Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahimahullah was a great scholar of India. He has compiled various kitaabs, Beshti Zewar (Heavenly Ornaments) is one of his great compilations.
During his childhood, he could not bear to look at the exposed stomach of anyone. The neighbourhood boys came to know of this. To trouble him, they would open their stomachs and reveal it to him. He would vomit and become nauseous. This was the amazing arrangement of Allah Ta’ala that He made this exquisite nature a means of him not associating with local boys. In this manner, he was made a homely boy and saved from bad company.
Ml Ashraf Ali rahimahullah says:
“From childhood my mind is unaccustomed to comprehending anything explained unsystematically, even though it may be something minor. Neither do i speak confusingly nor do I understand anyone else’s confusing talk because since childhood my mind is accustomed to a set pattern.”
People would come all the time to Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah rahimahullah requesting his duas. He would generally say that it is my obligation to make dua for all of you. Hadhrat’s habit was that if anyone requested him to make dua for them, he would make dua in the following words;
May Allah Ta’ala make you successful in whatever good desires and objectives you have in your heart.
May Allah remove all your difficulties and hardships.
May Allah bless you with safety and tranquility
May Allah bless you with barakah (blessings) in your sustenance.
May Allah protect you from incurring debts.
May Allah protect t you from the evil of the enemy.
And may Allah fulfill whatever other wishes and desires you may have in your heart, with ease and goodness.
If after making this duaa, anyone asked for something else, Hadhratjee would say, Alhamdulillah, I have made dua for that also. In this dua, everything has been encompassed.
Sometimes Hadhratjee would make this dua
May Allah keep you with strong and perfect Iman.
If anyone came to ask him for dua to find a suitable marriage partner, Hadhratjee would make the following dua:
May Allah Ta’ala bless you with a suitable, soft, compatible marriage partner.
If any student of deen came to Hadhratjee for dua, he would say
May Allah create interest for you in your lessons, may your memory strengthen , may Allah protect you from evil friends.