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.

Lengthy Wazeefahs

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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)