Sunday, October 31, 2010

Low Iman Days

I'm having some seriously low iman nowadays. I'm not doing anything bad or anything like that. Alhamdulillah, I'm still praying 5 times a day (though I did sleep through Fajr today =( I was pretty upset about that) and saying my duas and all that. But, it's just that I don't feel that "connection" that I normally do. I know iman goes up and down, but I've been so busy doing normal life things, like cooking, cleaning and watching tv, that I just really want to do something to increase my iman, apart from the normal prayers and such.

Have you ever had that feeling? Can anyone give me some ideas (practical ones) that I can do to increase my iman? Jazakallah Khair in advance!

Until next time...

14 comments:

  1. try to do tahajjud everyday and sunnah fasting every monday and thursday. =)

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  2. Salam...I missed fajr today too! I was furious with myself! (Oh wait I just checked the time, yay I didnt! I made it in the last 5 minutes alhamdulilah)

    Mm I was listening to a lecture yesterday, about iman going up and going down. One of the things that makes iman go down would be watching tv...so inshaAllah I would suggest cutting down on TV time or perhaps turning to islamic lectures instead. Maybe reading more Quran, going to islamic classes etc? Try to do more consistent good deeds so that your iman will keep rising iA, Iman doesn't stay still...it's either up or down, so do your best to keep it from going down. :)

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  3. totally know what you feel.
    The best thing to do is to keep the wajib prayers going, especially fajr cuz fajr is a prayer that we usually miss during our low imaan days. Wahtever u do, however u feel, don't miss fajr. Secondly, try reading the Qur'an's translation. Thats usually an emaan booster. Personally, i like reading Surahs which talk about the stories of the Prophets (S). Surah Yusuf can be really calming, insightful and joyous to read. Or even Surah Taha. Whatever surah you've liked and had a connection with in the past, read that :)
    Inshallah you'll be high on emaan again soon! :)
    Best wishes sis!

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  4. Hang in there sis, everybody goes through it! Just make dua and talk to Allah constantly. I think that sometimes life (normal everyday life) just gets in the way! Try spending a little more time (like 5 mins or so) on your musalla after every salaah. And also, I agree with the above comment- read Quraan. It always helps!
    :)

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  5. I think we can all have those days so don't feel bad about it. We are all human afterall.
    All i can advise is that you could make dua to have stronger iman.

    And get that alarm set for tomorrow morning too! ;p

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  6. I missed Fajr today and it's such a bummer. My iman hasn't been too high lately either and I'm so glad I came across your blog because the advice on this post is helpful. Keep praying and stay strong, sister.

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  7. Happens! A lotta times with me too. :(
    It does feel sad to know that sometimes we feel a less connected to the almighty. I follow the hadith, which says, keep your tongue wet with the 'zikr(rememberance)' of Allah[swt];
    1)Abu Huraira (radiya allahu anh) narrated that Rasool Allah (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam)said, “Allah Tabaraka wa Ta’ala says I am closer to my slave than his supposition of which he keeps of me. And when he/her does Zikr of Allah, I am with him/her. If he does Zikr in his heart, I do his Zikr near MY proximity (closeness) and if he does Zikr in a gathering, I mention him in a gathering Afdhal (better) than it. (Sahih Bukhari)
    2)Abdullah Bin Umar (radiya allahu anh) narrated that Rasool Allah (salla allahu alayhi wa sallam)said, “Don’t have a conversation [without] Zikr of Allah. Because talking too much without Zikr of Allah is the reason for the heart’s hardness and wretchedness. And that person becomes distant from Allah in whose heart there is wretchedness. (Tirmidhi)
    This is what I follow, hope it was of some help to you. :)

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  8. I find that, when i feel like that (and right about now I AM WITH YOU SISTER!) its best for me to just remember what Allah has given me. Pay attention to the beauty around you, make tasbeeh. Start with the little steps. IF you tackle a big ibadah head on without working up to it it never lasts. Allah swt likes to see us work in consistency, rather than spurts of amazing ibadah...so start small, and keep it going. Then add on and see how it goes
    Thanks for the post...even though i would never want your iman to be low, it makes me feel like i am not the only one struggling here :)

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  9. As Salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu. I pray Allah Subahanahu wa ta'ala increases our Taqwa and perfects our Ibaada. Ameen.

    I often make this supplication (transliteration) "Allahumma a'innee 'ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni 'ibadatika." O Allah, help me to remember You all the time, and the thank You, and to worship You perfectly.

    Also, saying, "La illaha il Allah" is said to restore your faith. So spend a few extra moments after salaah with dhikr on your tongue and in your heart insha Allah.

    Also, pray all of the Sunnah salat before and/or after Fardh salat if you can.

    Insha Allah those can start. May Allah protect us and Guide us. Ameen

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  10. Wa alicum salaam to all,
    All hamdulillah I embraced Islam back in 1991, the first time I experienced low Iman I was terrified, what got me through it (and subseqent dips) is the knowledge that the Prophet (S) said "Iman goes up and down", and that "Iman was like material and we should ask Allah to replace it when it becomes thin". All to ofen we talk about low Iman with suprise like "wow my Iman is low! The truth is it happens and we've been told it will happen (to the best of us) so when it does we should 'Keep Calm and Carry on' InshaAllah it'll be back up in know time. Final point, we should look at our deen the way we do our jobs,meaning. If it rains or is cold we work, if we're happy we work if we're sad we work. By the same token if I'm sad I pray if it's cold I pray if I'm happy I pray, just becuase I'm feeling low does it mean Allah is not one? Hellfire is not true? Jannah is not true? Reality is reality regardless of my mood dya get me? Proffesionals do their job regardless of how they feel. (forgive my spelling lol) I'm off to Jummah InshaAllah

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  11. Asalamu Alkum
    SubhanAllah I am also feeling the same ! Inshallah
    We all get through this hard time easy with the help of Allah
    Jazku Allah Kharyun to all those who post comments .
    Takecare :)
    Wasalmu alkum to all

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  13. I can really relate to your post. Alhamdulillah I have been training myself to read the Quran on a daily basis. However for some reason, I still feel that my iman has been on the low side. I know that I'm in a constant battle with taming my pride and always asking Allah to make me more humble. I think that may be cause for the cause where I sometimes feel stuck or unmotivated to wake up for fajr.

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  14. I believe positive thinking about Allah makes us happy and as a result our iman incresas.Shytan makes us sad thus our iman goes down.Trust in Allah makes us happy too.Thinking about etarnal janna also satisfies us.Its the émotions which makes us sad and we loose our connection.To take control over émotions keep us happy and content at heart which is fill with Allah 's zikar.
    It works with me.Hope it helps!

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