It is my experience that any work which is commenced with ikhlaas (sincerity and according to the sunnah), despite taking place on a small scale, gains momentum and progresses swiftly. On the contrary, any work that commences with show and publicity, it does not take root nor does it continue. I have observed this in many efforts and movements.
Daarul Uloom Deoband commenced with just a single student and ustaad under a tree in the Chatta Musjid, and Madrasah Mazaahirul Uloom commenced in Chowki Musjid with a single ustaad and two students. The work of da’wat and tableegh also commenced with ikhlaas on a small scale, yet today, it has spread throughout the entire world like the rainfall that reaches every land and causes grass and vegetation to grow.
(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 358)