Return to your Lord


By Maha Bassad

Did you ever felt like you’ve reached a low point in your faith, your Iman? Did you experience that after being very vigilant in your worship and being a very enthusiastic gainer of good deeds that you are becoming more lax, and your enthusiasm is fading?

I have felt that many times, and I am sure that we all do. It is quite common to feel that way. Iman is just like a roller coaster, sometimes it goes up making us feel contented and sometimes it goes down and low, a danger zone. Yes! I call that a danger zone. And it is a must for us to take steps to come out of that perilous zone.

In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to follow Allah’s commands. We are indulged in the comforts of this world, shrugging off everything related to the after-life, and hence our Iman begins to drop.

It is usual for us to feel lazy or careless in following and abiding by Allah’s commands, at some periods in our lives. It is human nature to sin and to err.

So, here are some tips to pick up your Iman and give you that much needed Iman boost.

Open the Qur’an and see what Allah wants to tell you. The Qur’an is the nourishment of every person’s soul, the light of the heart and guidance to the straight path.

Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says: “Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives glad tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.” (Qur’an: Chapter 17, Verse 9)

Whenever you feel like you are losing your energy and that your performance is starting to drop, quickly turn to the Qur’an and you will always find a way out.

Read books about Islam. There are a variety of books that one can buy from bookshops or kiosks which are related to Islam. Try reading stories of the Prophets. They are interesting to read and will give us knowledge about the lives of the Prophets and the difficulties they went through. It is a sure way to help your Iman rise. Start with one book and see the snowball effect!

Sit with those who learn and practice Islam well. We tend to learn best from our friends. As cliché as it sounds, the reality is the more time we spend with a person, the more prone we are to acquire their habits. The bottom line is: Spend time with those who learn, preach, and practice Islam.