Imaan is the Arabic term, which denotes adherence or certitude to the idea. In the Islamic theology, it represents the inner aspect of religion, and also denotes the faith of a believer in the realities of Islam. The term Imaan has now been delineated in the Hadith of Gabriel and Quran. A debate exists between the reason and faith in religion, and the relative importance of each of them. Many scholars contend the reason from the source; therefore, it must be harmonious.
Given below are some ways by which you can increase your Imaan and make it stronger.
1. Learning to Read Quran plays an important role in increasing Imaan of a person. Ponder and Recite the meanings of Holy Quran. For getting the optimum benefit, keep on reminding yourself that Allah speaks to you.
2. Keep in mind that Allah is great. He can control everything. There are signs which tell a person that He is great. Everything happens with His permission. Everything follows the direction of Allah, even a black ant on the black rock.
3. One must make effort to gain knowledge. As Taqwa is related with knowledge.
4. There are many gatherings which are surrounded by Angels, try to attend such gatherings where Allah is remembered.
5. You have to increase the good deeds. One type of good deed leads to another one. Allah makes the way very easy for a person who gives charity and makes doing good deed very easy for him. All the good deeds should be done in a continuous way, rather than in spurts.
Enhancing Imaan is very important as by doing this you can get closer to Allah.
Being a Muslim means submitting yourself wholly to the will and commandments of Allah Almighty, Who not only created human beings, but also whole of the universe.
And one of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your tongues and colors; most surely there are signs in this for the learned. (30:22)
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What Quran Learning can bring to humans
This verse of Qur’an not only reveals to us that Allah Almighty created heavens and earth (universe), but also tells us that these also contain signs and symbols for those who are truly learned. Now, the question is that what is it that makes humans learned?
Well, following the instructions of Allah (SWT) and contemplating on His signs and symbols is what makes humans learned. Allah Almighty has endowed humanity with a source of learning that invokes the true love, respect, and understanding about Him, i.e. the Holy Quran. The following verse clearly tells us that Quran is referred as a source of guidance by none other than Allah (SWT).
Al-Baqara [2:231] …..He sent down to you the book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear Allah and know that Allah is well acquainted with all things.
That is why Quran learning and Quran Teacher is considered as one of the prime religious obligation for all Muslims, so that not only they become able to better understand the signs of Allah (SWT), but help others to do so as well. Look what Prophet Muhammad (PBU) tells us about Quran learning and teaching:
“The best of you is he who has learnt the Qur’an and then taught it.” (Bukhari)
If finding the truth of life is the ultimate goal of a person, the best resort one could ever get to is the Holy Quran, a book that is claimed as His very own by none other than the creator of the whole universe, i.e. Allah Almighty:
Qaf [50:29] The Sentence that comes from Me cannot be changed, and I am not unjust to the slaves.”
That is why reading and learning Qur’an becomes essential for those who seek the reality of life and death. That is why Muslims take reading and learning Quran as a basic religious obligation, and nothing can help them do so as effectively as online quran reading in this particular era.
This is because Internet has literally occupied our lives and doing anything through the assistance of internet seems much easier to us. Since Qur’an is the most special book on earth, there are some aspects that should be kept in mind while reading Quran. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Make Quran reading a habit for you, so that you may not forget it by reading it regularly
“We will make you recite so you shall not forget ” [87:6]
- Read Qur’an in a respectable, slow and steady manner, so that you get most out of it
“…and recite the Qur’an in slow, well-arranged stages, gradually.” [73:4]
- Contemplate on the verses of Holy Qur’an to get the desired guidance from it
Do they not then consider the Qur’aan carefully? Had it been from other than Allah they would surely have found therein much contradictions} [Qur’aan 4:82]
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The alleged problem, which is pointed out by anti Islamic missionaries, is the most hilarious pieces which were written by the pagans. One of the all time favorite is “another silly claim of theirs”. Live Quran Teaching has reflected the Islamic Monotheism in Arabic language.
Islamophobes have used the vast Arabic language against the Quran. This topic can take on many pages and there are complete books on the Arabic language but the Arabic Islamophobes know nothing about Arabic language. There are many different words in Arabic for lion and camel. According to Islamic missionaries, various meanings of al-Samad result in many different views and this is a problematic area.
The Quran is strictly against the pagan beliefs and strict language is used against them. It is insulting to say that Islamic resources are Pagan. Pilgrimage is found by the Islamophobes in the Hajj, fasting and prayers. The Biblical prophets also need to be pagan, if Islam lies in the pagan category. Attempts have been made by Polytheist Pagans to find paganism in Islam. Another attempt has been made below:
The Islamic expression Allahu Akbar (“Allah is greater”), Muslims take out the meaning that Allah is greater than everything, as a result it smacks down the pagan influence. Allahu Akbar to the Meccan Pagan means means that Allah is greater than all the Gods in the historic settings. In Arabic “Ilah” is represented from the word God and for “The God” Arabic word is “Allah”. It is mostly used by Arabic speaking Christians, Jews and Muslims. In Greek (Matthew 27:46) God is called by his name.
Holy Quran is a book of Islam. It is the duty of every Muslim to recite and learn quran from a professional quran teacher but the important thing in reciting Quran is its accent. A good Arabic accent has an effect on the readers mind. Because it is the accent of Almighty Allah himself. He is the one who created the accent in the Universe. A person will be lucky to allege the accent of Almighty Allah. A person must work hard to apprentice Quran, so that he or she can apprehend Quran, appraise over its meanings, act on its teachings and advance a contented life. Such a comfort comes when a person knows how to apprehend Quran and understand its bulletin which then automatically becomes added abreast than those who do not apperceive the Quran article. As Quran does not only acquaint one about assorted religious rituals, it also carries scientific proof as well.
The Quran pointed out many facts of the Universe long ago, while they were apparent many centuries later. Like for example, the Quran had declared some fourteen hundred years ago about the earth, moon, the sun and other adorable bodies biking in their orbits. The scientists did not know these facts until several centuries later they were discovered by them. There are lot of charming effects of reciting Quran with good accents as it speaks to the person with affection and mind. The abounding effects of the Quran’s eloquence are abstention of accent, impressiveness, the acceptation of chat has significant value, and it is much brighter than chat itself.
Islam is the pure religion without any invention and Muslims are the best nation in the world. It is just because of their strong belief on Allah and his book Quran. Today, the topic under discussion is about the picture hangings in the house. It is sure that hanging pictures are not allowed in Islam as Muhammad (pbuh) said that “Do not leave any picture without blotting it out and do not leave any built-up grave without leveling it.” (Narrated by Muslim, 1/66). You can get more information through Quran tutor where professional tutors will give you the right answer to your every question related to Islam.
You can ask to your grandparents about this concept then they will tell you that the angels do not enter in the house where the pictures or statues are hanging and Allah will not accept the worship that you do for the sake of Allah. It is also mentioned in Hadith as Muhammad (pbuh) said that: “The angels do not enter a house in which there are statues or pictures” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad). If you have the interest to hang pictures, then you can replace these with natural trees, mountains, flowers, occasions, or animated pictures.
People usually hang the pictures of the dead people that have no worth as it may cause to increase or renew the pain or grief. Some time it specifies the concept of shirk, when people do worship in front of any mankind’s picture, so let us remember that Allah will forgive everybody except the one, whoever involves in shirk. May Allah help us to do what satisfy him and his messenger (pbuh). Jazak Allah Khair.
In preparing to write this article, I visited several other Muslim websites to read what the scholars there had to say about love. I was hoping to find some good stories of love and mercy between the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his wives.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Most of what I found on these sites were rants against love and compassion. They mostly said the only valid love is the love between the slave and Allah. Some even said a husband is to be blamed for falling in love with his wife.
Perhaps this type of thinking works in other cultures where the men are supposed to be stoic and unfeeling towards their wives and the women are supposed to be subservient, quiet, niqaab-clad baby machines.
Allah has blessed me with a little (very little) Islamic knowledge, and I am in no position to dispute what these scholars say when it comes to Islam. However, their concept of love is very old-fashioned, dry, and narrow.
But that’s not gonna fly with Muslims in the West. Most Muslims are going to be turned off by this type of thinking and will try to figure things out on their own. My goal in this series of posts, Inshallah, is to prevent that.
You should seek advice and guidance concerning love and marriage as it is a big part of your life. If you’re a young person, you have probably never been married and may have been affected by western romanticism and Disneyesque fairy-tales.
My hope is that I can give you some passionate, yet practical advice concerning one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.
There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
Let me reassure you, it’s perfectly okay to love another person. In fact, I would highly recommend that you love your parents, siblings, best friends, children, and spouses. It makes things much easier in life.
The problems arise when you let this love lead you to do bad things, or it makes you leave good things.
I am married. And yes, I love my wife. My love for her does not cause me to neglect my prayers, nor will it make me do something evil. It is simply a love that has developed over many years of ups and downs, bills and children, fights and apologies.
That is married life in the West, even for Muslims. It is not glamorous, but it’s worthwhile. And it would be impossible (or at least impractical) without love.
But let’s look at how someone who was much better than me dealt with the women he loved. Of course, I’m talking about Prophet Muhamamd (peace be upon him).
The Prophet and Khadijah
The Prophet’s first wife was Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid. His love for her was very clear. Let’s look at a few examples of this love.
One day, after having been appointed the Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sitting with Khadijah. He saw a person in the sky between heaven and earth. He told Khadijah what he saw, and she told him to move closer which he did.
She asked him if he still saw the person, and he replied that he did. Then Khadijah advised him to put his head under her garment, which he did, and asked if he still saw him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said that he no longer saw him.
Khadijah then said: “Relax, this is an angel. If it had been a devil, it would not have been ashamed of looking at you while you were under a woman’s garment.”
There are many things we can get from this short story.
- Khadijah absolutely believed in the message that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought.
- The Prophet had no problem getting intimately close with his wife.
- The Prophet depended on Khadijah for advice and support and she willingly gave it to him.
- The Prophet had no issue seeking help from his wife, even when he was feeling anxiety about his new mission.
- Khadijah was a very wise and intelligent woman.
- These two individuals loved each other very much.
One more story about the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).
After her death, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) married other women, the most famous of whom was Aishah Bint Abi Bakr (may Allah be pleased with them both).
Aishah narrated the following hadith:
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) rarely went out of the house without mentioning Khadijah and praising her. One day he mentioned her and I grew jealous and said: “Was she not an old woman whom Allah replaced with a better woman?”
He got angry and said: “No, by Allah! Allah did not replace her with a better woman! She believed in me when people disbelieved, supported me with her wealth when people denied me theirs, and Allah blessed me with children from her and not from other women.”
Aishah then said to herself: “Never will I speak negatively of her again.”
You can see how serious the Prophet was in his love for Khadijah, even years after her death. He would not even let Aisha, whom he also loved, speak ill of her.
Brothers and sisters, that is true love.
The Prophet and Aishah
Let’s first look at another hadith regarding Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her):
Amr Ibn Al-’As reported: The Prophet deputed me to lead the Army of Dhat-as-Salasil. I came to him and said, “Who is the most beloved person to you?” He said, ” ‘Aisha.” I asked, “Among the men?” He said, “Her father.” I said, “Who then?” He said, “Then ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab.” He then named other men.
Related in Bukhari.
In this hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) openly declares his love for his wife Aishah first before anyone else, even his best friend. He says it to another man, in fact a man who once fought against Islam (Before accepting Islam, Amr ibn Al-’As once tried to convince the King of Abyssinia to expel the Muslims who were living there).
But for an even better example of love, tenderness, and mercy, let’s look at another hadith.
Narrated Aisha: Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) came to my house while two girls were singing beside me the songs of Buath (a story about the war between the two tribes of the Ansar, the Khazraj and the Aus, before Islam).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) lay down and turned his face to the other side. Then Abu Bakr came and spoke to me harshly saying, “Musical instruments of Satan near the Prophet (peace be upon him)?”
Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) turned his face towards him and said, “Leave them.” When Abu Bakr became inattentive, I signalled to those girls to go out and they left.
It was the day of Eid, and the Black people were playing with shields and spears; so either I requested the Prophet (peace be upon him) or he asked me whether I would like to see the display.
I replied in the affirmative. Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) made me stand behind him and my cheek was touching his cheek and he was saying, “Carry on! O Bani Arfida,” till I got tired.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) asked me, “Are you satisfied (Is that sufficient for you)?” I replied in the affirmative and he told me to leave.
Can you see how affectionate the Prophet was towards his wife Aishah? Especially when she describes placing her cheek on his cheek. I wonder how many Muslim men today show this sort of affection towards their wives? Very often men only show affection when they want intimacy.
Certainly, Allah has sent us a perfect example in His messenger (peace be upon him).
The Difference Between Love And Lust
Too often people (Muslims included) confuse love with lust. Lust has its place in life. But it is the wrong thing to base your life around.
In my own caveman way of thinking, I believe men and women commit sexual sins based on two reasons:
- Men are often motivated by lust.
- Women are often motivated by a desire for love.
Of course there are exceptions. But the point is that lust i.e. the desire for sex, is a powerful factor. Which is why I wrote “The Ultimate Muslim Sex Guide”. I try to explain the role of sex in a Muslim’s life and the proper way it should be approached.
Lust is not all that bad. In fact, it is necessary. Little Muslim babies don’t come along simply because a husband and wife admire each other’s inner qualities.
But this lust must be controlled and released in the proper manner. And the only manner that is allowed in Islam, is through marriage. Once you are married, you can act out your lustful behavior in varios ways with your spouse (also discussed in “The Ultimate Muslim Sex Guide”).
Love At First Sight
Before concluding this article, I want to touch on a common phenomenon. This is the proverbial “Love at first sight.” Supposedly, two people can fall in love upon first meeting each other.
I really don’t believe this is possible. The feelings that these two people feel are almost certainly lust and not love. Love may develop after time, but it is nearly impossible to suddenly love a complete stranger with one glance.
Of course, a certain type of love may develop after meeting someone, getting to know them, and appreciating their qualities. But it is difficult for this to happen without spending many hours with that person.
And other than marriage, there are few permissible avenues for a Muslim man and women to get to this point.So if you feel yourself falling head over heels for someone after one or two meetings, it might be time to make dua and ask Allah for guidance.
Or maybe it’s time to ask that person to marry you