The Acceptance of Wazha'if

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is extracted from Fatawa Radhawiyyah by Imam Ahmad Ridha al-Qadri (q.s.).

To achieve the effect of wazha’if and amal, the fulfillment of three conditions are essential.

The first is confident expectancy, certainty, for the heart is to be free from such anxiety where one is constantly deliberating whether it has had an effect or not.  Rather, one must trust wholly in Allah (s.w.t.) that He will Definitely Accept this action.  It is mentioned in a hadits that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) stated, “Supplicate to Allah in such a state that you remain certain of its acceptance.”  This is recorded in Sunan at-Tirmidzi.

The second is patience and forbearance, for one not to become fearful with the passage of time, where one thinks, “Even after so many days, no effect has become apparent!”  This itself will come to be the cause of the action not being accepted.  Rather, we must embrace the mindset that, without doubt, Allah (s.w.t.) and His Messenger (s.a.w.) are about to Generously Favour us.  Allah (s.w.t.) States:

If only they had been content with what Allah and His Messenger gave them, and had said, “Sufficient unto us is Allah!  Allah and His Messenger will soon give us of His Bounty: to Allah do we turn our hopes!” (That would have been the right course). (Surah at-Tawbah:59)

It is recorded in Swahih Muslim that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Your supplications are Accepted as long as you do not hastily say, ‘I supplicated but it is yet to be accepted.’”

The third condition is with regards the ijaza’, the permission to act upon the entirety of the wazha’if, amal and ta’wizat of the shaykh and what he has stipulated.  In this case, Imam Ahmad Ridha Khan (q.s.) had stipulated the condition that one must remain regular in offering the five daily swalah with the congregation in the masjid as far as possible.  And with Allah (s.w.t.) Knows best.


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