Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned after reciting the following couplet of Hazrat Moulana Rumi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih):
ہم خدا خواہی وہم دنیاے دوں ایں خیال است و محال است و جنوں
We desire the love of Allah Ta‘ala, and yet we continue hankering after this insignificant world (expecting to be successful in our goal). Certainly this is a mere imagination, really impossible and illogical.
O my beloved brothers! In order for one to become successful in anything, one is required to apply the formula of success. Through applying this formula, one will be successful in all fields of life. In the field of medicine, one will have to adhere to the various laws and principles laid down in order to acquire the necessary understanding of the field, and thereafter one will have to practice upon it. Similarly, in treading the path of love towards Allah Ta‘ala, in order for one to be successful, one will be required to practice self-restrain in all aspects of life. One will have to regulate one’s speech, interaction with people, one’s eating and sleeping habits as explained by the Mashaayikh. (Suhbate Baa Awliyaa pg. 56)