It is reported in a hadith that Prophet Sallahoalaihewassallam has said
“أَحَبُّ الأعمالِ إلى اللهِ أدومُها و إن قل“
Allah taala’s most admiring deeds are those which are consistently performed though they are fewer in numbers.
Shaikh ul Hadith Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb elaborates that this is regarding non-obligatory deeds (nawafil)
One should not be too much concerned about the amount of nafils, tahajjud, recitation, etc. Rather, one should try to be consistent, no matter fewer in cpunts, in performing these deed. This way good deeds will be psychologically easier to perform and will accumulate over time.
We see people reciting Quran for few specific days and nights and then forget the recitation for months. Similarly, people perform some good deeds on specific dates for the benefit of the loved ones who have passed away but completely forget them for a year.
My shaikh Hazrat Maulana Jalil Ahmed Akhoon sb damat barakatuham used to say that daily recitation of as fewer as 2 ayaat has been promised in a hadith with glad tidings.
We often defer our charity, zikr, recitation, and wait for substantial amount of funds, time, and tranquility. This approach is inaccurate and this wait is futile. Why should we wait when the Prophet sallallaho alaihi wassalam and his companions did not waited for tranquility and affluence and started whatever they could in whatever situations they were in.
In essense one should practise such nafil deeds that he/she could perform consistently, no matter how small they are.
Allah Taala’s remembrance is the lifeblood of the universe. The world will not be wrapped up until there exist a believer remembering Him. Man needs this fuel to withstand the whirlwinds of difficult conditions such as deprivation of health, fame, money, position, enjoyment and relationships.
الا بذکراللہ تطمئن القلوب
This remembrance gives birth to an unbreakable connection with Allah Taala which lights a candle in a believer’s heart. Once this candle is lit, the person starts feeling tranquility and contentment and starts abhorring acts of evil and starts admiring virtues.
وجعلنا لہ نور یمشی بہ فی الناس
Remembrance is a pre-requisite for love. And once love is attained you cannot afford to forget Him. Sins are committed just due to lack of love for Allah Taala. Love compels the lover to keep the Beloved happy and pleased. And then it is Love that guides the lover to find ways to please the Beloved. You do not need policing , you do not need vigilance. Love will itself teach how to get to the Beloved. We will start finding prayers absorbing, supplications answered, sobbing confessions soothing, admiration towards humbleness, honesty, modesty, and piety. And Love of Allah Taala keeps the person from all the sins, be it casting evil glances or meetups with girlfriends/boyfriends, any misuse of our body parts, or anything against honesty, modesty, humbleness or piety.
Remembrance of Allah creates Love of Allah Taala.
My Shaikh Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakim Muhammad Akhtar Sb used to say a couplet: وہ گرمئ ہجراں وہ تیری یاد کی خنکی جیسے کہ کہیں دھوپ میں سایہ نظر آیا
Try following daily after any prayer: 100 times La ilaha Illallah, 100 times Allah Allah, 100 times Durood, and 100 times Astaghfar and start experiencing the fast track journey towards the Love of Allah Taala. May Allah Taala give His Love to everyone of us. Ameen.