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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

Lengthy Wazeefahs

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:11

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

Condition:

Before establishing a relationship of reformation with you, it was my habit that when I experienced any need, I would read:

 يَا بَدِيْعَ الْعَجَائِبِ بِالْخَيْرِ يَا بَدِيْعُ

1200 times after the ‘esha salaah for twelve days. Does Hazrat permit me to practise this for one or two needs of mine?

Answer:

In today’s times, the health of the people cannot bear lengthy wazeefahs. Instead of this, offer two rak‘aats of salaatul haajah and make du‘aa. This is preferable because it is sunnah. (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 244)

   

Not Feeling a Bond with Allah Ta‘ala

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 15:38

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

Condition:

I am experiencing much confusion, I do not feel any bond with Allah Ta‘ala and my life is passing by meaninglessl

Answer:

It is not necessary to feel a bond. Rather, it is necessary to have a bond. The sign of this bond will be that you remain far from sins. If you commit an error, you will seek pardon. Such a life is not meaningless but is most valuable.

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I Can’t Stop Backbiting

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 16:13

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

Condition:

I find myself trapped in the destructive illness of backbiting. I make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala every morning saying: “O Allah! I must not commit any sin today, I must not backbite.” Yet I commit this sin by that same evening. I am very troubled. I read many ahaadeeth and many of your books on the topic of backbiting. Especially your book, “The illnesses of the soul and their treatment”. However this has had no effect on me. I manage to fear this sin for 2-3 days but then start committing it again. I am now backbiting more than ever since my sister-in-law has come into the house. I am very troubled and do not know how to save myself from this sin.

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Troubled by Thoughts

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 15:59

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

Condition:

I constantly feel my heart to be a target for sins. I am unable to protect my heart. Thoughts about others apart from Allah Ta‘ala are coming profusely to me. I feel as though my heart is very impure.

Answer:

Thousands of thoughts of sinning can come to a person but this is not a sin. In other words, it is not a sin for such thoughts to come, but a sin to bring such thoughts. When such thoughts come to you, occupy yourself in some lawful activity, lawful conversation, or study a book. Neither occupy yourself in these thoughts nor try to chase them away.

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I Can’t get Over Him

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Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 15:04

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

Condition:

I have a very great illness over which I am disturbed and which I would like to put to an end. I had seen a boy about three to four years ago. I never spoke to him nor met him. I did not see him again ever since that day. But I constantly think about him. On account of this, there is no concentration in my studies, salaah, zikr, etc. I do not want to keep anyone apart from Allah Ta‘ala in my heart. I am also greatly disturbed by fantasies and whisperings.

Answer:

Do not deliberately think of him whether in privacy or in public. Think to yourself: Who bestowed him with this beauty and handsomeness? If this heart is affected by this fleeting beauty and false love, then what can be said of Allah Ta‘ala, the source of all beauty, Who gave this (person) an iota of beauty? The beauty of this person is fleeting, while the beauty of the Creator of beauty is eternal. Therefore, your heart ought to be attached to that eternal Being. This body that is going to die and decompose is not worthy of attachment. The appearance of this body will get worse with the passage of time (as the person gets older) and then you will not even want to look at him. On the other hand, Allah Ta‘ala has a different status at every time, and His beauty is eternal. It is for this reason that when the people will see Allah Ta‘ala in Paradise, they will forget about all the damsels of Paradise and all its other bounties. Read my article on false love one time daily. (Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 92)

   

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