Why this stress? Because all types come to the khánqáh. There were munafiqin (hypocrites) in the time of Rasulullah ﷺ. Various munafiqin, big and small, attended his court even. So, why be amazed at the presence of such in the khánqáh? The ones to benefit, however, are those who are mukhlis (sincere) and sacchá (truthful) – these are the real tálib (seekers). If you see the other type in attendance, why blame the khánqáh? What fault is it of the khánqah?
There were munafiqin sitting on the Suffah itself; there were munafiqin around Rasulullah, munafiqín were even found to be present among those writing down wahi even though this figure was absolutely small. This was the situation in the early period, that of Rasúlulláh ﷺ and of the Khulafá-e-Rashidín. This situation did not improve as time went on and the era of decline set in. If some insincere ones find their way to the khánqáh in this age, why should this affect the khángáh or the tálibul-‘ilm?
If one were to apply the same scrutiny to the darsgáh (classes) , one will find even more such insincere ones in the madrasah. One will find very few students attending to their studies in the correct manner; being completely punctual in attendance; paying full attention to the tutor during lessons, without a moment’s distraction even, learning with ifhám and tafhím (in-depth understanding), with ikmál and itmám (utmost perfection); aiming to gain full mastery of the subjects. The majority of the students will be otherwise. especially nowadays. If the khánqáh has two to four such insincere ones,
What are their numbers in the madrasah? Even more! If this is the situation in the madrasah, with the tálibe-sádiq in the minority, must one close the madrasah?Do you understand? It is very necessary to discuss these issues. Alláh Ta’álá has caused these thoughts to intrude and issue forth and be presented to you. This is an assessment of the current situation, an insight into the times.If there is no need for the khánqáh, then equally there is no need for the madrasah. If there is a need for the madrasah – the need is there and the need is great – then there is need for the khánqáh as well, to an even greater extent in this age.Before, both student and tutor were of a different calibre. The tutor had the qualities of a sheikh and the student used to be a tálibe-sádiq, one with tahárat and taqwá. Despite (or, because of) these excellent qualities they still attended the khánqáh!
Source: For Friends