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.