Treatment of unintentional thoughts

A salik wrote: While I am reciting my daily wird, thought comes to my mind that if someone saw me doing this what would he think. Is this riya (ostentation)?

Sayyidi wa sanadi Hazrat Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani sahib db replied:

“If you abandon your wird, acting on this thought then this will be riya.

However, if you continue the recitation then there is no sin (riya) in these unintentional thoughts.

This is the treatment for these unintentional thoughts. That is, not to pay any attention to them. Ignore them and renew your concentration towards the wird.”

Islahi khutoot