Do These 10 Things to Increase your Imaan (Faith)

Do These 10 Things to Increase your Imaan (Faith)

Everyone will go through a period in their lives when their Imaan (Faith) begins to waver. The key is to spot early so you’re able to take the right measures to restore it.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts””Mustadrak al Haakim

So how do I begin restoring/increasing/strengthening my Iman?

Do these 10 things to increase my imaan

 1) Recognise, Reflect & Repent 

No matter how hard one tries, we as humans are always prone to sin. That said, sinning does not make you an evil person. What’s more important is what you do after you’ve committed a wrongful act.

1) Recognise: Recognise the fact that you’ve done something wrong and don’t try to justify to yourself why you’ve done it. If it’s wrong it’s wrong.

2) Reflect: Reflect on why you’ve done it. Don’t leave it until later as this will leave you prone to doing it again at a later date.

3) Repent: Allah (S.W.T) is all merciful & all forgiving. He never turns down sincere repentance. Make sure you feel true remorse for what you’ve done and make sincere du’a to never do it again.

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qur’an:

“Seek forgiveness of your Lord and then turn to Him in repentance”Surah Hud, 3

 2) Stop Missing Salah 

Salah (namaaz) is one of the 5 pillars of Islam and has been made obligatory for Muslims 5 times a day so it makes sense that you’d feel a dip in Imaan if you’re not reading them regularly.

Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) said:

“The key to Jannah is Salah and the key to Salah is wudu.”Tirmidhi

Related: The 4 Fard of Wudhu

In another hadith, Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) said:

“The closest the slave will draw to his Lord, is when he is performing Sujood (prostrating while praying)”Muslim

How can i Establish prayers regularly?

If you’re struggling to pray 5 times a day then try to pray as many as you can and slowly build up from there.

If you continue to do this regularly and build a routine it’ll become second nature in no time. You can then start to add more worship and gather even more rewards insha’Allah.

 3) Recite the Qur’an Regularly 

Research has proven that the holy Qur’an has healing qualities on the body, mind and spirit. So not only do you benefit from reciting it the form of good deeds but you’re also taking care of your health, Subhanallah!

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qu’ran:

“And whenever there comes down a surah, some of them say: “Which of you has his iman increased by it ? As for those who believe, it has increased their iman, and they rejoice. But as for those in whose hearts is a disease, it will add suspicion and doubt to their suspicion, disbelief and doubt, and they die while they are disbelievers.”Surah Tawbah, 124,25

Related: The Virtues of Reciting Ayatul Kursi

 4) Remember Allah (S.W.T) in the Form of Dhikr 

Dhikr of Allah (S.W.T) can be done practically anywhere (except napaak places of course). So whether you’re laying down, sitting or taking a jog, use that time to remember the Almighty and it will surely bring you closer to Him and increase your Imaan!

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qu’ran:

“Celebrate God’s praises, standing, sitting down, or lying on your sides”Nisaa, 103

A few examples of Dhikr:

1) Allahu Akbar – ‘Allah is the greatest’
2) Alhamdulillah –  ‘Praise be to Allah’
3) Subhaanallah – ‘Glory be to Allah’

 5) Consider Voluntary Fasting 

There are numerous health benefits to fasting some of which include:

  • Fasting helps with weight loss.
  • Fasting improves your immune system.
  • Fasting improves brain function.

From a spiritual point of view & for those seeking to increase their imaan, if a person, willingly refrains from lawful food and conjugal relations during the fasting period, he/she is likely to be in better position to refrain from the unlawful.

Not only that, but we know that the Prophet (S.A.W) used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays.

Aisha (R.A) said:

“The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), used to fast Mondays and Thursdays.An-Nasaa’i

 6) Increase Good Deeds, Reduce Bad Deeds 

Easier said than done right?

Without sounding too blunt, the fact is that bad deeds (especially major ones) are what have the most negative impact on your Imaan so reducing them will only help you in becoming a better Muslim.

Do not under estimate the power of even the smallest good deed as we’ve been taught every detail matters.

Abu Dharr reported that The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said:

“Do not disdain any good deed, even your meeting with your Muslim brother with a cheerful face”.Muslim

And in another hadith, the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) says:

“The best deeds are those we are consistent with, even if they are small deeds”.Bukhari

Start small and start slowly if you have to but always try to do some good and refrain from the unlawful.

 7) Remember Death & the Hereafter 

Nothing can escape death, plain and simple.

It can be a scary thought but if we begin to drill into our heads that death can take us at anytime it should lead us try and make the most of our time (in a good way) on this world. After all, this life is just a test until we reach our final destination in the hereafter.

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qur’an:

“Every soul shall taste death, and We shall make a trial of you with evil and good, and to Us you will return”Qur'an, 21:35

 8) Increase in Knowledge 

Increasing your knowledge in Islam can do wonders for the heart, mind & soul. To seek knowledge is the sacred duty of all Muslims and leads to certainty in the heart which in turn leads to strengthening ones bond with Allah (S.W.T) and increasing Imaan.

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qur’an:

“It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.”Surah Malaaikah, 35:28

 9) Make Du’a Regularly 

This is so easy to yet overlooked more often than not. The blessings of Du’a can come in multiple forms on this world including that of receiving a reward of the du’a in the next life (which is what we all should hope for anyway!)

Aiaha (R.A) narrates that The Prophet (SAW) said:

“No believer makes Dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated.”

Sincere du’a will bring us closer to Allah (S.W.T) which will help strengthen iman.

Did you know there are special times that you can make du’a and have it accepted?

10 Special Times to Make Du’a and Have it Accepted

 10) Put your Trust in Allah (S.W.T) 

Everything we’ve talked about ultimately relies on this last point.

Put your trust in Allah and He will take care of the rest. Remember, you will only get what Allah (S.W.T) has decreed for you. Everything happens for a reason. Allah (S.W.T) is all knowing so remain patient and keep faith in His plan.

Allah (S.W.T) says in the Qur’an:

“Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our protector’: And on Allah let the Believers put their trust.”Surah Tauba, 51

In a hadith narrated by Umar (R.A), the Prophet (S.A.W) said:

“If you were to trust in Allah genuinely, He would give you provision as He does for the birds which go out hungry in the morning and come back full in the evening.”Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi

 Take Action 

Now it’s your turn to TAKE ACTION!

If you feel your Imaan beginning to falter then try to implement one of the above points into your life.

Start with 1 or 2 and then slowly add more. With Allah (S.W.T) by your side you’ll have all 10 points down in no time!

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