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.
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Almost all of the Ayat that talk about the increasing of iman are related to the revelation of the Qur’an itself. What it means is that one of the effects of reciting and pondering the Qur’an is that they make one’s iman stronger.
Say (O Muhammad SAW):
Ruh-ul-Qudus [Jibril] has brought it (the Qur’an) down
from your Rabb with truth,
that it may make firm and strengthen (the Faith of) those who believe…
The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned,
feel a tremor in their hearts
and when His Verses (this Qur’an) are recited unto them,
they (i.e. the Verses) increase their Faith…
And whenever there comes down a Surah,
some of them (hypocrites) say: “Which of you has had his Faith increased by it?”
As for those who believe, it has increased their Faith, and they rejoice.
An example of the simplest proof? Think about it. Whenever we listen to a good tafseer, doesn’t something inside us change? Doesn’t it make our heart softer? The more we reflect upon the Qur’an, the more our hearts open, and the stronger our conviction on this beautiful Deen becomes. Shaikh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) commented:
“If you are seeking guidance, then you should contemplate and meditate over the Qur’an.
You should not speed-up (your recitation),
nor should you hurry (in trying to complete your recitation),
nor should you overlook (its meaning).
Indeed, many people today recite the Qur’an either
for seeking the reward from its recitation or for seeking the blessings from it;
and most of them do not recite it with meditation.
That is why they have been prevented from receiving from its (great) benefit.
Otherwise, the Qur’an is a great treasure as it is from Allah.
None can encompass (its complete meaning) except Allah.
Indeed it is a treasure of treasures.”
[Sharh al-Kaafiyah al-Shaafiyah(1/502-503)]
Therefore, one of the great ways to maintain our iman is to have a consistent connection with the Qu’ran. Recite, memorize, and reflect. Listen to a good tafseer at least on a weekly basis. The most important thing is not to get overwhelmed. When we realize that there are so many great lessons to learn from every surah and every ayah, we might think: Where do I start?? Here’s a tip: FOCUS on one Surah. Choose one surah to focus in each year. Get our hands on as much credible tafseer on that particular surah as possible, read / listen to all of them, make notes, ponder, and practice what we’ve learnt. Most importantly, make the intention that this endeavour is solely for the pleasure of Allah, and insya Allah, He s.w.t. will make it easy for us and grant barakah in the endeavour.