By: Saima Khan
We all love an ‘iman rush’. We go to a conference or to the masjid and are enthusiastic about our beautiful religion. Constantly surrounded by Muslim friends and family, we know nothing better than that environment. Or maybe, it’s the only thing that we really know.
Now, what would happen if those things were, all of a sudden, taken away from you? Your family that you used to go with to the masjid for jumu’ah every Friday, your friends who used to sit with you during lectures at conferences, sharing emotions only you and them could understand, and being so connected to the Qur’an that it became a daily routine after fajr and maghrib. You felt close to your religion and most of all close to Your creator, Allah(swt).
Iman can exist constantly but is a fluctuating entity. The increase and decrease of it is mentioned many times in the Qur’an. For example:
“For believers are those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their hearts, and when they hear His Signs rehearsed, find their belief strengthened…” [8:2]
“Whenever there comes down a Surah [a chapter from the Quran], some of them say: ‘Which of you has had his belief increased by it?’ Yes, those who believe, their belief is increased, and they do rejoice. But those in whose hearts is a disease, it will add doubt to their doubt…” [9:124-125]
And, alhamdulillah, in the times we live in we have many resources at the tips of our fingers to keep us connected. Here are some things that I have done and that we can do to keep our iman up:
1. Recite the Qur’an.
Unfortunately, we look for all sorts of different avenues when really this is the one that should come first. When we take our time to learn and understand the Qur’an, it becomes the only thing we need to constantly renew our iman everyday. It can be tough to get ourselves to do this on a daily basis but once it is practiced constantly during a certain time of the day, it becomes habitual.
2. Listen to the Qur’an.
Not only reading but listening to the word of Allah(swt) day after day can have an affect on our hearts. Even when we’re doing our daily chores, we can stick headphones in our ears and play it on an audio device.
3. Youtube videos!
The resources we have can either be used for us or against us. They will become a source of our increase or decrease in our iman. Youtube videos are huge. They are our go-to source to learn a lot of beneficial knowledge from credible sources. We have so many shuyookh who have their lectures recorded that we can listen to on our own time.
4. Find a masjid and go.
Even if it’s once a week, get yourself to go to the nearest masjid to you even if the nearest one is a long drive away. See if they are holding any classes and if you are qualified, offer your services to teach there.
We are not only a body but also a soul that needs nourishing. The nourishment of our soul is our religion. If we don’t make efforts to hold on to it, we will remain nothing but a body, day in and day out.
May Allah preserve our iman and strengthen it, ameen.