LANTERNS OF GUIDANCE (58)

DO NOT WORRY EXCESSIVELY

Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has said that there are three things which are always troublesome:
1. Regret over the past
2. Doubts about the present
3. Fear about the future

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Maseehullah Khan Sahib رحمه الله has advised; “Regret over the past causes the seeker to grieve.” In other words, when one errs, he must seek forgiveness and move ahead. For example, if your hands get dirty, wash them with soap. Do not sit and cry, do not ask yourself why they got dirty. Unnecessary questions act as obstacles in progress.

If you have Salaahs and fasts which have been missed in the past, or you have obligatory dues which you owe to people; you must start making up for the missed Salaahs and fasts, and start paying your dues. As long as you do not make the arrangements to fulfil the missed Salaahs and fasts or your obligations are not paid, you cannot tread the path of righteousness in the correct manner.

Hazrat Haji Muhammad Shareef Sahib رحمه الله has said; “The essential striving of a seeker (Saalik) has to be on the present. He must be conscious of the present under every condition. In other words, he must constantly check whether he is living his present life with good deeds or in sin. He must continue expressing gratitude over good deeds and forgiveness over sins.” A pious servant of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله has so eloquently said; “Hand over the future to the Affectionate Master (Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله). We are not accountable for what is to happen in the future.”

Hazrat Moulana Jalāluddeen Rûmi رحمه الله has said; “The past and future are veils from Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله.” Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has given beautiful words of encouragement; “Even if thirty years of your life have passed, you must repent today, and start making up for your missed Salaahs and fasts. If you do this, your thirty years will also be recorded as good deeds. You will not be considered righteous from now, but will be recorded as a righteous person from the beginning.”

SOURCE: DISCOURSES ON ALLAH-CONSCIOUSNESS
(THE WAY TO ACTION)
(Shafeequl Ummah Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Farooq Sahib رحمه الله)

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