Hazrat Hakeemul Ummat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi ra
One must forget the mistakes of the past. It is one of the big errors that one speculates about the future based on past happenings. That is, one considers that I will be negligent in future also, as I have been in my life previously. This destroys the determination (to rectify and progress).
Moreover, during the rectification (islah
) phase if one slips or commits a mistake it is inappropriate to contemplate (muraqabah) on it for forever. One should repent sincerely by saying “O Allah SWT, forgive me”
and proceed forwards. Otherwise this will become a muraqabah
of one’s own (faults that leads to decreasing determination as said above.) And the witnessing (mushahida
) of Allah SWT
(‘s benevolence & mercy, which is the goal and leads to His love) does not take place.
صوفی نہ شود صافی تا دُر نہ کشد جامی
بسیار- سفر باید- تا- پختہ شود- خامی