Sayyidi wa sanadi Hadhrat Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) read aloud an excerpt from a letter of a seeker,
‘How is it possible to achieve self annihilation (fana), especially when anger and arrogance is manifested in all daily interactions?’
And then read the answer he had written,
“As per the sayings of the elders this is only possible by being in the service of the pious with extreme humility, self-negation and readiness to perform as being instructed. That is as per Urdu proverb, being the dust under his shoe (paiymal hona).
However, when this is not possible their biographies, discourse and other works can be a substitute for this to some degree.”
Malfoozat e Kamalat e Usmani, Ramadhan 1429
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