A seeker wrote, ‘I am very worried these days. In spite that I do not want to discuss worldly issues with you, I mention this because it is being felt that this worrying is affecting my religious activities. Neither the daily recitations (wird) are done regularly nor I am being able to get up for tahajjud on time. Often I wake up late. These are adding to my worries.’
Hakim al-Umma Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanawi (Allah have mercy on him) replied,
‘Paying attention to the worrisome state leads to increased apprehension.
When worried instead of paying attention to it, one should become attentive of Allah. This must be with the thinking that Allah is sufficient for me in these conditions and strengthening relationship with Him is the solution to all the troubles.
By using this strategy the effect of the worries will diminish and eventually vanish completely.
Try it and be at peace.’
Tarbiyat us Salik, volume 1, page 544