Hazrat Ml. Ashraf Ali Thanwi رحمه الله said that if we wish to become pious without trying, it is unlikely we will achieve piety. The principle is simple: translate your wishes into actions. We all understand this in our worldly affairs. One who wishes to pass his exam will be advised to study. One who wishes to become wealthy will be advised to make an effort to earn.
However, in our religious matters we all wish to be pious but less of us exert the required effort. But just like in our worldly affairs, merely wishing is not enough. For example, all parents want their children to go to Jannah. But when we inspect our homes, have we created an environment that paves the path to Jannah, or one that paves the path to Jahanum? Do we hold taleem regularly or movie nights, do we encourage reading Islamic books or novels? What activities do we prioritize? These are the questions we should be asking.
If we follow the strategy of a millionaire, there is no guarantee we will become millionaires too. If someone has six children and we aspire to have as many, there is no surety we will be blessed in the same way. Not everyone is successful but we still make an effort. In contrast, every single person who tries in their Deen will undoubtedly be successful. Allah has promised this in the Qur’an and there is no guarantee stronger than that. Everyone will be rewarded provided we are sincere.
Therefore, worldly success is good but Jannah is better for those who believe. To acquire it recognize your flaws and make changes, not excuses. May Allah grant us the ability, aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه اللّٰه
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 26/11/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.