Invocations and Litanies
A Powerful Spiritual Prescription for Pregnancy
The following spiritual prescription is for anyone who does not have a male child, no children at all, experiences miscarriages, or has children who die after birth:
Take seven threads of cotton,  make the woman stand completely upright or have her lie down completely straight, and then measure her from the hair of her forehead to her toes. Then, join the seven threads together and recite Āyat al-Kursī 11 times, making a knot and blowing on it after each time you finish one reading of the verse. Take these threads and tie them around the woman’s waist (as per one’s requirement, sew it into a long piece of cloth lengthwise so that it can still be tied if the belly expands, and if it is still too tight, another strip of cloth can be joined to it).
This should not be removed until the child is born, not even during ghusl. When the signs of pregnancy appear, Fātiḥā should be made for Shaykh ꜤAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlanī, Sayyidunā Shaykh Muhammad Afḍal رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه, and Imam Aḥmad Razā Khān رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه over a homemade white, sweet dish, such as white rice pudding. Furthermore, the woman should pray two units of salah, then stand to face the direction of Baghdad, and say, “O al-Ghawth al-AꜤẓam رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه! If I have a son, I will give him in your service and name him Ghulām Muḥy al-Dīn.” By the grace and power of Allah, she will conceive a son.
Once the child is born, after giving him ghusl and reciting azan in his ears, the threads should be removed from the mother’s waist and placed around the neck of the child (if you wish, you may remove the original knotted threads from the strip of cloth and place this around the neck). Put aside one pound every year on the child’s birthday for the niyāz of Shaykh ꜤAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlanī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه. When the child reaches 11 years of age, take those 11 pounds, adding more money if you wish, and make something sweet for the niyāz of Shaykh ꜤAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه, and then bury those threads in a safe place.
 This thread is normally used by grocers for tying small packets.
 According to the various cities of Pakistan, the direction of Baghdad from the west is seven or eight degrees towards north. If those living in Pakistan or India face the Kaaba and then turn slightly towards the right, they will be facing Baghdad.
 Zinda Beti Khuwan Mein Phenk Di, p. 24