Allah سبحانه وتعالى Says in the Holy Qurān,
وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
“We shall guide those who strive hard in Our cause to the path leading to Us.”
[al ʿAnkabūt 29/69]
Allah’s hidayah (guidance) is proportional to one’s ṭalab (zeal). One should develop a yearning and desire to attain higher goals in life, beyond one’s mundane existence, in the fields of both ʿilm (knowledge) and spirituality. In the field of ʿilm one’s ambition should be to gain as much understanding of the Holy Qurān and aḥadīth of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم as possible and to be able to appreciate their eloquence and beauty by studying the Arabic language. In spirituality, one should strive to attain the rank of iḥsan. It is a life-long struggle and one may or may not succeed, however our duty is to make the effort and if a person has passion and zeal and commits himself, then Allah سبحانه وتعالى will reward him accordingly. This is far better than being content with a bestial existence. Aim for the skies so that at least you reach the tree-tops.
[This short excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 24th June 2000 and 12th July 2000].