At the instructions and wishes of my late uncle, the reviver of tableegh, Maulana Muhammad Ilayas (R.A), several booklets have already seen the light from the pen of this humble servant. In spite of my own incompetence, but through the Grace of Allah, and the blessings of the insistence of my late uncle, these booklets have proven to be quite beneficial and they have already been prints in very large numbers.
""O Allah, All praise and thanks are due to you alone. I can never praise You sufficiently. Verily You are as Majestic as You alone can praise yourself adequately.""
Towards the end of his life, my late uncle laid great stress upon my compiling two more booklets: one pertaining to spending in the path of Allah and another on the virtues of business. As for spending in the path of Allah, I have already compiled a book on this subject some time ago. It has been printed under the title: FAZAA-IL SADAQUAT. However, as for FAZAA-IL TIJAARAT, I have, in spite of his insistence, not been able up to now to comply with his wishes. He expressed his wishes for such a booklet time and again during his .illness, during which time I frequently had to visit him in Delhi (Nizamuddin). During that time, because it was near the end of the Madresa year where my lecturing on Bukhari Shareef in Madresa Mazahirul Uloom, Saharanpur, l was forced to continuously return to Saharanpur. This meant that neither could I settle in Delhi nor in Saharanpur. lt often entailed me having to stay for two or three days in Delhi and two or three days in Saharanpur. I have already explained this in my introduction to VIRTUES OF HA] and in VIRTUES OF CHARITY.
Because of his wishes, a treatise was actually written and a rough draft prepared. In accordance with my well-known style, it consisted of a few chapters, some stories by way of illustration and a conclusiory chapter. The draft was presented to him but because of his severe illness, he could not listen to and suggest some changes to the shortcomings and inadequacies, so that the final draft could be prepared according to his satisfaction. Unfortunately, because of his illness, this was not to be.
He indicated that the manuscript should be placed before some of his colleagues in the field of tableegh, who in their deliberations should discuss its merits and draw attention to any faults or shortcomings. This was done, although it would have been so much better if he himself could have done that.
After from presenting the manuscript to some of the late Maulana's friends, they were so involved and busy, being pre-occupied with his illness, that every time they were asked for the corrected manuscript, the reply was that they had not yet completed the proof-reading thereof. During this time Hazrat Maulana Ilyas passed away. May Allah fill his resting place with blessed light and grant him a lofty place in the hereafter!
Thereafter, I also became so involved with my Iecturing in Mazahirul U-Ioon 'Saharanpur, the administrative affairs of the Madresa and the writing of commentaries on various classical Hadeeth works etc., that no immediate attention could be given to this work. For this I am extremely regretful. Now, since have been residing in Madinah Munawwarah for a couple of years, the involvement with Madresa affairs is no more. However, I have myself been troubled with severe ill-health and for about five years, I have been continuously quite ill. Everytime the wishes of my dear uncle come to mind, have been feeling greatly disturbed at not having complied with his wishes,.
Now for the last few months my illness is of such a degree that I have not been able to perform any educational and religious services, but because of the worry at not having complied with the wishes of my uncle, today, on the evening of Wednesday the 7th of Zil Hij 1399, in the Masjid el Nabawi in Madinah, I have had the work restarted. I have no hope of completing it myself and have asked my dear friend, Maulana Soofi Iqbal, who has written down many of my works one my dictation, and from whose hands many of my books have been published, to complete it, should I fail to do so. However, the spiritual attentions of my late uncle were presentandA lhamdullillah I was able to dictate it to the end.
The original text prepared during the lifetime of Maulana Ilyas has been forgotten and those UIama who were presented with it, have all passed away and the manuscript has been lost. But may Allah see this work finally printed so that it may be added to the righteous deeds of Maulana Ilyas. This booklet, which thus had to be rewritten, has for the sake of barakat, been commenced with a chapter on halaal Earnings from BEHISHTI ZEWAR BY MAULANAASHRAF ALl THANWI (May Allah fill his resting place with Noorf!)
Maulana Muhammad Zacharia.