Strong imaan does not come with the flip of a switch. We don’t establish a close relationship with our Creator overnight. It’s helpful to remember that all physical processes in our world are gradual, and this is out of Allah’s mercy to His creation. The sun does not rise to its apex in the sky in a matter of seconds.
In bowing you confirm your submissiveness and humility, striving to refine your inner feelings through a fresh awareness of your own impotence and insignificance before the might and grandeur of your Lord. To confirm this, you seek the aid of your tongue, glorifying Allah and testifying repeatedly to His Supreme Majesty.
There was a western author who went to live among the Arab desert dwellers... He said: “I learned from the desert Arabs how to overcome anxiety.” Those Muslims believe in Allah’s decree and determination of all things. They live their lives with a sense of security. However...
When we are mindful of the fact that God has control over all things and that He ultimately wants us to live forever in Paradise, we can begin to leave our sadness and worry behind. God loves us, and wants what is best for us. God has given us clear guidance and He is the Most Merciful, and the Most Forgiving.
How often have we heard people with debilitating diseases or terrible disabilities thank God for their conditions, or speak about pain and suffering bringing blessings and goodness into their lives? How often have we listened to others speak about horrific experiences and ordeals, yet continue to thank God?
Some may ask "why do we struggle to find this happiness?" It is all about our mindset. If we deem happiness to be in the form of material goods or within only particular situations, we will always be waiting to find it. We will never feel we have enough. There is always another cell phone that is better than yours.
God covers us in His mercy, but at the same time, He reminds us that our strength is from Him alone. Any good we do is for our own benefit and any sin we commit is to our own detriment. Our behavior does not benefit Him in any way.
New Muslims must exert a lot of patience when they accept Islam, because they will face many trials and tribulations, and if lacking patience, one may be tempted to leave Islam and they will lose in this life and the hereafter.
After that prayer, my turning point of the day came. With time on my side, I stayed after prayer to make dua. And it was during that dua that something in me finally clicked. The floodgates opened, and my connection to Allah suddenly emerged as strong as ever...
I made a Du’a to know the truth – but it was three years before I picked up the Quran to read it. If I had read it three years earlier, I would not have been able to understand it. Allah gave me time.
God knows all of our secrets, dreams, and wishes, nothing is hidden from Him. God is with His creation by His knowledge and power. Why then do some du'as (supplications) remain unanswered? A mighty question indeed and even the first Muslims were concerned with the answer.
Cultivate an earnest and sincere desire for peace, harmony, and conflict resolution. It may be hard at first, but the tranquility that follows is well worth sacrificing a bit of pride. Where Allah sees a desire for reconciliation, Allah will come to the rescue.