Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi’ Sahab رحمۃ اللہ علیہ narrates,
“Incidentally I got hold of a book in which Hadhrat Shaykh Muhyiuddin ibn ‘Arbi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ wrote about some affairs of Shaykh & dsiciple. All those Usuls [rules] of Tarbiyah took before place in Thana Bhawan.
I showed the book to Hadhrat [Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi رحمۃ اللہ علیہ]. Hadhrat very pleased said, ‘Thanks to Allah, I got support/evidence that these are not Bid’at [innovations].'”
[Khutbat-e-Mufti ‘Azam, pg. 107]