Strengthening our Faith

Nasal discharges. Eye redness. Headache. Sneeze sneeze sneeze. Alhamdulillah.

In spite of the anti-histamine that I took before sleeping last night, I still woke up not feeling okay today. I had to take analgesic to relieve my headache. I was in the bed most of the time. It was a quick change of weather here in SA, from winter to summer, and my seasonal allergic rhinitis just came knocking to my nostrils. Yay!

May Allah grant us shifa from all ailments and sickness Ya Rabb!

I was scanning my books a couple of minutes ago and saw a piece of paper that I used before to take down notes when I was listening to the translated (Arabic to English) Khutbah from Masjid Al-haram in Makkah. It is a beautiful reminder for me and I want to share some points for the benefit of us all,  In shaa Allah.

It is about how we can strengthen our Iman, our Faith. And these are just a few.

Read Qur’an and contemplate. For non-arabic speakers like me, I have to depend on reading the English translation. There are times I ask my husband to explain it to me also and I try to keep in my mind the new words and it’s meaning. I  also look for tafseer of the Surah or certain ayats to know the stories behind them. Frequent reading of the Qur’an in Arabic also helps me to improve my language competency.

Do Obligatory Prayers and Do Nawafil prayers. Establishing our Fard 5 Daily prayers is mandatory for us because it is one of the pillars of Islam. It is our purpose to worship our Creator Allah and giving time for our prayers, remembering Him and praising Him in the middle of our worldly life is one of the best thing. In doing this, we are not only doing Ibaadah but we are also making ourselves closer to Him, thus increasing our faith. Nawafil prayers or optional prayers on the other hand are not considered obligatory but are thought to give extra benefit on the person performing them. Examples of the Nawafil prayers are the optional prayers after Fard prayers, Tahiyyatul Masjid Or the Prayer of Greeting to the Masjid, Taraweeh and Tahajjud Prayers. By doing these, we are getting opportunities to gain hasanat and rewards, In shaa Allah.

Give time and think about Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). Whenever we are not doing something, or while in the car during traveling or sitting waiting for somebody, or when lying in the bed before sleeping, we can make use of these times to remember Allah. Dhikr, or remembrance of Allah will not only draw us closer to Him but also to will give us extensive rewards In shaa Allah. Examples of Dhikr  are Alhamdulillah, SubhanAllah, SubhanAllah wa Bihamdih, Allahu Akbar, La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah and the list goes on. Let us keep our lips busy in praising and remembering Allah to keep our hearts at ease.

Keep surrounded by good people and care about family and friends. Choose your companions, choose friends who prioritize their relationship with Allah, for they will help us in spiritual path.

The Prophet ﷺ reminds us of the importance of good company in this hadith:

“A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume-seller and a blacksmith: The perfume-seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance. As for the blacksmith, he might singe your clothes, and at the very least you will breath in the fumes of the furnace.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Continue to search for people or a group that will help us in strengthening our faith and continue to ask Allah to send good people to you.

Ask scholars for Islamic doubts. Nobody is perfect. Nobody knows everything. It is perfectly normal to have doubts and questions about certain things and the best way to clear things up is to ask the people who are more knowledgable than us. Ask scholars or imams in your local mosque or read authentic Islamic books. Clarify things because believing without a doubt strengthens our faith for it eases our heart.

We must work hard for the Hereafter and don’t allow our hearts to be attached  to something else other than Allah.

May Allah guide us always to the straight path! Ya Rabb!

May Allah grant us the greatest reward of entering Jannah. Ya Rabb!

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