Thursday 21 July 2022

Signs of weak Faith (Eeman - إيمان )

Embracing Islam by reciting the Shahadah is the very first step to enter the fold of Islam. From hereafter begins a long journey to solidify one's faith bit by bit, reaching one mile stone after the other. But this is one arduous and difficult journey and enduring its rigours is not at all easy.

It is seen, more often that not, that the Satanic machinations are always at play, distracting one's path to success and making him weak and feeble both in character and faith. However, Allah has placed such a warning mechanism in one's brain that whenever one faulter, a warning is sounded. Many ignore such repeated warnings for the path of Evil is full of worldly attractions lewdness and entertainment, which are not at all advocated to be followed in Islam as these weaken one's faith and take him away from the righteous path.

So whoever, a believer finds following signs, he must immediately repent, ask for forgiveness and get back to his abandoned true path:
  • Skipping the daily obligatory and slowly and gradually abandoning these completely. This is the first sign that one has abandoned the truth and despite warning shots, he has committed himself in the worldly affairs or his job or family and making these as excuse not to offer prayers.
  • And when this happens, one finds no desire or inkling to read Qur'an. and he has distanced himself from two main pillars of Islam which bound a believer to his faith. Even listening to verses of Qur'an being recited make him feel uncomfortable and he switches over to listening to his favorite music.
  • When Salah and Qur'an are distanced, he also starts to neglect the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Quite obviously if commandments of Allah do not move his heart, how could sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ?
  • This neglect follows by a state when committing a sin denudes him from the feeling of guilt. This in fact is the start of journey wherein the Evil forces start to have a grip over his thoughts and thus he indulges into many ills and sines like robing others of their rights, their wealth and property or even their happiness. He also falls into the deep well of things haram in Islam. 
  • Since by now he has lost sight of basic tenants of Islam, anyone doing a right thing or even asking him to do a right thing bores him and most of the time enrages him. He is then often found to be angry on petty things both at home and place of work. Such attitudes sometimes result in divorces, loss of job or use of violence which lead to persecution. 
  • Such persons are finally divorced from truth and honesty and fell into deep well of depression, irritation and a state of solitude.
  • When one is robbed of his Eeman or has a low level of Eeman, he feels happy to see others in crisis and does not feel the urge to help them, something which is the hallmark of all Muslims of strong belief and faith. Like letting a stone stay on the road way and then standing nearby to see if someone stumbles over it and falls so that he could rejoice at the misery of the brother in pain.
  • The fading away the differentiation between the Halal and Haram, the allowable and the forbidden. Many Muslims living in non Muslim countries do not mind eating pork, drinking wine or flesh of any animal on which name of Allah has not been said. 
  • A stage comes when he does not feel any response in him if he sees someone being hurt or being robbed of his essentials, for he himself is doing the same ingresses and not feeling an iota of guilt for not helping others, when he could, and indulging himself in things that are more often that not forbidden in Islam. Interest in all above fades away, he is fully engrossed in piling up wealth from all legal and illegal means and gaining power becomes his sole ambition. We have seen many politicians who robbed their countries and filled their coffers with ill gotten money. Not realizing that Qarun (Karoon) the once wealthiest man whose coffer keys were carried by dozens of camels,  fell to his knees and was buried into sand along with his wealth which could not save him from wrath  of Allah.
  • By now he is a man who is Muslim by name or faith just in name. And no good can be expected of him in promoting Islam and inviting others to Islam. In fact by now his personality and character is so tainted that no one would be ready to listen to him for they would know that a man who cannot protect his own faith, how can he ask others to be good or sincere. 
The above said factors that show a weak faith mainly stem from the following environs and conditions:
  • Living in non Muslim countries or while living in Muslim countries, keeping a company which is full of sins and haram things. Such environs are inviting and tempting and seeing everyone around not adhering to life as prescribed by Qur'an and Sunna he starts to drift away from basic Islamic tenants and slowly and gradually start to follow the un Islamic ways of life as of the surrounding or of his company and loses sight of Islam he once knew.
  • Living a life which constitute worldly pleasures. The outcome of the first is connected to the second. Losing sight of the end game when Day of Resurrection will be set and rewards and punishments will be awarded. The lewdness of worldly life is so attractive that one drifts and continues to drift away from Islamic teaching and way of life.
It is for such people that Allah says in Surah Al Hijr 15:3: “Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with (false) hope. They will come to know!
Pray that these weakness do not overpower us and our Eeman remains pure and clean from any pollution. And that we continue to hold tight the rope of Eeman and are always be on guard to beat back the onslaught of Evil forces. May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
The purpose of this post is awaken such believers from their artificial life3 and put them back to their faith. For it is our duty to guide the misguided or the distracted and help them regaining consciousness of true faith in Allah.
May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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