How to Recharge Our Faith Batteries?

In Search for Inner Peace:
By Deana Nassar
Freelance Writer

Begin each day in a positive manner, no matter the circumstances. Give thanks and praise to God.

The word 'Iman' is literally translated as faith, meaning to know and to be convinced beyond the least shadow of doubt.

It is the firm belief arising out of knowledge and conviction. Why is it though that our faith is not always as sound and strong as we want it to be as it often fluctuates according to life circumstances?

Most of us may experience spiritual weakness, at times it even creeps up on us. Our zest to obey and serve God fades, and suddenly we realize we are spiritually flailing. Although we long for daily victory, we sometimes may lack the strength to maintain a faithful walk with God. Never fear however this comes with the package of being a human.

This is even discussed in the hadith by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who cites:

"Faith wears out in the heart of any one of you just as clothes wear out, so ask Allah to renew the faith in your hearts." (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

There are several causes for weakening faith such as deficiencies in our prayers or the insinuating whispers from Satan. Regardless of the cause, it is crucial for all of us to keep a check on our faith and if we feel it is faltering in any way then we should take measures to restore it. It is our responsibility to know which things decrease our faith and how to avoid them and those that increase our faith and how to embrace them.

We should trace our "life habits". I personally try to note times of spiritual victory and times of defeat. I attempt to track Satan's successful techniques to weaken me and make a conscientious decision to overcome them.

Begin each day in a positive manner, no matter the circumstances. Give thanks and praise to God for what He has already done; even though we might not see the results, have not received rewards, or things might not even look better. Praise God for the faith to believe that it will happen.

what we truly need is 'self discipline'. By taking quiet time with God’s word (the Quran)

Be thankful that you can breathe, open your eyes, hear, walk, talk, get yourself dressed, make it through a difficult day, and hurdle over all of your obstacles. Keep this attitude up and you should feel yourself growing closer to God and gaining an intimate relationship with Him.

In short, what we truly need is 'self discipline'. By taking quiet time with God’s word (the Quran) and the Prophet’s lessons (the Hadith), we may experience more fruit of the spirit of faith, in turn achieving love, joy, peace, and patience.

We may attempt to improve ourselves spiritually by realizing the significance of taking small but sure steps to increase our faith these include:

Recognizing and Repenting from Our Sins

It is vital we reflect upon our deeds and weed out the ones that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah.

Performing Prayers Regularly

Completing the five daily prayers on time, according to the Sunnah, is an excellent way to increase our faith. Not only are we performing an obligatory deed when praying, but by doing so we have a standing audience with the Creator of this world looking down on us where we can ask for help and mercy.

Quranic Recitations 

There have been medical studies indicating that simply listening to a recitation of the Quran has a physiological effect on our bodies. What better way to increase our faith than to listen to the recitation of the Quran where it has been also proven that it has healing qualities on the body, mind and spirit.

Prophet Muhammad said:

"Whoever listens to one verse of the Book of Allah, a good deed that multiplies continuously is recorded. And one who reads a verse of the Quran, that verse will be a light for him on the Day of Judgment." (Ahmad)

Voluntary Fasting

View this fasting as a prescription for us, which cures the illnesses of the human soul. It helps us be thankful to God for His bounty, controls unlawful desires, and teaches us compassion for the less fortunate in turn weakening the shrewd whispers from Satan.

Fasting also provides us with a transparent soul, a clear mind and a light body grounding us in discipline and healthy survival.

Performing Good Deeds

God says:

{For those who believe and work righteous deeds is a reward that will never fail.} (Al-Inshiqaq 84: 25)

No matter how bad we are feeling, there is just something enlightening about offering a helping hand no matter how small, to someone in need that lifts our spirits and brightens our faith. Indeed we should make it a habit.

Remembering Death

It may seem morbid, but it has many times grounded me personally. There is no pattern for us to know when we shall be called upon to return. Regardless of age, color, sex or creed we must be ready for it and prepared to meet our Creator.

God says:

{Every soul will taste death.} (Al-Anbiya’ 21: 35) 

Having Trust in God 

If we turn to God in happy times, then He will help us in times of distress and anguish

The best way for us to increase our faith is to completely submit our will to God and have full trust in Him by doing our utmost to follow every command in the Quran and Sunnah. By living our life according to them we will find success.

If we turn to God in happy times, then He will help us in times of distress and anguish. We should have patience in His decree and accept it that it is for the best and is meant to happen because God is the knower of all things; He is the Almighty.  Remember, no matter what trials or tribulations we are challenged with, one day we will be called to account for our deeds which were hopefully sent forth with much goodness and patience.

Equipped with the above tools in an attempt to grow in faith and become the better Muslim God intended us to be, we need others to strengthen it. We need “fine-tuning friends or brothers/sisters".  By having accountability partners or our “fine-tuning friends” in our lives, we are able to use them to tune us up so our lives become a beautiful pattern laced with faith. We need someone we can trust to be honest with us about our strengths and weaknesses, someone who will encourage us in hard times and rejoice in the good.

Keep in mind however, this accountability really only works if you want it to. The condition of your heart is vital to the success of an accountability relationship; a relationship which will consequently help you reach the epitome of faith.

Remember, a tender, contrite, repentant heart is fertile ground for God’s best growth. This ready heart is the receptive clay God needs to use your fine-tuning friend as an instrument to mold you and increase your faith for the future God has for you, both in this world and in the Hereafter.

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