Q: Why should I bother with mamools (regular devotional practices)? I read my Salaat, fast, etc. Is this not enough?
A: There are many answers to the question. We will give a few explanations.
1. Supposing a person is employed to work from 9am to 5pm daily. Now, if another person is also employed to work from 9am to 5pm, but he is not a "clock watcher" and comes early and leaves late without asking for more pay, it is very obvious which employee the boss would tend to love (all other things being equal).
When a human being will start to love someone for doing just a little more, why won't Allah who is the most kind Master, begin to love to someone who is trying to do more to please his Allah?
Surely, we all desire the love of Allah. Allah wants us to show initiative and to take the first step. Take that step and see Allah come running towards you.
2. Hazrat Sheikh Rahmatullah Alayhi used to say that punctuality and consistency in your mamools is the stepping stone to success.
3. In this world we would choose a decent home rather than a shack. Why must we be content with the lowest stages of Jannat in the Akhirah. Yes, the lowest stages is far superior to this world, but a believer is such that he should have aspirations for the highest stages of Jannah. Rasullulah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) advised us to ask for Jannatul Firdous. His own example was a mix of dua and amaal. So let us too make dua and engage in practical amaal.
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