Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:
My dear brothers! In order to get people on Deen, one should make an effort to strengthen their imaan, create the concern for the Hereafter within them, and instill the importance of Deen in their hearts.
The bounties and favours of Allah Ta‘ala are countless. However, Allah Ta‘ala’s honour is such that He does not bless His special favours to those who are ungrateful. Thus, when you acquire Deeni benefit from your seniors and elders then ensure that you express your gratitude to them. The demand of gratitude is that you regard yourself to be indebted to all those from whom you acquire Deeni knowledge and you honour and respect them. This is the lesson which we are taught in the mubaarak hadeeth.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:
من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله
The one who has not shown appreciation to people has not shown appreciation to Allah Ta‘ala. (Sunan Tirmiz #1955)
(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 95)