Summary of Letter:

Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Mufti Saheb

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

It is ten years since I have graduated and have become bay’at with you. However, my spiritual condition is as weak as it was in the initial stages.

Summary of Reply:

Bismihi Ta’ala

Respected Brother / Sister

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

You spent approximately ten years to study. For the purpose of acquiring knowledge you left your home for this long duration of time. Your days were then spent in lessons and the nights in studying and revision. You also worked hard and sat for the various examinations. It concerned you very greatly that you must not fail the examinations and waste the year or that your progress must not be hampered. Now consider that in contrast to this how much of time have you dedicated to your spiritual self-reformation? Have you spent at least one year? Have you attempted to curtail your other activities in order to acquire proper devotion? If not, is it then correct to complain that you have not acquired spiritual self-reformation and that your spiritual condition is just as weak as it was previously? (Tarbiyatut Talibeen, pg. 140)