Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once addressed a group of students who were becoming ‘Ulama and shared the following advice with them. Hazrat quoted the following hadeeth and thereafter encouraged them to strive for Deen and strive to bring about Deen in their lives and the lives of their families. Hazrat said:
كلكم راع وكلكم مسئول عن رعيته (صحيح البخاري، الرقم: 893)
Every one of you is a shepherd, and every one of you will be questioned regarding his flock.
My beloved friends! Continue to strive for Deen and make a concerted effort to bring people closer to Allah Ta‘ala! So long as you continue striving for Deen, you will certainly continue to receive the great rewards that are promised for all those who strive for the effort of Deen. Tomorrow, when you qualify as ‘Ulama, you will be referred to as the guides of the Ummah. You will soon be graduating from the madrasah and you will count yourselves as the heirs of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). If you do not make an effort on your families and there will be misguidance in your homes, then who will the Ummah refer to in order to acquire Deen? You people have come here to complete your self-reformation. This journey of self-reformation is extremely easy.
راہ خدا از دو قدم دور نيست
“The road to Allah is traversed in just two steps”
By Allah! The path of self-reformation requires only two steps. The first step is to subject the nafs to the commands of Sharee‘ah, and the next step you will reach your destination of acquiring the special proximity of Allah Ta‘ala.
(Malfoozaate Hazrat Shaikh 1/101-102)