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Introduction

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Allah Ta’ala does not look at your features (that who is more beautiful or what is her complexion) and wealth, but He looks at your hearts and actions.” (Saheeh Muslim #6543) While millions are spent on cosmetics, clothing, jewellery, etc, to adorn the outerself, how much effort do we make to purify our hearts and treat the maladies that create a terrible stench therein? The procedure to purify the heart is to refer to the Mashaayikh (spiritual guides) and seek the remedies to one’s spiritual ailments. Hadhrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu) is among the spiritual giants of our time who has helped numerous people overcome their spiritual maladies. A selection of the correspondence of those seeking spiritual guidance will be posted for general benefit. May Allah Ta’ala make it a means of our complete rectification.

Spiritual Maladies

Purdah with the In-Laws

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 15:47

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

On the occasion of my marriage, I wrote to you asking you how I should observe purdah at my in-laws’ house. You instructed me to wear a veil and to abstain from sitting at the same dining-table with non-mahrams. Initially, I tried to wear a veil, but my husband’s elder and younger brothers did not let me and would deliberately come in front of me so that I would have to look at them. Although my husband is an ‘Aalim, he told me that I should merely wear a scarf and observe purdah in this way. Despite the people of the home being religiously inclined, there is an environment of intermingling between mahrams and non-mahrams. Due to this, I have to eat at the same dining-table.

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Thinking Ill of Others

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 06:00

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

You gave me the prescription to dispel evil thoughts about others, that I must think to myself, “I will be asked to present a shar‘ee proof for these ill thoughts on the Day of Resurrection.” On addressing myself in this manner, I find that no evil thoughts of people remain whatsoever. However, later on I start having evil thoughts again.

Answer:

Whenever you have such thoughts, think about the shar‘ee proof that you will be asked to present. Say to yourself, “The person of whom you are thinking ill is not really like that. Rather, it is you who possesses these evil qualities. You are merely seeing your own reflection in their mirror.” This is similar to how an ugly man looked into the mirror and said, “O mirror! You are so ugly!” (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 200)

   

Evil Dreams

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 13:55

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

I see bad dreams very often and this weighs down heavily upon me.

Answer:

Do not bother about dreams in the least because nothing happens through dreams. When you wake up on seeing a bad dream, spit lightly three times to your left, read A‘oozu billah (I seek refuge in Allah Ta‘ala), and change your sleeping position. A hadeeth states that an evil dream is from Shaitaan and no harm can come from it. (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 351)

   

Envy and Ingratitude

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:51

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

I have a very bad habit of envy. When I see any girl enjoying a bounty from Allah Ta‘ala, I become envious and constantly think to myself, “She is so fortunate that Allah Ta‘ala gave her so much.” I then have thoughts of ungratefulness.

Answer:

Envy in matters of Deen is permissible, such as when a person thinks, “I should also acquire that Deeni bounty.” However, you should never be ungrateful, as ingratitude is a serious sin. Think of all the bounties of Allah Ta‘ala that you enjoy, and make du‘aa for more progress by saying, “O Allah! I express complete gratitude for every bounty which You bestowed me with, and I ask You for more bounties in Deen.” (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 351)

   

Realizing One’s Priorities

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:28

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)

Condition:

Due to teaching in a madrasah, I am busy from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. I then have to offer my salaah, prepare food, attend to my domestic chores and see to the children. In the afternoon, I am responsible for supervising certain students from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Because I am the only one at home, I am responsible for the evening chores. I then need to study at night.

On account of my madrasah engagements, I have no time or very little time for my personal ‘ibaadah. At times, I am able to remain punctual in fulfilling an ‘ibaadah for some time, and it then becomes difficult to complete it because of teaching, domestic chores and seeing to the children. In fact, the administrative engagements and seeing to the education and training of the students in the madrasah are even causing shortcomings in fulfilling my husband’s rights.

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