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of faith. Becoming aware of the weakness in one‟s faith can then help one take the next step to cure such weaknesses. This article highlights some of the methods that one can follow to strengthen the Eeman and faith in one‟s heart. Let us remind ourselves that weak faith overshadows the brightness of a heart as we learn from a hadith of the prophet (s): “There is no heart that is not covered by a cloud like the cloud covering the moon when it is shining, and so it suddenly goes dark, but when it (the cloud) goes away, it shines again.” (Reported by Abu Na‟eem in al-Hilyah, 2/196; al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 2268) A sincere effort on our part can help us repel such darkness, which manifests itself as dissatisfaction in life, depression, and misery. More importantly, a heart clouded by sins is also deprived of Allah‟s blessings. Curing the weakness in our hearts, thus, can help us regain the light of faith and can help us make sense of life‟s complexities that may be eroding our faith levels. Developing sincerity toward Allah One of the key prerequisites for strengthening ones faith is to first develop sincerity toward our Lord, Allah. Without instilling this sincerity and His fear in our hearts, other actions become moot. We can achieve this level of sincerity toward Allah by becoming sincere to Him the way Allah wants us to be sincere. This includes sincerity in faith, sincerity in intention, and sincerity in our fearing Allah, The Exalted. Let us remind ourselves and others that not every act of obedience is sincere unless it is done, both outwardly and inwardly, in a manner which Allah likes. Furthermore, more than just having intentions, our sincerity should reflect in our actions. Allah has described the ones who are sincere in the following verse:
“It is no virtue that you turn your faces towards the east or the west, but virtue is that one should sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Book and the Prophets and, out of His love, spend of one‟s choice wealth for relatives and orphans, for the needy and the wayfarer, for beggars and for the ransom of slaves, and establish the Salat (prayers) and pay the Zakat (obligatory charity). And the virtuous are those who keep their pledges when they make them and show fortitude in hardships and adversity and in the struggle between the Truth and falsehood; such are the truthful people and such are the pious.” [Surah al-Baqarah:177]. Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “This verse includes a number of great meanings, important principles and sound beliefs.” Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/485. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Allah will give him more than He gives to others. He says: “And We send down from the Qur‟an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe…” [Surah al-Isra‟ 17:82]. Day by day. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And when the matter is resolved on. violating others rights by gossiping and backbiting. hold him back from it. Evils take on an attractive hue. Resolve of purpose prevents him from becoming weak-willed and sincerity of action prevents him from becoming lazy or lethargic. Al-Fawaa’id. all that is left is sincerity of action. right values are ignored. Listening to songs whose lyrics etch away at our values of truth. Sincerity of resolve means certain desire to do an action and not hesitating to do it. for our families remind us of this world.” Pondering on the meanings of the Quran Allah the All Knowing has placed the cure for weak faith in the study of the Quran. If a person is sincere towards Allah in all his affairs. watching pornographic images that cloak themselves as artistic. The Quran and its verse used to have a tremendous effect on the Prophet (SAWS). we need to nurture it in the company of the righteous and surround ourselves with good sources of knowledge. the following verse made him weep the whole night when it was revealed. We can preserve our values and sense of righteousness by making a conscious effort of distancing ourselves from such environments. If his resolve is sincere. watching movies that violate our sense of shame. p. outward or inward. and this sincerity results from true love of Allah and true trust in Him. 187 Avoiding environments of sin We live in a world where immorality lurks all around us in forms to which many of us have become desensitized. 186. So his happiness lies in sincerity of resolve and sincerity of action. it is becoming easier to gratify the self by violating boundaries of righteousness. along with sincerity of resolve.A person can have nothing more beneficial than sincerity towards his Lord in all his affairs. Al-Hasan al-Basri (RAA) said: “Our brothers are dearer to us than our families. For example. and not letting anything. taking undue interest in the lives of celebrities and scandals involving them. . This practice gradually sets our life on Islamic principles. are some of the many activities that many indulge in without feeling any remorse or guilt. To guard our faith and keep it strong. So the most sincere of people is the one who loves Allah most and puts most trust in Him. but our brothers remind us of the Hereafter. which is doing one’s best and striving one’s utmost when doing it . With the self and its pleasure taking precedence. then if they had been true to Allah. it would have been better for them” [Surah Muhammad 47:21]. so he should be sincere towards Him in his resolve and in his actions. Our faith can be strengthened in an environment where people have the courage to distinguish between right from wrong.
the Most Exalted (al-Muta’aal). and all that the breasts conceal. Allah is the Most Great (al-‘Azeem). sitting. „I only complain of my grief and my sorrow to Allah…‟” [Surah Yousuf:86]. the All-Seeing. the Torment of your Lord will surely come to pass. glory to You! (Exalted are You above all that they associate with You as partners). the Most Great. the All-Hearing. and in the alternation of night and day. Abu Bakr (RAA) a gentle. – there is none that can avert it” [Surah al-Toor 52:7-8]. The Quran had a similar effect on the companions of the prophet (SAWS) when they recited it and pondered upon its meaning. „Umar (RAA) became ill after reciting the verse (which means): “Verily. Those who remember Allah (always. the Self-Sustaining who does not sleep. the Watcher over His creatures (al-Muhaymin).“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth. the Majestic (al-Mutakabbir). would weep when he led the people in prayer and recited verses from the Quran. the Most Strong (al-Qawi). He has described His vast knowledge in the following verse: . His sobs could be heard from the back of the congregation when he recited Allah‟s words about Prophet Yaqoob (as) in Surah Yousuf (which mean): “He said. Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire!”[Quran: Surah Aal ‘Imraan 3:190-191]. He is All-Mighty. 7/406). there are indeed signs for men of understanding. the Compeller (al-Jabbaar). and in prayers) standing. (Tafseer Ibn Katheer. soft-hearted man. It humbles us before the Most High. He is the Living Who does not die. What has a deep effect on one when pondering on the Quran is the Greatness and Might of Allah (SWT). the Subduer (al-Qahhaar). and lying down on their sides. the Great (al-Kabeer). He knows the fraud of the eyes. and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose.
but He knows it. none knows them but He. 5/219. Thus. The world and one‟s preoccupation with it.. The stomach of the son of Adam will be filled only with dust (i. not a leaf falls. The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Allah. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea. he is never satisfied) then Allah will accept the repentance of the one who repents. Saheeh al-Jaami’.” [Surah al-An’aam:59]. but if the son of Adam has one valley. and if he had two valleys. may He be glorified. with increasing material greed and the desire to acquire more and more. 1781). he would wish that he had a third. understanding the words of the Quran and paying due heed to them will enhance one‟s faith in the All Mighty and remove the weakness from our hearts.e. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry but is written in a Clear Record. is to be seen in the right perspective – a means to lead life and maintain relationships as per the guidance provided in the Quran. Freeing the heart from the obsessions of this life Preoccupation with this world is quite apparent around us. says: „We have sent down wealth for the establishment of prayer and the payment of zakat.“And with Him are the keys of the ghayb (all that is hidden).” (Reported by Ahmad. he will wish that he had a second. Allah says: .
2700). Due love and care of one‟s family within the bounds of what Islam teaches us is a man‟s duty.” (reported by Ibn Maajah. sleeping. 2384) Avoiding excess in eating. Allah bestows His Mercy on those who remember Him. making it easy for Satan to lay his trap. Laughing too much drains life from the heart. and mixing too much with people leaves no time to reflect on one‟s own state in solitude. but it should not make him selfish and miserly ignoring the needs of other deserving servants of Allah and also at the expense of remembrance of Allah. tranquility descends upon them.” (The Hardness of The Heart) Striving to do righteous deeds continuously Allah says in the Quran: . Saheeh al-Jaami’. with no intention of giving in charity: “Woe to those who want to accumulate wealth. (Reported by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer. „Here! Here! Here!‟ (i. Saheeh al-Jaami’.” (Reported by Ibn Maajah. and the fitnah of my ummah is wealth. its thirst quenched with contemplation and cleansed from corruption. giving it away) to one on his right. 2148). Allah says: “O you who believe! Remember Allah with much remembrance” [Surah al-Ahzaab 33:41]. Talking too much hardens the heart.”(Reported by al-Tirmidhi. About wealth. 4193. Saheeh al-Jaami’. talking and mixing with people To cure the weakness of our faith we should also avoid excesses in eating. dhikr. All these activities prevent one from worshipping Allah. “When the heart is nourished with dhikr. it shall witness remarkable and wondrous matters and be inspired with wisdom. staying up late. Ibn a-Qayyim said. 4129. 2336. The Prophet (SAWS) said in a sahih hadith: “Do not laugh too much. except for the one who says with his wealth. The Prophet (SAWS) said: “No people sit together remembering Allah. see also Saheeh al-Jaami’). one on his left. staying up late and socializing. sleeping. but the angels surround them. no. is another means of curing weak faith. no.“And know that your possessions and children are but a trial and that surely with Allah is a mighty reward. for excessive laughter deadens the heart.” [Surah al-Anfaal 8:28] Such verses are meant to set our priorities. the Prophet (SAWS) said: “Every nation has its fitnah (trial or temptation). The Prophet (SAWS) thus urged Muslims to be content with just what is sufficient. 7137) The Prophet (SAWS) also said: “All that is sufficient for any one of you in this world is the supply of the traveller”. Regular attendance at gatherings of dhikr Remembrance of Allah. and Allah mentions them to those who are in His presence.. 4/78. one in front of him and one behind him. He (SAWS) warned those who want to accumulate wealth. mercy envelops them.” (Saheeh Muslim.e.
3175. Once „A‟ishah (RAA) asked the Prophet (SAWS) if the reference in the following aayah was to sinners. The verse is: „And those who give that (their charity) which they give with their hearts full of fear (whether it has been accepted or not). They are those who fast and pray and give charity while fearing that these deeds will not be accepted from them. even if it is little. 1/162). 6137). (Reported by al-Tirmidhi. as He (SWT) says: “„My slave keeps drawing nearer to me with nawafil (supererogatory) deeds until I love him.“Race one with another in hastening towards Forgiveness from your Lord (Allah)…” [Surah alHadeed 57:21] Good deeds draw us closer to Allah. The Prophet (SAWS) was asked: “Which deed is most beloved by Allah?” He said. Hoping that one’s deeds will be accepted while fearing that they may not Even when we perform good deeds we shouldn‟t become self assured that these will certainly guarantee our entry into Paradise. because they are sure to return to their Lord‟ [Surah al-Mu’minoon 23:60] The Prophet (SAWS) said. 11/194). “The one that is continuous. Fath.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari.alSilsilat al-Saheehah. O daughter of al-Siddeeq. “No. .‟” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari.
The Prophet (SAWS) said to him. never allowing complacency to set in. Conclusion We need to engage ourselves in regular self-evaluation to renew and strengthen our faith. confiding in Him our weakness and lapses.” [Surah Aal ‘Imran:185] After realizing the insignificance of this life. Visiting graveyards often can remind a person of death. he indeed is successful. showing where we might be going wrong and enabling us to improve ourselves. It enables us to keep a check on our own actions each day. “Would you like your heart to become soft and to get what you want? Show mercy to the orphan. Remembrance of death puts our whole life in a proper perspective.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi. humbling ourselves before Him. and your heart will become soft and you will get what you want. or self conceit. showing our need for His Mercy and Guidance. no.That is the state of Allah‟s muttaqoon (pious) servants. Faith should replace love of this world in our hearts. 2/533). And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise. we should strive to do more acts of worship. . And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. Doing a variety of acts of worship To soften our hearts to fear Allah and to see the light of faith. Remembering death often and fearing a bad end The Prophet (SAWS) has cautioned us against losing ourselves so completely in this life that we fail to remember the inescapable truth of death. He (SAWS) said: “Remember often the destroyer of pleasure. feed him from your own food. and what our fate will be in the life that‟s going to begin – the life in the hereafter. They are far from pride. 2307. Remembering death can put a check on sins and soften the hard heart. And it is about such of His servants that Allah says (which means): “Verily. and looking up to Him to strengthen our faith. We know it has to end. meaning death. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing). And eventually the greatest remedy of all is Dua – calling on Allah. pat his head.Saheeh al-Jaami’.” [al-Maa’idah 5:27]. it would be foolish to give undue importance to its materialistic aspects which appeal to the heart. supplicating to Him. 1210). A man came to the Prophet (SAWS) complaining that his heart was hard. Al-Silsilat al-Saheehah. but we have no knowledge how soon. Allah accepts only from those who are al-muttaqoon (the pious). This realization should remind us of what our Creator Allah (SWT) Himself has said about life: “Everyone shall taste death. there are also corroborating reports.” (Reported by al-Tabaraani.
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