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    Why does imaan go up and down - is this down to a defect in the persons iman? Does this only happen to weak people, for example did the sahaba go through ups and downs in iman - i cant imagine that happening at all. Whats the cure for this and best way to avoid it?

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    Hmm, well in terms of your iman or anyone's iman going up and down, what time frame are we talking? 2 months, 6 months a year? for me it has nearly been 6 months and my iman has only went up, mashallah. I find that I have much more to learn and so I find myself more involved in learning the deen and practising it.

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    When this was happening to me shortly after I reverted to Islam I had to take a step back and look at myself again. What was it that I was concerning myself with everyday? What was I thinking about that was making my iman go down?

    For one, I was more concerned about what people were saying and thinking about me for being one of those Muslims. I was fearing people more than I was fearing Allah (swt). I was more worried about them and their reaction to the new me than I was worried about being obedient to Allah (swt). I was concerning myself more with homework, friends leaving me for being a Muslim, and future job opportunities with my hijab instead of doing what I should have been doing as a Muslim.

    Allah (swt) tells us in the Quran to remember Him, and remember Him often. The life of this world is so deceiving that it's easy for us to forget what we're here for. Not to please the boss at work, not to sweat stress every night burning your brain trying to get straight As, but to please the Creator. When we're being tested--when I was being tested shortly after I reverted it was very hard to stay on the straight path of Islam because I felt like I was alone and if doing this was really worth it.

    So to change that decline in imaan I changed my company. I started hanging out more with Muslim sisters instead of my old barbie party girl friends. I started to do dhikr and the most important change for me was that I began to make sure I did my prayers on time. And I made sure to open up my translation of the Qur'an and read it every single day. Each time I learn something new and I am reminded of what I am here for. And I imagined the terrible situations that the first Muslims went through and what's happening to our brothers and sisters in other countries and I wonder what am I even complaining for? Learning about Islam more has definitely been helpful for me.

    I think when life gets tough that it's normal for us in this day and age to get a little discouraged and the imaan goes down but if you find that happening I think making sure you remember Allah often helps. The evidence is in the prayer. Instead of Allahu Akbar being on your mind, "my job" akbar is on your mind or "I gotta pay that bill" akbar is on your mind then you know you need to step back and make some adjustments.

    And now I am looking forward to someone else posting more scholarly advice to help.

    May Allah fill all of our hearts with His continuous love and remembrance and grant us the highest level of Jannah. Ameen.
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    Asalaamu Alaikum,

    The Fluctuating Heart

    It is inhuman and impossible to retain a high level of spirituality, imaan and awareness of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and these things will naturally fluctuate in a person. The reason the heart is called ‘qalb‘ in Arabic is because qalb means ‘to flip and change’ and the condition of the heart is constantly flipping and changing. Even the Companions felt like this on occasions as is illustrated by an incident reported by Imam Muslim. Once Sayyiduna Hanzalah رضى الله عنه was in the company of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم, but when he left and returned home he became preoccupied with his family. He thought he had become a hypocrite so he went to complain of his condition to Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. On the way he was shouting ”Hanzalah has become a munafiq (hypocrite), Hanzalah has become a munafiq.” He met Sayyiduna Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه to whom he related that when he was with Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم it was as though Jannat and Jahannam were before him, but the moment he returned home he became preoccupied with his family, thus he feared hypocrisy for himself. Sayyiduna Abu Bakr رضى الله عنه replied that he also felt the same way so they both approached Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم who comforted and informed them that such levels of imaan and spirituality are momentary and they do not last and that if they were to last the angels would have descended from the heavens and met them.

    This incident illustrates that imaan constantly fluctuates in a person. When a low level of imaan is experienced or one feels an attack on one’s spirituality and faith by shaytaan and other influences a person shouldn’t withdraw, but rather seek the remedy by adopting good company or entering into a pious environment where mention is made of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Rasul صلى الله عليه وسلم. Even if this is not possible one can listen to a talk at home. As a consequence, due to the blessings, one’s heart and faith will be strengthened, insha’Allah. Even Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم would constantly pray, “O Transformer of the hearts, make my heart steadfast upon Your deen.” [Reported by Tirmidhi].

    Does faith increase or decrease? Are actions part of faith?

    The position of the Ashari school is that faith (iman) increases and decreases by the increase or decrease in the strength of conviction that is the result of good deeds or sins. [Sawi, Sharh Jawharat al-Tawhid]

    Faith (iman) is defined as having firm conviction in everything that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) came with that is necessarily known to be of the religion. [ibid]

    Actions are not an essential integral of faith—thus, sin does not entail disbelief—but are its fruits and the sure sign of its strength and perfection. [ibid]

    The other school of Sunni beliefs, the Maturidis—following the position of Imam Abu Hanifa—hold faith (iman) be a constant: it is either present or non-present. They consider the strength and weakness of conviction to relate to one’s certainty (yaqin), not to the essence of faith. The difference is arguably one of definition, though others considered it a real difference. [ibid; Kamal ibn al-Humam, al-Musayara]

    And Allah alone gives success.


    Faraz Rabbani
    Also check this out - http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vbe/showthread.php?t=13865

    And try some searches here, you might some more information, but the above should be enough inshallah.
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    Fluctuation of faith is a natural thing. Shaytan will attack us every day, and use many different weapons. My own faith has gone up and down over the last year. Shaytan tempts me with alcohol, with women, by telling me that I'm no good, and that I'll never be a better man.

    I try to take it one day at a time. I try to pray every day that Allah will make me a better man. I read my Qur'an and try to understand its meaning. That's all I can do, is arm myself with the knowledge needed to recognize the traps of Shaytan, and overcome them.

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    happens to me alot buh wht i do is listen to lectures,recite quran

    u see wen ur reciting quran or listening to a lecture ur iman level goes a lil high and once ur away frm quran it feels as if it went low.
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    Hanzala Usayyidi, who was amongst the scribes of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him). reported:
    I met Abu Bakr. He said: Who are you? He (Hanzala) said: Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite.
    He (Abu Bakr) said: Hallowed be Allah, what are you saying? Thereupon he said: I say that when we are in the company of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) we ponder over Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our very eyes
    and when we are away from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) we attend to our wives, our children, our business; most of these things (pertaining to After-life) slip out of our minds.
    Abu Bakr said: By Allah, I also experience the same. So I and Abu Bakr went to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said to him:
    Allah's Messenger, Hanzala has turned to be a hypocrite. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: What has happened to you?
    I said: Allah's Messenger, when we are in your company, we are reminded of Hell-Fire and Paradise as if we are seeing them with our own eyes,
    but whenever we go away from you and attend to our wives, children and business, much of these things go out of our minds.
    Thereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: By Him in Whose Hand is my life, if your state of mind remains the same as it is in my presence and you are always busy in remembrance (of Allah), the Angels will shake hands with you in your beds and in your paths
    but, Hanzala, time should be devoted (to the worldly affairs) and time (should be devoted to prayer and meditation). He (the Holy Prophet) said this thrice.

    i think it's because we lose the work prayer family quiet time balance and our minds want to give one up.
    it's happening to me recently too, i haven't been praying Qyaam as regularly as before.
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    I think we have all expierenced fluctuations of our imaans - to a greater of lesser extent in our lives.
    These are some of the reasons (I believe) play a role (many of them having been the cause of my own imaan waxing and waning at different periods of my life):

    - Joining the wrong company:

    If only we could realise what a huge impact this has on our imaans.
    You may not realise it initially, but surrounding yourself constantly by those who are chasing this dunya, who lack fear of Allah, who live according to their desires......does NOTHING for our imaans, except to draw us away from Allah and his nabi (sallahu alaihi wasalam) and takes us closer to the fire.

    - Engaging in major.....as well as minor sins.

    Repeatedly engaging in minor sins, without turning back in repentance - is a strong magnet of turning the hearts away from the remembrance of Allah.
    The family/ person who fills his mind with the filth on TV and internet, listens to zina-promoting music, etc. - how do we expect the noor of Islam to fill such hearts?
    Theres no room for taqwa in those hearts.......until we off-load the manure that occupies it.

    - Being neglectful of salaah - esp. not arising for Fajr and being unmindful of Asr prayers.

    - Becoming too content in life.

    The tragedy of man, is that when life is going really well - in terms of health, wealth and family - he becomes complacent and ungrateful to the One that has actually blessed him such bounties.

    Even as you sit reading this - there is sooooo much going on in your body - spontaneously, effortlessly - all by the power of Allah (subhanawata'ala):
    Your vision, the beats of your heart, your digestion of food and excretion of waste........its not even possible to enumerate them all......All occuring without you even thinking about it! Alhamdulillah!

    If your really cosnider this, we should be spending every possible moment of every given day in supplication and thanks to Allah.

    But we dont.
    Because, we only realise the value of something when it is taken away from us.
    Because we are ungrateful.
    Because we forget. (Was the first sin committed by man, Adam (alaihi salam) not due to forgetfulness?)

    And finally, as the late Sheikh Yunus Patel has said: there are times when even the pious slaves of Allah expierence 'lows' in their imaans - despite doing everything correctly and not disobeying Allah.
    This is Allah Ta’ala’s way of keeping a balance. This ‘low’ offsets pride and thus saves a person from spiritual ruin. After this, if Allah so wills, He can always return him to his previous condition.

    What wisdom in the plans of Allah!

    --> Which is why, brothers and sisters we should try to remember the following duaa, insha Allah:

    It was narrated that Anas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) often used to say:

    «يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِك» (Yaa Muqallibal Quloob Thabbit Qalbee ‘alaa Deenik)

    “O Turner of the hearts, make my heart steadfast in adhering to Your religion.”

    [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2140) classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi and also al-Jaam'i as-Sagheer 1323/7988]

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    Imaan had to go up and down, how then do you appreciate when u have high imaan? You don't know what u have until it's gone right?
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    I hope this will help to clarify some important points Insha'Allaah:

    Shaikhul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said, "It is from the principles of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah that the Deen and Eeman (Faith) is (a combination of) statements and actions; statements of the heart and tongue, actions of the heart, tongue and limbs." [Aqeedatah al-Wasitiyyah]


    The Concept of Faith With Ahlus-Sunnah

    Faith (Eemaan) with Ahlus-Sunnah Wal Jamaa'ah comprises of belief with the heart, statement of the tongue and action of the limbs. These three affairs with Ahlus-Sunnah all enter into what is specified and termed as Eemaan. Allaah the Mighty and the Majestic has said:

    "The believers are only those who, when Allaah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His verses are recited unto them, they (the verses) increase their faith, and they put their trust in their Lord. [Those] Who perform the prayer and spend out of that which We have provided them. It is they who are the believers in truth, for them are grades of dignity with their Lord and forgiveness and a generous provision." (Al-Anfaal: 2-4)

    So in these verses the actions of the hearts and the actions of the limbs enter into Eemaan. Imaam Muslim has narrated in his Saheeh from the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah-may Allaah be pleased with him- who said that the Messenger of Allaah SAllallahu ‘Alaihee Wasallam said:

    "Al-Emaan is seventy odd or sixty odd branches, the best of them is the statement: No one is worthy of worship except Allaah and the lowest of them is removing something harmful from the path and Hayaa (shyness) is a branch of Eemaan."

    So indeed this Hadeeth shows that what is established and founded with the heart, the tongue and the limbs is from Eemaan…

    Eemaan increases with obedience and decreases with sins, from the evidences that it increases, is the statement of Allaah the Mighty, the Majestic:

    "Those (believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said: Verily the people have gathered against you, therefore fear them, but it only increased them in faith." (Al-Imraan: 173)

    Also His statement:

    "And when the believers saw the confederates they said: This is what Allaah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allaah and His Messenger had spoken the truth. And it only added to their faith and to their submissiveness." (Al-Ahzaab: 22).

    And from the evidences that it (Eemaan) decreases is his statement SAllaahu ‘Alayhee Wasallam:

    "Whoever sees an evil from amongst you, then let him change it with his hand, and if he is unable, then with his tongue, and if he is unable then with his heart, and that is the weakest of Emaan." (narrated by Muslim)



    .. And because of this, the Imaams of Islaam, in both the past and present times, have taken great care and concern in clarifying the falsehood of this belief (i.e. that actions and works are outside of Eemaan, and saying that Eemaan is belief in the heart,or belief in the heart and pronunciation of the tongue only), and the refutation of its followers. And have made specific chapters in their books for this issue. Indeed, they have written independent works about it. Like the works of Shaykhul-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) and others beside him. The statement of Shaykhul-Islaam mentioned in Aqeedatul-Waasatiyah is: “And from the principles of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah are that the deen and Eemaan are statements of the tongue and the heart, and works of the heart, tongue, and limbs. And that Eemaan increases with obedience and decreases with disobedience.” And he said in his book,

    Kitaab-ul Eemaan: “The statements of the Salaf and the Imaams of the Sunnah in their explanation of Eemaan vary. Sometimes they say it is statements and actions; and sometimes they say it is sayings, actions, and intentions; and sometimes they say it is statements, actions, intentions, and the following of the Sunnah; and sometimes they say it is sayings with the tongue, belief with the heart, and actions with the limbs; and all of this is correct.” And Shaykhul-Islaam said: “The reproach of the Salaf was very strong against the Murjia’ah, when they took actions and deeds outside the fold of Eemaan.” And there is no doubt that this statement, that the people in Eemaan are clear, this is from the most detestable of mistakes. For verily, the people are not equal in Eemaan, nor in love, or fear, or in knowledge. Verily, the people fluctuate amongst themselves in many facets. And Shaykhul-Islaam said: “And verily the Murjia’ah have strived to prove this principle from the clarity of the Kitaab and the Sunnah and the statements of the Sahaabah and the Tabi’een. And in their understanding of Eemaan, they have depended upon suggestive opinions and in their weak understanding of the Arabic language. And this is the path of the people of innovation...


    Does this only happen to weak people, for example did the sahaba go through ups and downs in iman - i cant imagine that happening at all.
    I think there are some reports on this topic - if I had more time I would try to find the exact narrations Insha'Allaah.

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    Assalam Alaikum

    Why does imaan go up and down - is this down to a defect in the persons iman? Does this only happen to weak people, for example did the sahaba go through ups and downs in iman - i cant imagine that happening at all. Whats the cure for this and best way to avoid it?

    The Prophet Muhammad (S) said: "Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts” (Mustadrak al-Haakim).

    Our Iman is not always as sound and strong as we want it to be as it often fluctuates according to life circumstances. There are several causes for weakening Iman such as deficiencies in our prayers or the insinuating whispers from the Shaytan. Regardless of the cause, it is crucial for all of us to keep a check on our Iman and if we feel it is faltering in any way then we should take measures to restore it. It is our responsibility to know which things decrease our Iman and how to avoid them and those that increase our Iman and how to embrace them.

    What are signs of a weak imaan?

    Signs of weak imaan:

    • Committing sins and not feeling any guilt.
    • Having a hard heart and no desire to read the Quran.
    • Feeling too lazy to do good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
    • Neglecting the Sunnah.
    • Having mood swings, for instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of the time.
    • Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
    • Finding difficulty in remembering Allah and making dhikr.
    • Not feeling bad when things are done against the Shariah.
    • Desiring status and wealth.
    • Being mean and miserly, i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
    • Ordering others to do good deeds when not practising them ourselves.
    • Feeling pleased when things are not progressing for others.
    • Being concerned with whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not recommended) things.
    • Making fun of people who do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.
    • Not feeling concerned about the situation of Muslims.
    • Not feeling the responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
    • Being unable to deal with calamities, for instance crying and yelling in funerals.
    • Liking to argue just for the sake of arguing without any proof.
    • Becoming engrossed and very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing something in terms of material wealth.
    • Becoming engrossed and obsessive about ourselves.

    Here are 10 ways that we can brighten up our Iman starting from today!

    1. Recognise and Repent

    As humans we all commit sins no matter how hard we try to avoid them because were created to be imperfect. Engaging in evil deeds decreases our Iman. Actions like lying, cheating and stealing, to name only a few, take a toll on the human heart and soul which makes us more susceptible to being lead astray from the Path of Allah. It is important for us to reflect upon our deeds and weed out the ones that are contrary to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S). Allah has gifted us with an innate sense of justice and the ability to reason and make sound judgements. Our fitrah (natural disposition) necessitates that we all know when we are committing a sin. And if we don't know, we certainly have a bevy of resources to find out from!

    Conditions for the acceptance of repentance

    The word tauba which is rendered as repentance in English, is not a simple term as most people believe. It is very rich in meaning and implication, and is not simply a word of mouth after which the sinner continues in his sins. Says Allah, Glorified be He: "Seek forgiveness of your Lord and then turn to Him in repentance." (Hud: 3). Do you notice how turning to the Lord in repentance has been added to the search for His forgiveness?

    It is quite in keeping with its importance, therefore, that repentance should have, as the scholars have stated, conditions attached to it for its acceptance.

    They are as follows:

    First: Giving up of the sin itself.
    Second: Remorse over what has been committed.
    Third: A resolve not to repeat it, and, Fourth: Compensating those who have been wronged or obtaining their forgiveness.

    2. Perform Salah Regularly

    Completing the five daily prayers, on time and according to the Sunnah, is an excellent way to increase our Iman. Not only are we performing an obligatory deed when praying, but by doing so we have a standing audience with the Creator of this world where we can ask for help and mercy. The effect of the salah on the human soul is cooling as Muhammad (S) once said that it cooled his eyes. The salah connects us with our Creator and, along with obedience to Allah, helps us to enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil.

    Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an:

    "The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His Verses -this Qur’an- are recited unto them, they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith; and they put their trust in their Lord (Alone); Who perform salah and spend out of that We have provided them. It is they who are the believers in truth. For them are grades of dignity with their Lord, and Forgiveness and a generous provision (Paradise)” (Al-Anfal: 2-4).

    Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah (RAA) Rasulullah (SAW) said: The similitude of five prayers is like an overflowing river passing by the gate of one of you in which he washes five times daily. Hasan said: No filthiness can remain on him. (Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith # 1411)

    Narrated Abu Hurairah (RAA) Rasualullah (SAW) said, "Martyrs are those who die because of drowning, plague, an abdominal disease, or of being buried alive by a falling building." And then he added, "If the people knew the Reward for the Zuhr prayer in its early time, they would race for it. If they knew the reward for the 'Isha' and the Fajr prayers in congregation, they would join them even if they had to crawl. If they knew the reward for the first row, they would draw lots for it." (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Hadith # 688)

    For the people who don’t pray:

    Informing us about the inhabitants of Hell, Allaah (SWT) says "(The people in Hell will be asked What has caused you to enter Hell? They will say: "We were not of those who used to offer their Salât (prayers). Nor did we feed the poor. And we used to talk falsehood (all that which Allaah hated) with vain-talkers. And we used to belie thc Day of Recompense. Until there came to us that which is certain (i.e., death). So no Intercession of intercessors will benefit them. (Sura Al-Muddaththir, ayah 42-48)

    Rasulullah (SAW) said "The covenant between us and them is prayer, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever." (Agreed upon by Ahmad, Tirmidhee and Nasaa'ee to be authentic)

    In an other Hadith of Rasulullah (SAW) said "What lies between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of prayer."( Agreed upon by Muslim, Abu Dawood and Nasaa'ee as sahih authentic)

    3. Qur’anic Recitations

    Medical studies have shown that simply listening to a recitation of the Holy Qur’an has a physiological effect on our bodies. Research has also proven that the Qur’an has healing qualities on the body, mind and spirit. What better way to increase our Iman than to listen to the recitation of the Holy Qur’an on an audio device! Listen to the melodious rhythm of the Qur’an and while doing so try to reflect upon the meanings of what you are listening to.We should always strive to read as much of the Qur’an as possible as reading the word of allah especially with the meanings will significantly increase our imaan and elevate us in this world and the next!

    Hazrat Abdullah bin Masud radhiyallahu anhu narrates that The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: "Whoever reads one letter of the Quran receives the reward of one good deed. And one good deed is multiplied ten times.

    Hazrat Abu Huraira radhiyallahu anhu reports that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: "Whoever listens to one verse of the Book of Allah, a good deed that multiplies continuously is recorded. And one who reads a verse of the Quran, that verse will be a Noor for him on the Day of Judgement."

    Hazrat Anas radhiyallahu anhu reports that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said:"Whoever reads the Quran, Allah grants that person ten good deeds for every letter. And for one who hears the Quran being recited, Allah grants a good deed for every letter, and such a person will be resurrected among those who will recite and ascend the stages of Jannat."Hazrat Ibni Abbas radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: "He who listens to one letter of the Quran, ten good deeds are recorded for him, ten sins are forgiven, and his status is elevated by ten stages."

    4. Engage in Dhikr

    "…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (13:28)

    Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue.(29:46).

    O ye who believe let not your wealth and your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah . (63:10)

    O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening (33:42-43)

    When the signs of the Gracious Allah are recited unto them, they fall down, prostrating themselves before Allah weeping.(19:59)

    According to these verses the attitude of those who truly remember Allah is the following:

    1. Their hearts are filled with the fear of Allah because they are reminded of the status and the Glory of their God.
    2. Their skins creep, i.e., the hair on their bodies rise due to their state of fear.
    3. Their bodies are softened, their hearts become tender.
    4. They prostrate, i.e., they start worshiping Allah .
    5. They cry or weep.

    Remembering Allah much through acts of dhikr brings much peace and tranquility to the heart. It also gives us a sense of taqwa(fear of allah), a consciousness that makes us realise that Allah Almighty is ever near and that we should always strive to please Him.

    Some beneficial dhikr include:

    Subhan'Allah- 'Praise be to Allah'
    Al-Hamdullilah- 'Thanks be to Allah'
    Allahu Akbar – 'Allah is the Greatest.'
    La ila ha illallah- There is no worthy of worship except allah

    Abu haraira(ra) Narrates: Prophet(saw) said: whoever says: Subhanallahi Wa Bihamdihi – (I deem Allah free of any resemblances to anything whatever in any repeat, and I glorify his praises) one hundred times a day will have his sins forgiven even though they may be as much as the foam of the sea – (Bukhari,b73:c19)

    Read much of this zikr:

    Subhaan-Allahi walhamdu-lillaahi, wa laa ilaa-ha illa-la ill-lal-lahu wallahu Akbar, walaa haula wala quoow-wata illa billa hil-Aliyyil-azeem.

    "Glory is for Allaah and all Praise is due to Allah. There is none worthy of worship except Allaah. Allaah is the greatest. There is no power and no strength except with Allaah the Most High, the Great."

    5.Voluntary Fasting

    Fasting can be thought of as a prescription for us, which cures the maladies of the human soul. There are innumerable benefits to fasting nawafil fasts. Fasting helps us be thankful to Allah for His Bounty, control unlawful desires, have compassion for the less fortunate and it weakens the effects of waswas, the insinuating whispers from the Shaytan.

    Here is an explanation of the spiritual meaning of the Islamic Fasting:

    1. It teaches man the principle of sincere Love: because when he observes Fasting he does it out of deep love for God. And the man who loves God truly is a man who really knows what love is.

    2. It equips man with a creative sense of hope and an optimistic outlook on life; because when he fasts he is hoping to please God and is seeking His Grace.

    3. It imbues in man the genuine virtue of effective devotion, honest dedication and closeness to God; because when he fasts he does so for God and for His sake alone.

    4. It cultivates in man a vigilant and sound conscience; because the fasting person keeps his fast in secret as well as in public. In fasting, especially, there is no mundane authority to check man's behavior or compel him to observe fasting. He keeps it to please God and satisfy his own conscience by being faithful in secret and in public. There is no better way to cultivate a sound conscience in man.

    5. It indoctrinates man in patience and selflessness, as through fasting, he feels the pains of deprivation but he endures them patiently.

    6. It is an effective lesson in applied moderation and willpower.

    7. Fasting also provides man with a transparent soul, a clear mind and a light body.

    8. It shows man a new way of wise savings and sound budgeting.

    9. It enables man to master the art of Mature Adaptability. We can easily understand the point once we realize that fasting makes man change the entire course of his daily life.

    10. It grounds man in discipline and healthy survival.

    11. It originates in man the real spirit of social belonging, unity and brotherhood, of equality before God as well as before the law.

    12. It is a Godly prescription for self-reassurance and self-control.

    6.Carrying out Good Deeds

    Doing good deeds for others can be like switching on a light bulb in a darkened room. No matter how awful we are feeling there is just something about offering a helping hand to someone in need that lifts our spirits and brightens our Iman. We should get to the stage where we crave to do good deeds! Because our good deeds are our eternal investment which will benefit us for the rest of eternity rather than investment into this life which is very temporary indeed! So what investment sounds better? Eternal investment which will give us eternal bliss or temporary investment which has a chance of failing even though we spend our whole lives investing in it! You choose!

    Allah Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an: "For those who believe and work righteous deeds is a reward that will never fail(Fussilat: 8).

    Time in Islam is more than gold or any precious material thing in this world. Of all religions, only Islam guides mankind not only to the importance of time but also how to value it. Allah I the Almighty and His Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad r, very clearly tell us the value of time, why we must not waste it and how we can make use of our time wisely to increase our iman (faith) and thus attain success, especially eternal success in the life Hereafter.

    Bin ‘Abbas narrated t that Allâh’s Messenger r said,“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and free time for doing good.” (Bukhari 8/421)

    Abdullah Bin Mas’ud t narrated: “I asked the Prophet, ‘Which deed is the dearest to Allah?’ He replied, “To offer salaat (the prayers) at their early fixed times.” I asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents.” I' again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)? “He replied, “To participate in jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.” (Bukhari 1/ 505)

    Abu Qatada, Bin Rab’i t narrated that the Prophet , said, "Allâh the Exalted said: ‘I made five times (daily) prayers obligatory on your people. And I took a guarantee that if anyone observes them regularly at their times, I shall admit him to Paradise. If anyone does not offer them regularly, there is no such guarantee of Mine for him." (Abu Dawood 430)

    If we fear Allah for His wrath and hope for His rewards in the eternal world to come, time has come for us to give due value to the importance of time. We should try not to waste most of our time seeking worldly pleasures. It is for our guidance that we must take admonition from the following authentic hadîth:

    Abu Hurairah t narrated that Allâh’s Messenger r said, Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. During (that stormy period) a man would be a Muslim in the morning and an unbeliever in the evening or he would be a believer in the evening and an unbeliever in the morning, and would sell his faith for worldly goods.” (Muslim 213)

    Abu Hurairah t narrated that Allâh’s Messenger r said,“Hasten to do good deeds before six things happen: the rising of the sun from the west, the smoke, the Dajjal, the beast and (the death) of one you or the general turmoil.” (Muslim 7039)

    “Call then upon Allâh with sincere devotion to Him even though the Unbelievers may detest it.” Qur'an 40:14

    Verily, time is very important for our success both in this temporary world and the eternal world to come. If we waste time, if we abuse it, then we waste and abuse our lives. In the Life Hereafter we will be among the losers, who will suffer the torments in the Hell-Fire, if Allah I the Almighty will not forgive us. Therefore, if we really give value to our lives then, we must give due value to the importance of time.

    7.Remembering Death

    Every soul shall taste death

    Allah has said in the Qur’aan:"Every soul will taste death.”

    From this verse we know that death is such a thing that you can’t escape from even if you are in a house, which is built with metal walls, and has a massive padlock. Death will not only come when hair and the beard turn white, but it can come at any time, even when you are a baby, or an old person or a teenager or of middle age. Even if you are a king, a Prime Minister or a leader of one of the tribes.

    Merits of the Remembrance of Death

    Know that the person, who is engrossed in the world and cheated by its charming coquetries, is unmindful of the remembrance of death. They do not remember death and when they are reminded of it, they do not like it. Allah has said regarding such a man:“The deaths from which you flee away will meet you. Thereafter you will be led to the Knower of the world seen and unseen. You will then be informed of what you did.”

    Hazrat Bilal bin Masood and Umar bin Abdul Aziz Radiallaho Anho said, “O People! You are not created for being destroyed”. You will travel from one home to another home. For a believer, death is a gift.

    Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam has said, “The gift for a believer is death".

    Due to the hardship which the believer goes through in this world, death becomes easy for him and all of his anxieties disappear. Therefore, it is described as a gift in the Hadith.

    Hazrat Mahmood bin Labeed says that the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam said, “Mankind likes two things very much. One of these things is life, though death is much better for him, and the second is wealth though poverty makes accounting easy.

    Hazrat ibn Umar Radiallaho Anho says, “This world is paradise for the non-believers (they are engaged in their worldly desires and aspirations). This world is a jail or prison for the faithful (momins). They are bound by the laws of Shari at in every matter. Therefore, when the soul of a momin leaves his body (at the time of death), it is as if a captive has been freed from the cell. He cleans himself by turning in the dust.

    8.Gaining knowledge

    To seek knowledge is a sacred duty, it is obligatory on every Muslim, male and female. The first word revealed of the Qur’an was "Iqra" READ! Seek knowledge! Educate yourselves! Be educated.

    Surah Al-Zumr, ayah 9 reveals: "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know?"

    Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 269 reveals: "Allah grants wisdom to whom He pleases and to whom wisdom is granted indeed he receives an overflowing benefit."

    Ibn Mas’ud (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (S) said: The position of only two persons is enviable; the person whom Allah bestowed wealth empowering him to spend it in the way of righteousness, and the person whom Allah gave wisdom with which he adjudges and which he teaches to others

    According to Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah, Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S) said: A single scholar of religion is more formidable against shaytaan than a thousand devout persons.

    Islam is our greatest gift. We have to be thankful for this gift. We have to render to Allah His due. Allah has given us so much by making us a part of the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (S) so we must totally commit ourselves as followers of the Prophet (S). We must become true Muslims.

    A person without knowledge is like someone walking along a track in complete darkness. Most likely his steps will wander aside and he easily can be deceived by shaytaan. This shows that our greatest danger lies in our ignorance of Islamic teachings and in our unawareness of what the Qur’an teaches and what guidance has been given by the Prophet (S). But if we are blessed with the light of knowledge we will be able to see plainly the clear path of Islam at every step of our lives. We shall also be able to identify and avoid the dangerous paths of Kufr, Shirk and immorality, which may cross it. And, whenever a false guide meets us on the way, a few words with him will quickly establish that he is not a guide who should be followed.

    Every one of us, young or old, man or woman, should at least acquire sufficient knowledge to enable ourselves to understand the essence of the teachings of the Qur’an and the purpose for which it has been sent down. We should also be able to understand clearly the mission, which our beloved Prophet (S) came into this world to fulfil. We should also recognize the corrupt order and system, which he came to destroy. We should acquaint ourselves, too, with the way of life which Allah has ordained for us.

    No great amount of time is required to acquire this simple knowledge. If we truly value Iman, it cannot be too difficult to find one hour every day to devote for our Iman.

    Hadith states:

    "He who acquires knowledge acquires a vast portion." AND "If anyone going on his way in search of knowledge, God will, thereby make easy for him the way to Paradise."

    May Allah (SWT) give us strength to behave and act just as He likes us to do and be pleased with us, and that should be the purpose of our lives. Rabbi zidnee ilma (O Lord, increase us in knowledge). Aameen.

    9.Making much dua(supplication)

    Dua is defined as any invocation or prayer addressed to Allah (SWT). In our times, we find many reasons why people do not make Dua; we forget, don't know how, or just do not think it will be answered. Fundamental to this is the loss of dependence and trust upon Allah. As Muslims there is something very wrong when we believe our Duas won't be answered.We do not turn to Allah in our times of need and instead put our trust, dependence and hopes on worldly things that we think willhelp us. Although these temporal things are the means through which our Duas can be answered, the root of our being should be trained automatically to turn to Allah and not anything or anyone else. Through Dua, we strengthen our Imaan and our relationship with Allah, as well as heighten our awareness of cause and effect that can help inspire and motivate us to be closer to Islam in our lives.

    We find many reassurances throughout the Quran for those who make Dua. Allah the Exalted, has said: "And your Lord says: Pray unto me: and I will hear your prayer" (Quran 40:60), "Call upon your Lord Humbly and in secret" (Quran 7:55),
    "When My servants question thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me" (Quran 2:186), "Is not He (best) who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering." (Quran 27:62)

    Aisha radhiallaahu anha said, "No believer makes Dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated."

    In fact, it is even wrong to never make Dua, "Whosoever does not supplicate to Allah, He will be angry with Him."[Saheeh Jaami`as-Sagheer #2414]

    We can and should make Dua in every condition, i.e. in hardship and in prosperity.

    There are also some special times to make Dua where it is more likely to be accepted:

    1. When one is oppressed
    2. Between the time of Athan and Iqama
    3. At the time of the call for prayer
    4. At the time of fighting when warriors are engaged with each other
    5. When it is raining
    6. When one is sick
    7. The last third of the night
    8. Ramadan (especially Lailatul Qadr)
    9. After the Fard part of prayer
    10. When traveling
    11. When breaking fast
    12. In Sujood
    13. Fridays, some say on Friday after Asr prayer
    14. While drinking the water from the well of Zamzam
    15. At the start of prayer (Dua of Istiftah)
    16. When one begins the prayer, i.e. with "all praise be to
    Allah, the Pure and the Blessed one"
    17. While one recites al-Fatiha (which is a Dua)
    18. When Ameen is said in the prayer (also relating to Fatiha)
    19. At the time of raising the head after the Rukoo
    20. In the last part of the prayer after conveying blessings unto the Prophet (SAW)
    21. Before finishing the prayer (before Tasleem (saying the Salaam to the angels))
    22. At the end of Wudu
    23. On the day of Arafah
    24. On waking up from sleep
    25. At times of adversity
    26. Prayer after the death of a person
    27. Dua when someone's heart is filled with sincerity and when it is focused on Allah
    28. Dua of the parent against or for his children
    29. When the sun moves from its meridian but before the Dhuhr prayer
    30. The Dua of a Muslim for his brother without the latter's knowledge
    31. At the time the army advances to fight in the way of Allah.

    Dua can be beautified and perfected by certain actions:

    1. Have Wudu, face Qibla, be neat and clean
    2. Raise both hands up to the shoulder with palms open facing up
    3. Use words of Allah and Muhammad (SAW)-i.e. Duas found in Quran and Hadith
    4. Ask by Asma alHusna- Allah's Beautiful Names
    5. Ask Allah by your good deeds
    6. Be insistent-repeat (i.e. 3x's)
    7. Glorify Allah and recite Durud for the Prophet (SAW) at both the beginning and end
    8. Show humility, entreaty, desire and fear while making Dua
    9. Repent and try to make amends where one has wronged
    10. Confess mistakes, shortcomings, and sins
    11. Keep voice between a whisper and speaking aloud
    12. Show the need for Allah's help and implore Him for release from weakness, hardship and tribulation.
    13. Seize the opportunity of time, situation and circumstance in which prayers are answered
    14. Avoid rhymed prose to keep concentration
    15. Crying when making Dua
    16. The Dua of Dhun-Nun (Yunus) by which he invoked Allah from within the belly of the whale was:
    "LAa ilaha illa Anta, Subhanaka innee kuntu min aDH-DHaalimeen."

    No Muslim ever makes Dua with it but Allah answers it." [at tirmidhi in his sunan, ahmad and hakim reported it and hakim declared it authentic and adh dhahabee agreed]

    17. End with "Alhamdulillah rabbil alameen"

    Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

    "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186] The place of duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than du`a."
    [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

    He also said: "The most excellent worship is du`a."
    [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133];

    In order to warn those who are arogant, or careless in making duaa, the Prophet said: "The most incapable person is the one who does not make du`a, and the most miserly person is the one who does not give salaam."
    [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1055],

    And let not there be anyone who says: "... my Lord won't answer my prayer, because of this and that.. or because of so and so..". No! Indeed Allah is the Most Generous King. Is there anyone who met a king, and praised and glorified him, and then asked, yet the request was not granted? So what about Allah, the King of the Heavens and the Earth - who has total control over your life, your wealth and your future. Why would He not grant you your request? I

    Indeed, our beloved Prophet had said: "Verily your Lord is the One modest and Generous, and when His servant raises his hands to Him in supplication, He is diffident (in some wordings, shy or hesitant) from returning them empty."
    [Ahmad, Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi - Hasan]

    10.Having Trust in Allah

    The best way for us to increase our Iman is to completely submit our will to Allah and have full trust in him and we can do this by doing out utmost to follow every command in the Qur’an and Sunnah. We should live our life according to them and we will find success around every corner of our lives inshallah. If we turn to Allah in happy times then he will help us in times of distress and anguish. We should have patience in Allah's Decree and accept it that it is for the best and is meant to happen because he is the knower of all things and the almighty and always remember that no matter what trials or tribulations we do face in this World, one day we will be called to account for our deeds which were hopefully sent forth with much goodness and patience.I pray that inshallah on qiyamah we be given our good deeds in our right hands and allah has mercy on us and gives us Jannatul Firdaus.[B] Ameen[/B]

    In Surah At-Tauba: 51, Allah (SWT) says "Say: 'Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our protector': And on Allah let the Believers put their trust."

    In Surah Ash-Shu'araa:217 Allah (SWT) says "And put thy trust on the exalted in Might, The Merciful."

    In Surah Al-Imran:159, Allah (SWT) says "...Then, when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)."

    If Allah helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In Allah, then, Let believers put their trust. 3:160

    It does not matter what you do, obey or disobey, the result will be that you will receive what Allah has ordained for you. You can not add to it or subtract from it. What you do is either benefit yourself with the blessings of obedience or harm yourself with the fruits of your disobedience. We have been told that what is for us can't miss us and what is not for us can't hit us.

    We have to learn to trust that Allah will take care of us when we obey Him and that He wills withdrawal His Great Mercy when we disobey. Every morning the bird goes out to seek the provision Allah has given him, and every night he comes home with it. Allah has promised us our provision.

    Umar Ibin Al Khattab narrated that he heard Allah's Messenger say, "If you were to trust in Allah genuinely, He would give you provision as He does for the birds which go out hungry in the morning and come back full in the evening. Tirmidhi and Ibin Majah (sahih).

    Trusting in Allah means that when we hear a command, we obey it. We recognize that we are limited and that Allah has no limits. He knows what we do not know. We do not try to explain away the commands of Allah by saying that it is for another time or another people. We don not say that what Allah has commanded for us is oppressive. We accept and obey. This is faith and trust.

    There is much reward in trusting Allah, paradise. There is sin in distrusting Him. We need to stop relying on our desires our minds our version of logic and realize that Allah is the one who knows while we know not. Allah is the Wise, and His judgements are wise by default. Allah is the Just and His verdicts are Just by default. We can not see everything in every issue as Allah can, so why do we insist on believing that our minds can be trusted before or instead of Allah?

    I pray to You, O Allah, to make us trust you and only you. May you make us of the Trusting and keep us from trusting or worshipping our minds before you. Ameen.

    Finally let’s have full hope in Allah, for verily Allah the All Mighty says:
    “Be not deceived by the [uninhibited] movement of the disbelievers throughout the land. [It is but] a small enjoyment; then their [final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place.” [Aal-Imraan 196-197]

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