As Muslims, our faith sees ups and downs, highs and lows and we begin to wonder why this is happening. Does Allah hate us? Did we fall into some major sin without even realizing it? The fact of the matter is that Allah DOES NOT hate us. His love for us does not diminish. However, we constantly need to refresh and boost our Imaan. Here are top 5 ways to help you boost your Imaan.
Renew your intentions
The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that every action will be judged as per our intentions. Too often, our intentions get maligned without us even realizing it. So consciously renewing and refreshing your intention helps to boost your Imaan. Before you set out to do something, ask yourself why you are doing it. Simple!
Read the Quran everyday
Force yourself to read one verse of the Quran everyday. Then if your heart takes you to the next, go ahead and read it. This way, you will atleast benefit from one verse of the Quran everyday. What’s amazing about establishing this relationship with the Quran is that your heart connects with it. The Quran then illuminates your life, your grave and the hereafter with the permission of Allah.
Cling onto your Salah
Do NOT stop praying, come what may. Abu Hurairah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“No prayer is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the ‘Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]
The importance of Salah cannot be undermined. It washes away your sins and boosts your Imaan like nothing else.
Choose your friends wisely
A good friend is one who constantly reminds you of Allah. A bad friend is one who takes you away from His remembrance. Choose your friends wisely because as the saying goes, “one rotten fruit spoils the lot”. Bad company can rob you of your good deeds and it can weaken your Imaan while the contrary is also true.
Visualize the paradise
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Allah said: “I have prepared for My righteous slaves (such excellent things) as no eye has ever seen, nor an ear has ever heard nor a human heart can ever think of.”
Feeling low in Imaan, visualize the paradise and let it be a motivator to worship more.
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