Another individual told that many years back he made bayiah to a Shaikh. At that time he was instructed to make daily dhikr which he is still doing. However, he never consulted the respected Shaykh for any islah related issue. Is dhikr sufficient for islah?
As explained before islah and tazkiya are active processes. How can they be expected to occur passively?
Steps required for them are,
2. Awareness of one’s deficiencies,
3. Consulting a spiritual physician,
4. Concurring with his diagnosis,
5. Meticulously following his instructions and then
6. Providing feedback on improvement of the condition
7. Being watchful for relapse
Accepted good actions, like going out in the path of Allah and remembering Allah (dhikr), provide illumination (nur). This illumination must reveal to us the real inner condition of ourselves. This should provide us the insight to correct our deficiencies : Islah. However, if this is not happening then we should be very much concerned and look for the reason behind it.