Stray Thoughts

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Many people are often extremely perturbed by stray thoughts that engulf the mind at the time of zikr, salaah, etc. In this regard Hazrath (rahmatullah alaihi) gives the following advice:

“Some people at times think that since the mind is filled with stray thoughts while engaged in zikr, what benefit is there in such zikr. One should not entertain such thoughts. Even such zikr (where the mind is preoccupied with stray thoughts) has great benefit. It is Allah Ta’ala that has engaged the tongue in His remembrance. Upon this one should make shukr to Him. At the same time make dua that He engages the heart as well in His remembrance. The heart is also in the control of Allah Ta’ala. The tongue is also in his control. Beseech him to engage one’s heart also in his remembrance just as he granted the tawfeeq (ability) to one’s tongue to engage in zikr. If one cannot personally experience the effects of this zikr, one should have trust in those who have experienced it.” (Khulasa-e-Tasawwuf - pg.126)

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