From my childhood days, I have seen many debates among the Ulama concerning whether the Shia are able to memorize the Quraan or not. On one occasion, some non-Muslims and Shia got together and intended to pay a Muslim (who was a Haafiz of the Quraan) a large sum of money, on the condition that he presents himself as a Shia and recites the Quraan by memory (since there were no Shia that were hafiz of the Quraan). On the day of the debate, the Muslim (who was paid to act as a Shia) arrived. He told the audience that he was a Shia and began to revile and curse the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) in the presence of the entire gathering. As soon as he began cursing and reviling the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum), the Quraan was immediately erased from his heart and Allah Ta’ala deprived him of the blessing of the Quraan. Hazrat Sheikh (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) addressing the audience then said: Beloved friends! This is the disastrous outcome of showing disrespect (to the Sahaabah). (Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/38)
Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned that he received a letter from a person enquiring whether it would be permissible for him to travel with one of his elderly female relatives who wished to accompany him for hajj. Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied that as long as there is no mahram accompanying her on the journey, it will be impermissible for her to travel.
An Aalim present asked that is not the case that the reason for the prohibition of a woman travelling alone for hajj is due to being alone (hence if she is in company, it should be permissible). Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) replied in the negative. Thereafter he explained that the reason for the prohibition (as explained by the Fuqahaa) is that generally many difficulties and evils occur during the journey. In the case where a woman travels alone, there is no one to assist her or come to her aid. On the contrary, in the case where she is accompanied by her mahram, then she feels (mentally and physically) secure that in the event of some difficulty, she would be able to easily call out for him and seek his assistance. However Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) then said that these explanations that we present are mere logical explanations which appeal to our comprehension and understanding. The reality of the matter is that this is the law of Shariah which we are unable to fully comprehend and encompass its divine wisdom. Hence, we are bound to believe in it being correct and accept it whether we understand its wisdom and logical reasoning or not. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/87)
Today, people do not regard the shaving of the beard as a sin. Once, two kaafir messengers, with shaven beards, came to Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) turned his blessed face away (from them). Oh my beloved friends! After death when one appears before Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), then if at that time Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had to turn his blessed face away from one, what will one do?!! (Malfoozaat of Hazrat Shaikh pg. 160)
Apart from the abundant virtues that have been reported regarding sickness, the Hadith mentions the immense rewards for the sick. It is well-known that when a person exercises patience, he is rewarded. However some researchers (Muhaqqiqeen) opine that in sickness a person receives a separate reward for sickness and a separate reward for being patient. Since sickness is not in one’s volition, instead it comes from the side of Allah Ta’ala, and patience is in one’s volition, therefore both are two separate things and a person will be rewarded for both separately. I always say that in principle, even though a person does not exercise patience when he is ill, he will still receive the reward for sickness. However, he will also be taken to account for not fulfilling the command of Allah Ta’ala with regard to exercising patience. In the month of Ramadhaan many people fast, yet they do not perform their Salaah. They will be rewarded for fasting, though they will be taken to account for not performing Salaah. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 215)