Hazrat Ml. Maseehullah Khan رحمه الله said that two qualities are necessary for a Saalik (a person on the path of Tasawwuf). Hazrat Ml. Abdool Haq Makada رحمه الله recently quoted and explained this in his talk.
1. Dawaame ta’at (constant obedience to Allah): Anything that compromises our love for Allah should be avoided. Sometimes we enjoy dhikr, talks and kayfiyaat, but true reformation is not being made. We are not looking into our hearts searching for what we need to change and how. A sign of this is our anger and weaknesses continue to reign supreme in our lives, despite all the talks we listen to and the deeni efforts we are involved in.
A Saalik does not just want Jannah, he wants to be from the Muqarraboon (close servants of Allah). That is why he became a Saalik in the first place. In every juncture in life when he is presented with multiple options, he should ask himself, which option will take me closer to Allah? That is the path he should take, for that will lead him to his goal of becoming from the Muqarraboon. For example, if a person makes the intention to pray Ishraaq after Fajr but he needs the toilet and then he decides to sleep, that is permissible.
But for a Saalik, it is undesirable. He should use the toilet, repeat his whudu and pray Ishraaq for that is the option that will take him closer to Allah. However, if he is extremely tired that he cannot keep his eyes open or he is unwell, then he should rest. Do not go overboard as the body has a priority over us too. Sometimes, those who go overboard struggle to maintain their amaal, whereas the most beloved deeds to Allah are those done regularly, even if they are little. Thus, he should follow the guidance of a Shaikh who will teach him balance.
2. Kathrate dhikr (remembering Allah abundantly): A Saalik cuts down on futile activities, excessive social interactions and unnecessary talk. This is because they waste the time that could have been spent in dhikr, reading or serving Deen. Kathrate dhikr leads to dawaame ta’at, because if you are always in the remembrance of Allah, you will always strive to please Him. Dhikr is not only with the tongue. It starts there, but it has to develop until the heart, mind and tongue are all synchronized. Then our actions will be correct and in line with Shariah. Otherwise, one who does Dhikr with the tongue alone can be involved in sins like showing off. Whereas when the mind is conscious of Allah watching and the heart is cautious, then a Saalik is less likely to sin. May Allah grant us the tawfiq to develop these qualities, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه اللّٰه
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 17/12/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.