Lifelong Iman Rush – Tip #12: Ask Allah To Renew Our Iman

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 📌

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Rasulallah ﷺ said:

“Faith wears out in your heart as clothes wear out,
so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts.” [1]

No matter what level of piety we’re currently at, our iman can wear out, so we should never take it for granted. This is why we need to constantly make supplications to Allah to renew iman in our hearts, because only He s.w.t. can nourish it back.

What causes iman to fade?

One of the reasons why people become weak in their iman is because they allow themselves to become heedless (ghaflah) with the reality – the reality that we will one day stand before Allah s.w.t. and will be held accountable for each of our deed – or the lack of it. We become so engrossed in our dunya affairs, that our work and leisure / the latest movie / the latest celebrity gossips become our priorities over our responsibilities in this Deen. We are so heedless with the accumulation of our minor and major sins, as though we have been given a hundred percent guarantee that they will be forgiven. These are some of the common reasons why one’s iman becomes weak.

Another reason is because Shaitan constantly tries to throw doubts in one’s iman. This happens when we do not have sufficient knowledge of our Deen, making us easy to be swayed by false perceptions and deceptions. We will have issues with our faith if we don’t know how to counter questions that attack Islam.

“Shaitan misleads man due to his lack of knowledge.”
Sheikh Ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah)
(Kitab al-Sarim al-Maslul alaa’ Shatim ar-Rasul, p. 401)

One of the ways to combat this is to seek authentic knowledge, and intellectual proofs about our religion that conform with the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Knowledge is important – this Deen teaches us to be intellectual. Notice that out of all of the du’as in the Qur’an, Allah s.w.t. instructs us to only ask for an increase in one thing. It’s not status, wealth, family or even happiness. It’s knowledge:

“My Rabb, increase me in knowledge.”
[Ta-Ha 20:114]

“Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge,
Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him.”
[At-Tirmidhi]

What are the du’as from the Qur’an and hadith that we can make to protect our iman?

1. From Surah Ali-Imran 3:8

رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغۡ قُلُوبَنَا بَعۡدَ إِذۡ هَدَيۡتَنَا وَهَبۡ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحۡمَةً‌ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلۡوَهَّابُ
(Our Rabb! Let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us,
and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.)

2. From a hadith collected by At-Tirmidhi

Umm Salamah was asked: O Mother of the Believers! What was the supplication that Rasulallah ﷺ said most frequently when he was with you?  She answered:

“Ya Muqallibal-quloob, thabbit qalbi ‘alaa deenika.”
(O Changer of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your religion.)

When asked why, Rasulallah ﷺ said: “O Umm Salamah! Verily, there is no human being except that his heart is between Two Fingers of the Fingers of Allah, so whomsoever He wills, He makes steadfast; and whomever He wills, He causes to deviate.”

3. The du’a that we make everyday, so important that we recite it in our 5 daily prayers – Surah Al-Fatihah

These are three important du’as that we should consistently make every day, if we truly care about our iman. Yes, we should strive hard to take care of our iman by obeying what Allah has commanded us to do, and steer clear from all that He has forbidden. But do not rely on efforts, rather rely only on Allah s.w.t. who is the only One that can nourish our iman back to health again.

May Allah s.w.t. make us love iman, beautify it in our hearts, and cause us to hate disbelief, wickedness, and evil deeds, and make all of us among the rightly guided ones. Allahumma ameen.

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[1] Narrated by al-Hakim in his Mustadrak & al-Tabarani in his Mu’jam with a sahih isnaad

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