Ignore the Waswasah ~ Whisperings of Shaytaan


 Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas Radiyallahu-Anhu narrated: A man came to Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam and said: O Apostle of Allah! One of us has thoughts of such a nature that he would rather be reduced to charcoal than speak about them.  Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam said: Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great. Praise be to Allah Who has reduced the guile (deceit) of the devil to just evil promptings.  ~ Sunan Abu Dawud (Hadith # 5114)


People go through different types of spiritual problems, but many are plagued by the whisperings of Shaytaan.

Various strange, distasteful thoughts come to a persons mind, sometimes even in his Salaah, or whilst reading Quraan or Zikr…

A person feels miserable when these disturbing and terrible thoughts enters his mind. These thoughts are not deliberate, but they are cast by Shaytaan and begin to irritate the person. 

One feels despondent….he feels overwhelmed….he fears that he may lose his Imaan because of these stray whisperings. One is shaken!

The simple solution to the problem is to totally IGNORE such thoughts!

Do not become affected by such whisperings of Shaytaan. Do not entertain such thoughts. Just ignore them! Don’t let them bother you. You have NOT lost your Imaan.

Shaytaan wishes to make us feel miserable and hence casts silly thoughts in our minds. He is our enemy. He desires our failure, but cannot go beyond just casting insinuations …

he is absolutely weak compared to the Power of Allah, The Most Great!

Abstinence from Sins ~ Excerpts from the advices of Hazrath Ml Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahib (RA)


Abstinence from sins :

In his advice on what Tazkiyah (purification of the spiritual self/ subduing the nafs), Sulook (spiritual path of obedience) and Tasawwuf (spiritual development by abiding to the Laws of ALLAH) are, Hazrath Hakeem Sb (RA) explained that essentially, the objective is the ABSTINENCE FROM ALL SINS.

Thus, even if a person spends his whole life in the company of a Sage, or in a khanqah, but fails to leave sin, he has not attained the essence of Sulook and Tasawwuf. The true saalik, becomes a complete slave of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala and submits and surrenders from “head to toe” to the WILL and Injunctions of ALLAH.

Such a person does not desire a bond with the people of the world, rather he wants a bond with his Creator … The ONE who gave him existence. In order to develop this bond, he can never displease ALLAH Azza wa Jalla.

Thus, the one who has understood that he must completely submit and surrender to ALLAH Ta’aala, is the one who has learnt Sulook and Tasawwuf.

This is only attained through the Fadhl and Karam of ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala. Once ALLAH Ta’aala makes the decision to make a person HIS friend, then HE blesses the person with the ability to do good deeds and to become a righteous slave.

Consider a politician who is promoted to minister… With his lofty post comes lofty perks of a mansion, high salary, cars, bodyguards, honour etc … Similarly, when ALLAH makes someone HIS friend, this person is given the taufeeq to do good A’maal which enable him to become a Wali of ALLAH… and with this lofty position comes the ability to abstain from sin and derive sukoon in the heart. In addition, such a being is blessed with automatic love and respect from the people.

The one who seeks to make ALLAH happy, ALLAH will create the means for him to be happy.

 Where does one seek Allah ?

When a person seeks a certain thing then in order to get it, he will seek the one who keeps/sells the item, eg, for sweetmeats, one would seek the seller of sweetmeats; for fruit, the fruiterer etc.

Similarly, the person who is seeking ALLAH, needs to be with an “ALLAH-Waala”.

Mere reading of books is insufficient to connect one to ALLAH Ta’aala … It is essential to sit in the company of the pious, for such company is protective of and a deterrent from the commission of sins.

Additionally, engaging in abundant Zikrullah has the effect
of washing away sins and impurities from the heart.

Also, in seeking closeness to ALLAH, it is imperative that one stays away from all things leading to sins.

‘Where there is a lot of mud, even an elephant can slip’ …

Controlling the Gaze

Controlling the gaze is of absolute importance, especially during these times of fitna. Failure to do so, leads to infestation of the heart and destruction of modesty/hayaa. Consequently, when the nafs cannot be satisfied, that which is Haraam is then sought. Therefore, when one is faced with a difficult predicament and his nafs tempts him towards evil, like casting a lustful glance upon a pretty woman, then he should immediately seek assistance from ALLAH, through HIS attributes of ‘Al-Hayyu’ (The Ever-Living)and ‘Al-Qayyumu’ (The Self-Subsistent). Indeed, the entire Universe exists because of these two Qualities of ALLAH Ta’aala.

Abundant istighfaar is also essential because nafs is such that even if something was avoided or not intended, it still manages to steal some enjoyment.

The Effect of Lowering The Gaze :

Consider the example of the Sahaba-e-Kiraam who had gone to conquer Shaam(Syria). The Persians posted enticing damsels at the entrance of the city in order to distract the Mujaahideen. When their ameer reminded them of the verse in the Quran-e-Majeed concerning the lowering of the gaze, they did not even lift their gaze to be distracted by the beautiful women. This amazed the enemy immensely who surrendered immediately.

A believer takes with him within his heart, the love and consciousness of ALLAH Ta’aala at all times. Temptations are many, but the saalik tries hard to subdue his nafs. When overpowered and subdued, the believer immediately turns to ALLAH and begs for assistance. For bearing the pain of abstaining from sin, ALLAH will fill the heart of the believer with ‘halawat-e-imaan’ (sweetness of Imaan).

“Kamaal and true achievement is to please Allah, despite the temptations and challenges of the environments we live in; and not by running away to the mountain tops”

‘Mar, mar keh jeena he’ … By continuing to annihilate and kill the desires of the nafs, and attempting to keep the body and heart in the obedience of ALLAH Ta’aala, is the way of life of the pious friends of Allah.

Whilst one lives in the Dunya interacting with the makhlooq of ALLAH, the LOVE of ALLAH must always be ones dominant concern.

Noor in the heart is achieved through mujaahadah (effort) … But when a person makes just a little effort and is sincere, ALLAH makes the journey towards Him easy, as well as enjoyable for the believer.


Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Patience (Sabr) and Perseverance

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes


إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ
Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” Surah Az-Zumar 39:10



Hazrat Abu Yahya Suhaib bin Sinan Radiyallahu-Anhu reported that: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity comes to him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”. [Muslim].

There are Three Types of Sabr :

1. Sabr when facing difficulties – Sabr Alal Ma’asib

2. Sabr in refraining from sins ~ Sabr Anil Ma’asee

3. Sabr in remaining on good deeds – Sabr Alat Ta’aat

Hadeeth pertaining to Sabr :

1. Hazrat Anas Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam passed by a woman who was crying over a grave and said, “Fear Allah and be patient.”  She said, “Away from me! My calamity has not befallen you and you are not aware of it.” The woman was later told that it was Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam (who had advised her). She came to his door where she found no doorkeeper. She said, “(I am sorry) I did not know it was you.” Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Patience is (becoming) only at the first (stroke) of grief”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

2. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Allah, the Exalted, says: ‘I have no reward other than Jannah for a believing slave of Mine who remains patient for My sake when I take away his beloved one from among the inhabitants of the world”. [Al-Bukhari].

Lessons from Hadith Shareef ~ Etiquettes of Visiting the Sick

Excerpts from ~ Ramadaan 1434 Programmes


وعنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الله عليه وسلم صلى الله عليه وسلم ، دخل علي أعرأبي يعوده وكان إذا دخل علي من يعوده قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏لا بأس، طهور إن شاء الله‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه البخاري‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏
Hazrat Ibn ‘Abbas (RadhiAllahu anhu) reported: The Prophet Sallallaahu alayhi Wasallam visited a bedouin who was sick. Whenever he visited an ailing person, he would say, “La ba’sa, tahurun In Sha’ Allah – [ No harm, it will be a purification from sins, if Allah wills].” [Al-Bukhari]



Five Rights of a Muslim over another Muslim :

Hazrat Abu Hurairah  (RadhiAllahu anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim (i.e., he has to perform five duties for another Muslim):

1. To return the Salaam
2. To visit the sick
3. To attend the funeral
4. To accept an invitation
5. To respond to the sneezer [i.e., to say: `Yarhamuk-Allah (may Allah bestow His Mercy on you),’ when the sneezer praises Allah].”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Hadeeth pertaining to Visiting the Sick :

1. Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: I heard Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam saying, “When a Muslim visits a sick Muslim at dawn, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till dusk. If he visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels keep on praying for him till the morning; and he will have (his share of) reaped fruits in Jannah.”[At- Tirmidhi]

2. Hazrat Abu Musa Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Visit the sick, feed the hungry, and release the captive.” [Al-Bukhari]

3. Hazrat Thauban Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “He who visits his sick brother, will remain engaged in picking the fruits from the garden of Jannah till he returns.” [Muslim]

4. Hazrat Abu Hurairah Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Verily, Allah, the Exalted, and Glorious will say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘O son of Adam, I was ill but you did not visit Me.’ He would say: ‘O my Rabb, how could I visit you when You are the Rabb of the worlds?’ Thereupon He would say: ‘Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine was ill but you did not visit him? Did you not realize that if you had visited him you would have found Me with him? O son of Adam, I asked food from you but you did not feed Me.’ He would submit: ‘My Rabb, how could I feed You when You are the Rabb of the worlds?’ He would say: ‘Did you not know that such and such a slave of Mine asked you for food but you did not feed him? Did you not realize that if you had fed him, you would certainly have found (its reward) with Me? O son of Adam, I asked water from you but you did not give it to Me.’ He would say: ‘My Rabb, how could I give You give you water when You are the Rabb of the worlds?’ Thereupon He would say: ‘Such and such a slave of Mine asked you for water to drink but you did not give it to him. Did you not realize that if you had given him to drink you would have found (its reward) with Me?”‘ [Muslim].

Duas to be Recited when Visiting the Sick :

1. Hazrat Aishah Radiyallahu-Anha reported: When a person complained to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam about an ailment or suffered from a sore or a wound, Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam would touch the ground with his forefinger and then raise it,
(Sufyan bin `Uyainah, the narrator, demonstrated this with his forefinger)
and would recite: `Bismil-lahi, turbatu ardina, bireeqati ba`dina, yushfa bihi saqimuni, bi ‘izni Rabbina’ (With the Name of Allah, the dust of our ground mixed with the saliva of some of us would cure our patient with the permission of our Rabb.’
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

2. Hazrat Aishah Radiyallahu-Anha reported: When Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam visited any ailing member of his family, he would place his right hand on the sick person and would supplicate: “Allahumma Rabban-naas, azhibil-ba’sa, washfi, Antash-Shaafi, la shifa’a illa shifa’uka, shifaan la yughadiru saqaman
[O Allah! the Rabb of mankind! Remove this disease and cure (him or her)! You are the Great Curer. There is no cure but through You, grant such a cure that leaves behind no disease].” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

3. Hazrat Abu ‘Abdillah bin Abul-‘as Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: I complained to Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam about a pain I had in my body. Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “Place your hand where you feel pain and say: ‘Bismillah (With the Name of Allah)’ three times; and then repeat seven times: ‘A’uzu bi’izzatillaahi wa qudratihi min sharri ma ajidu wa ‘uhaaziru … (I seek refuge with Allah and His Power from the evil that afflicts me and that which I apprehend).”‘ [Muslim]

4. Hazrat Ibn ‘Abbas Radiyallahu-Anhu reported: Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, “He who visits a sick person who is not on the point of death and supplicates seven times: As’alullaahal-‘Azeem Rabbal-‘Arshil-‘Azeem, ayyashfiyaka
(I beseech Allah the Great, the Rabb of the Great Throne, to heal you),
then Allah will certainly heal him from that sickness.” [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi]

Dua when Visiting the Sick