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ISL201 VU Assignment No. 1 Spring 2012 Solution

“Faith”
It has been observed in day to day happenings that we call Allah (S.W.T) from the depth of our heart when some trouble touched us and forget him afterwards. Holy Quran also states this condition of man in Surat 39:8 in following words:
“When man suffers some trouble, he prays to his Lord and turns to Him in penitence, but once he has been granted  a favour from God, he forgets the One he had been praying to and sets up rivals to God, to make others stray from His path. Say, “Enjoy your unbelief for a little while: you will be one of the inmates of the Fire.”
Here Holy Quran clearly condemns those who have faith on Allah in a momentary situation of need and forgets him afterwards. You have to describe what type of faith is required by Islam from a Man towards his creature Allah (S.W.T).
Solution:
all of us being human experience fluctuation in our level of faith, denoted by the Arabic word “imaan”. During the course of our day to day lives. It is perfectly normal to experience this. For mulsims what is faith? It is the belief that resides in our hearts regarding Allah, his revealed divine books, his prophets, his angles, his divine decree, and the last hour or last day.
There are times when certain events in our lives make us doubt the existence or omnipotence of any of the above epicenters of belief. For example, someone might challenge our knowledge, especially if it is lacking, about why bad things happen to good people if God really exists; why some people die of starvation while others have so much wealth that they can live 20 lifetimes on it, etc. at other times, questions about the unseen pop up in our minds, and when we do not find answers, we follow our doubts and slowly move away from firm conviction of imaan to dwindling, half hearted faith. That is the code red.

Before a Muslim moves towards the danger zone, in which the level of their imaan becomes so low that they start committing major sins, they should follow the steps below to restore their fait to higher levels:
Gain knowledge of quran consistently:
Just like you cannot know someone until you communicate with them, you cannot be close to Allah without reading and understanding his spoken word, the quran. It is his message to all mankind, Muslim and no Muslim. It is normal to have questions and the quran has all the answers. Therefore it is not enough to read and understand this book once or twice, but it must be studied consistently throughout our lives. Maybe a few times a week, it can be recited, read, and studied with a group of Muslims.
Recite the quean:
Reciting the quean is an act of worship. It requires wudu or ablution, knowledge of the Arabic language, and command of how to pronounce each letter. In other words, anyone can read the translation of the quran, but only a person who has knowledge of Arabic  tajweed can recite it. The relationship between quranic recitation and imaan is that since the qurans is the spoken word of our creator, when any person recites it as it should be recited, he pleases his creator and becomes closer to him. It creates an immediate bond. That refreshing worship rejuvenates the human soul, which needs to listen to some beautifully spoken, meaningful words in order to lift it out of gloom.
Find company of righteous people:
Sure, the hijab observing ladies and the men with flowing beards might be labeled fundamentalists or extremists by some spheres. But in all reality, they are the ones who remind others most of Allah and it is highly likely that Allah is pleased with them.
Engage in remembrance of Allah:
There are some non quranic Arabic terms avowed enemy, the shaitaan. Uttering these adhkaar, remembrance, from  the tongue has been prescribed by prophet (PBUH) himself. Anyone can recite these remembrances in order to get an immediate boost of faith. Most of them should be uttered a hundred times each, for best results. It only takes a few seconds or minutes.



Persist in obligatory acts of worship and abstain from sins:
Imaan is affected by our actions. For example, if we abandon even one obligatory salaah, we will immediately feel a dip in imaan, if they want their faith to remain intact.
Perform supererogatory good deeds and invoke Allah in dua:
There’s nothing better than communicating with your lord directly in order to get his attention, so that you feel close to him again. Just as you lose touch with a good friend, and start to slowly forget about her as time passes, when you suddenly decide to call her up on a whim and after an hour of talking, you feel as if you never lost touch with her. You feel the same old lover for her and chastise yourself for allowing the relationship to wither like that.
Read authentic Islamic literature:
While studying the quran and prophetic narrations is obligatory upon every Muslim in order to act upon Islam, reading good Islamic books and articles in print or on the internet is great way to entertain one’s self in free time, remove doubts, and strengthen convictions about Islam in the heart.
A person’s faith or imaan is completely dependent on their relationship with Allah. The more they strive to improve this relationship, the more steadfast they will be on their faith.

 

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