Signs of Weak Imaan
Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Imaan wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah Ta’ala to renew the Imaan in your hearts” (Mustadrak al-Haakim).
Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A) narrates, that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said,” Keep on renewing your Imaan, “O Messenger of Allah, how should we renew our Imaan?” enquired the Sahabah, recite لاَ اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ very often,” was the reply.
Our Iman is not always as 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 Aamaal or the whispers and temptations from the Shaytaan. Regardless of the cause, it is of great importance for all of us to keep a check on our Imaan 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. It is something that can only be fixed and improved by our own self and not by someone else, so we need to understand and make full effort to cure this problem. Remember in the hereafter we our self would be responsible for our mistakes and no one else to be blamed. We need to strive hard for our afterlife and increasing our Imaan.
Here are a few 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. Salaah
- Neglecting the Sunnah.
- Not feeling anything when hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah Ta’ala warns us of punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
- Finding difficulty in remembering Allah Ta’ala and making Zikr.
- 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 makrooh (not recommended) things.
- Making fun of people who do simple good deeds.
- 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 interested about ourselves.
6 Fasts During Shawwaal
It is commendable to keep six fasts during Shawwaal. Rasulullah Salallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam said:
“Whoever completes the fasts of Ramadhaan and then adds to them the fast of six days during the month of Shawwaal, it will carry the Thawaab of fasting for the entire year.” [Sahih Muslim]
This Hadith has described the great reward of the six fasts during Shawwaal. The scholars have interpreted this Hadith as follows:
According to the rules of Shari’ah, every good deed is rewarded ten times. Therefore, the fast of 30 days carries the reward of 300 days. If the fasts of Ramadhaan were to continue for six additional days, it would carry the reward to 60 days. This means that the total would stand at 360 days of fasting – which is the total number of days in one year according to the Islamic calendar.
Muslims should therefore seize this opportunity of acquiring this enormous reward from Allah Ta’ala. It is not permissible to fast on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Therefore it is advisable to start these fasts on the 2nd of Shawwaal and to keep fasting until the 7th of Shawwaal. However, if these fasts should be kept on any other six days of Shawwaal, it is hoped that the above requirement of the above mentioned Hadith may, Insha Allah, also be fulfilled.
Stories of Repentance #28
During the time of Nabi Moosa عليه السلام, the Banu Israaeel once suffered a severe drought. They approached Nabi Moosaعليه السلام and beseeched, “O Kaleemullah (The one whom Allah Ta‘ala has blessed with the ability of speaking to Him directly)! Make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala, on our behalf, for rain!”
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام thus went to the desert with the Banu Israaeel who were seventy thousand or more in number. Nabi Moosa عليه السلام then began to make du‘aa saying, “O my Rabb! Send us Your rain! Envelop us in Your mercy! Take pity on us for the sake of the breastfeeding children, the grazing animals and the old people among us whose backs are bent!” However, despite making this du‘aa, the sky remained clear of clouds and the rays of the sun continued to beat down relentlessly.
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام then made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala saying, “O Allah! If I do not have that level of honour in Your sight, then accept my du‘aa through the honour of the unlettered Nabi, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, who You will send as a Nabi before the end of the world.” Allah Ta‘ala replied to Nabi Moosa عليه السلام, “It is not that you do not have high honour in My sight! Rather, you are esteemed in My sight! However, one of my servants is among you who has been at war with me by committing sins and violating my commands for forty years. Announce to the people that this person should leave, as it is because of him that I have withheld the rain from you.”
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام submitted, “O Allah! O my Master! I am a weak servant, and my voice is weak! How will my announcement reach all the people, whereas they are more than seventy thousand in number?” Allah Ta‘ala replied, “You will make the announcement, and I will ensure that they hear it.”
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام thus stood and called out, “O sinful servant who has been at war with Allah Ta‘ala for forty years! Leave us, for it is due to you that we are deprived of rain!” When he heard the announcement, the sinful servant began to stand, but then noticed that nobody else had stood. This made him realize that he was the guilty person who Nabi Moosa عليه السلام was referring to. It then occurred to him that if he stood and left, he would be disgraced and humiliated before the entire Banu Israaeel. However, if he did not stand and leave, all the people would continue suffering from the drought.
In this state, he remained seated, but lowered his head in genuine, sincere remorse and repented for his sins saying, “O my Rabb and Master! I disobeyed You for forty years, yet you granted me respite. Now that I have come to you in obedience, accept me.” He had barely completed his words of repentance when rain began to fall in torrents.
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام was surprised and asked Allah Ta‘ala, “O my Rabb and Master! How is it that You have sent us rain, whereas nobody awoke and left our gathering?” Allah Ta‘ala replied, “O Moosa عليه السلام! I sent rain to you on account of the repentance of the same person who caused Me to withhold the rain.”
Nabi Moosa عليه السلام submitted, “O Allah! Show me who this obedient servant is!” Allah Ta‘ala responded, “O Moosaعليه السلام! I did not expose him and humiliate him when he was disobedient to me, so how can I expose him when he is obedient to me? O Moosa عليه السلام! I do not like those who carry tales, so how can I do the same (by causing him to be exposed)?”