Episode 2: Your Faith Wears Out | The Faith Revival

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatoAllahi wabaraktoho
everyone, Welcome back to The Faith Revival. So last time we talked about the meanings
of iman and how a person can recognize where they need to strengthen their iman by looking
at their insecurity. If I have insecurities in a particular attribute
of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala then I need to focus on reestablishing my iman in Allah
in that way. When it comes to faith, all of us will recognize
that over time faith wears out. It doesn’t take a hadith for you to recognize
that because you might remember a time where you felt really close to Allah, and then now
you feel like you’re distant for Him. You feel like you’ve gone back on some of
the things that you were able to attain, and you start wondering: What happened? The Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam says
in this particular hadith, an authentic narration, he says: ان الإيمان ليخلق في
جوف أحدكم كما يخلق الثوب He said that faith wears out in your heart
the way that your garment would wear out. Now think about this. If you throw your garment into the washing
machine, over and over and over again, it starts to lose its color, right? You bought it new, and even if you’re taking
care of that garment, it starts to lose its color. Just by the amount of washing that it goes
through. So the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam
is saying that it’s natural that your faith is going to wear out. The same way that your garment would wear
out. Now there’s a difference between taking
your garment and getting stains all over it, not washing it when the stains come on it. Or tearing holes into your garment. So you can take care of it, and still it will
lose some of its color. But, there’s a difference between someone
who takes care of it, and someone who doesn’t take care of it at all. Nevertheless, the Prophet salAllahu alayhi
wa sallam is telling us it’s natural that your faith is going to wear out. Here’s the thing about your iman. It may be one color, or it may be that it
was strong because of a particular incident that happened to you in life. Or some sort of occurrence or something that
really touched you at that particular moment. Maybe what’s going to renew it is something
entirely different because Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has opened many, many doors for
us to be reminded of Him, and to have our faith renewed. So the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam
continues in this hadith and he gives us the first place we should go to. He says فاسال الله تعالى, he
says ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and يجديد امانكم, and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
would revive your faith. That Allah would renew your faith. Before we get to any of the practical tips
here, it starts off with asking Allah. Ask God, the One who enables your heart. The One who puts faith in you. The One who responds to you. Ask Him to renew your faith, and that should
be frequent in your duaas to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. In your supplications. So while you’re praying for a new job, while
you’re praying for some sort of sustenance in this world, while you’re praying for
something to happen to you – for a new car, for God to ease the path of something for
you, don’t forget to constantly ask Allah to renew your iman, because your faith is
your greatest blessing. It’s your most precious asset. If that is gone, then everything else is no
good. It’s not going to benefit you in any way. If it is strong, then everything else of this
world can be bore. So the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam
says, ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, فاسال الله, ask Allah. يجديد امانكم, that He would revive
your faith Abdullah ibn Masud radiAllahu anhu gives us
a supplication, and I want you to memorize this supplication. On the basis of this hadith, he used to say:
اللهم زدنا ايمانا و يقينا و فقها Oh Allah, revive us in our faith, in our certainty,
and our understanding. So asking Allah for increase in your faith,
in your conviction, your certainty, in your yaqeen, and in your understanding of Allah
subhanahu wa ta’ala. Anytime you come across a duaa which talks
about this increase, which talks about Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala enabling you. So for example, the best duaa that Imam Ibn
Tayymiyah rahimAllahu ta’ala mentioned, is the duaa the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa
sallam taught Mu’aad as he sent him off to Yemen:
اللهم اعني على ذكرك و شكرك و حسن عبادتك
Oh Allah enable me to properly remember you, and to thank You and to worship You. He said because you’re asking the Enabler
to enable you: يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبى
على دينك Oh Turner of hearts, make my heart firm. When you ask Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to
purify your soul. Ask the Enabler to enable you. Ask the One who can truly purify, to purify
you. Ask of Him, subhanahu wa ta’ala. That’s the best thing you can do for your
iman. To constantly ask Allah, and He forces you
to in your prayer when you say: اهدنا الصرط المستقيم, Guide us to the
straight path, every single time you recite the opening chapter. So again, the duaa is: اللهم زدنا
ايمانا و يقينا و فقها Oh Allah increase us in faith, conviction,
and understanding. Allahumma ameen. See you all next time inshaAllah. Asalamu alaikum warahmatoAllahi wabaraktoho

 

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