Reason for delay in effective islah

Masih al-quloob Hadhrat Mawlana Masihullah Khan (may Allah have mercy on him) said,

“These days effective reformation (islah) is taking longer duration to be accomplished. The reasons for it are, firstly, the the seeker acts on his own suggestions instead of the Shaykh’s instructions. And secondly, the seeker holds his effort in high standing (and is looking forwards to their reward).”

Majalis e masih al-Umma, volume 1, page 126