The greatness of a man does not consist in the working of miracles or the doing of wonders; neither does it lie in the preaching of sermons or the formulating of theories. It lies in the possession of a mighty personality. Personality is one of the indescribable wonders of the world. It conciliates opposition and inspires respect and imitation, which results eventually in implicit obedience. It changes ideas and revolutionises the thoughts, beliefs and actions of generations of mankind. In Hadrat Shaykh al Islam we have a noble, compassionate, generous and honourable person, and like all truly great men extremely humble and modest. Hadrat's characteristics and attributes are well in accordance with the Shariah, and those who have had the good fortune to sit in the presence of Hadrat will testify that each and every meeting is wholly Islamic and spiritual; and sitting in Hadrat's company reminds them of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala and his Most Beloved Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam.
Hadrat also refrains from unnecessary wordly discussions in his gatherings,
preferring to remain silent than engage in small talk.
Those who ask Hadrat questions are provided with in-depth and knowledgeable answers with reference to the Qur'an al-Kareem and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam ensuring the questioner is completely satisfied when he leaves.
After Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh passed away there appeared to exist a huge chasm in Sunni Islam. Followers of Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam Rahmatullahi alayh were in a state of shock and needed re-assuring that they had a worthy successor to Hadrat Muhaddith al-Azam Rahmatullahi alayh. Hadrat Shaykh al-Islam was of a relatively young age and had not yet completed his studies. Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi alayh was not only a great spiritual leader but also an outstanding scholar, Shaykh, debater, orator and writer ; and there was concern among the faithful as to how Hadrat Shaykh al-Islam, who as yet had not made one speech, could replace him. However, these concerns have proved to be unfounded. Hadrat has proven himself to be an equally competent scholar, spiritual leader, Shaykh, debater, orator and writer having inherited all the necessary skills and qualities from his Eminent father and from his Shaykh Sayyad Mukhtar Ashraf (Sarkar al-Kalan) Rahmatullahi alayh.
Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam Rahmatullahi alayh had thousands of disciples throughout the sub-continent who needed spiritual guidance and Hadrat had an almost impossible task just visiting these disciples and satisfactorily providing them with spiritual supervision, yet Hadrat Shaykh al-Islam has not only fulfilled that role but taken Hadrat Muhaddith al-A'zam Rahmatullahi alayh's mission several steps further by converting non-Muslims to Islam and making millions of disciples in India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America.
Those who had never met Hadrat chose to become disciples after listening to his speeches, whilst those who met Hadrat became his disciples after they had been spiritually enlightened by being in the exalted presence of Hadrat. Hadrat met disciples and non-disciples alike throughout the day and imparted unto them his vast knowledge and blessings, as well as dealing with any problems and difficulties that people came to see him with, by providing spiritual help and special prayers.
Personality is the manifestation of our character in everything we do in life. According to Merriam-Webster (2001), personality is defined as “the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially: the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics.” Personality is how our basic character is displayed to the world. Imâm Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali 'alayhir rahman w'al ridwan, as it relates to the notion of personality, has elaborated the Islamic view on the importance of good character :
“Everything in the world has been created with a purpose. Man, being the most exalted of all creation, has a supreme purpose, which is to realize the moral through the proper exercise of the qualities inherent in him. He has to develop those qualities that facilitate moral progress and subjugate those which hinder it. In order to achieve the moral end one has to build a good character that comprises all the virtues, the most important of which is love of God. The actual worth of a virtue is essentially determined by the part it plays in helping man to achieve perfection whereby he attains nearness to God. Good character is the beauty of the soul, and like the beauty of the body it depends on the harmonious and proportionate development of all its elements.”
From this description, moral character is not simply a goal within the life of a Muslim, but the end goal of the Islamic faith itself. On this matter, Prophet Muhammad Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam was asked, “Which Muslim has the perfect faith?” He answered: “He who has the best moral character (Tibrani).” In another tradition, they asked the Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam “What is the best thing given to man?” He replied, “moral character (Tirmidhi).”
In short Hadrat's character is irresistibly enchanting and a model for anyone wishing to follow the loftiest principles of Tasawwuf. Hadrat has undoubtedly captured the hearts, minds and souls of people with the sheer beauty and nobility of his character.