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Hadhrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaih)

Engaging in Excessive Zikr without Reforming One’s Actions

jaa___e_namaz_and_tasbeeh_by_tahajawaid-d4u6hcrHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Through merely engaging in excessive zikr, one will not succeed in gaining reformation in one’s life. Gaining reformation is dependent on correcting one’s actions and reforming one’s conduct (i.e. correcting one’s relationship with Allah Ta’ala and His servants). The effect caused in one’s heart through A’amaal is only strengthened through the zikr. Zikr only serves as a motivation to assist one towards the path one is treading. However, in today’s times many people who are ignorant of Deen confine their effort upon zikr, and do not pay any attention towards improving and correcting their actions and bringing it in conformity to the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 7/171)

The Difference between Jihaad of the nafs and Jihaad against the Enemy

hqdefaultHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The jihaad of the nafs in certain respects is even more difficult than the jihaad against the enemies on the battlefield. The reason for this is that when one fights against the kuffaar, despite it being an exceptionally great sacrifice, however very quickly one is slain through the sword and earns the rank of martyrdom. On the contrary, the jihaad against the nafs is extremely difficult. Every moment one has to perpetually oppose the nafs in fulfilling the orders of Allah Ta’ala and refraining from His displeasure. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 5/206)

Fulfilling one’s Priorities in Life

4_15_Home_How_to_Succeed_in_Setting_Priorities__806466822Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

The one who gets involved in futile activities and vain pursuits often falls short in fulfilling his priorities and responsibilities in life. This has been proven through experience. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 3/87)

Factors that Cause one to become Deprived of the love of Allah Ta’ala

wpid-i_love_allah_by_finalboboxxx-d5pbb1sHazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Listen attentively to what I am going to say to you. I say this to you with deep concern for your spiritual progress and welfare. There are two factors in this path that are extremely detrimental for the saalik (i.e. the one who is treading the path of acquiring the love of Allah Ta‘ala) and can cause him to become completely deprived of all good. The first is the sickness of covering up for one’s mistakes and presenting interpretations to defend one’s wrongs. The second is the sickness of raising objections against one’s elders, ustaads and spiritual mentors. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 8/231)

Expediting the Journey of Love

love-Road-Sign-Exit-to-Love1Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihi) once mentioned:

The saalik progresses in the path of sulook (i.e. the journey of acquiring the love of Allah Ta‘ala) far more swiftly through persevering patiently over the grief he experiences (on account of involuntary difficulties and hardships), than the progress through spiritual exercises and striving in nafl ‘ibaadaat. It is on account of the grief one bears patiently within the heart that causes him to excel and become successful. (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 1/42)