvenience caused and departed. After they left, the owner of the mansion went into the little room. When he entered, he saw Hadhrat Haaji Imdaadullah (rahmatullah alayh) sitting on the musalla engrossed in Thikr. Surprised and bewildered he asked Haaji Sahib: “Hadhrat, where were you?”
said: “I was right here.”
Indeed Allah Ta’ala had protected Haaji Sahib. The officers were unable to see him.
Let us all recite 3x Surah Ikhlaas as Isaale Thawaab for Haaji Imdadullah رحمة الله عليه and all the Marhumeen!