>> Friday, February 8, 2013
I'm afraid that right now, my Imaan is very weak. I offer the salah at the right time, recite at least 10 pages of Qur'an daily, listen to lectures instead of music and read Islamic literature whenever possible, but I don't feel that contentment that I used to feel before. I think a lot about death too, so I would appreciate it if you could answer soon. We don't know when we are going to die and I don't want to die in this state of weak Imaan. I know fasting helps because Ramadan is my favourite time of the year but being of ill-health, I can't fast much now. Can you please suggest something that I can do- anything- to uplift my imaan? I so desperately want to cry out in prayer, as I bow down before Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. I don't want my heart to go hard, incapable of responding to His aayah. Please help me sisters, and jazaak Allah khair...
Assalamualaykoum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhoo ^.^
My Dear Sis,
- Learning how to swim (if you don't know).
- Eating honey
- Eating Dates
- (Although this one is a bit harder:) Maybe sign up for horse riding or archery?
Abu Hurairah said that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu alayhe wasallam, said, "There is not a tree in Paradise, except that its trunk is made of gold."
Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wasallam, said, "Verily in Paradise there is a market in which (the inhabitants of Paradise) will come to every Friday. The North wind will blow and scatter fragrances on their faces and on their clothes. This will add to their beauty and their attractiveness. They will then go back to their families after having an added luster to their beauty and their attractiveness. Their families will say to them, 'By Allah you have been increased in beauty and loveliness after leaving us,' and they will say, 'By Allah you too have increased in beauty and attractiveness after us.'" (Muslim)
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying that: Allah the Exalted and Glorious, said: I have prepared for My pious servants which no eye has ever seen, and no ear has ever heard, and no human heart has ever perceived but it is testified by the Book of Allah. He then recited:" No soul knows what comfort has been concealed from them, as a reward for what they did"
"They will have there all that their hearts desire and in which their eyes find delight. You will remain in it timelessly, forever." (Surat az-Zukhruf: 71)
"In it there are rivers of water that will never spoil, and rivers of milk whose taste will never change, and rivers of wine, delightful to all who drink it, and rivers of honey of undiluted purity." (Surah Muhammad, 15)
Anas Bin Malik relates: The Prophet (PBUH) delivered before us a sermon the like of which I had never heard form him before. In course of it he said: 'If You could know what I know, you would laugh little and weep much.' Thereupon those present covered their faces and began to sob loudly. [Bukhari and Muslim].
(Another version says: Some reports from the companions reached the Messenger of Allah (SWT). He therefore addressed them and said: Heaven and Hell were shown I have never seen the like of (the these two) till this day in good and in evil. If you could know what I know, you would laugh little and weep much. That was the hardest day for the companions of the Messenger of Allah (SWT). They covered their faces and started weeping loudly.) [Bukhari & Muslim]
Those who reject Our Signs We shall soon cast into the fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins that they may taste the penalty: for Allah (SWT) is Exalted in Power Wise.
If you could see when they are confronted with the fire! They will say: "Would that we were sent back! Then would we not reject the Signs of our Lord but would be amongst those who believe!" [Surah: 6. al-An`aam]
On the day when heat will be produced out of that (wealth) in the fire of hell and with it will be branded their foreheads their flanks and their backs."This is the (treasure) which you buried for yourselves: taste then the (treasures) you buried!" [Surah: 9. at-Tauba]
But those who have earned evil will have a reward of like evil: ignominy will cover their (faces): No defender will they have from (the wrath of) Allah (SWT): their faces will be covered as it were with pieces from the depth of the darkness of Night: they are Companions of the Fire: they will abide therein![Surah: 10. Yunus]
- "I fear that my prayers are now pretty empty of khushoo or heartfelt feelings. I fear that I'm slowly falling into more sins."
- "I fear death. I fear the Day of Judgment. I fear what my limbs would say if they could talk. I fear being a hypocrite.."
- "I hope Allah forgives me & grants me a place in jannah with the martyrs and prophets. I hope Allah (SWT) will let me meet Aisha/ Khadijah/ Prophet Mohammed"… Even everyday life things like "I fear getting bad grades/ messing up on this test".
Other ways to improve your imaan:
-Be sure to make some new righteous friends :) Joining a halaqah or Qur'an class with other sisters close in your age can make a huge difference. You might find some sisters who have been/are in your same situation… it can be encouraging and you'll probably learn something new… who knows? :)
92. By no means shall you attain Al-Birr, unless you spend of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well.