Hakeemul Ummah Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Sahib رحمه الله has said that today there exists the notion that we are free to do whatever we are desirous of; and this has affected the majority of people including the ones that are considered religious. Unfortunately, this ‘disease’ of freedom has impacted upon most of us. We need to understand that we are slaves; a slave has no option but to submit to the master in all circumstances. Similarly, we are duty-bound to the institution of modesty.
Yes, there are a few individuals who adhere with steadfastness to the teachings of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and our pious predecessors but they are ridiculed in a most derogatory manner. The negative impact of this attitude of diluting the pure Deen is discernable in almost all people. The effect of compromising the way of our pious predecessors is extremely dangerous to Īmān.
The only solution for the attainment of true modesty is that we rectify our اعمال a’maal (deeds). If our a’maal are rectified (this depends on our commitment to moral reformation); we will within a short while, through the blessings of virtuous deeds, develop the true reality of the omnipresence of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. Our personalities will be permeated with ma’rifah (recognition) and the mere thought of rebellion will overwhelm us.
The great need for every individual is that he/she becomes consumed with his/her reformation and the corresponding rectification of a’maal. Sadly, the situation nowadays is that we are intensely aware of the reformation of others whilst forgetting ourselves. Modesty demands that we acquire the basic requirements of Deen and adhere to moral and physical laws. Assistance in attaining the true spirit of modesty is through contemplation of the Aakhirah, reflection of our a’maal on a daily basis, constancy in Zikrullah and the companionship of the Ahlullāh. The obstacles in the road to Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله are involvement in sins, obstinacy in personal opinions (which conflicts with Deen) and indulging in acts of futility.
(PRINCIPLES SOURCED FROM THE MALFOOZAAT OF HAKEEMUL UMMAH HAZRAT MOULANA ASHRAF ALI THAANWI SAHIB رحمه الله)