The Mashaaikh generally instruct their mureeds to engage more in (certain forms of) thikr than in Tilaawat of the Qur’aan Shareef although tilaawat is superior. The reason for this is that in the initial stage the emphasis is on cultivating concentration (of the mind). Thìkr has the special propensity to create this effect. The criticism against the mashaaikh is therefore baseless.
The instruction of thikr is in fact the preliminary step of tilaawat. As a result of the ability of concentration engendered by thikr, the mureed will gain the ability to recite the Qur’aan Shareef with perfection.
Infact the ultimate aim is tilaawat. Once the necessary concentration has been developed, the mureed will be engaged in more tilaawat. Further, what the unqualified (spiritual guides) teach and do is beyond the scope of this discussion.
Malfoothaat of Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi Rahmatullahi Alaihi