Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:
Those who join the work of Tableegh, I instruct them to engage in zikr and recite the third kalimah. They should also be punctual on reciting the Tasbeeh-e-Faatimi after their fardh salaah and on reciting durood shareef and istighfaar one hundred times in the morning and evening. Together with this, they should be punctual on the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed daily with the correct pronunciation and tajweed.
Apart from performing other nafl salaahs, I also emphasize upon them the importance of performing the tahajjud salaah. I encourage them to associate with the learned Ulamaa and benefit from them, as acquiring ilm is extremely important. If one suffices on acquiring deeni knowledge but is not concerned about zikr (the remembrance of Allah Ta‘ala which aids one to remain pure and assists him in fulfilling the dictates of the knowledge and applying it correctly in all departments of his life), one will find darkness in his heart, and if one suffices on zikr without acquiring the correct deeni knowledge and application, this may cause him to fall into many fitnahs.
(Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 40-41)
Source : ihyaauddeen.co.za
The Message of Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) to those Engaged in the Effort of Da’wat and Tableegh
On one occasion, many people associated with the effort of Da’wat and Tableegh had gathered in the musjid of Nizaamuddeen after the fajr salaah. At that time, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was at the end of his life and extremely weak. Moulana’s condition was such that even while lying in his bed, it was difficult for him to speak more than a few words. While in this condition, Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) urgently called one of his special attendants and instructed him to deliver the following message to all those present:
Your engaging in the service of Deen is greatly rewarding. However, all your effort and striving while travelling from place to place in the path of Allah Ta’ala will be of no avail if you do not acquire the correct knowledge of Deen and remain engaged in the zikr of Allah Ta’ala at all times (zikrullah refers to fulfilling the commands of Shari’ah at every moment in one’s life together with engaging in zikrullah). The correct knowledge of Deen and the zikr of Allah Ta’ala are like the two wings of a plane without which the plane cannot fly. In fact, if people are negligent in regard to acquiring the correct knowledge of Deen and engaging in zikr, there is a great fear that this effort will later on become a means of opening a new door of misguidance and fitnah.
Without acquiring the correct knowledge of Deen, a person will only have Islam and Imaan in name and he will only be practicing Deen as a custom and ritual. On the other hand, if a person has the correct knowledge of Deen, but it is not coupled with the zikr of Allah Ta’ala, then this knowledge will be without noor. Similarly, if one engages in abundant zikr, but it is not complimented with the correct knowledge of Deen, there is great danger of this person going astray.
In essence, it is through the zikr of Allah Ta’ala that one’s knowledge of Deen will be blessed with noor. If zikr is not accompanied with the correct knowledge of Deen, the true, desired benefit and effect of the zikr will not be seen. In fact, it is often witnessed that people who lack the correct knowledge of Deen become the victims of shaitaan who then uses them to spread misguidance among others.
Thus, the importance and necessity of acquiring the correct knowledge of Deen and engaging in zikr should never be overlooked and trivialized. Rather, special attention should always be shown to acquiring the correct knowledge of Deen and fulfilling the commands of Shari’ah at every moment in one’s life together with engaging in zikrullah. If special attention is not shown to these two aspects, your effort of Da’wat and Tableegh will be fruitless and become nothing more than travelling and touring in the world, and — may Allah forbid! — you will all suffer a severe loss in the Hereafter.