The Strength of Shaykh Yahya al-Kandhlawi (ra)’s Hifzul-Qur’an July 9, 2009Posted by Liliek in Biografi.
Shaykh al-Hadith Maulana Zakariyya al-Kandhlawi (ra) writes:
My late father [Shaykh Yahya al-Kandhlawi] on many occasions told the following story:
“During Hazrat’s last Ramadan I led the taraweeh prayers (for him and his attendants). It so happened that because of some reason or another, Hazrat’s son, Hakeem Muhammad Mas’ood, was unable to perform it.
For quite some days before the commencement of Ramadan, Hazrat said:
‘Mas’ood Ahmad Saheb is indisposed and not available to lead taraweeh prayers. Who is going to recite the Quran for us in Taraweeh?’
On every occasion I wanted to offer my services and declare my readiness, but out of respect I refrained from doing so. Two days before Ramadan Hazrat said:
‘Moulvi Yahya Saheb, you are also a hafiz of the Quran?’
I replied: ‘Yes Hazrat, I am indeed. But I recite the Quran in a Persian tone. You are used to hearing the recitation of Hakeem Mas’ood Ahmad Saheb, who is indeed a fine Qari.’
Hazrat replied: ‘No, I have already heard your recitation. You shall lead in taraweeh.’ ”
My father says: “On the first day it was a great burden for me. By way of preparation, I had to recite one and a quarter juz of the Quran by looking into the Quran. I had memorized the Quran at the age of seven. Thereafter for six months I had to look into the Quran and daily recite one full khatam [completion]. And since then I have never looked into the Quran to recite it. The first day, in order to prepare myself properly, I recited 1-1/4 paras from the Quran, but from the second day onwards the fear, nervousness and anxiety disappeared. Thereafter there was no further need to look into the Quran.”
My late father [Shaykh Yahya al-Kandhlawi] (May Allah fill his resting place with noor) was indeed a very good hafiz with tremendous energy to recite the Quran by heart. He had a bookshop where he himself made up the parcels to be posted, and wrote the addresses himself. While doing that he was all the time reciting the Quran in audible fashion without ever becoming confused or struggling over the mutashaabihaat [similar occurring words/phrases/verses in different parts of the Qur’an].
Maulana ‘Ashiq Ilahi writes about him in Tazkiratul-Khaleel:
“Once upon my request he was invited to Meerut to lead taraweeh prayers and recite the Quran in Ramadan. I saw that wherever he went, he was all the time busy reciting by himself so that he finished a whole khatam [completion] daily. When it was time for Iftar, he was reading: ‘Qul a`oozhu bi rabbinnaas…’
When he arrived by rail at Meerut it was Isha time. Being a man who was continuously in a state of wudu, he entered the mosque and immediately proceeded to the musallah to lead the prayers and in three hours recited ten juz so clearly, without any struggling over difficult patches as if the Quran was an open book in front of him. So comfortable was his pace of recitation, that he completed a full khatam of the Quran in three nights and departed. So good a hafiz was he that there was no need to revise his reading beforehand; neither was there any need for someone to stand behind him and listen with a view to correct if needed.”
My father [Shaykh Yahya al-Kandhlawi] also used to say about this visit to Meerut: “When the word got around in Meerut that a certain man was coming to complete a full khatam of the Quran in salaah within three days, thirty or fourty huffaaz arrived from far and wide to stand behind him and test him.”
My late father never had trouble with fever in Ramadan like myself. On the invitations and insistence of friends, he often went to their places to finish a khatam in two or at the most three nights before returning home. In mosques he generally did it in three nights and in other ibadat-khaanas [places of worship] he generally did so in two or even in one night. Once on the invitation of the late Shah Zahid Hussain he completed a khatam at Shah Saheb’s house in two nights.
I can still remember his recitation in the Nawab-wali Masjid in Qasaabpura, Delhi [India]. A certain Moulvi Naseeruddin was busy performing taraweeh in the Hakeem Ishaq Masjid. At that time my father arrived in Delhi from somewhere. He went to rest a little in the resting place of Hakeem Ishaq attached to the Masjid. It so happened that Moulvi Naseeruddin was reciting the 14th juz and making heavy weather, so that he had to be corrected time and again. My father went into the Masjid and as soon as Moulvi Naseeruddin gave the next salaam, he asked him to vacate the spot, and he himself took over. In the next sixteen rakaats he recited sixteen juz. No doubt, the musallees must have found the going tiring and exhausting. But it is a fact that people are more pleased with finishing the Quran quickly than they are worried about a bit of hardship. To have been able to finish the Quran on the 12th night made them forget their exhaustion.
I can also remember his recitation of the Quran in the house of Ummi Bi in Kandhla [village in India]. She was Amatur-Rahman, the daughter of Maulana Muzaffar Hussain, my father’s maternal grandmother, who became known as Ummi Bi. In answer to a special request he remained reciting the Quran throughout the night in nafl prayers. Because of the fact that according to [Hanafis] it is not permissible to have more than four muqtadees in nafl prayers, the ladies behind him had to be changed continuously, while my father continued reciting.
My late uncle (Shaykh Maulana Ilyaas [ra] ) also used to visit Kandhla in Ramadan because of the presence there of Ummi Bi. At such times the Quran khatam used to be completed in one single night. At such times he performed Isha salaah in the Masjid and thereafter went to the house of Ummi Bi to perform taraweeh from after Isha until suhoor time, thereby completing fourteen or fifteen juz. Maulana Raooful Hasan Saheb is the uncle of my late father and the father of my late wife. His story has already been mentioned in ‘Aap Beti’ under the heading: Taqwa. On the 30th of Ramadan he recited from ‘Alif Laam Meem’ until ‘Qul a-`oozhu bi rabbil falaq…’ in one single raka’ah and in the second raka’ah he recited only Surah an-Naas! Then at suhoor time he told his mother Ummi bi:
“I have now performed two raka’ah. Will you now perform the other eighteen?”
During all that time the mother listened to the Quran while standing behind him in the salaah!