Completing and qualifying are not enough. Islaah and Tazkiyah are
essential and will also have to be undertaken, and that too, under
the guidance of a Sheikh-e-Kaamil.
In giving advice to the ‘Ulama-e-Kiraam, Sheikh Abdul Qader
Jeelani (RA ) had said that once an ‘Aalim qualifies, he should
not make haste in taking to the Mimbar.
Our Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb
(RA ) had quoted Sheikh Abdul Qader Jeelani’s (RA )
advice: “O ‘Ulama! Do not ascend the Mimbar immediately on
completion of your studies. Spend some time in the company of a
righteous Sheikh and learn Ikhlaas! Then, Insha-Allah, the
Mimbar will be yours. When you will deliver your talks, with the
reality of Allah Ta’ala’s Ishq (Love) and Khauf (Fear) and Ma’rifat
(Recognition), you will benefit the creation. If not, little benefit
will be derived.”
Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA ) had advised that an
‘Aalim, upon graduating, should spend at least six months in the
company of a spiritual guide, specifically for Islaah of the nafs.
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