Maintaining your worship with weak emaan


By U. Sufyan

Many of us go through fazes of weak emaan (faith)-that spiritual deflation,where our sins desensitize us and even the simplest of pleasures, like making dua seem like a chore. Shaytaan does not tire in making our worship feel overbearing, so its important for us to establish the good deeds we are capable of doing during these difficult times and work towards being consistent in them. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said,

“Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

The following are some easy solutions that can help you maintain your worship during low emaan, inshaAllah.

Read Qur’an

Read a few ayats attentively, if you cannot manage to read chapters at a time with good concentration. Reading Qur’an whilst being heedless of it will be counterproductive to your reflecting on it with consistency and sincerity. Start by reading as little and as often as you can; perhaps after every salah or in the mornings and evenings. Even if you only feel driven to read a few words this still counts for great reward. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“Whoever reads one letter from the Book of Allaah will earn one good (hasanah) thereby. One good deed is equal to ten good deeds the like of it. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter.’” (classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2327)

When your’e spiritually motivated to read more, do so and work at incorporating what you learn in your daily life. When Allah says,”your Lord has ordained that you must not worship anything other than Him and that you must be kind to your parents….(17:23), make a special effort to show small kindnesses to your parents like giving them a phone call or a visit. The more good you do, the better you will feel and the more motivated you will become to stay on the right path, inshaAllah.

Truly, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be an endless reward that will never stop (i.e. Paradise). (41:8)

Listen to Qur’an 

As beautiful as recitation of the Qur’an is, your heart may not be inclined to listen to it for long periods of time if your emaan has seriously plummeted. However, listening to the Qur’an with concentration for short periods of time is a means to get your daily dose of medicine. Every verse contains wisdom and guidance and you will  be rewarded every time you choose to listen to the Qur’an instead of something foul or idol.

Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

“Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable.” (17:9)

Choose reciter you prefer and try to read along with his recitation in your language. This will help if you don’t understand Arabic, and may make the words resonate with your heart better.

Pray  salah

The salah is an understated pillar in Islam and the first thing we will be questioned about on the day of judgement. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,

“The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” (Recorded by al-Tabarani. According to al-Albani, it is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih al-Jami, vol.1, p. 503.)

No matter what good actions one does in life, the prayer is what defines our relationship with Allah. Since His hereafter, forgiveness, pleasure are interlinked with the prayer we should strive to pray all five to the best of our ability. If you miss a salah, pray it as soon as you remember and if you are so weak as to only being able to pray one, then persist in praying one and make the intention to pray all five, inshaAllah. Don’t miss your opportunity to attain Allah’s forgiveness and have your sins erased as explained in the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him),

“If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

Keep good company

The company we keep is a reflection of who we are, thus, if our company is good, we will be good and if it’s bad, we will surely be so too. The Messenger of Allah said,

“The example of a good companion (who sits with you) in comparison with a bad one, is like that of the musk seller and the blacksmith’s bellows (or furnace); from the first you would either buy musk or enjoy its good smell while the bellows would either burn your clothes or your house, or you get a bad nasty smell thereof.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 2101 Book 34, Hadith 54)

Be with those who will remind you of Allah. Their good actions and reminders will inspire you to be a better Muslim and will protect you from committing sins. If you don’t find much in common with pious individuals take advantage of the good they have to offer and find one thing that you can love them for, for Allah’s sake. Loving your brother/sister purely for Allah’s sake is a means to be shaded by His shade on the day when there will be no shade.

Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will ask on the Day of Judgment: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, – on a day when there is no shade but mine – I shall shade them with My shade.” (Sahîh Muslim 2566)

Make Dua

Making dua would seem the obvious thing to do when your emaan is low. Although, we might find ourselves asking others to  beseech Allah on our behalf more than we do ourselves! During times of calamity, you are the best person to make dua for you. No body knows your struggle the way you do, nor can they beg Allah with sincerity and remorse the way you can. Some of the best times to make dua are in the last third of the night, during sujood in salah, between the athan and iqamah and when it’s raining. If you’re at your weakest and can’t find the strength to raise your hands in dua, communicate with Allah in your head, for verily He knows our inner turmoil and thoughts. Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: I supplicated but it was not granted. (Sahih Muslim 2735 Book 48, Hadith 125)

Make Dhikr

Dhikr has to be one of the most effortless acts of worship to perform and a certain way to ensure you are of those who Allah remembers. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah the Exalted says: ‘I am as my slave expects me to be, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (i.e., in the assembly of angels).” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Saying SubhanAllah wal hamdulillah, wa la ilahaillAllah wa Allahu akbar  (I praise Allah (or All Praise if to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty.  All praise is for Allah.  There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah. Allah is Great), are the most beloved words to Allah. When you say them, sins fall off you like leaves fall off trees.

Work on your hijab

Wearing a hijab (covering) is not as easy for some women as it is for others. In order for us to fulfill any command from Allah, we must try to understand why we are required to do it. Knowledge must precede action, so if you are a sister struggling to wear hijab out of weak faith, it’s incumbent upon you to seek knowledge of Islam and Allah’s oneness, which will soften your heart and increase your desire to wear one. Although hijab denotes modesty in dress, it also includes modesty in behaviour. For example, a sister maybe fully covered but uses foul language, therefore she would not be fulfilling the requirements of hijab! If you find it difficult to cover, why not experiment with longer and looser clothing and get used to covering your head with hats? The point is, we all have to start somewhere, and it’s important to make the intention to cover, whilst making realistic steps that aren’t going to discourage you.

Fluctuating emaan is a normal state that Muslims will continue to go through. What is important is that we don’t overburden ourselves or others with what is unrealistic of us, but that we stay persistent in the good we are able to do and hopeful in the reward from Allah.

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