Hazrat Miyanji Noor Muhammed Jhanjhanwi (RA) was a great Tradition Specialist (muhaddis) but he spent his life teaching the Arabic Primer. Today we do not understand its value. They understood the value of these things.
(There is a rather interesting story told by Maulana Nizamuddin Aseer Adrahwi (DB) in a biography of Hazrat Qasim Nanotwi (NM). Hazrat Nanotwi (RA) was teaching Arabic Primer in Meerut in a nondescript Mosque. A person saw that and after the students were dismissed told him that do not waste your time on this kind of things. I shall show you better things. Then he put his sight, with spiritual attention, on Hazrat Maulana (RA). Hazrat Maulana (RA) silently returned the sight. In a few moments this person got completely unsettled. "Hazrat I did not know that you are so deep", he said.)
(Sitting (majlis) on Sunday, October 10, 2010)