Monday, November 24, 2014

5 Miles To Empty: Boost Your Imaan

via: Daily Islamic Quotes & Weekly Articles

As salaamu alaikum!

Welcome to Mariam Poppins.

Baraka Allaahu Feekum for popping by and visiting the blog.

We all reach low moments. Everyone goes through it.

Moments where we questions ourselves, where we are in life and whether we have the ability to grow from set backs.

Religiously we all reach a low. 

Imaan increases and decreases.

We all know this but what do you do to get back to the increase?

I read some things that I want to share. In shaa Allaah it will benefit someone. 

1. Be mindful of Allaah, and the heart must take heed of His Magnificence 

2. Remember The Last Day and that which it contains of the reckoning, of rewards, and punishments, of severity and that which will cause terror 

3. Have righteous companions and stay away from those who call to evil and wrongdoing

4. Do good deeds

'The good deed and the evil deed cannot be equal. Repel (the evil) with one which is better (i.e. Allaah orders the faithful believers to be patient at the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly) then verily he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a close friend. But none is granted it (the above quality) except those who are patient- and none is granted it except the owner, of the great portion (of happiness in the Hereafter, i.e. Paradise, and of a high moral character) in this world - Surat al-Fussilat, Ayats 34-35

5. Get closer to Allaah

'And you cannot get closer to Allaah, Glorified and Exalted is He, by anything which is more beloved to Him, than that which Allaah, Glorified and Most High, has enjoined upon him, as comes forth in the authentic hadeeth,

'My slave does not draw near to Me with anything dearer to Me than which I have enjoined upon him, and My slave continues to draw near to me through those acts which are preferred but not obligatory until I love him.' (Bukhaare 6147, Ibn Hibaan 348) meaning, after those things which are obligatory.

These numerated points came from the book I have called My Home My Path by Umm Mujaahid Khadijah Bint Lacina Al-Amreekeeyah

Al Hamdulillaah for the reminders. I often see it as needed for myself in order to grow and develop a healthy Islaamic lifestyle.

I also want to share some excerpts from the audio: "The decrease after the increase of Emaan by Abu Uwais (May Allaah have mercy upon him and make his grave spacious Aameen)

And to reflect another remedy for weakness of eemaan is to reflect upon the Qura’an, reflect upon the meaning of the Qura’an, contemplate the meaning of the Qura’an – ‘wal khawf minallaah’- and to fear Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. Fearing Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala which is – those who know Allaah fear him the most.

To recall the greatness of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala, the power of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala; that Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala if He wanted to destroy the heavens and the earth and all that is between them (its inhabitants or whatever), all creatures, none could stand in His way. When Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala sent destruction to the people of Luth (alaihissalam) and other  narrations or Ayaahs or verses that deal with the punishment of other nations, there it is narrated that it did not take Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala to send an army but rather He sent one of His angels and knowing the greatness and the majesty of the creation, one can appreciate the greatness of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. And the fact that one of these angels, he has from his earlobe to his shoulder that which someone narrated would take 700 years (some others mentioned other numbers) of flight for this bird to go from the earlobe of this angel to his shoulder. So it did not require when Allaah  tabarak wa ta’ala wanted to punish those of the past and in particular the people of Luth He did not send an army but one angel who it is stated lifted the whole valley up on the tip of one of his wings and the inhabitants of the heavens could hear the barking of their dogs, turned it around and smashed them and crushed them. This is the might of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala and that to other nations He just sent some angel to shout, a “Saihah”- a shouting. One shouting left them in their places in a position of prostration from death.

When one reflects upon the greatness of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala, we realize that if He willed and He wanted, he could make the air that we breathe, unbreathable, so impossible for us to breathe, or the water that we drink undrinkable, so that we cannot benefit from it and so on and so forth. Thinking about the greatness of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala and the sheer strength and power of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala brings about al-khawf – fear of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala.
“Wat-Tawbah minazzunoob” another means of getting away from the illness of weakness of eemaan is making tawbah – returning back to Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala, repenting to Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala, asking Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala for forgiveness, asking Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala to forgive ‘tawbah’ from zunoob wal Ma’aasi – from sins and ill behaviour and disobedience to Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala and ‘wal Khawf min sooril Khaathima” – the fearing of an evil end and to think about death. Yes, to think about death and the Hereafter. Reflection of death changes one’s whole world. Reflection of death takes  something that seems difficult and makes it easy. Reflection of death makes one watch one’s talk, watch one’s hands, watch one’s step and watch one’s movement and behavior when one reflects upon death. That death would come to each and every one of us, there is no doubt about that — that one day the soul is going to reach the throat and the blood is going to run cold and the heart is going to stop beating and the light that  is in the eyes that gives us the ability to have sight is going to be removed and that there is nothing that we can do and when that time approaches and when it happens there is no delay in it, we can’t say, ‘wait a minute, give me time to say something to my family, give me a moment to straighten up  my affairs.’ Know, that once the process starts it ends with us, the soul being removed from our body and the occurrence therefore of that is death.
Death, thinking about death and thinking about the Akhira, the Last Day and all that will happen in the Last Day — from the punishment of the grave and before the punishment of the grave, the tightness of the grave and the darkness of the grave and the answer or questioning test of the two angels and coming out of the grave and being barefooted, naked and uncircumcised and being on the Day of Judgment where all the multitudes will be gathered until there is no room to move. You can’t go forward, you can’t go backwards, you can’t go to the left and you can’t go to the right and some people will be upon their faces and the punishment of Allaah  tabarak wa ta’ala will be severe. You will see the children’s hair turning grey and the women who will have their load dropping their load, you will think that people are drunk but it is not drunkenness but rather the punishment of Allaah tabarak wa ta’ala. Thinking about the Akhira the Hereafter is a means of dealing with weakness of faith.

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