First you should know that all of us, no matter how long we have been Muslim, have ups and downs in our iman. It is such for human beings, where the iman increase and decrease. It should be the desire of every Muslim to bring ourselves nearer and closer to Allah. He is the most Compassionate and the most Merciful. By drawing closer and near to Allah, we gain His help in all aspects of our lives in this world, with the hope of achieving His mercy in the hereafter in order to enter Jannah (paradise).
When we call upon Him, He would answer our calls. When we ask of Him for anything, He would grant it to us. When we make time for Him, then our sincerity and intentions will enable us to become closer to Him.
So we must always strive to improve and draw nearer to Allah, for He is the majesty of honour and generosity and the giver of peace. Do not easily get discouraged when our iman is at its lowest. Some people give up trying when their iman is low, and they may end up losing it completely. Do not let that happen to you! So what can we do to make time for Him? The following are 3 ways for us to make ourselves closer to Allah:
1. Fulfilling obligatory duties and abstaining from prohibited matters
You do not become closer to Allah except when you fulfil the obligatory duties which has been made mandatory on you. They are the fundamental duties that make up the fard (compulsory) such as prayers, zakat, fasting, hajj, being good to parents and all other duties.
You do not reach the door of nearness nor do you attain the presence of nearness except by fulfilling them. So the first thing we need to do is to fulfill ALL of them and abstain from those which Allah and His Messenger have forbidden us from.
2. Recite Allah’s name every time (dzikr) and be thankful for everything that you have
Be it spiritual, physical or mental blessing – the more gracious you are as an ‘abd (servant of Allah), the more you will realize how much have been blessed. Allah’s gift is bountiful. By doing this, you will be able to overcome the obstacles in life as you believe that Allah is omnipresent.
“…Now surely by Allah’s remembrance are the hearts set at rest.” (Ar-Rad:28)
Remembrance of Allah is the foundation of all good deeds, and the best of deeds. Dzikr can be done anywhere and anytime. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite Allah’s name at all times.
When a man complained, “The laws of Islam are too heavy for me, so tell me something that I can easily follow,” the Prophet told him, “Let your tongue be always busy with the remembrance of Allah.” (Ahmad)
A person may ask, ‘How can we do dzikr all the time while we have so many things to do in life?’ Well, firstly, it is the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger to work and sustain ourselves which is rewarded by Allah. Secondly, when a person is working or at school or wherever a person may be – this does not mean that he should stop remembering Allah while he is working.
In fact, the heart of a believer should be attached to Allah’s remembrance throughout his day to day activities such that he protects himself from falling in love with the materials and temptations of this world while his love for Allah and his Messenger becomes stronger as time goes by. When a person begins to remember Allah all the time, he then becomes conscious of his actions.
“… And the men and the women who remember Allah much, Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a mighty reward.”(Al- Ahzab:35)
3. Building a close relationship with the Qur’an
Recite the Holy Qur’an as much as we can for It will come as an intercessor for its reciter’ on the Day of Judgement (Muslim)
The virtues of reciting the Qur’an are too numerous to list. In order to get closer to Allah, we need to recite the Qur’an, understand it and implement it in our daily lives.
You should set a target of reading at least a chapter a day, whichever is manageable, the more you try to read the better. However much you can achieve, you should strive and then apply the practices into your lives. Reading a little each day is better than reciting a lot once in a while. You should build a close relationship with the Qur’an which is in fact building a close relationship with Allah!
Written by: Syara Rahmat -Editor, The Life Feed
“Verily Allah raises nations by this book (the Qur’an) and puts down (i.e. destroys) others by it.” (Muslim)