Spiritual seekers often complain these days about missing the daily tasbihat and recitations instructed to them. They want an easy solution.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaikh Mufti Mohammad Taqi Usmani ( Allah preserve him) has repeatedly reminded us that there is no magical potion or incantation or amulet that the Shaikh can prescribe for this. One has to use his determination and do it.
Moreover, laxity in performance of daily wird is a sign of taking it lightly. An individual does not miss something that he considers to be important.
The daily wird provides the soul nutrition required for performance of good actions and staying away from all that is corrupting. Hence, the spiritual progress is dependent on it.
Missing it is spiritually detrimental.
The daily recitation prescribed these days (especially in Ashrafiya tariqa) are minimal. They are adjusted to each and every individual’s capacity, enthusiasm and time availability.
The following narrations shows the demeanor of the pious elders in this regards.
Shaikh Fazal ur Rehman Ganjmuradabadi writes about the daily wird of his Shaikh Shah Mohammad Afaq (Allah have mercy on them),
‘Every day he used to recite salutations (durood) on the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) 10,000 times, tahleel (kalimah e taiyaba) 50,000 time and read ten juz of Holy Quran. The recitation of these ten juz was completed in an interval of time that appeared to an unaware observer to be suitable for a single juz’s recitation. Moreover, with all the five fardh salah he used to offer salah at-tasbih.’ Tazkirah, page 198
In recent past repetition of ism e dhat (Allah!) 24,000 times a day was a normal routine for most of the spiritual seekers.
If we can not be consistent with the minimum wird prescribed, then how can we expect for spiritual progress?