Shahykh Shah Wasiullah (Allah have mercy on him) said,
‘Are you aware of the reason that why some of the people who come here (for islah &ta’aluq maAllah) do not benefit?
The reason is that this path (tariq) essentially requires propriety (adab) and reverence (aqidat).
People consider this path to be similar to the conditions in secular schools where a tutor teaches and the pupil learn irrespective of having any reverence for him. The student learns even if he does not show any respect to the teacher.
They consider that the teaching in Tasawwuf is also like this and there is no need of reverence and propriety towards the Shaykh.
Shaykh’s instructions are considered to be beneficial and are memorized, however, there is no reverence for the Shaykh in their heart. It is for this reason that they do not benefit.
It is as though Tasawwuf is now considered to be another branch of science and arts. In reality, it is a practical and experiential entity.
Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) told us multiple times that if someone questioned Shaykh Haji Imdadullah mohajir Makki (Allah have mercy on him) regarding an issue (mas’ala) of Tasawwuf. He used to admonish the inquirer and tell him that this is not a school (maderasa) whenever (a need is felt and) I find it appropriate I will explain it.’
Taharet e qalb, Nifaq ka bayan, page 83