In life, we experience something amazing that makes us feel compelled to come closer to Allah, where we feel a sense of iman-rush. But after a while, dunya gets to us and our reality check makes us feel that we cannot be spiritual consistently. Here’s a tip on how to remain consistently on the path towards the pleasure of Allah.
Scholars said that the acceptance of a good deed is its continuation. We don’t know for sure if our good deeds have been accepted by Allah, but one of its indicators is that we are granted the ability to keep continuing doing that good deed. Similarly, the return to our old bad habits is an indicator that our deeds may not have been accepted.
For example, we’re missing the point if our Ramadhan is filled with worship but we totally abandon everything after Eid. It means we did not internalize the essence of Ramadhan – to develop our taqwa of Allah s.w.t. consistently. And if we don’t truly internalize the essence of Ramadhan, we think we can have a “break” once the month ends. Or we ditch everything after Ramadhan because we went on an unhealthy pace that we couldn’t keep up, or we did not perform our ibadah sincerely (we did it because everyone else did it). Allah s.w.t. says:
So when you have finished, devote yourself for Allah’s worship.
And to your Rabb (Alone) direct your longing [farghab].
[Ash-Sharh 94 : 7-8]
The ayah teaches us to never think that we’ve done enough. Stand up and continue! Continue on a progressive yet attainable pace (refer tip #1) while longing [farghab] for Allah s.w.t. The word [ra-gha-ba / farghab] means to desire something with the greatest desire, the way that a barren land would desire rain – it is the greatest desire that we can have. So don’t let your drive die in this dunya! There’s a wise quote that says the believer dies between two good deeds, one that he performed and one that he intended to perform later on. This should be our motto in life.
The beauty of such consistency is that it will always bear fruit even during times of interruption. Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
“When a slave of Allah suffers from illness or sets on a journey,
he is credited with the equal of whatever good works he used to do
when he was healthy or at home.”
For example, if you don’t do your Sunnah prayers because you’re travelling or have fallen ill, Allah s.w.t. will STILL record your good deed of doing the Sunnah prayers because Allah knows that had you been at home or healthy, you would perform those prayers. Subhanallah, look at the Mercy of Allah s.w.t. to those who are consistent with their good deeds! Allah s.w.t. says:
And the likeness of those who spend their wealth seeking Allah’s Pleasure,
while they in their own selves are sure and certain that Allah will reward them,
is the likeness of a garden on a height;
heavy rain falls on it and it doubles its yield of harvest.
And if it does not receive heavy rain, light rain suffices it.
And Allah is All-Seer of what you do.
This gives us an imagery of a garden on a high ground that is being rained upon by a heavy, steady downpour. So it yields its fruits and doubles the harvest. But even if the garden doesn’t hit by heavy rain, its drizzle is already sufficient. What it implies is that, those who are consistent in their ibadah will still yield khayr even if they fall sick or on a journey. Their garden continues to grow. Such is the case regarding the believers’ good deeds, they never become barren. Allah accepts the believer’s righteous deeds and increases them if He wills.