“There is no doubt about it that the people who can tell the truth are few – so few that it can be said literally that they do not exist. Usually the preachers preach (the word of God) to obtain something from the people. And when the objective of preaching is so mixed up, then Truthfulness and Divine attachment are covered under the darkness of the worldly objective, and the pleasantness that could have been produced by the sweet smell of the word of God is pressed down by stinking smell of worldliness.
“There and then, the people begin to say that the preacher is doing (or saying) all these things for his personal worldly gains. There is no doubt about it that most of the preachers are after their worldly gains, but everyone is not like that. There are people with very pure hearts and they tell others about the commands of God and the instructions of the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, simply because they think that they have been commissioned by God to do so and therefore, it is, a duty of theirs.
“By doing so, they seek after the pleasure of God. Preaching is a very great thing. It has a sort of glory of prophethood, but of course, only if it is carried out with the fear of God in one’s heart… The preacher gets an opportunity to reform himself, for, it is necessary to show to the people that he acts on what he says.”
(Malfoozat Vol. II, p. 104)
Courtesy: MKAN-Tarbiyya Department