Nowadays the capacity of obedience is no longer to be found among people. Once Hadhrat Umar (RA) while making Tawaaf observed a woman with the disease of leprosy also making Tawaaf. Hadhrat Umar (RA) forbade her from making Tawaaf, saying that since her ailment caused inconvenience to others, it was best that she remains at home instead of coming for Tawaaf.
After some days the woman returned, people informed her of the death of Hadhrat Umar (RA) and told her not to worry any longer since the one who had prevented her from Tawaaf was no longer present to stop her. The lady replied; “I thought that he was alive, hence I came to plead with him. He is not the type of person whom one obeys in his presence and disobeys in his absence. He is a man of such calibre that his commands have to be obeyed after his death in the same way as they were obeyed during his lifetime.”
So saying, she departed and never again returned to make Tawaaf. Such lofty degree of obedience is no longer found.
From the writings of Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahimahullah)