In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Strive for Some Iman

I spent the whole 23rd night of Ramadan awake and only slept 4 hours after I came back home after fajr. I thought I was going to sleep "hard core" (as that was  my plan as well :-/ and sleep until duhur but strangely I did not. I could not go back to sleep as I was not sleepy yet was feeling a lethargic. It made me very lazy and I then began to feel what I thought was "depressed." So, I just laid in bed for a LONG while thinking of how "sad" my life was. lol. Then I thought how I regret these type of days at the end of the day. Even more so for the reason that I ask Allah not to ever seal my heart and here I am not making an effort to get up and be spiritually productive. Laziness is a disease of the heart which can lead to low iman and if Allah wills a sealed heart. If we want something from this dunya we know it comes with effort why do we not apply this to our iman and our religion? If we want the Qur'an to be the light of our heart and the banisher of our distress why are we not picking up the Qur'an? We can't be like the Christians and the Jews who somehow expect to be inspired one day and then soon after become righteous. What is this thinking?! 

The great scholar ibn Sa’dee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says, ‘The servant, Muslim, who has been granted the tawfeeq, does not cease from working towards two things:

  1. Fulfilling iman and its subsidiaries, and establishing it in speech, action and state.
  2. Striving to repel the apparent and hidden forms of fitan, which negate, invalidate or decrease eemaan.

Iman (faith) as known to Ahlus-Sunnah, is the statement upon the tongue, belief in the heart, and actions upon the limbs. Iman can not be achieved except by combining all of this. 

The Salaf (the first 3 generation of Muslims) May Allah be pleased and have mercy upon them, used
to tend to their iman, inspect their actions, and give each other advice. Reports of this nature from the Salaf are numerous:
-Umar Ibn al-Khattaab may Allah be pleased with him, used to say to his companions: “Come on, so that we may increase our Iman” 
-Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say: “Sit with us, so that we may increase in Iman .” He used to say in his supplications: “O Allah increase me in Iman, certainty and understanding.” 
-Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say: “Sit with us, so that we may have Iman for an hour” 
-Abdullaah ibn Rawaahah, may Allah be pleased with him, used to take some of his companions by the hand and say: “Come on, so that we may have Iman for an hour. Come on, let us remember Allah so that we increase in Iman by obeying him; He may remember us by forgiving us:’ 
-Aboo Dardaa’, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say: “It is from the intelligence of the servant to know whether he is increasing or decreasing, and indeed, it is from the intelligence of the servant to know how, where and when the whispers of Shaytaan appear to him:
Excerpt from the Book: Causes behind the increase and decrease of Iman By Shaykh Abdur-Razzaak al-Abbaad)