Praise belongs to Allāh who took away our sorrow.”
It could take you months and even years on out to spiritually progress to the right path and just one tiny bump on that path can throw you off course and take you back to where you started. The struggle is picking yourself back up and having the courage to walk that long path back to guidance.
on traveling the path.
Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) was asked:
“How can killing and oppression take place in lands where there are numerous pious people? Do the pious not protect such areas from these tribulations?”
He replied: “Does not the existence of these pious people not make it incumbent on the habitants of those lands to realise their sanctity and follow their example? How can we live in lands where these people exist and then forget them and be heedless of them and go against their teachings and methodology? Some of us even insult them. We have neglected the Sacred Law; we have neglected their legacy; we do not read their biographies or attempt to emulate them; we do not love them or have veneration for them.
What has happened recently is a result of these things that have happened previously. We have replaced the stories of the pious with the stories of the heedless and those that call us to evil. We have left the pious and their places and headed for the places of heedlessness and disobedience. Then we ask: “How can these things happen in our lands?”
We have to ask: “How did what came before happen?” The punishment we are now receiving is nothing compared to what we deserve. Had it not been for Allah’s kindness things would be much worse.
So let us return to the way of the pious and look at how they constantly returned to Allah. Let us pledge our love for them and allegiance to them for the sake of Allah. By them Allah will then remove these tribulations and calamities.”
Ustadh Amin Buxton (Allah preserve him and his teachers, and benefit us by them)