Q&A: Solutions to Your Spiritual Diseases

We are very pleased to announce that by the taufeeq of Allah Ta`ala, through this An-Noor blog, Allah Ta`ala has helped us start up this Q&A section which allows people who are connected to this Silsilah, who would like to get connected, and/or those who would like to take on the path of sulook to Allah Ta`ala, to express their spiritual ailments and get remedy and advice from mujaazeen—scholars who have been given Khilaafah and Ijaazah (license and permission) in the path of spirituality by Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (DB), who was the special attendant of Maulana Shah Muhammad Ahmad Sahib Pratabgadhi Naqshbandi (RA), and Shah Abdul Ghani Phulpuri (RA) and the khalifah of Maulana Shah Abrar-ul-Haq (RA), the latter two were Khalifahs of Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA). Hazrat Thanwi (RA) was a khalifah of Hazrat Haji Imdadullah Muhajir Makki (RA), who had Ijaazat and Khilaafat in all four silsilahs/tareeqahs.

Alhamdulillah, this legacy of Hakim ul Ummah Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) is still being carried on through the blessings and efforts of our Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum).

Many a time, people who decide to tread the path of sulook and tasawwuf by connecting themselves to a shaikh have the notion that they will magically reach the status of wilayah (friendship and closeness to Allah) merely through their connection and link with their shaikh. This is an absolutely erroneous and misleading notion because the duty of the shaikh is simply to show and be a guide to the path, not to carry the mureed on his back. The mureed must traverse the path to Allah Ta`ala himself and get guidance from the shaikh along the way.

Our beloved Shaikh, Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) has said that there are two main foundations of this path of tasawwuf (derived from the Qur`an):

1.) Suhbat: Adopting the company of the pious:

واصبر نفسك مع الذين يدعون ربهم بالغدوة والعشيِّ يريدون وجهه…

“…And withhold yourself (in the company) of those who remember their Lord, morning and evening desiring His Sublime Being…” (Surah Kahf: 28 )

2.) Mujaahadah: Struggling to Fight the Nafs:

والذين جاهدوا فينا لنهدينهم سبلنا…

“And (as for) those who strive hard (struggle) for Us, We will most certainly guide them to our paths….” (Surah Ankabut: 69)

Thus, the essence of tasawwuf is to struggle to acquire islaah-e-nafs (rectification of the character) through the company of a qualified shaikh.

Rectification of one’s character consists of beautifying oneself with akhlaq-e-Muhammadiyya (the prophetic characteristics and morals), and ridding oneself of akhlaq-e-radhilah (evil, satanic traits).

Thus, if a person wants to acquire the essence and objective of tasawwuf he must endeavor to rectify his character more than anything else. The method for this is to have an islaahi ta`alluq (a reformative connection) with one’s shaikh.

Someone wrote to Hazrat Hakimul Ummah saying, “I do not know the way to rectify myself and acquire “islaah-e-nafs”. I am totally ignorant of this matter. Please, for the sake of Allah, advise me in this matter.”

Hazrat Thanwi’s reply: “The method is that you should write to me your spiritual ailments one by one and ask me for their remedies. I will prescribe the appropriate remedy and after practically implementing that remedy you must inform me of your condition.”

(Tarbiyat us Salik; Vol.2 Pg. 20)

The islaahi-letters are letters which a mureed writes to his shaikh to inform the shaikh of his spiritual state and, in turn, get remedy and advice from the shaikh to rectify his condition.

There are four conditions which Hazrat Hakim ul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) mentioned that one needs in order to benefit from having a Shaikh, otherwise making an islahi connection is just another custom for the sake of name or show.

And you will hear people proudly boasting, “I’m bay’ah to such and such Shaikh…” or “I have an islahi ta`alluq with so and so..” but when you see their akhlaaq and a’maal and life, there is no special difference in their life in comparison to someone else’s life who is not linked to a Shaikh…The reason for this is that there is no islaahi activity taking place, whether it be suhbat or islaahi letters or mashwara of one’s condition via letters, email, or on the phone, etc.

Those 4 conditions are:

(1) (اطلاع) TO INFORM THE SHAIKH OF YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION. This is mainly done through the islaahi letters, etc.




All these points are directly connected with suhbat of the Shaikh and/or the islaahi-letters.

Some people make the excuse of not writing to the Shaikh saying they have a difficult time “expressing” themselves in writing. The solution to this is easy, and that is: you don’t need to “express” yourself and write your entire autobiography; all you need to do is write your spiritual condition, i.e. what is wrong with you and what wrong you are involved in, similar to the manner in which you tell a doctor how you are feeling, or what is bothering you.

Here is an example:

HAAL (spiritual condition):

Respected Shaikh, Assalaamu alaikum…

For a long time now, I just do not have the ability to control my gaze. However much a try, I still fail in controlling my eyes. Any woman that passes by, I glance at her lustfully. Please counsel me as to how to save myself from this disease.


(insert name here)

The example reply to this is as follows:


Wa alaikumus salaam…. The statement you made about not having the “ability” to control your gaze is incorrect. It is a known fact and an established principle of human nature that, if a person has the ability look, then he definitely has the ability not to look. If he has the ability to sin, then he definitely has the ability not to sin.

The fact of the matter is that you are not using that God-given ability. Hazrat Hakim ul Ummat Thanwi (RA) said: “There is no other remedy for the disease of continuous sinning (whether it be casting evil and lustful glances or any other sin) except to do three things:

1. To use your Himmah God-given inner-strength. Have courage and face your “fears”… that fear that “what if I don’t look at her… what will happen if I lower my gaze? If I leave sinning then I will get bored and go into depression… maybe I should go slowly into deen or else I won’t be able to handle it. I’m still young and strong… what a waste of my youth….”

These are all whisperings of shaytaan, who wants you to delay with these childish and cowardly excuses so that your heart totally becomes black in sinning which will lead to never being able to make taubah again.



Tell yourself, “I will not use this body which Allah created for His obedience to commit sin and live the life of a disobedient servant. O Nafs! This body does not belong to you! It belongs to Allah, so don’t exploit it to whatever shaytaan tells you to do.”

Use your Himmah. Be strong, fight your nafs and say that you can.

2. The second remedy to continuous sinning is to pray to Allah Ta`ala to help you use that Himmah and ability He granted and to take you away from a life of sin.

3. The third remedy is to ask the pious servants of Allah Ta`ala to make dua for you so that you use the ability to stay away from sin.



These letters should strictly contain questions about spiritual diseases and their remedies. If however there is a mas’alah (Deeni question) related to one’s spiritual disease then there is no harm in mentioning it.

How many problems should I mention?

You should mention only one spiritual disease or problem at a time… when you get the answer to one, practice on the advice given for a week or two weeks, then write back whether you benefited or not, in this way, you continue to the next one and the next, and so on…

What if I have no spiritual haal?

If you have no spiritual condition, and feel like you are in a spiritual slump…. then you just mention this:

“Respected Shaikh, I have no spiritual haal at the moment. Please make du’a that Allah Ta’ala rectifies my character and grants me the Imaan and Yaqeen of His beloved servants…


Hazrat Maulana Hakeem Akhtar Sahib (daamat barakaatuhum) mentioned that as long as this letter remains (with the shaikh’s dua in it) then Allah Ta’ala will continue to shower down blessings upon you…. even if the shaikh has passed away, the words of his du’as are preserved on paper.

May Allah Ta`ala give us the ability to value and benefit from this great opportunity.


116 Comments on “Q&A: Solutions to Your Spiritual Diseases”

  1. durodola azeez Says:

    my work is not going well and is want me to doubt that is the Allah exist

  2. Sabera Says:

    Assalama Alaikum Waruhmatullah wabaktohu.
    Brother my name sabera or should I say (Sabra as in the Quran )
    I wish to know if I was to take this advice which I soo feel I need and want .
    I have wazifa’s given to me by a murshid (bawa) whine I am not mureed with, but looked into my problems and gave me these wazifas to pray which I try my best to pray and make up if I missed them any day on days I can .
    Would I have to
    stop them .
    And can these shaik tell you if someone has done black magic or have an evil eye on you .
    I look forward to hearing from you. Please answer to my e_mail
    Jazza Al Khair

  3. shaniyan Says:

    Salam..how can i get my love back plz help me and his mum and my parents to accept me..me and him love each other soo much that we cant live without eachother..the girl his mum wants him to get engaged to was the one who had boyfriend..and now she left her boyfriend and took my love away from me..plz help me get him back i will die otherwise plz plz im very shattered and heart broken plz help me plz plz pls..we been together fr a year wr had no probs alhumdulilah we were very happy until his mum and that girl came..plz help me plz..:-( :-(

  4. mohammed azharuddin Says:

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  5. Aqsa Chaudry Says:

    Asalam walaikym

    I am suffering alot as my family is all arrested the case is going on and i am trying my best to help them with Allahs guidance inshallah. Problem is i cant do much as i am the witness and victim. What should i do?

    Jazakallah khairun


  6. srk Says:

    Asalam-0-alaikum to the team of annoor!!
    i am very worried about my mother disease. she has been suffering from osteo arthritis, we ve tried every single medication but useless, kindly recommend me any dua or kalaam which will heal my mother’s disease please please, i m too worried for her

  7. qais vohra Says:

    ialways miss fajr salaah and I dont even regret as much as I should.
    and other namaaz I never miss but I pray really very fast without dhyaan

    and my yakeen is very week shaytaan plays with my yakeen all the time.

    I keep doing gunnah and again dont regret as much as I should.

    I really get bored sitting in masjid for long..

    I can never concentrate and make dua.

    please do me favour, allah will do you favour please suggest what to do.

  8. zeshan ahmed Says:

    i want to get closer to my LORD plz guide me

  9. ann Says:

    asslamualaikum i read in a wazifah that by writing surah ikhlas 313 times then throwing it in a river or lake Allah will full fill your wish …is it correct? And should I write it in Arabic or i can write it in english phonetics?

  10. annasshaji India Says:

    Allah salamat rakhe hazrat wala ko

  11. Aammbbii Says:

    Assalam oalaikum,
    I am very distressed because my mother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 2 and a half years ago, She went into remission a few days ago but then has started hearing voices again. Initially she knew that they were her imagination but now she has started listening to what they tell her. She has become very aggressive with us and I was wondering if you could please tell me if there is any special prayer I can make to help her get better besides the medication we are giving her.

  12. Abdul Gaffar Says:

    people are reading my thinking & i want to obstruct it.

    Assalam Alaikum,
    I am 27 yr old guy.
    my name is abdul gaffar.
    i want your help to overcome from this unfortune difficulty.
    people are reading my thinking from 2 yrs &i come to know abt it from last 1.5 yrs.
    Even the childhood person bet the 10-14 yr old childrens are also reading my thinking maens whatever is going in my mind is come to know to those people.
    the problem is that whatever i try to do or think is coming to know to them.
    i don’t have any matter all these people.
    But i need your help so that u can provide me some sort of wazifa/amal/taweez or provide me some help so that these people can stop reading my thinking.
    Since, i am not bad guy , i am good job employer working in Ltd. company.
    you can let me know abt your ans. & help through my this email id(samrocket.fast@yahoo.co.in).

  13. Abdul Basit Says:

    Assalaamu Aliykum brother Muhammed Kaleem Ahmed ansari. plz send me ua e mail id. i will send u d details of d Shaykh frm Vellore in Tamil Nadu n he is a khalifa of Hazrat Peer Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi Sahib d.b
    my email address is as follows.

  14. Md.Kaleem ahmed ansari Says:

    Kindly some one help me for true sufi shaykh for taking baya iam from nellore andhra pradesh india

  15. Bibi Ayesha Ali Says:

    Slmz. I got proposed earlier this year. My wedding was suppose to be on the 15th of april but my dad had 3heart attacks and I cancelled my wedding date. He is recovering but the problem is that the person I am marrying is pushing for me to get married. I am confused to whether I should get married while my dad is in recovery or should I wait. Please help

  16. Bibi Ayesha Ali Says:

    Slmz. I got proposed earlier this year. My wedding was suppose to be on the 15th of april but my dad had 3heart attacks. He is recovering but the problem is that the person I am marrying is pushing for me to get married. I am confused to whether I should get married while my dad is in recovery or should I wait. Please help

  17. aisha Says:

    i have a question which reply is required.
    please tell me is gold can wear in foot, reply me according to sunnat

  18. Asmacks (mahammed Kaleemullah Ariffh) Says:

    Since 18 Months i am struggling to get Job.

  19. dervesh Says:

    I WANt to know .I have a mother who is not practising muslim at all , no namaz /roza etc .She is also NASTY breaks relations with her relatives and his over all a negative person always fighting with people..I am very patient with her and make dua for her hidayat etc as and i say to my self i respect her only because of PROPHTES HADICE …
    i AM A MATURE ADULT , can i ask her to please not interfere in my marriage proposals ( i am unmarried) i mean when i go to some girls house i do not want her to be there instead i can take some other brother etc is is ALLOWED?
    jazak allah

  20. dervesh Says:

    Tell me please what is the status or value of DUA i khair and good words of shiekh for his mureed …If my shiekh makes good and nice dua and says good words about me , does it mean ALLAH will grant his dua etc etc are his words coming from PROPHET

  21. osman goni Says:

    my problem is i am becoming ungrateful towards my social respect, status,everything thus i have lost my attention of ibadad.what can do for that ?

  22. umm ashfyr Says:

    salamu alaikum iam no t in to lieing but is it okay for me to lie when iam not trying to hurt some ones feeling . Also when come to salat and read Quran i get layz and then when iam not all things i have to think about like what i need to do any other things thats going on clening the house the kids and other things that i can be doing i think so much that at time things be come to much. i have been told that i look for people to thank me I dont but i cant see all that i do is there away i can get help for this and what duas i can make for me and my family for all if them not go from islam and to be better ith their deen. is there someting i can do to take all the sinns that i have done and wash them alway. i like for people to tell me what i do worng so i make help my self but it make me mad so is there a way that i can not feel this way

  23. Help Needed Says:

    Shaykh I am really depressed and have same problem which brother junaid discussed I really want a solution … i tried alot on the ways u told to get rid of it but…. cant stop as brother
    junaid Says:

    January 11, 2011 at 6:04 am
    JAZAKALLAH KHAIR for such a great reply but brother whenever nafs encompass me how can i take my laptop in a public place. nafs is quite srtonger as I cant do this and yes whenever no one is in home what should i do then. After ur reply, a positive change hav been seen but even then… i want to completely finsh this habit..
    Hazrat Now i have shifted to another city for higher studies and I am alone there with one friend how could i stop my self there? I am really confused tell me some little azkars (easy ones).
    sorry for such a long list of unorganised questions. will be wating anxiously for reply.

    • Bismihi Ta’ala,

      First of all, as far as adhkaar are concerned, just be punctual with whatever daily adhkaar you already do and make sure you also recite the Qur’an daily. Beyond that, this is an issue of your will-power and not that of adhkaar and litanies.

      The most important advice in this matter is that you should not use the internet at all beyond necessity. If you do not absolutely need to use the internet, then do not use it. When there is a need to use it, go to a library or public place. Remember, only do this when there is a need, otherwise just avoid it period. Even when it comes to Islamic websites, only visit them when you are using the internet at a public place.

      Beyond this, even for your computer that you own, download and install an internet filter/parental control program on there. For the password, have someone else put in a password that is unknown to you. Remember, your personal computer should not even be used for the internet unless there is an absolute necessity and then too it should only be used in a public place such as a library. This will be an extra line of defense even if you get tempted to browse such websites in a public place, which is unlikely.

      These advices may be difficult and inconvenient but if you truly wish to put an end to this issue, you will need to strictly abide by them.

      May Allah Ta’ala make us all amongst the Saliheen.


  24. Anonymous Says:


    Dear Hazrat,

    I had 2 questions in mind and I was hoping that you can answer them.

    – When mentioning one’s spiritual condition to the Shaykh, is it proper to mention a specific sin that one indulges in, in order to properly explain/clarify one’s spiritual state?

    – In order to remain polite with one’s Shaykh or teacher, is it proper to send a letter/email solely to thank the Shaykh? What about a letter/email solely sent to ask the Shaykh for his Du’as?

    May Allah (SWT) reward you

    • Anonymous Says:

      Wa ‘Alaykum Assalaam

      – It is proper to mention the specific sin or even the generality of that particular sin, so that the Shaykh will know how to properly treat it.

      – Yes, both things are proper and preferable. This will help develop a stronger bond and relationship with the Shaykh as well.

      May Allah allow us to benefit from our Mashaikh immensely.


  25. junaid Says:

    Assalm o Alaikum
    i am induldged in a sinful act of looking illegal (bad ) material on internet please guide me how can i stop myself from doing so…
    i pray 5 times a day but i dont stop from such acts i feel very guilty when i do this and also perform tawbah as well but cannot stop from doin such acts plz guide me… n do pray for me aswell

  26. Junaid Says:

    Assalam O Alikum,
    Bhai Nabeel
    i have a very abd habbit of watching bad things on internet(porn). this question is asked twice above but i was unable to find the answer.
    plz do reply with a cure.
    whenever i am commiting this sin i feel sorry and i m feeling guilty but eventhn i do not stop. after i have commited the sin i make a sincere repentence but soon after some days again the same “shehwah” n “waswasa” i dont know how to get rid of it and get closer and very closer to ALLAH (s.w.t) and our beloved PROHET MUHAMMAD (s.a.w)… plz tell me any cure and yes in additoin i want to tell u that i have a beared from last one year, i pray almost five times a day sometimes it is delayed(very rare) and i try to give dawah whole the time in and out of the house (by the will of ALLAH (s.w.t)). i want u to reply me with a cure n do a prayer for my and whole ummahs hidayah.. plz will be waiting anxiously for the reply


    • Anonymous Says:

      Dear Junaid,
      Wa ‘Alaykum Assalaam

      Masha Allah, it’s good that you are acknowledging this as a bad habit and that it needs reformation. Without taking this first step, one cannot attain proper help.

      To answer your question, the best thing would be for you to use the internet in a public place whenever necessary. For example, use it in a place where there is a lot of traffic flow of people (such as living room, family room, kitchen etc). Don’t use it in a private place like your bedroom or anywhere in solitude. When there is that sense of feeling that someone may see you and you will obviously be ashamed of it, then it will prevent you from going onto those sites in the first place. Secondly, only use the internet when it is necessary. Don’t browse or surf the net just to pass time because eventually you may stumble upon something which will lead to other things and sins. Furthermore, if you still end up going onto those sites, stipulate a fine for yourself, such an amount where it becomes burdensome on you and your nafs, and give it for sadaqa. For example, if giving $5 to sadaqah becomes a burden for you, then pay that amount each time you look at something unlawful. Eventually your nafs will get tired of committing this unlawful act.

      Lastly, the main thing to do is to have himmah or courage to fight this sexual desire. Without this struggle, it will become very hard for one to reform this habit. You will soon see the benefits and blessings of Allah descend onto you every time you fight these unlawful desires. Also, read “The 14 Harms to Casting Evil Glances” on the khanqah website at http://www.khanqah.org. It is available in both english and urdu, whatever is easier for you.

      May Allah give us the tawfeeq and courage to fight those unlawful desires that lead to His displeasure.


      • junaid Says:

        JAZAKALLAH KHAIR for such a great reply but brother whenever nafs encompass me how can i take my laptop in a public place nafs is quite srtonger as I cant do this and yes whenever no one is in home what should i do then. After ur reply, a positive change hav been seen but even then… i want to completely finsh this habit..
        Hazrat Now i have shifted to another city for higher studies and I am alone there with one friend how could i stop my self there? I am really confused tell me some little azkars (easy ones).
        Hazrat I want to ask another thing aswell I m a local of pakistan , my parents are very strict they are not happy from my beared and my inclination towards ISLAM. they say that u just pray and read quran that is it. I want to meet shaykh. I am from Faisalabad, and now shifted to LAHORE plz tell me whom can i meet.. and do let me tell what are the adaabs , do’s and dont’s while talking or going to a shykh…
        sorry for such a long list of unorganised questions. will be wating anxiously for reply.


  27. Abu Hurairah Says:

    assalaamu alaikum W R W B,

    i am bay’ath to a khalifa of Hazrath Hakeem Akhthar (db). My respected shaykh (db) has instructed me to read tarbiyat us saalik. is it available in english. also is it available for download anywhere

    jazakallah wassalaam

  28. Uk Says:


    I feel I had a good ramadhan and felt spiritually high. Now I am feeling very down and I don’t understanding what is happening. I seem to very angry and not in a sociable mood. Very moody. Also feel emotional with urges of crying and feel hurt at the smallest things. have not experienced this before.

    Pls explain



    • Bismihi Ta’ala,

      The coming and going of states such as these are quite natural for the seeker at the outset of his or her spiritual journey. Do not become disheartened or disappointed at the discontinuation of spiritual highs and the onset of undesirable emotional states. With renewals of determination, steadfast efforts, supplications to Allah Ta’ala, and constancy in dhikr and recitation of the Qur’an, these occurrences decrease over time until eventually a stable state is reached.

      Often, the humility and self-worthlessness that ensues is a catalyst to propel the seeker along the path.


  29. Help needed Says:

    Assalamu ‘alaykum warahmtullah,

    I am 22 years old and am living in the UK.
    2 years ago, I experienced something vtremendous which changed me.
    I can only describe it as being very aware of being watched by Allah swt not just in actions but also in my thoughts.
    I have heard the phrase ‘being in the presence of Allah swt’. Although I am ignorant of the reality, id did feel as though this was the case with me.

    I would make constant zikr and feel very close to Allah. I could recognize very clearly the thoughts of my nafs and I felt as though I had to spend every secodn and minute of my life behaving properly in front of Allah.

    Telling yourself Allah is watching you and knows your thoughts is one thing.
    Knowing it with certainty and actually feeling it is completely different.

    I believe I have become so corrupt in these two years that I am the verge on being ruined. I can barely remeber Allah swt in my salah, and I think because of my arrogance and terible evil beahviour with Allah swt, I have become cursed.

    ‘wa may ya;shu an zikr rabihi nuqayyid lahu shaytan fahuwa lahu qareen.’

    WHt ashould I do?

    • Bismihi Ta’ala,

      You should strive to maintain a level of concentration in your 5 daily prayers. One way of doing this is to memorize the meanings of those things which you recite often in Salah. You should then focus on the meaning of each word as you are reciting it. This will inshaAllah be a means of increasing concentration therein.

      Furthermore, it is imperative to be punctual in your daily recitation of Qur’an and your adhkaar. This is one of the key tools by which spiritual progress is attained and it demands that a person be extremely routine in carrying it out. Not a single day should go by wherein the recitation of the Qur’an and/or adhkaar are left out.

      Ultimately, an easy catalyst to bring about this change in one’s life is the company of the righteous. Seek good company and spend as much time as you can with them. If and when you cannot be in the company of the righteous, suffice by reading about them, reading their writings, and/or listening to their discourses. InshaAllah with all of these things in mind, you will soon see progress.

      May Allah Ta’ala make us all amongst his ‘Arifeen.


  30. Muslim Brother Says:

    Salaam Brother

    I dont feel right meeting my sheikh, or his khalifa regardign my spirtual state/ Imaan , as it has decreased a lot since i did bait to him and i did not follow what he told me to do properly , so for this reason i feel ashamed that Moualana ismail wadee saab and his khalifa may think, as he took a while deciding on letting me be his mureed!!

    So please advise me what i should do brother, is it ok writing a letter to his khalifa Moulana Yusuf Saab (blackburn, UK) , telling him my problems…

    Jazak Allah , please please please help me, do you have msn or any other brothers like you who could help me and who i could easily speak to online to discuss my issues, as i am a lot of the time away at university, please get back

    Jazak Allah, May Allah keep you steadfast on Imaan !

  31. Ali Says:

    assalaam-0-elikum, im suffering these days from psychological condition from past 3 weeks…im keep on doing wahem on my health and and getting ill and its getting disturbing for me.my brain is like handicapped i think nothing else but keep on doubting about my health through out the day and i get panic attacks..and stressed..how can i be freed from such thoughts and their fear..like i keep on looking at my hairs in the mirror thinking that im getting baldy although i know im not getting baldy and its fine but still i do that and its getting irritating for me and i get stressed out when i think that why im doing such things and im afraid now. i believe Holy Quran has the cure for all diseases.

    Allah Hafiz

  32. Anonymous Says:

    Assalamu ‘alaykum Brother Mustafa,

    “How can I become a salik without a Shaykh? Please help.”

    From the teachings of our Shaykh, we have learned that to be a salik is possible, but not preferable.

    It is like the one who reads everything there is to know about medicine or carpentry or anything of that sort, but doesn’t practice on it with a person who’s already experienced in the field. For example, for medicine, one can learn all there is to know through books, however, unless he does his rotations or residency, he will never know how to actually cure a patient first hand. He won’t know Similarly, a person who wants to attain Allah, he can only go to one who has already attained Him, and let that person (the shaykh) be the one to guide you towards Him. You can refer to the above link posted on “The Bay’ah: A Pledge of Love and Loyal” and read the excerpt for the “Need for a Shaykh” and

    Here are some other posts you can refer to that you may find beneficial (insha Allah):



    JazakAllahu Khairan,

  33. Nabeel Khan Says:

    Wa ‘Alaykum As Salaam,

    You can always be connected to a shaykh through correspondence, although to occasionally visit the shaykh would be good.

    Tasawwuf does exist in the Middle East. One just has to find the right people. When you go, maybe we may be able to direct you to a proper shaykh in you proximity.


  34. Mustafa Says:

    Asalaam Alaikum wrwb,

    Are questions no longer being answered?

    I wish to become a salik, but I am nowhere near a Shaykh (I live in Pittsburgh), and will eventually be moving to the Middle East, to a place where there is no sign of Sufism. How can I become a salik without a Shaykh? Please help.

    JazakAllah Khair

  35. Amatullah Says:

    Assalamu alaikum,

    How should one go about striving to achieve Ikhlaas?

    Wa salam

  36. Amatullah Says:

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    I’ve been depressed all my life, from a very young age. The depression is chronic but eases & worsens in intensity during phases that come & go without apparent reason.

    In general I’m miserable, sick, lost and irritable all the time.. feel like I have no capacity for anything good within me. My mind, heart, senses and sometimes even body feels numb. Have fluctuating moods, extreme lethargy, indifference and a disturbing lack of motivation to do anything.. all easy things have become impossibly difficult.

    I’m trying to correct the shortcomings I perceive within myself, but my strength & efforts are weak & sporadic and.. still can’t understand what is wrong with me.

    What would you advise?

    Jazak Allah khair for offering this service.


  37. I. K. Says:


    I want to take bay’ah on the hands of Hazratwala Daamat Barkatuhum.
    What is the procedure of doing bay’ah?
    Is their any khulafaa of Hazratwala in Canada, near Edmonton, Alberta region?

    Please make du’a that Allah Ta’ala rectifies my character and grants me the Imaan and Yaqeen of His beloved servants. Ameen.


  38. I. K. Says:


    I want to take bay’ah with Hazratwala Shaikh Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (DB). What is the procedure? I reside in Canada? Is their any khalifah of Hazratwala in Edmonton, Alberta region?
    Please make du’a for my islaah.


  39. A.R Says:

    I suffer from wasaawis but cannot ignore it, it is too hard. Shataan threatens me that my namaaz is not qabool, Allah will pnish me and be angry etc , I find it so difficult I am beggining to despair…..

    • Pearl Says:

      Bismihi Ta’ala
      Brother A.R
      Assalamu Alaykum

      As we have been taught by our Shaykh, when one suffers from waswasas, one should not try to fight them off, rather, one should read the following:

      1. Ta’awwuz – A’oozu billahi min as Shaytaan ir rajeem, after this, read:
      2. Aamantu billahi wa rusulihi, this should be read an odd number of times.


  40. on islah Says:

    assalaam u alaikum,
    Sahabat ra are our examples for our rectification. Hadrat Muhammad SAW made effort on their hearts on iman bil ghaib for 13 years. When effort of iman was made, all commandments of Allah SWT was readily obeyed ( Solat, hijab, taqwa etc was established by all sahabat/sahabiah)
    Imam Malik rah.said reformation of the last part of this ummat ( of Muhammmad SAW ) will not be possible except by adopting the method which was used in the beginning by Hadrat Muhammad SAW.
    Hence, effort of iman & amal should be done by all muslims by means of dakwah & tabligh.This is the commandment of Allah for this Ummat because there’s no Rasul be sent till the day of Qiyamat.
    Make dua for me for steadfastness in deen of AllahSWT.

  41. abdurrahman Says:

    assalaam u alaikum
    jzk for this column,my problem is that i battle to wake up for fajr let alone tahajjud salaah,hazrat ml.thanvi has prescribed that perform 2 rakaats of taubah before going to bed and supplicate to Allah(this prescription is for is general islah).i have been doing this.Alhamdulillah i complete all my athkaar,tilawat and salaah throughout the day, but still battle to wake up for fajr salaah,awaiting your response

  42. ibrahim Says:


    It is said to be guided, one has to “seek guidance”. How does one seek guidance? what does he have to do other than making dua? Is there a special process to follow?

    • Pearl Says:

      Wa ‘Alaykum Assalam,

      As we have been taught by our Shaykh, one should continue to make du’a for guidance while simultaneously take certain steps in that direction. There is no particular process to follow, but one can start by connecting him or herself to the pious people in one’s area. By this I mean, to stay and benefit from their company, make an effort to learn about the Deen, make mashwarah with the pious people regarding one’s affairs of life.

      You can also refer to the following link for a post titled “The Four Actions” for further information.



  43. Mohamed Farzan Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum:

    when i was in my home country i was participated lot of zikr majlis anoll and i was feel the goodnes of zikr and when think about allah, i feelt the assence of happyness and even when pray times come i feel very happily to pray…… but now i am in abroad for job, due to these i could not participat for zikr majlises…. after coming abroad , recently i feel that happyness and feelnes is slitely reducing from me…. I dontknow what is the cause for this….
    please if you can guide me or aknoeledge me what is the cause and how to getting back to the previouse status …..

    I would be very thankfull to you…



  44. Assalam-o-alaikum!!

    My Dear Hazrat Nabeel Sahab DB. Hazrat Molana Tameem Sahab Db . well, a Christian has asked me a question which i am unable to answer. would you people please???

    The Question is :

    I have studied on my own the mystical path and considered myself a “gnostic” for a long time since I was raised in the “Christian” myth. I came to mysticism late in life and through seeking God; the fist time I was aware of the presence of the One I was afraid. In fact, the first year that the One signaled me in various ways, I was spooked and could not tell others how hard it was to accept that if one listened, the Divine would speak.

    Over the last few years I have read many of the collections of Sufi teaching stories and sayings and find that I am more comfortable with the Sufi views. I understand that most Sufi believe that one may not fuse with God without a human guide and that one who, like me, has no access to a Sufi community may never “become a Sufi”.

    Do you believe this?

    Respectfully, Joseph

    Khaak Paye Hazrat Sufi Shah Feroz Abdullah Memon Sahab DB.

    • Pearl Says:

      Bismihi Ta’ala
      Wa Alaykum Assalam

      Your Shaykh (DB) would be more suitable to answer this question since he is considered to be amongst the senior khulafa of HazratWala (DB).


  45. Annonymous Says:

    Assalam walaikum

    I have a spiritual disease which I cannot put to end. I cannot stop sinning although I repent to Allah for forgiveness and mercy. I make promises to Allah that I would not return back to the sin but I end up commiting more and each time I repent beggin for his forgivness. I am so addicted to it that I feel so depressed and regretful especially when I make salah I feel sad thinking I am a hypocrite muslims while others are so much better than me. Please advise me how to stop the evil act completely. I think it is a major sin. Jazzak Allah Khair

  46. Annonymous Says:

    As salam walaikum.

    Jazzak Allah khair for all the good that is benefitting to the people

  47. Mohammed Amin Says:

    Assalam alaikum,

    I hope you are in the best of spirits!!

    1]I would like to know how the spiritual development differs between men/women, Jinn/Hermaphrodites!?! are we all different due to our spiritual potential/inherent natures or are their similarities ie as jinn are made from smokeless fire will their spiritual sickness[s] involve having a angry temper, or women more from backbiting/lying or men with greed and envy!?

    2] If shaikh prescribes something does the mureed have to carry it out otherwise he wont spiritually develop or if the mureed is asked to come to the spiritual centre ie Shaikhs home for spiritual development but doesn’t will the mureeds condition not then improve!?

    3] If a normal person sees a shaikh in his/her dream and baith is done ie by the shaykh asking the mureed or the mureed pledging himself to the sheikh does this mean that he will be more blessed than a person who in real life pledges himself to the shaykh without being asked or is asked by the shaykh then does baith!?

    4]When the shaykh gives food to his mureed ie dates/asian metai what does this symbolise!? is the food a symbol of a virtue/divine blessing the shaykh is giving to the mureed or is it just goodwill/civility!?

    5] If shaykh advises his mureed something ie the mureed doesn’t love his wife and is not happy with and asks the shaykh his opinion!? but the shaykh says to stick with the marriage despite the hardship the mureed is under!? if the mureed then divorces his wife would he be under divine wrath or wont be able to spiritually develop!?

    6] Why is it important the the mureed be in wudhu during the baith ceremony!?

    7] My wazifa’s at the moment are 111 durood shareef daily [sallalahoo ala habibihee sayyidina muhummadin waleehi wassalam] 31 times surah fatiha, 71 times surah ikhlas, 313 times ya hayyo ya qayoom and 111 times ya rahmunu ya raheemu, what do these signify and how do they help in alleviating my spiritual sicknesses I also read an extra 100 times surah fatiha!! you can be open about the affliction of my soul

    • Pearl Says:

      Bismihi Ta’ala
      Brother Mohammed Amin
      Wa Alaykum Assalam

      It seems that you already have a Shaykh and therefore your questions should be directed either towards him or a senior khalifa of your Shaykh.


  48. Abdullah Arif Says:

    Assalaamalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

    I have a question or rather I want your opinion on if I am right or wrong, and if I am wrog then what should be the right way.

    I am 26 years old male, unmarried. I am studying in the university in Evening. I am doing Masters. My family is not very religious, only my mother and I offer namaz regularly. Even she is relgious to a superficial extent. None of them know and understand day to day problems and Shariah rulings. They want me to get married after I complete my Masters (that will be almost two years more) and work for two years, this is a total of 4 years. They don’t let me work and say that it is going to affect my studies. I have an elder brother who is married and a younger sister who is unmarried.

    My problem is that in this day and age it is very difficult to remain chaste while being unmarried.

    I had this idea that I would approach my friends who are reliable and pious, and will ask them to request their parents to seek a pious and purdah observing girl who has a lion heart so that she may be steadfast in the face of sinning environment of my home. Then my friend’s parents can bring the proposal saying that they know me and think this proposal as suitable.

    Please let me know soon as I am very perplexed as it is extremely hard to protect my chastity in this environment, especially in the open and vulgar environment of university. The big problem is that I cannot even run away from my home as I cannot stand breaking my parents hearts after so much they have done for me.

    Please help!


  49. Abu Yahya Says:

    Brother Jawad Ahmed… we make du`a that Allah Ta`ala grants you pious children who will be Allah-Wala and farmaan bardaar. And we also make du`a that Allah Ta`ala grant you Halal rizq and barakah in that. Ameen.

  50. Abu Yahya Says:

    As far as your wudhu problem and wasawis are concerned, there is question about this which has already been answered above… please refer to it.

    As far as your feeling really cold in prayer… you first have to tell us whether this is just a physical coldness. Or do you feel some emotional anxiety or feeling at the time of prayer also? It could be due to some emotional state that you go into, which in turn makes you shiver. Is this the effect of something you are feeling or is it just that you have no feelings and you just start getting cold at salah time?

    Please elucidate…

  51. Anonymous Says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Jazak’ Allah for sharing this knowledge.

    I have a problem as of late, and I was wonderinf if someone can help me or advise me of a *cure* or *solution.*

    For the past couples of years, I have been very adamant about my prayer. I mean, I have always prayed my 5 daily prayers, but in the past years I have been very *conscious* of my wudu. I would some times do it over out of fear that I may have had a dry spot left (I know it is wasting water, but I can’t help myself). And during prayer, I would say ayahs over and over again out of fear my tajweed was in correct and sometimes I would redo my prayer because I tripped when getting up to do the next rakah (so I figured my prayer wasn’t good). So many times, it would take me over a half an hour to do one of my 5 daily prayers.

    Anyway, the past couple months I have had a *new* problem with my prayers. I get really cold during prayer. I would have to pray with a coat and gloves (even if it is a 110 degrees). Some times, I would even shiver in my prayers (and people watching me would ask if I am shaking). I have no medical problems, but it gets very difficult for me to pray. (I know it sounds weird but,) what should I do?

    Jazak’ Allah.

  52. Jawad Ahmed Says:

    Sir please pray for me ULAD Naik Saleh and Rizk Main Izafa Barkat

  53. Unknown Says:

    Brother ahmed asked a question in november 10th..his question was not answered…this is a site where not only individuals but many are benifitted…if all questions are not answered properly then many are falling behind from your fayez.

  54. uzma khan Says:

    I have the habit of thinking too much.My mind just gets stuck up with some thoughts again and again and sometimes daydream.
    please advise

  55. Asim Bharoocha Says:

    JazaakAllah for your help

  56. Abu Yahya Says:

    wa alaikumus salaam brother:

    there is one brother who is connected to Hazratwala in australia, named Waqqaas. His e-mail address is:


  57. taalibah Says:


    jazakAllah for your time in giving an indepth explanation, and Ameen to your dua’s:

    May Allah Ta`ala grant us this reality and make us amongst the MUKHLASEEN.

  58. Asim Bharoocha Says:

    Assalaamalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

    I have a very short question with may be a difficult answer.

    My friend has recently gone to Sydney, Australia. He is usually at Parramatta or Darling Harbour.

    I am asking on his behalf if any of Ahlullah especially Hazratwala Hazrat Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib’s (damat barkatuhum) Khalifa-e-Mijaaz, lives in Sydney or near these areas.

    Your reply will be highly appreciated.

    Wasalaamalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

    In need of your prayers,
    Asim Bharoocha.

  59. Abu Yahya Says:

    Asalamu Alaikum:

    Slight despondency which comes in the heart of a person due to one’s rights not being fulfilled is a natural tendency of a human being and it is not bad to have this “slight despondency”.

    Allah Ta`ala has made the fulfilment of our fellow brothers’ and sisters’ rights waajib because of this very reason. So that we do not hurt each other in any way and make each other despondent.

    If we were not to become despondent and sad when our rights are being trampled, then there would be no need for Allah Ta`ala to necessitate the fulfilment of others’ rights. It would be no big deal.

    Actually that person who does not become effected when his rights, or other people’s rights are being neglected, lacks ghayrat and a sense of esteem.

    Allah Ta`ala has not commanded us to be passive and careless in regards to our rights or the rights of others. Allah Ta`ala has even overlooked the utterance of bad words for the one who has been wronged and oppressed.

    “Allah does not like evil words to be said openly, except from the one who has been wronged…” (Nisa: 147)

    If a person has faced unjust attitude from someone, it is allowed for him to complain and open his mouth. (Within the bounds of shariah)

    This is totally different from expecting other things from people and wanting them to treat you a certain way because you think yourself to be deserving of respect or something. This is not right.

    If you have done a good thing for someone, then know that Allah Ta`ala is the sole COMPENSATOR for all deeds. No human being has the ability to truly pay someone else back in reality.

    Know that in the end of the day, deeds are for Allah. Even if we give a gift to a brother or sister… then one should think to themself…. why have i given this? The real objective and correct answer should be: so that Allah Ta`ala becomes pleased. Not that he should pay us back or also get us a gift in return.

    Allah Ta`ala has mentioned the quality of the people of Jannah that they used to:

    “…give food, OUT OF THEIR LOVE FOR ALLAH, to the needy, and the orphan, and the captive, (saying to them): ‘We feed you only for the sake of Allah, we have no intention of receiving either a return or thanks.” (Surah ad-Dahr: 7-9)

    May Allah Ta`ala grant us this reality and make us amongst the MUKHLASEEN. Ameen.

  60. taalibah Says:

    All effort is being made to perform all actions only for the love and pleasure of Allah, and fulfill ones own obligations towards Allah and that of His creation solely for his pleasure, but occasionally a slight despondancy creeps in when ones own obligations and rights arent fulfilled by others, how should one counsel oneself into fully grasping the concept of ‘ikhlas’ so one does not fall in the trap of holding expectations in return from others, and feeling imense pain when they are not returned?

  61. Yshaghasi Says:

    MashaAllah Shiekh Nabeel this is an excellent web site with very helpful information. specialy for the brothers and sisters that are in the path of sulook may Allah tala reward you for your eforts

    Abu Essa

  62. Ahmed Says:

    I have a very evil deed|weakness,it is that i am getting addicted to pornography but i want to stop it please advise me on how to seek forgiveness from Allah and giving up pornography

  63. Amadou Taal Says:

    I have a very evil deed,it is that i am getting addicted to pornography but i want to stop it please advise me on how to seek forgiveness from Allah and giving up pornography

  64. Anonymous#1 Says:

    Assalamu alaykum!
    Thank you for your answer! It is very helpful for me. When I do intention to do only faraid and wajibat I feel that waswasa comes out and feel myself very easy. But when I do that I feel that I am not muslim and I don’t believe in Allahu Tagala (aguzubillah) and with this thinking I live few days. But after this I understand that in the most situation I seek for help from Allah, I fear Allah and I understand that I know that Muhammadan way – is the best way.
    Nevertheless, when I must do wudu – I feel that I can’t do that, that I can’t control that water come to all points of limb, that when I do wudu start wind passings and I must do it many many times and in result I image that I can’t do my salah and wudu fast and miss very important wordly affairs.
    And, in the most time I feel that if I do some ibada, I miss very important thigs to my wordly affairs and this is destroy me, everything will be terrible. I know that I must fear only Allah and from him only wait rizk but I feel this pain.
    What should I do?

  65. bilal Says:

    Asalamalaikum, This is a very beautiful website, thankyou very much! For all the brothers and sisters who read this please can you pray for me so that i tread the path of Islam and taste its fruits inshallah. Thankyou all.

  66. Abu Yahya Says:

    Wa alaikumus salam:

    If you do suffer from similar problems then it is highly recommended that you only temporarily “postpone” your nawafil and zikr till you become a little bit more stable. Even if it might be throughout the mubarak month of Ramadhan.

    Postpone means that you will commence your azkaar as soon as you feel spiritually/mentally/physically better, inshallah.

    Even though the heart feels sad of missing the great rewards of performing nawafil in the blessed month of Ramadhan, this is a good thing because it is sign of true imaan. But remember your health is the most important thing.

    Another thing the nafs makes us do is belittle the fara’idh, wajibaat, and sunan mau’akkadah which in themselves contain an immense level of reward and barakah. This matter is explicit in the numerous ahaadith which have been mentioned in this regard.

    Actually in fiqhi terms, the sunan mu`akkadah fit under the category of nawafil. So in this way you will not be deprived of the rewards of nawafil prayers if you follow this remedy inshallah.

    As for Ramadhan being a month of worship. The fasting during the day and the taraweeh during the night is more than sufficient worship as Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has told us:

    “He who fasts the month of Ramadhan with faith and hope for the reward, all his sins previous sins will be forgiven. And he who stands up the nights of Ramadhan with faith and hope for the reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

    If a person really has a serious waswasa condition and is spiritually unstable, then it is very important that he should not overwhelm himself with nawafil.

    There is a principle mentioned in Islamic Jurisprudence and that is: Daf’ul Madharrah, Aulaa min Jalbil Man’fa’ah. To ward away harm is better than attainment of benefit.

    If you apply this rule to our situation at hand, you will see that a person preserving his health and warding away spiritual and emotional breakdown by which he can comfortably perform his faraa’idh and wajibaat is better than over-exerting himself in nawafil for attaining some thawab by which he might hurt himself and eventually not be able to even perform his faraa’idh. If he does this, he will become sinful and questioned for his negligence in this regard. Because we were never commanded to perform nawafil, we were commanded to perform the fara’idh and advised and encouraged to perform the nawafil.

    And if performance of nawafil will lead us to becoming lax or missing our obligatory duties then the nawafil should be postponed or delayed for a time in which we can handle both.

    May Allah Ta`ala grant us all the proper understanding.

    was salam


  67. A Says:


    I suffer from similar problems as above where i am not in a stable condition.

    If All Nafl Zikr is stopped until a person is stable, what do they do in Ramadhan, as its the month of worship?


  68. Abu Yahya Says:

    The only cure to wasaawis (stray thoughts) is that you pay no attention to them.

    Continue to pray your 5 times prayers even though you get these wasaawis, feel chained-up and get a headache. By doing this you will attain double rewards. One is the reward of the salah itself and secondly the reward of mujahadah and struggling for Allah Ta`ala.

    As for all other wazifas and zikrs other than faraa’iz, waajibat, sunan mu`akkadah, you must postpone them until you are spiritually stable. Don’t do any zikrs and over-burden yourself. Do not make any deep meditations and muraqabahs.

    Try to stay away from mentally stressful activity and anxiety. Try to be around pious people who are light-hearted and easy-going.

    Make sure you are getting at least 6 hours of sleep daily.

    A lot of sufis on this path over-burden themselves with heavy muraqabahs and zikrs and depressing states of being too serious and hard on themselves and this eventually causes them to get a psychological break-down. Which leads to spiritual break down.

    Hazratwala (damat barakatuhum) says, “This is a time of stress and anxiety, thus we need to counter this with light-heartedness and an effort to stay happy. Stay with pious friends who will make you feel happy and tell a couple of good jokes to lighten your spirit. Eat good, sleep good, be happy. All tasawwuf is: is that you should not displease your Beloved Allah.”

    Tasawwuf is not that you should become walking zombie… Not smiling, not happy, boring attitude, depressed, sick, and in a pitiful state affairs. Was this the sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)? Or was he alive, healthy, welcoming, and good charactered?

    When you make wudhu, just fulfil the 4 fara’iz: washing the face, the arms up to the elbows, wiping the head and washing the feet up to the ankles, and get out of there.

    You should be all done and gone in 3-4 minutes. If you still get wasaawis and shaytan tells you that your wudhu is not done then tell him, “Khabeeth shaytaan mardood… leave me alone with my Allah… I have fuflilled what my Allah has mentioned in His Quran. Why do you care about my wudhu and prayer?! If He accepts it, then well and good and if He doesn’t, then I have obeyed His command. Now leave me!”

    Read ayatul kursi after every prayer.

    Please follow up and let us know of your progress.

    was salaam


  69. Anonymous#1 Says:

    Assalamu aleykum!
    I have problems: my main problem is that when come time to pray I feel pain, headache and I feel that my body is chained. I do my wudu very long, more than 10 minutes and by this I make many problems and inconveniences to my relatives and I feel pain because this.
    And when I start to read salah my feelings be more and more and in addition I feel that my throat strained (and this is occur when I do zikr).
    I think that problems with wudu (I fear that I omit points on my body) and in salah this is because I feel that Allah is Jamal (this is only suppostions. I would like to know your opinion) and how I can solve this problems?

  70. Faraz Abdul Moid Says:

    AsSalaamu Alaikum Maulana Nabeel,

    I had 2 questions in mind and I was hoping that you can answer them.

    – When mentioning one’s spiritual condition to the Shaykh, is it proper to mention a specific sin that one indulges in, in order to properly explain/clarify one’s spiritual state?

    – In order to remain polite with one’s Shaykh or teacher, is it proper to send a letter/email solely to thank the Shaykh? What about a letter/email solely sent to ask the Shaykh for his Du’as?

    Jazakallahu Khair in advance.

  71. Anonymous (UK) Says:


  72. Taalibah Says:

    Contact for Moulana Ayyub Surati (DB):
    he can be contacted at, Dawah ul Haqq, Earlhowe st, Leicester.

  73. Nabeel Khan Says:

    Assalaamu alaikum,
    The person I would try to get into contact with is Hazrat Maulana Ayyub Surati (DB) who I believe is in Leicester. Unfortunately, I don’t have the contact info. If you know anyone there, or maybe you can contact an institution there, and maybe they may be able to give you his contact info. He would be willing to help you out Insha Allah.

  74. Anonymous (UK) Says:

    “”I don’t know exactly how many khulafaa Hazrat Hakeem Sahib has worldwide, but the number is large. There are many in South Africa and some in the U.K.””


    Please provide contact details of the Khulafaa in UK if possible, I am located in North.


  75. Anonymous (UK) Says:

    Jazakallah, very helpful.

  76. Taalibah Says:

    Alhamdulillah, many of the questions answered here, have answered many of my own questions. jazakAllah.

  77. Abu Yahya Says:

    Q1.) How can i increase my tawakkul in Allah and also be pleased with his decree whatever the outcome? What can i do to increase this within me?


    Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi rahimahullah has advised that to attain Tawakkul one should:

    1.) Have trust in his promise (which He has stated in the Qur`an Majeed: “And he who trusts in Allah, then Allah will suffice for him.” Ponder over this verse and apply it.)

    2.) (Reflect over your previous achievements in life and how Allah Ta`ala was sufficient and fulfilled your needs for you when you relied on Him.) And if there were no such times in your life as such, then ponder over how Allah Ta`ala sufficed for His Khalil Ibrahim (alaihis salam) and His Habib Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). (Taleemud Deen)

    The mashayikh also write: any easy way to attain tawakkul is to know with full conviction that all things are in the control of Allah. Life and death are in His control, happiness and sadness, sickness and health, poverty and affluence, calamities and comforts, and the hearts of mankind. And Khwajah Azizul Hasan Majzub (rahmatullahi alaihi) said:

    جب تو ميرا، تو سب ميرا، فلك ميرا، زمين ميرى
    اور اكر اك تو نهين ميرا، تو كوى شي نهين ميرى

    When You are mine, then all is mine, the heavens are mine, the earth is mine,

    And when I do not have You, then nothing is mine.

    3.) Ponder over the verse of the Quran Majeed: “Say, ‘Never shall we be afflicted except with that which Allah has decreed for (our benefit)… He is our Guardian and Protector.”

    Q2) How can i learn patience at time of calamities to avoid anger, frustration. How can i control my anger, remove frustration, destroy pride, arrogance, ego, in general


    Hazrat Thanwi rahimahullah writes that an easy way to tolerate difficulties and calamities is that one should just ponder that Allah will most definitely reward me for my patience and acceptance and reliance on Him… in this way the most difficult tasks and hardships become very easy.

    Q3.) If i place trust in Allah in all matters including calamities, should i pray for the end of the calamity or pray for sabr?


    You should pray to Allah Ta`ala, thus: “O my beloved Allah! You know that I am your weak and feeble servant. Unfortunately because of my weakness I cannot withstand hardships and calamities. So O my beloved Allah, please remove this calamity from me. And if you wish to test me through this calamity, then grant me sabr and contentment in Your wise decree. For indeed, anything You decree is for our benefit.”

    Q4) If Allah removes all blessings from you? is this to test your faith?


    Undoubtedly, there is great wisdom in everything Allah Ta`ala decrees for His servants. Just read the story of Khidhr and Musa (alaihimas salam) in suratul-kahf and you will come to understand that there are many reasons behind the various decrees of Allah.

    May Allah Ta`ala grant us all ridhaa bil-qadhaa and true tawakkul.

  78. Anonymous (UK) Says:


    I have been reading with books written by Maulana Hakeem Akhtar (DB) with great interest but confused due to the weaknesses within me.

    I have a few questions, please answer:

    1) How can i increase my tawakkul in Allah and also be pleased with his decree whatever the outcome? What can i do to increase this within me?

    2) How can i learn patience at time of calamities to avoid anger, frustration. How can i control my anger, remove frustration, destroy pride, arrogance, ego, in general

    3) If i place trust in Allah in all matters including calamities, should i pray for the end of the calamity or pray for sabr?

    4) If Allah removes all blessing from you? is this to test your faith?

    Jazakallah and apologies for the multiple questions.

  79. Abu Yahya Says:

    You have read correctly… there are some “experinced/divinely-inspired du`as” of the mashayikh and azkaar which are supposed to be recited at specific occasions, in a particular manner and for a specific person. Anybody cannot just pick it up and start reading…it will not give the desired benefit.

    It is like the example of over-the-counter medicine and prescription medicine.

    As for Hizbul-A’zam by Mullah Ali Qari (rahimahullah)… it is a compilation of du`as from the Quran and hadith, thus anyone can read it and acquire full benefit inshallah.

    In correlation to this topic at hand, Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahimahullah) has mentioned, “Undoubtedly, the most blessings and benefits are in the du`as of the Quran and Hadith. As for the duas of the mashayikh and auliya, they can never be equal to the du`as from the Quran and Sunnah.

    This does not mean that they are of no benefit or wrong, it just means that the du`as taught to us directly by Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) hold more precedence and priority over inspired du’as of auliya…(even though, they too are actually from Allah Ta`ala and Rasul (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).”

    Also, the ijaazah that the mashayikh give for these duas are actually for barakah, effect, and just overall linkage to the author of the book or litany.

    Wallahu A`lam

  80. Anonymous Says:

    I have read somewhere that one should not recite the duas and azkar of a particular tariqa unless one has an ijaza from a sheikh of that tariqa. However, the azkar mentioned in Quran and Sunnah can be recited by all Muslims without an ijaza. I want to know, how does this relate to the daily recitations in Hizb-al-Azam, which is available in print at ordinary bookstores. Most of the duas mentioned therein are indeed from the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (May peace be upon him), but there are certain duas/azkar like the durood tanjina and some others that are from other pious people and not the Prophet (SAW). So are these wazaif published for the mureeds of the Deobandi sheikhs or can they be recited by other Muslims as well? Please advise.

  81. Nabeel Khan Says:

    Assalaamu Alaikum,
    Yes, we do allow people to seek spiritual consultation from us on a continuous basis either by forming an islahi ta’alluq or through bay’ah, whichever one the person is more comfortable with. If the person is not comfortable with either of the two, then too we will still try our utmost best to be of assistance.
    Nabeel Khan

  82. mkz Says:

    Do allow people to seek spiritual consultation from you on a continuous basis?

  83. Anonymous Muslimah Says:

    shukran! that was very helpful.

  84. Nabeel Khan Says:

    Wa’alaikum Assalaam,
    Intermingling with the opposite gender when there is a genuine need to do so is fine provided we stay within the parameters set by the Sharia’h. Like at the grocery store or something of that sort. Also, keep in mind that yes, ideally platonic relationships are possible, but in reality there is no such thing. In our heart of hearts, we know that either we have feelings for our so-called “platonic friend” or they have feelings for us that we may be conveniently unaware of. The scene on campus is that everyone is a “brother” or a “sister” and yet these same brothers and sister pursue one another. You just say no by using himmah and doing what is right. Being curious is natural, but channel your curiosity in the proper direction. If you are really interested in someone that seems interested in you, then there are steps that can be taken, for example, have one of your male relatives look into it for you so that you yourself are not directly involved. Finally, don’t worry about offending anyone. The people who were the most pious were told not to worry about offending others who were also the most pious. What I am hinting at is that Allah told the wives of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Salaam) to keep a stern tone when conversing with the Sahabah (RA), and being offended was never an issue. Often this is an excuse our nafs presents as justification for our own weaknesess. I hope insha Allah I have adequately answered your questions. If not, then please just write back.
    Nabeel Khan

  85. Anonymous Muslimah Says:


    This site is wonderful Al humdulillah! I had a question about this issue of lustful glances and the sinful acts that often follow. When the reality is that living in most places of the world and being a university student or even a regular worker, you will intermingle with men, how exactly do you tell interested men that you cannot make that leap from platonic friends to something else? I am a Muslimah
    so I always end up in these situations that I am not sure how to get out of. How do you just say no? I know this seems like a silly question, but I really wonder b/c what usually happens is that I am a) afraid to back away from the situation because part of me is curious and b) I do not want to offend anyone or seem unapproachable. I know at the end of the day the only opinion of me that matters is that of Allah, but I would greatly appreciate any help with this.

    Wa Salaams

  86. Nabeel Khan Says:

    There have been Khulafaa of the Chishti Silsilah who were not formal graduates of a Darul Uloom. For example : Dr. Abdul Hay Arifi comes to mind, and Khwaja Azeez-ul-Hasan Majzoob who both were senior khalifahs of Hazrat Thanwi (RA). Nonetheless, they did have the necessary knowledge of the Shari’at, which is a requisite for a Shaikh as has been stipulated by our Akaabir. I hope this helps.

  87. True Life Says:

    I don’t know if this is exactly an Islahi, but are there any known Khalifahs (of any Chishti Shaikh of the past) to you who haven’t graduated from a Madrassa?

    I think it’s always an Alim, because knowledge about Shariah is very important on this path, too. But maybe it’s not necessary to be an Alim… I’m just curious about this.

  88. Nabeel Khan Says:

    I don’t know exactly how many khulafaa Hazrat Hakeem Sahib has worldwide, but the number is large. There are many in South Africa and some in the U.K. Here in the U.S. there is Maulana Mumtaz-ul-Haq Nazir in California, Aslam Sahib in Michigan, Kaleem Sahib in Texas, Mufti Muneer Sahib in New York, Maulana Tameem Sahib in California, and myself. Maulana Mansoor-ul-Haq Sahib is also a Khalifah but he has moved back to South Africa and is no longer in the U.S.

  89. Ali Says:

    I had a question how many khulafa does Hadhrat Hakeem Akthar have? and how many are in the US and other parts of the world I know a few In Africa, but here in the US… I think there is a Ml. Mansoor or Manzoor not sure but he is a khalifa. Jazkallah-hu-Khairan wa ahsanul jaza fi dunya wa fil akhira.

  90. Abu Yahya Says:

    One method of attaining khushu in salah is mentioned in an authentic hadith narrated Jamius-Saghir of Imam Suyuti wherein Sayyiduna wa Maulana Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) says: “…wa salli salata muwaddi`in…” … offer your salah like the person who is about to bid farewell to this world….

    Subhanallah, this is the beauty of the Prophetic eloquence. Imagine if you are told that you are about to pass away from this world and this is your last salah. With what sincerity and concentration would you perform that salah?

    This is how every salah should be and if we meditate before we start and imagine that this salah is my last one… it will inshallah increase the quality of your salaah.


    Abu Yahya

  91. Anonymous Says:

    Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah wa bismillah,

    I was just wondering, in prayer, besides setting your feet and hands and gaze in their proper respective places, how do you concentrate and feel khushu’ in prayer?

  92. irfan Says:

    Assalamo Alaikum,

    May Allah bless you with great success (fauz-ul-azeem).

    I am seeking for a sheikh who would be willing to take me on the path. Please advise.


  93. Abu Eesa Says:

    MashaAllah Jazak Alahu Khair for your Answer Shiekh it was very benificial and clarifying

  94. Anonymous 2 Says:


    JazakAllahu Khairan, The response was very helpful, but I think I am looking for something a bit more deeper. I do have questions that are specific in nature.


    This comment has been edited by the admin.

  95. Nabeel Khan Says:

    Wa’alaikumu Assalaam,

    Your comment consisted of some questions, each of which have different angles to them. So we will try to answer them in the order they have asked.

    Q1. How do you put into practice what you learn?

    A1. The best way to do this is to be in the company of those Ulamaa who make ‘amal on their ‘ilm. The second step would be to study the Targheeb and Tarheeb (Virtues and Warnings) of making ‘amal on one’s ‘ilm. Finally, as we have been told by Hazrat Thanwi (RA), that one should discuss with others the virtues and warnings regarding this. This discussion with others will push one to practice. To conclude, one has to learn, practice and propagate.

    Q2. How can I purify my heart?

    A2. Purification of the heart requires someone to purify it. In Arabic the word for purification is Tazkiyah. This is a transitive verb. So, it requires a Muzakki (one who purifies) and a muzakkaa (one who is purified). The best way is to establish a connection with a person who is steadfast on the Shari’ah and the Sunnah and is trained and licensed in the field of Islamic Spirituality. This is actually a very loaded question which requires great detail. So for starters, first formally connect yourself with someone who is “connected” and they will advise you what to do based on your situation and condition. Then you will see a difference within yourself and that spark will be ignited that will motivate you to carry out the Faraaidh, Waajibaat and Sunan and mustahabbaat.

    If there are still some unanswered questions, then please post another comment, and we will try our best to answer them. If you have questions that are specific in nature, they can be answered via email.
    Nabeel Khan

  96. Anonymous 2 Says:

    I was wondering if you have any tips or suggestions on how to be able to put into practice what you learn, or even very basic how can I “purify my heart” so as to speak to fulfill my obligatory acts and then of course go about committing the deeds of sunnan and nawafil?

    Basically, what I am trying to ask is how is one supposed to go about making ones iman and taqwa stronger, even though yes, it comes from within, but how do you bring that spark within you to drive you to make it stronger?

  97. Mureed of Maulana Hakeem Akhtar (DB) Says:

    There are two requirements for the desired (mustahab) level of trust in Allah, a) a naturally strong heart (Fitratan Quwwat ul Qalb) and b) to not have any rights of other binding on you, or those who have rights binding on you to forgo their rights.
    -Taken From Tarbiyat us Saalik

  98. Anonymous Says:

    What is the desired level of Tawakkul (Trust in Allah) one should try to attain so that I can complete my faraaidh (required acts) easily?

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