ImÁm Íakīm al-Ummah Mawlānā Ashraf ÝAli Thānwi (raÎimahullÁh), addressing his students and disciples, said:
“Unfortunately, the condition of people (who are treading the path of the DÐn) today is that they want to quickly become ‘something’ from the word ‘go’ before actually doing anything. I say to them that even the fact that AllÁh taÝÁlÁ accepts us to be involved and occupied with His DÐn is a great status and bounty in itself. What more of a blessing can a person ask for than being occupied with the DÐn of AllÁh taÝÁlÁ?
As for that person who desires to become ‘something’ and gain some name and status for himself through the DÐn, then know that this person is a very unfortunate and deprived (maÎrÙm) one. Annihilate your desire for status and name and remain busy in His servitude, being hopeful of His grace.
Never lose hope in His [infinite] mercy due to your weaknesses and shortcomings. Rise and move (trusting in Him alone) and see how AllÁh taÝÁlÁ makes all the difficulties easy and removes the obstacles.
The condition of treading this path is that one must have Ôalab (fervent desire), but the problem with us today is that we do not have the Ôalab to attain AllÁh alone. Desire AllÁh alone and see what happens.”
(MalfÙÛÁt-e- Íakīm al-Ummat, 7:74)
Translated by Mawlana Tameem Ahmadi
Taken from the Ulama Yahoogroup post by Abu ‘Asim Badrul Islam