On his return from Madinah Munawwara, my Shaykh, Hadhrat Maulana Adam Sahib, was speaking in regards to the importance of Adab and etiquettes. He was relating this to his trip to the sacred lands and how we lack etiquettes in our lives.
Whilst explaining this concept of Adab he gave a very beneficial analogy of a person whose mind and concentration is only towards the resting place of our beloved Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم:
Our state, whilst in front of the Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم, should be such that we a totally unaware of our surroundings. This is a state we need to reach and attain to show total devotion towards our Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم. This is not simple matter and takes time. We can understand this from our experience of driving a car, at firt, on slow speeds, we are aware of our surroundings and can, at ease, look around at the environment around us; we see people, shops, houses and everything we pass by. But once we increase our speed and we reach a very high sped, our concentration is undivided and focused on the road. So much so, that everything becomes a ‘blur’ around us.
In the same manner, we should be focused whilst at the resting place of our Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم. Our attention should be towards the salutations being presented upon our Nabi صلى الله عليه و سلم whilst losing interest in all matters around us.
We should take this concept a step further and implement focus in our everyday life; whilst offering Salaah, reading the Qur’an or performing any act of worship.
If we continue to place our efforts into increasing our Adab and etiquettes then we will remain focused on our ultimate goal, the Hereafter, and every other unimportant matter will just become a ‘blur’.
May Allah سبحانه و تعالى give us all the inclination and ability to make the Hereafter our focus. Aameen.