Hadhrat Madani (r.alaih) and Moulana Muhammad Ilyas (R.alaih)
Hadhrat Aqdas Mufti Mehmood Sahib (r.alaih) mentioned, "Hadhrat Madani (r.alaih) was invited to deliver a lecture in one area. Another party of that area held a gathering on the same date and invited Hadhrat Moulana Ilyaas Saheb (r.alaih) to gove a talk. Both saints agreed to attend and neither of them knew that a separate gathering was to be held there on the same day. Hence, both the Elders set off (for the particular place) on the appointed day.
When Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Saheb (r.alaih) arrived, he came to know that Hadhrat Madani (r.alaih) was to give a talk in another part of town. He made the announcement that the Ijtima was cancelled because Hadhrat Moulana Husain Ahmed Madani Sahib (r.alaih) is to give a lecture at such and such a venue. All brothers should attend Hadhrat Madani’s lecture. Hadhrat Moulana Ilyas Sahed (r.alaih) himself proceeded on foot with the crowd to participate in the other gathering.
On the other side, Hadhrat Madani (r.alaih) arrived and came to know of the Ijtima. He addressed his gathering and told them, “Because there is an Ijtima today in another part of this town, wherein Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas Sahib (r.alaih) will be giving a bayaan, therefore this gathering is dismissed, all should participate in the Ijtima.” Hadhrat Madani (r.alaih) himself set off with the people to attend the Ijtima. Reaching the Ijtima, they found that it had been cancelled. The people from the Ijtima reached the Jalsa and found it to be cancelled also. Neither the Ijtima took place nor was the Jalsa held.
This is the divine words:
“They give preference to others over themselves”
[From the Discourses of Faqihul-Ummat Mufti Mahmood-Hasan Gangohi