This is not a religion where we just talk. It is not about philosophizing or intellectualizing, or lofty conceptualizations, it is about actions. It is not just wagging your tongue. The simple person who is busy with cleaning masjid, shoveling snow, maybe can’t tell you about Rumi and the 25 benefits of isolation and solitude but he is a bigger Sufi than person who is just asking about these benefits. Faith has to give fruit of action Not about philosophizing and saying the light went on when the shaykh talked about 20 benefits of such and such and I memorized 18 and didn’t implement a single one. If faith doesn’t take root in action, faith should be questioned.
~ Imam Zaid, Knowledge Retreat 2010/1432