Remedies to Spiritual Maladies



Remedies to Spiritual Maladies





Discourses on Questions and Answers of  ‘Arif Billah Hazrat Maulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahab (Rahmatullah Alayh)  from the Kitaab : Solution to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta’ala

The 3 Primary Objectives of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى بَعَثَ فِى ٱلْأُمِّيِّۦنَ رَسُولًۭا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَٰتِهِۦ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَإِن كَانُوا۟ مِن قَبْلُ لَفِى ضَلَٰلٍۢ مُّبِينٍۢ

It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom – although they were before in clear error  ~ Surah Jumu’ah 62:2


A discourse on Surah Jumu’ah, expounding on the 3 Primary Objectives of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam > Tabligh, Ta’leem and Tazkiyah



 Further explanations on the characteristics of Tazkiyah and an insightful analogy on purifying one’s soul




A Spiritual Heart Attack

Analogy adapted from a Zikr Majlis

The effect of sins, has accumulated and congested our hearts. Our hearts in turn, have become hard and distant from the Mercy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

A person who has a heart problem suffers with many health complications. Blocked arteries, cholesterol and high blood pressure are serious ailments that require prescribed medication. When a person does not bother about his health, omits medication, leads a stressful life and does not abide by the doctor’s forewarning, the consequences to his heart will be severe.

 Plaque (fat and cholesterol deposits) accumulates and causes the arteries to narrow. Oxygen does not flow freely throughout the body and the circulation of blood becomes stagnated. Other organs start failing and are unable to function efficiently. The person is faced with a serious condition and is likely to end up in hospital and undergo a heart bypass.

Likewise …

Our hearts have become so attached to the things of the world that we have become heedless of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. We have caused spiritual damage to our hearts through spiritual cholesterol (pride, malice, jealousy, anger) and high blood pressure (love of dunya).

When the heart becomes spiritually sick (with sins), then the eyes, hands, feet and mind become spiritually sick as well. These limbs will not function properly (due to a decrease in righteous deeds and the clogging of the heart through immoral acts). A person will get evil thoughts and move towards Haraam very swiftly. One will not be able to restrain oneself and keep one’s heart ‘spiritually alive’ easily with these complications.

If we are not going to ‘purify our souls’ (Tazkiyah An-Nafs) by washing and cleansing our heart through Zikrullah, obeying Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam’s commands and detaching ourselves from the vanities of the world … it will result in a ‘Spiritual Heart Attack‘ 

Bay’ah of Women

Surah Al-Mumtahinah ~ 60:12 

O Prophet! When believing women come to thee to take the oath of fealty to thee, that they will not associate in worship any other thing whatever with Allah, that they will not steal, that they will not commit adultery (or fornication), that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood, and that they will not disobey thee in any just matter,- then do thou receive their fealty, and pray to Allah for the forgiveness (of their sins): for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful….

The Qur’an mentions the verses regarding the Baya’h of the believing women and their pledge of allegiance to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, upon Islam and Imaan … When the Sahabiyat took Bay’ah, they were loyal and sincere …

Download Lecture Here ~ 8 mins

Why do we take Bay’ah today? The intention of Bay’ah is Islaah (self-reformation). The Maqsud (purpose) of pledging allegiance to a Shakyh (spiritual mentor) is to connect ourselves to Allah, to want that transformation in ourselves, to become Allah’s true friend, to bring Ikhlaas (sincerity) into our life and to cleanse and purify our hearts … So often, instead of informing the Shaykh of our weaknesses and rectifying our deficiencies, we surrender to the ongoing battle with nafs and shaytaan, which are detrimental to our Imaan and Deen.

When we have a connection with a Shaykh and make Islaah of our spiritual maladies, then the true purpose and goal of moving towards Allah in this road of Sulook are attained.