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Why One’s Faith Decreases?

15 July, 2022
Q As-salamu `alaykum. I have a very big problem as I experience levels of high faith sometimes, al-hamdulillah. But it seems to me that at other times I do not have such high faith. So, I slacken in my worship and I also sin. What can I do to stay in a high state of faith all the time and not slacken and sin?


Wa`alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

  • There is no doubt that faith increases and reaches very high levels at times and decreases at other times. When faith decreases, it is important for a Muslim not to deviate from the right path. We can do this by keeping firm on doing at least the obligations of Shari`ah and not commit major sins.
  • At the times when a Muslim’s faith is weak he should hold himself accountable for his deeds and ask himself why he got in this state. He should do his best to increase his faith by seeking the help of righteous friends, reciting Qur’an and making more dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and asking Allah the Almighty for forgiveness.

In his response to your question, the prominent Muslim scholar, Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi, Director and Imam of Al-Falah Islamic Center, Oakville, Ontario, Canada, states,

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If your faith decreases, this is normal. You cannot maintain the peak moments of worship all the time as everybody goes through times of weakness and lassitude. What you need to do is to be sure you do not deviate from the right path when slackening or leaving worship or going beyond the minimum requirement.

For example, when you do not feel a strong desire and enthusiasm for Prayer, you should continue to pray and keep the minimum requirement, meaning the obligatory prayer, until you regain your energy and do a lot of voluntary prayer.

Therefore, if at your weak points you are still committed and doing the minimum requirement, then you are still on the right path. However, if you start to even lose the minimum level of worship, for example, you neglect prayer and do major sins, then you are deviating from the right path and you need to repent sincerely to Allah the Almighty and renew your commitment with Him.

Allah Almighty knows best.