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Advice for a Maktab Teacher

Teaching Only for the Pleasure of Allah Ta'ala

From the advices of Hadhrat Moulana Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA)..."Many of our seniors had served the Deen of Allah Ta'ala only for the pleasure of Allah. They took no salary from the madrasah nor any remuneration. Many of my asaatiza (Qari Siddeeq Saahib's teachers) taught in Sahaaranpur without receiving any salary from the Madrasah. I was very fortunate to have studied under such luminaries.

Keeping the Welfare of your Students at Heart

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) .............. An ustaadh should always keep the welfare of his students at heart. In this regard the following should be kept in mind:

An ustaadh should always see to the needs of his students. If you cannot manage to personally take care of their needs, arrangements with others should be made to fulfil their needs.

Ikhlaas

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) ... Hadhrat Moulana Qaasim Nanotwi (RA) was once offered a salary of five hundred rupees, which in present times is equivalent to thousands of rupees. He replied that he was being called for his perceived perfections whereas he did not find any notable accomplishments in himself.

Teaching only for the Sake of Allah Ta'ala

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) ...... Khateeb (RA) has recorded in his famous book ‘Al Kifaayah’ that Hammaad bin Salimah (RA), had a student who travelled to the Far East for purposes of trade. He had earned himself a great fortune on this trip. Out of love for his ustaadh, he presented some gifts to him.

Advice for Teachers

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA).... If possible, one should serve the Deen of Allah Ta'ala without any remuneration/salary. If this is not possible then the ustaadh must at least be content with whatever he earns with patience and gratitude. He should continue with his work, having total confidence in Allah Ta'ala, and with conviction that The Being for whom I am striving is aware of my condition and He will sustain me through unseen means. 

Advice for Teachers

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA). In every facet of our lives, we should strive in following our beloved Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The faculty of teaching is no exception. Whilst teaching, we should never be desirous of obtaining the dunya. One should teach only for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala and for earning the aakhirah. Whatever salary a person receives, he should be content with it.

A Unique Incident of Compassion

From the Advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) ....... I once heard from my ustaadh, Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi (RA) that a certain person had been sent by his ustaadh to Khandlah to teach. Before his departure, he was advised to teach solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala and not to ask for any of his needs from the local people.

Compassion to Students (continues.....)

Once, Hadhrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (RA) was teaching in the courtyard of the musjid when it suddenly began to rain. All the students hurriedly took their books and rushed off to the Musjid. Hadhrat Moulana (RA) slowly picked up all the shoes of his students and kept it in a safe place, out of the rain.

Compasion for Students (continues....)

From the advices of Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi Saahib (RA) .... If ever a student does something wrong, then in a kind and polite way, make him understand his mistake. If this does not work, then reprimand him. If this also fails, inform the Madrasah authorities of your problem. If after repeated explanation and reprimanding, the student still fails to understand, then inform the students’ parents or guardians that perhaps it is not feasible for the student to remain in this particular madrasah.

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