Istighnaa translation meaning Ulema rich Rulers Relation

Hazrat Maulana Ilyas Rahimullah said:

"Some religious people and scholars have got seriously
confused in the chapter of istighnaa3
: they take istighnaa as
standing for not even meeting the rich people and the people of
higher social standing. They maintain that one should not meet
these people at all. In fact, istighnaa only requires that we
should not go to these people hoping for their wealth or seeking fame and fortune. Meeting and mixing with these
people for the sake of their reformation and other religious
objectives is not foreign to the aim of istighnaa. Rather, it is
necessary in a way.
However, we must be on the alert that
through this meeting, we do not develop in ourselves a thirst
, for fame and fortune or the desire for riches."

(Taken from book Words and Reflection Maulana Ilyas Rahimullah Page no 32)