On Spiritual Progress and Dawah

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

How we do balance between concern for affairs of the dawah and concern for our own spiritual progress?

You need to make all of your dawah efforts a vehicle to purifying the soul and illuminating it. You should also be glad when you find people that are serving the da’wah well because it takes some of the weight off you. Your concern for the da’wah should not cause you to neglect to recite a portion of the Qur’an daily and spending some time in remembrance. Likewise, you should pray in congregation, perform the Sunnah prayers before and after the obligatory prayers and pray the Witr and Duha prayers, and give a portion of money, even if only a little, daily in charity. You should have a routine of reading the books of the scholars of the spiritual way.