The Holy Quran should be recited in Arabic for at least 20 minutes daily. The Quran is the living miracle of Islam and is a primary means of spiritual development. During these 20 minutes, students recite according to their own ability, whether a few lines or an entire part (juz).
Students should review their actions and interactions while regularly seeking forgiveness for any shortcomings or mistakes. Ideally, istighfar should be recited 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening using the following litany:
I seek forgiveness from Allah, my Lord, from every sin and turn in repentance to Him.
Students should send salutations on the Prophet (peace be upon him) daily. This is performed after making istighfar and should ideally be recited 100 times in the morning and 100 times in the evening using the following litany:
O Allah, send Your mercy on our guide Muhammad and on the family of our guide Muhammad and send Your blessings and Your peace.
Muraqabah is a type of silent dhikr in which students focus on the heart, imagining that it is silently calling on the name of Allah (the Exalted). Ideally, students should spend 10 to 20 minutes daily doing this silent dhikr.
Literally meaning “to stand still,” wuquf refers to keeping the heart in a state of regular remembrance of Allah (the Exalted). Students should actively try to remember Allah (the Exalted) in their heart throughout the day, whether at work or at home. Additionally, emphasis should be placed on following the sunnah in all endeavors, as the Prophet’s sunnah exemplifies a life of constant remembrance of Allah (the Exalted).
As students develop through the above routine, they should maintain a connection with the Shaykh by attending the gatherings whenever possible and providing an update on their progress every few months. This update can be done in person or via email/phone.