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Gaining Sweetness in Zikr

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Tuesday, 04 May 2010 20:06

Q: What is the method of gaining sweetness in zikr?

A: Keep in mind the various aayaat and ahadeeth regarding the virtues of zikr and think of the virtues you are receiving. In this manner you will acquire the sweetness of zikr.

   

Ism-e-A`zam

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Monday, 03 May 2010 19:53

Q: A du`aa made using the ism-e-a`zam is accepted. I would like to know the ism-e-a`zam.

A: The name of Allah Ta`ala that is taken when a person is in a state of total helplessness is the ism-e-a`zam. For example, when a person is drowning or engulfed by a raging fire and he calls out to Allah in this state of distress then the name he uses for Allah Ta`ala at this moment is the ism-e-a`zam. Nevertheless, the `ulama and mashaayikh generally say that the word ألله - Allah is the ism-e-a`zam. During the lifetime of Hadhrat Raipuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi there was a person by the name of Moulana Wajid Ali sahib who used to experience kashf-e-quboor (able to see conditions of the inmates of the grave). Hadhrat Raipuri would enquire from him regarding his kashf (inspiration). He had once told me that the word ألله is the ism-e-a`zam and that Hadhrat Mikaeel Alayhis Salaam had informed him of this.

   

With Whom Should One Start Making Du`aa For?

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Monday, 03 May 2010 19:47

Q: Must one start making du`aa for himself and then for others or should he first make for others and then himself?

A: He should start making du`aa for himself and then for others.

 

Q: It appears in the malfoozat of Hadhrat Sheikh Rahmatullahi Alayhi that one should daily engage oneself for ten minutes in muraaqaba-e-du`aaiya (du`aa from the heart) for the ummat and then one should make du`aa for himself, whereas in the Qur’aan Allah Ta`ala states: (O my Rabb! Forgive me and my parents.) In this ayat du`aa is made first for oneself. Hence, which of the two is more preferable and masnoon?

A: The ten minutes of muraqaba-e-du`aaiyah is in fact a remedy for absentmindedness so that inattentiveness does not settle in the heart and to ensure that it always remains mindful. However, the actual sequence in a normal du`aa is that one should first make du`aa for oneself and then for others as is understood from the ayat: RABBIGH FIR LI WA LIWAALI DAYYA.

   

Method of accepting women for bay`at

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Friday, 16 April 2010 23:07

Q: How does the shaikh accept those women for bay`at who are unable to come to him?

A: The shaikh will give them the same instructions that your shaikh had given you at the time of bay`at. He will ask them to make Wudhu and perform two rakaats nafl salaah. He will then say the words that your shaikh had said at the time of bay`at. The bay`at has now taken place. He will thereafter gradually begin instructing them. However, he will not ask them to make zikr-e-jahri (audible zikr) but zikr-e-sirri (silent zikr).

   

Making du`aa to ward off calamities

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Friday, 16 April 2010 23:05

Q: Will it be against radha-bil-qadha (being pleased with the decree of Allah) to make du`aa in order to ward off calamities?

A: It will not be against radha-bil-qadha if the du`aa is made in the following manner: O Allah! These calamities are also Your rahmat (mercy) and warding them off is Your mercy as well. On account of our weakness we are unable to bear the mercy of calamities. Therefore transform the mercy of calamity into the mercy of ease.

   

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