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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

How Should a Woman Keep Contact with a Shaikh?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2020 15:15

Condition:

You mentioned that a person cannot reform himself without a spiritual guide, and that the nafs cannot be overpowered until one is not under the supervision of a shaikh. What is the ruling for a woman, because it is not possible for her to remain in the company of a pious person or a shaikh?

Answer:

The shaikh is also a non-mahram for a woman. A woman is not required to remain in the company of a shaikh.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) observed purdah with the Sahaabiyyaat (radhiyallahu ‘anhunna). It is only a fake shaikh and person with worldly motives who will keep women in his company.

Women may listen – from behind a curtain – to the talks of a shaikh who follows the sunnah and the sharee‘ah. They may read his books and listen to his cassettes (recordings). They may correspond with the shaikh for the purpose of reformation, provided their letters are signed by a mahram. In this way, a woman can become the beloved of Allah Ta‘ala.

(Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 484)

 

Backbiting

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 13:54

Condition:

Hazrat, as far as backbiting is concerned, all thanks are due to Allah Ta‘ala that I am able to abstain to a great extent. It is the grace of Allah Ta‘ala that if backbiting occurs in any gathering, He gives me the courage to get up and leave. However, there are certain issues which I do not understand. One is that even when I am getting up to leave the gathering, some of the backbiting falls into my ears (hence am I sinful for hearing it or not?).

Answer:

Get up immediately and leave from there. You will not be taken to task for unintentionally hearing the backbiting. However, if you stop for even a single moment to hear what is being said, it will be a sin and you must atone for it.

Read more: Backbiting

 

The Prescription for Progress

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Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2020 09:09

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

Condition:

Please prescribe for me such an action which will assist me to reach the pinnacle of progress.

Answer:

Do not displease Allah Ta‘ala for a single moment. In other words, abstain from every sin. Be especially cautious of safeguarding the eyes and heart. Please Allah Ta‘ala at every moment. In essence, ensure that your external and internal self is in accordance with the sunnah.

(Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 324)

 

Pleased with His Decision

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2020 15:45

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

Condition:

Please explain the meaning of “radhaa bil qadhaa” to me.

Answer:

To abstain from objecting or complaining - either with the tongue or the heart - about the conditions that are sent by Allah Ta‘ala which are against one’s likes. Instead, one should accept that Allah Ta‘ala is both the Absolute Ruler and Absolutely Wise as well. Hence, one must consider His decree to be beneficial and one must remain pleased with it. This is the meaning of “radhaa bil qadhaa”. Nevertheless, to experience natural sorrow over a calamity and to make du‘aa for it to be alleviated does not contradict or negate “radhaa bil qadhaa”.

(Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 244)

 

Fear of Deviation and Desire for Hajj

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:33

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

Condition:

I am very fearful of going astray. I think about my destiny very often and I do not know what is written for me. I constantly make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala for my destiny by saying, “O Allah! Make my destiny good. Save me from deviation.”

I have an extreme desire to perform hajj and ‘umrah, and to visit the blessed grave of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Allah Ta‘ala repeatedly calls many fortunate people to His House. I become envious of these people. I make this du‘aa, “O Allah! You call everyone again and again, call me [to Your House] as well.”

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