Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaykh Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) said,
‘In a Prophetic tradition (hadith) it is narrated that; the person whose two days are the same is in big loss.
This means that his today was spent in the same manner as yesterday and no progress occurred.
That is, progress in being more religious, in spiritual evolution, increase in worship and improvement in obedience, following of Sunna and abundance in Allah’s remembrance.’
An individual inquired that after becoming aware of this constant progress I feel at loss. My religious activities in worship, wird, recitations, etc. have been at a static level for a considerable period of time. I feel guilty.
Sayyidi wa sanadi Shaykh Mawlana Mohammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him) answered as he walked towards the mataf to perform tawaf,
“This progress does not mean that one is praying (salah) in abundance.
It must be remembered that there are two components involved in this advancement one is quantity and the other quality.
There is room that the quantity remains static, but for a seeker it is essential that the quality of his actions increase every day.
He must try to develop more sincerity, precision and concentration in his actions following the Sunna. Moreover he must be in constant contact with Allah via remembrance (dhikr) and supplications.
This is an absolute imperative of the spiritual path.’