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Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

When the President of India, Giani Zail Singh, went to the U.S.A. for an eye operation, he was admitted to the same Texas hospital where his predecessor, Neelam Sanjivva Reddy, had been previously treated. In Delhi, rumour had it that when Mr. Zail Singh was due to be taken to the operation theatre, the Chief Surgeon came to him and asked, “Are you ready?” Promptly came Giani Zail Singh’s reply, “No, I am not Reddy, I am Zail Singh?” (Hindustan Times, 4 December 1982).

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

A cyclist whose brake got jammed took his cycle to a mechanic and asked him to repair the offending part, thinking that the mechanic would set to work on it at the point where the brake had got jammed. To his dismay, the mechanic took a hammer and began to rain blows on it at quite another point. The cyclist looked on in astonishment. Then the mechanic said, “It’s all right now,” and true enough, when he tried it out, he found that it had been set in order.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

After an absence of several weeks, despite having shut your room, you will find on your return that a layer of dust has settled over everything. Until the room has been dusted, you will not feel like sitting in it, so displeasing is all this dust. It is just as unpleasant as the dust that is blown in your face by a strong wind. It makes you long for the air to be still once again, so that you may be spared the irritation.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life      

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

Bertrand Russell was a liberal in the ultimate sense of the word. He often expressed thoughts which were so unconventional as to be pro­foundly disturbing to the more conservative members of his audiences. In his autobiography he writes of an incident which took place in the course of one of his lectures:

“A man rose in fury, remarking that I looked like a monkey; to which I replied, “Then you will have the pleasure of hearing the voice of your ancestor.” (p. 565)

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Principles of Life

When the Prophet of Islam left his hometown in Makkah and emigrated to Medina, these words were on his lips: “Makkah, my dear and beauti­ful town. If my people had not expelled me, I would never have lived anywhere else.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4, Book 25, Hadith 3108)