Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Previously, when people heard of an ‘Aalim that was visiting their area, they would spontaneously come to meet him and would benefit from him. Similarly, when people heard of the gatherings of zikr that were held and the makaatib and madaaris that were formed, they were eager to benefit from them. However, in today’s times, the condition of people has changed, and it is for this reason that there is such an urgent need to carry out the effort of inviting people to Deen. Whether in the east or the west, it is witnessed throughout the world that through the blessed effort of inviting people to Deen, people are once again becoming motivated and interested in Deen. (Suhbat Baa Awliyaa pg. 211)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za