Zikr is the greatest thing as mentioned in the Quraan Shareef: “Indeed the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala is the greatest.” All our efforts are simply to achieve this zikr (the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala at all times and in all conditions). The hadeeth tells us that the best mujaahid is the one who remembers Allah Ta‘ala the most. The same applies to all other acts of worship. Their value increases based on how much more remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala is found in them. The effort of the khanqah is to instil this zikr deep into our systems.
Whatever we do must be firstly “lillah” i.e. only for Allah Ta‘ala and for His pleasure. Secondly it must be “fillah” i.e. according to the way Allah Ta‘ala wants them to be as shown to us by his Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Thirdly it must be “billah” i.e. we must believe that whatever we do is not of our own accord. Rather it is only through the grace and permission of Allah Ta‘ala. To achieve this we will have to close our eyes from everything else of the world and turn our focus to Allah Ta‘ala.