Sheikhul Hadīth Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya Sahib رحمه الله has stated that when a person involves himself in transgression, certain accepted servants of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله are made aware of such sins. However, Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله has also blessed His pious servants with magnanimity and they never publicise these faults.

A person entered the Majlis of Hazrat Uthmān رضي الله عنه; he had cast a lustful glance at a non-mahram along the way. Hazrat Uthmān رضي الله عنه immediately saw the (evil) signs from his eyes and face but he admonished the entire gathering saying; “What has become of people! They enter the Majlis in such a condition that adultery drips from their eyes.”

At this juncture, let us carefully reflect on our condition. Our respected mentor Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Mu’eed Sahib حفظه الله has stressed repeatedly on the catastrophic consequences of the improper usage of social media. What a grave injustice where we look at Haraam scenes on our phones and then present ourselves in the Court of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. The addiction to our phones has desensitised us to such an extent that we consider involvement in Haraam as ‘normal’ – how is it possible for us to be comfortable with sins? Has the concept of Hayaa become so distant in our minds? Are we not fearful that we will have to present ourselves in front of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله to give account of how we have spent every moment of our lives?

There is a decided lack of fear in our lives. It is therefore imperative that we become conscious of what is required of us by sitting in the company of the Ahlullāh or by reading their works. Guidance is not something one learns just for a day; it is something that needs to be learnt and nurtured until death. Our Mashaa’ikh have laid great emphasis on the vital aspect of modesty; there has to be a sustained and strenuous effort to protect us against all avenues of lust.