Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
by Hazrat Maulana Yunus Patel Saheb (Rahmatullahi 'alayh)
SECLUSION should not be with the intention of protecting ourselves from the mischief and evil of others. Staying away from people should be with the Niyyat (intention) of protecting others from the evil and mischief within ourselves.
Whilst, at times, we are required to seclude ourselves from others, we should be wary that such seclusion does not cause pride and a feeling of superiority in our hearts. This would cause spiritual havoc.