Lack of confidence in the area of spirituality can be debilitating. It can stunt one’s spiritual growth and can even seriously endanger one’s Islam. Lack of trust in one’s ability to be a good worshiper of Allah – it can become a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Self-confidence varies a lot from person to person; it even varies within a single person. You can be self-confident in some areas of life and not in others. For example, someone might be very confident about their cooking skills but not so much about how they look.
“Whoever wakes up any day upright in four matters, then such person is turning over enveloped in the good pleasure of Allah. The first of these is complete confidence in Allah the Most High, then trust in Allah, then sincerity, then knowing Allah. And all things are made complete by knowing Allah.”
Negative experiences can have a lasting effect on your faith. It’s vital to turn any negative into a positive right at the onset. Perhaps someone made a rude comment regarding your faith or did something to make you feel unwanted due to your beliefs. Instead of taking…
Your time is your life, and your life is your capital; it is the basis of your transactions with God, and the means to attain to everlasting felicity, in the proximity of God the Exalted. Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, and when it passes away it never returns.
People often think that self-confidence and arrogance are, if not the same, then mutually supportive. That’s far from true. Self-confidence is insight, light, wisdom. Arrogance is delusion, darkness, ignorance. When we have self-confidence…
I wasn’t quite ready to wear the hijab at first, but upon realizing that it was an obligation, I wanted to gather the courage to wear it. So one night, I made a special prayer to Allah. While in prostration, I asked Allah to show me a sign which would encourage me…
Increasing the power of the soul has no limits. If one is determined, uses one’s will properly and exhibits patience, then one can achieve an undreamed of depth of faith and moral virtue. One can obtain a force and richness of soul one had never known or experienced before.
So what can we do? What do we do, right now, to protect ourselves from this negative influence, while also being an agent of positive change?
How we see and evaluate ourselves, our self-esteem, is extremely important. A lot of us judge ourselves much more harshly than we judge others. And while it’s important to identify areas we need to work on, it’s also important to develop confidence in who we are and in the skills Allah has blessed us with.