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PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Sheikhul Islam Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmāni Sahib حفظه الله has said that his mentor Ārif Billāh Hazrat Dr Abdul Hayy Sahib رحمه الله laid great stress on the virtue of rendering thanks unto Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله. The more one expresses gratitude, the more easily and quickly will one be cured of the various spiritual maladies. Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmāni Sahib حفظه الله has said that previously, the disciples could not grasp the secret of this point but experience has shown that gratitude is indeed very effective in removing the inner diseases of the heart.

Hazrat Dr Abdul Hayy Sahib رحمه الله used to say that people nowadays are too weak in body and soul to go through the ordeals of those spiritual exercises and disciplines which the Saalik (seeker) used to perform in the past under the supervision of their Sheikh. Great hardships were endured. Neither do we have the time nor the strength to undergo spiritual exertions. There is but one way; being excessive in gratitude. By virtue of expressing continuous thanks unto Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله; this will create in our hearts an extreme sense of modesty and expel the disease of pride. The habit of gratitude will further eliminate the other evil character traits and impediments in the road to Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله.

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