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Truth, Disbelief And Renewal Of Faith

23 Dec

As’salam alaikum warahmatullahi wa
barakatuh,
I was reading about a topic and I
thought it would be nice to share it. The
topic deals with faith. Have you ever
wondered why our Iman rises and falls?
Perhaps you’ve woken up one day and
wondered why you suddenly don’t have
tranquility in your prayer? Why you
suddenly feel lazy regarding acts of
worship?
From time to time, the levels of our
faith do tend to dwindle. This weakness
of faith manifests itself in degraded
quality of acts of our worship,
negligence in remembering Allah,
feeling indifferent to His commands and,
in general, us having a doubtful heart.
Experiencing any of these symptoms or
others akin to them is an indication of a
weakness of faith that in turn may be
depriving us of peace, tranquility, and
closeness to our creator and sustainer.
Weakness of Faith
This weakness or weariness of faith
(Eeman), whether due to a weak
understanding of truth, or the strength
of external negative forces, is to be
expected. The Prophet (peace and
blessing be upon him) said: “Faith
wears out in your heart as clothes
wear out, so ask Allah to renew the
faith in your hearts.” (narrated by al-
Haakim in his Mustadrak and al-
Tabaraani in his Mu’jam with a saheeh
isnaad).
So how does one renew his faith?
First thing is first.
Seek Allah’s Help
As the prophet mentioned in the
aforementioned hadith, we should first
and foremost ask Allah to renew and
reinforce the faith in our hearts. We
should make this call part of our regular
Duas. In doing so, we should also be
mindful of why we believe in the
message of truth in the first place. We
believe because we can relate the
message of truth revealed in the Quran
to the realities of this universe and what
we find within ourselves and our hearts.
We believe because as humans, a
deeper intellectual and spiritual
introspection has caused our hearts to
resonate with the message of truth. We
believe because after having pondered
over the messages of Quran, we
comprehend them and have
internalized them in our psyche. But
more importantly, we believe in the
truth of the Quran and Islam because of
Allah’s unchallengeable, unequivocal and
logical assertion as the creator,
sustainer, and sole power of this
universe. Thus, being convinced of His
deity and majesty and the nobility of His
Messenger and Prophet, we have
consciously chosen to believe and live
that message of truth.
Reinforce truth with knowledge
Next, let’s get clear about the meaning
of truth as Islam has defined it. The
clearer the message of truth in our
hearts, the stronger our faith will be.
Part of the renewal is therefore to
actively engage in understanding the
message of truth in our hearts and
minds through studying Quran, studying
the traditions of the Prophet (SAW) as
documented in the books of hadith and
poring over the knowledge of known
scholars who have helped elaborate on
that message. The process of renewing
our faith thus requires an active and
personal effort to reach out to learn the
various truths defined in Islam. The
more we strive for it, the more we will
increase our levels of awareness and
faith.
Remember, the longer you keep your
heart locked up from learning more, the
less you will be able to reason and
comprehend the message of truth, and
the more you will rely on blind faith
alone to live the message of truth.
As Allah says in the Quran,
“Will they not then ponder over the
Qur’an, or is it that they have their
locks on (their) hearts (which bar them
from reason).” [47:24]
Beware of symptoms of rejection
Finally, be wary of what in your heart
could be blurring your view of the
message of truth. Imaam ibn Katheer, in
his famous Tafseer ibn Katheer,
mentions the reasons that prevent
people from believing the message of
truth. If any of those reasons are
seeping into your psyche and have
started to blur your vision and impacting
your faith as a result, you need to
actively step in and cleanse yourself of
those symptoms. The reasons that ibn
Katheer had mentioned included:
•Kufrul-‘Inaad (Disbelief out of
stubbornness)
•Kufrul-Inkaar (Disbelief out of denial)
•Kufrul-Kibr (Disbelief out of arrogance
and pride)
•Kufrul-Juhood (Disbelief out of
rejection)
•Kufrul-Nifaaq (Disbelief out of
hypocrisy)
•Kufrul-Istihaal (Disbelief out of trying
to make HARAM (illegal) into HALAL
(legal)
•Kufrul-Kurh (Disbelief out of detesting
any of Allah’s commands)
•Kufrul-Istihzaha (Disbelief due to
mockery and derision)
•Kufrul-I’raadh (Disbelief due to
avoidance)
•Kufrul-Istibdaal (Disbelief because of
trying to substitute Allah’s Laws)
In Summary
Living the message of truth, therefore,
requires us to abandon stubbornness
(an attitude when we know deep in our
hearts that we are wrong), denial
(blindly ignoring facts), arrogance
(thinking that accepting truth will
demean us), hypocrisy (pretending to be
someone while concealing the truth),
mockery and derision (we mock truth
and the righteous to go along with
others) and avoidance (for one reason
or another we try to avoid the message
of truth). Once we eliminate these
negatives that may have stained our
hearts and open our minds to the
message of truth, we will be on our way
to renew our faith. In that process, we
will also sense Allah in our lives and we
will feel the sweetness of faith.
Let’s remember the saying of the
Prophet as reported by Anas (May Allah
be pleased with him):
“Allah says: ‘ When a slave of Mine
draws near to Me a span, I draw near to
him a cubit; and if he draws near to Me
a cubit, I draw near to him a fathom.
And if he comes to Me walking, I go to
him running.” [Al-Bukhari].
Source: iqrasense

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