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. To catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here
“Ya Muqallib al-Quluub, thabbit qalbi ‘ala Deenik”
O Controller of the hearts, make my heart steadfast in Your Deen.
“The likeness of the heart
is that of a feather blown about by the wind in the desert.”
Taqallub; the heart constantly changes. The above hadith gives an imagery of a feather going upside down, side to side because of the wind. In essence, we have to create the RIGHT type of wind to propel our hearts. If we merely allow circumstances to carve the way, we cannot expect our hearts to remain firm. So choose the right environment, the right source of inspiration, the right circle of friends, how we spend our days, be patient in enjoining good and forbidding evil, try to make people around us better – THIS is your wind. THIS is your steady and healthy environment that will help develop your heart and your iman in a consistent manner, insya Allah.
For example, the yearly Twins of Faith / IlmFest is a great program. But there is a huge difference between someone that only attends once a year program, with someone who attends weekly halaqahs because the latter has a steady, consistent wind.
But at the same time, remember to have moderation in your life – a time for our family, for ourselves, for work etc. It’s important to have balance or we won’t be able to keep up. So try building a conducive environment at home with your family members and involve them in your spirituality. Rasulallah s.a.w. said:
“May Allah show mercy to a man
who gets up during the night and performs Salat, awakens his wife to pray
and if she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face (to make her get up).
May Allah show mercy to a woman who gets up during the night
and performs Salat, awakens her husband for the same purpose;
and if he refuses, she sprinkles water on his face.”
“When a man himself wakes at night and wakens his wife
and they pray two rak’ahs together, they are recorded among
‘those who remembered Allah most.”