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How to maintain the Imaan high throughout the year

How to maintain the Imaan high throughout the year

Experience a drop in your imaan after Ramadan? Here are a few tips to help you with it.

By Ifrah Shaukat

Lahore, Pakistan

Have you noticed how we turn into a “seasonal muttaqi” during Ramadan? We’ll pray on time, read the Qur’an, watch our tongue and be kind.

Alhamdulillah, most Muslims experience an Iman high during Ramadan, probably because shaytan is jailed for the entire month by the grace of Allah. However, after that, we are not able to maintain that kind of an Iman for the rest of the year.

What is the solution? We offer some tips that might help you along the way during the rest of the year:

1. Make Dua

Plead with Allah for firmness in faith. There are so many beautiful duas in the Qur’an and sunnah that you could take advantage of.

اللَّهُمَّ ثَبِّتْني وَاجْعَلْني هَادِيًا مَهْدِيًّا

O Allah! Make me firm and one who guides others and is guided (on the right path)

Derived from  Sahih Bukhari 4357

(without changing the essence of the dua)

رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ

“Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.

(Qur’an 3:8)

اللَّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ الْقُلُوبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ

0 Allah, the Turner of the hearts, turn our hearts to Thine obedience

(Sahih Muslim 2655)

2. Purify your heart and intention

Have sincere intentions because niyyah or intention is a key to Allah’s acceptance of our good deeds.

“The deeds are considered by the intentions, and a person will get the reward according to his intention.” (Riyad as-Salihin 1/1)

3. Strive to be of benefit to others

So many times the connection between good conduct and faith is established in Islam. If you’re low on your iman, work on your conduct and it will help you get back the Iman rush.

“The best of you are those best in conduct.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1975)

“Indeed among the believers with the most complete faith is the one who is the best in conduct, and the most kind to his family.”

(Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2612)

“He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.”

(Sahih Muslim 46)

4. Learn to love the istighfaar

Spend a lot of time in making the istighfaar. The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” (Abu Dawud, Book 20, Hadith 5).

One of the most beautiful accounts of the barakah of istighfaar is found in Surah Nuh, when Nuh  (عليه السلام) urges his defiant nation to turn to Allah and seek forgiveness, promising that Allah would rain down Mercy as a response to their istighfaar.

فَقُلْتُ اسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا

يُرْسِلِ السَّمَاءَ عَلَيْكُم مِّدْرَارًا

وَيُمْدِدْكُم بِأَمْوَالٍ وَبَنِينَ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ أَنْهَارًا

مَّا لَكُمْ لَا تَرْجُونَ لِلَّهِ وَقَارًا

And [Nuh] said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.

He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers

And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.

What is [the matter] with you that you do not attribute to Allah [due] grandeur

(Qur’an 71:10-13)

What, then, is the matter with us that we do not do istighfaar as a means to ask for ease in every difficulty?

Take time to introspect

Every night, take time out to assess your day. Did you gossip, feel jealous, get angry or miss a salah? By taking time out every night to analyse your day, you’ll become more aware of your weaknesses and shortcomings and this will gradually help you live a more aware life.

It is a good practice to adopt if you want to work your taqwa.

Whenever you are facing difficulties , turn to Allah.

Allah says: “I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”

(Sahih Bukhari 7405)

Dear sisters, the purpose of this life is to please Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) so avail of this opportunity.

Make the best of the time you have been given. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) help us practice Islam with sincere intentions. Ameen Ya Rabb!

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