‘Adopting a life style and promoting an air of being a Sufi Shaikh is wrong (for those who have permission to initiate mureed).
None of our pious predecessors (akabir) did this. They lived a simple life style (as is the Sunna of our beloved Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace). Their hallmark is the extreme humility (tawadhu).
Moreover, it is dangerous as it leads to extreme attitudes of reverence by their followers. (Sometimes excuses are made for noncompliance to Shariah.)’
1st Shawwal 1437/6 July 2016 Wednesday, residence, Darul Uloom Karachi, pre-zuhar
In his instructions to whom he gave permission to initiate mureed (mojaaz) Sayyidi wa sanadi said,
۔ کبھی مخدومیت، یا مروجہ پیری مریدی کی شان بنانے کی کوشش نہ کریں، بلکہ اس کو اپنے لیۓ زھر قاتل سمجھیں
Never try to adopt the lifestyle of being someone senior and superior or that of contemporary Sufi Shuyukh. In fact, consider this to be the most potent poison (for your spirituality).
Islahi khutoot (qalmi)
Reminder: red flag!