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How Can I Enjoy Worship?

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Fatima

Reply Date

May 01, 2018

Question

Asalamu Alaykum. In Islam we learn to always ask questions so that our knowledge may grow. I am a fairly young Muslim who at the same time is a woman and lives in the United States of America. As you can imagine the pressure is horrific. I love my religion more than anything and I would do anything to always safeguard it. I attend Islamic School during the weekends and I am very active in the Mosque I attend. For some months, I have been there throughout the whole entire day. With that said, I have a small problem. I really don't think I have a strong heart. I doubt myself a lot and sometimes I feel like I have no faith in my heart. At times, I cry for no reason because I feel like my heart has dried up. I try my best to be a strong person but sometimes it's very hard. I remember a year ago I could sit and read Quran for hours, but now it's hard for me to read for just half an hour. I don't know what is happening to me and I started to think that it's not worth it. I love my religion and I try to spend as much time as I can in the Mosque. But how do I make my faith stronger and how can I be a person who knows that what I am doing is for Allah only and no one else? Sometimes it's very hard for me to even pray, and the times I do pray, I doubt my prayers and always think there is something wrong with them. I know Allah guides those he loves ... but what can I do to become a strong person who is humble and always in worship? I feel like the things I do for the Mosque and community are not sincere, yet I try to make my heart sincere by pushing myself. What advice would you give me?

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Answer


How can I Enjoy Worship?

Asalamu Alaikum Fatima,

Thank you for putting confidence in us to help you with your problem.

It is common for all of us to go through times of what seems to be a decrease in our level of faith. You are not alone in feeling this way.

True believers always have this concern that they are not living up to Allah’s expectations. They always feel like there is room for improvement in their deeds and intentions.

Sometimes, they even feel that they may be becoming hypocrites because they know the importance of pure intentions and right actions in everything they do so that Allah will accept them and reward them.

It is obvious that you are feeling down at this point in your life, but you do not have to feel that way.

If a person’s heart had truly dried up, do you think they would feel bad about it?

Does the person with a hard heart cry because of it? Crying because of a desire to be close to Allah and to have stronger faith is not something that they would be concerned about.

Crying for fear of having weak faith is actually the best sign that you have strong faith. These are some very good signs that your faith is strong. 

The problem I see from what you have shared about your habits is that you may be overexposing yourself to the formal methods of worshiping Allah (prayer, Quran, and so on) and not spending enough time on other things in life that are also beneficial and enjoyable.

You are quite young to be spending most of your free time in the mosque. Although, I am not trying to discourage you from visiting the house of Allah, or attending classes. But there are other ways to worship Allah that may feel as rewarding as reading the Quran.

You mentioned your wish to be a strong person who is humble and always in worship. The way to do that is quite simple. Anything we do in this life can become an act of worship if we stick to two simple rules: it must be intended to please Allah and it must be a good action.

Something as simple as taking a leisurely walk outside, for example, can be a form of worship if we do it in Allah’s name and if it is good according to Islam. 

Exercise is a requirement in Islam because we have to protect the body that Allah gave us. The entire time we spend on our walk is now considered an act of worship because we did something good and we did it in Allah’s name.

If a person is interested in other activities, it is easy; find good activities that can be worship at the same time, so long as the good activity is done with the intention of pleasing Allah.

If you can find and spend time laughing and sharing happiness with a good Muslim friend who has the same goals to be close to Allah, this can be an even greater way to enjoy life and worship Allah.

Allah created us with many needs and interests. He has commanded us to do what is beneficial to us, and has forbidden us from what is harmful to us. Islam recognizes that all of His creation is good and there are only a few things that have been forbidden.

So, really there are many, many ways to worship Allah and do good deeds outside of the five pillars that we all know about. Prayer, fasting, zakah and Hajj are called pillars because they are the framework or supports of our lives as Muslims.

But we all know that a house has more than just pillars in it to make it livable and beautiful.

A house has walls, windows, doors, floors, furniture, decorations, etc. that make it an enjoyable place to live. If the house we live in only had pillars and a roof, what kind of house would it be?

If our life in Islam is only prayer, fasting, etc.; and we have no time for the other necessities of life, what kind of Islam would that be? Is that what Allah has commanded?

In the Quran, we find guidance in every aspect of life because there are many important things outside of formal worship that we need to dedicate our time and attention to.

Allah wants us to enjoy the life of this world as much as possible. But the only way to do that is to follow His guidance. He knows us better than we know ourselves and knows what in His creation will be good for us and what will be harmful.

That is why He sent Islam to mankind. Out of His infinite mercy; He shows us how to have the best of this life, the best of the Hereafter, and how to be saved from the Hellfire.

{And there are men who say: “Our Lord! give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.} (Al-Baqarah 2:201)

This verse in the Quran teaches us that there is much goodness in this world and it is for us to enjoy within the generous limits that Allah has set for us. He loves the believers and only wants them to be happy and successful in this life and the next.

It also teaches us one of the best supplications that we can make on a regular basis. If we are granted this request, the best of this life and the next, what more could a person ask for?

I hope this has been helpful to you. You are on the right track, sister Fatima. I think you just need to make that track a little wider so that you enjoy the journey a bit more. I ask Allah to give you strength and enjoyment.

Please keep in touch.

Walaikum Asalam.

Please continue feeding your curiosity, and find more info in the following links:

The Journey of Faith

The Quran Speaks of Happiness

How The Prophet Treated the Youth (Part 1)

How The Prophet Treated the Youth (Part 2)

Is There Criteria for True Faith




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