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Is there any way? What if I have no iman?

asked 1.8k2314 Muhammad%20Abdul%20Ahad's gravatar image

Assalamualaikum brother.

If the waswasah of the Shaitan about Allah is causing this concern to you, please read this carefully:

Imam Muslim narrates in his Sahih collection that some of the Companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) came and asked him, “We find in ourselves [thoughts] that any of us would consider too enormous to even mention.” He (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “And you all have found it?” and they said yes. He said, “That is pure faith.”

What?! The man finds such thoughts, and instead of labelling him a kafir, the Prophet (peace be upon him) labels him as having 'pure' faith?! And not just any faith, but PURE faith???!!

Imam Nawawi clarifies, “Considering it too enormous to mention is pure faith.” [Sharh Sahih Muslim]

Shaykh Nuh Keller comments, “As long as one has fear and disgust for passing thoughts of unbelief (kufr) and the like and does not make them convictions, they do no harm.” [Sea Without Shore]

answered 1856 IbnFaruque's gravatar image
edited Dec 02 '13 at 05:33

A good reference brother. This should make our brother ponder. Salaam

(Dec 02 '13 at 06:29) stronghold ♦ stronghold's gravatar image


(Dec 03 '13 at 03:29) IbnFaruque IbnFaruque's gravatar image

As-Salāmu ʿAlaykum 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, said, "While we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, one day a man came up to us whose clothes were extremely white, whose hair was extremely black, upon whom traces of travelling could not be seen, and whom none of us knew, until he sat down close to the Prophet, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, so that he rested his knees upon his knees and placed his two hands upon his thighs and said, 'Muhammad, tell me about Islam.' The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless with him and grant him peace, said, 'Islam is that you witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and you establish the prayer, and you give the Zakat, and you fast Ramadan, and you perform the hajj of the House if you are able to take a way to it.' He said, 'You have told the truth,' and we were amazed at him asking him and [then] telling him that he told the truth. He said, 'Tell me about iman.' He said, 'That you affirm Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and that you affirm the Decree, the good of it and the bad of it.' He said, 'You have told the truth.' He said, 'Tell me about ihsan.' He said, 'That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don't see Him then truly He sees you.' He said, 'Tell me about the Hour.' He said, 'The one asked about it knows no more than the one asking.' He said, 'Then tell me about its tokens.' He said, 'That the female slave should give birth to her mistress, and you see poor, naked, barefoot shepherds of sheep and goats competing in making tall buildings.' He went away, and I remained some time. Then he asked, 'Umar, do you know who the questioner was?' I said, 'Allah and His Messenger know best.' He said, 'He was Jibril who came to you to teach you your deen'." Muslim (8) narrated it.

Do not doubt your iman for it is everything that comprises affirmation from your heart, affirmation of Lā ilāha illā-llāh.

As a Muslim, if you have:

Belief in Allah;

Belief in the angels;

Belief in the revealed books;

Belief in the commissioned Messengers (peace be upon them).

Belief in the resurrection and the events of Qiyamah.

Belief in the predestination by Allah of all things, both the (seemingly) good and the (seemingly) bad.

..... you will have iman.

You have Islam if you act upon these beliefs in the ways that Allah Subhanah has prescribed.

As you mentioned in your other question/statement, you pray 5 salahs, fast in ramadan and read the Qur'an. That’s a mighty fine start!

Do not allow shaiytan’s whisperings cloud your judgement about yourself and your deen. Brother, there is not a single person, no one of us, who have not erred in our lifetime except for that newborn who has just arrived into this world until he/she becomes conscious of all the ‘trappings’ of this world and is lured towards what shaiytan makes seemingly fair and falsely attractive.

If you think that you can better your Iman then what you must do is give yourself the time and the space to work on it. Have you forgotten the importance of the virtue of patience? Remember what Allah Subhanah has said:

“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”(2:153)

Are you taking good care of yourself?

It is every Muslim’s responsibility to do the best that he/she can to ensure good health. Your body, just like everything else, was entrusted to you by The Almighty Allah and abuse of any kind will be questioned. Brother, having Iman will not mean that you will not have days when you feel that you could be stronger in your efforts; many of us tend to stop and reflect, ponder over where we’re at. This is a good thing for this is how we make a conscious decision to improve or work on certain aspects of our faith. Have faith in Allah. He will guide you but you must seek His counsel.

Do you worry about some past wrong actions? Seek Allah’s forgiveness through tauba and give up those actions.

Then have trust In Allah Subhanah wa Ta’ala. Remember what our Prophet said:

Anas (radhiallahu anhu) said that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) say:

“Allah the Exalted said: “O son of Adam! As long as you invoke Me and plead to Me, I will forgive you whatever you have committed, and I will not make much of it. O son of Adam! If your evil deeds reach the borders of the sky, and then you ask Me for forgiveness, I will forgive you. O son of Adam! If you bring forth the earth full of errors, then you meet Me while you do not associate anything (or anyone) with Me, I will bring forth for you its full of forgiveness.” [At-Tirmidhee (Shaikh Albanee rendered it as Hasan)]

Keep your tongue wet with the words of the Qur’an and remember that if you have Allah as your helper, none can stand in your way of achieving good:

“And strive for Allah with the endeavour which is His right. He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship; the faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He hath named you Muslims of old time and in this (Scripture), that the messenger may be a witness against you, and that ye may be witnesses against mankind. So establish worship, pay the poor-due, and hold fast to Allah. He is your Protecting friend. A blessed Patron and a blessed Helper!” (22:78)

Dear brother, I also wish to bring to your attention the need for balance in everything in our lives. You also need to be with others who will help lift your spirits, bring you some enjoyment through common interests. Partake in sport, enjoy the outdoors and just be happy that you are in Islam for that's a great deal to rejoice about. Salaam brother and take care.

answered 5237 stronghold's gravatar image

Wa 'alaikumus salam brother/sister stronghold. Your answer was wonderful. May Allah reward you with jannat al firdous. Salam

answered 1.8k2314 Muhammad%20Abdul%20Ahad's gravatar image

Insha'Allah it may help you. JazakAllah brother

(Dec 03 '13 at 02:36) stronghold ♦ stronghold's gravatar image
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