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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

My Du‘aa is not being Accepted

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:51

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

Condition:

I am fulfilling my salaah and other acts of obedience to Allah Ta‘ala. I am also trying to make taubah (repentance) with sincerity. I repented from all sins and I am also observing shar‘ee purdah. But one du‘aa of mine is not being accepted. It seems that Allah Ta‘ala is displeased with me because of my sins.

Answer:

Never have this wrong thought. If Allah Ta‘ala was displeased, He would not have blessed you with imaan, nor inspired you to do good deeds and you would not have had a relationship with His pious servants. You should think thus: “Allah Ta‘ala loves me very much.”

The du‘aa of a believer is not rejected, but there are different ways of its acceptance. At times He gives the very thing which the believer asks for. At times He does not give specifically what was asked for but gives something better in the future. At times He removes/defers a calamity by virtue of the du‘aa. If He gives nothing to a person in this world, He increases his rank in paradise by virtue of the du‘aa. (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 477) 

   

Lustful Thoughts and Fantasies

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:43

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

Condition:

I experience many lustful thoughts and sexual fantasies. In most cases it is about those whom I have never seen but have merely heard their name. These thoughts occur mostly about religious people. They come by their own and then overpower me to such an extent that I cannot gauge whether I brought them deliberately or they came to me on their own. When these thoughts come to me, I experience three conditions: (1) the thoughts are in my mind, (2) the nafs enjoys this, (3) this thought confuses my heart as to whether this is a sin or not. These thoughts do not come to me when I am in solitude only, but also when I am with my house-folk, walking about, engaged in house-work, etc. When these fantasies go beyond the limit, the heart becomes restless and starts beating faster. I engage in istighfaar, etc. for some time and then experience some peace. I gauge from this condition that I deliberately brought these thoughts. But this happens rarely. When this happens in normal times, I offer salaah and I feel okay. But when it happens on those days of the month when I am not offering salaah, these thoughts increase and, in fact, go beyond the limit. I am most troubled by the fact that I do not know whether they come to me on their own or whether I bring them deliberately into my mind. I am also troubled by the fact that why do I have these thoughts about someone whom I have not even seen?

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Having an Affair

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:06

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

Condition:

(summarised)

I am saying this with much remorse that I had a relationship (affair) with a person in the last one year. He is 36 years old while I am 26 years old. This relationship is restricted to talking with each other. He is regular with his salaah, fasting, etc. but remains in the company of those who combine worldly engagements with deen. Our relationship was very minimal. But I still agree that this relationship is wrong. I would like to end this relationship in order to obtain the pleasure of Allah Ta‘ala. He did not say any loving words to me. He has many domestic responsibilities and therefore speaks little to me. Furthermore, we live in different towns. It is probably for these reasons that although I am committing the sin of having a relationship with him, I have saved myself from many other sins. He himself considers it a major sin if this relationship were to go beyond the limits.

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Desire for Children

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 11:56

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu)

Condition:

Despite being married for fifteen years, I do not yet have children but I have an intense desire for a child. In the light of these issues, how can I acquire the sweetness of imaan? I am becoming extremely uneasy due to this. 

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Purdah at Home

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 08:41

Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu)

Condition:

At my in-laws, my husband’s younger and elder brother remain in the house most of the time. This causes me much difficulty in remaining in purdah. They do not trouble me, but I find it difficult to do my housework in their presence. I wrap myself in a large sheet and attach the face-piece (niqaab) to it.

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