TEN STEPS TO TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF IMAAN….

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Introduction:
We can either design our life around our faith, or squeeze in our faith around dunya…………..it all depends where we want to end up in? fulfilling the purpose of our life? or whittling away precious finite time?
COURTESY SISTER MARYA
The 10 Principles of Ibn Qayyim on “How to Taste the Sweetness of Imaan”
Notes taken from a talk by Muslema Purmul
  1. Develop your relationship with the Qur’an.
    • Ponder over it’s meaning. The priority for the Qur’an is to turn to it for guidance.
    • “The one who does not ponder over the Qur’an, it is as if they have locks on their hearts.”
    • The Qur’an was revealed as a source of shifaa (healing) and rahma (mercy).
      • Is it healing you? How are you interacting with the Qur’an?
      • The Qur’an – and Islam – is a source of mercy for every single thing that exists.
  2. Come closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala with the fara’id (mandatory) and then the nawafil (“extra”).
    • Race to do good!
    • Good deeds wipe out bad deeds.
    • Take small steps – never turn away from Allah. Always run to Allah!
  3. Remembrance of Allah – DHIKR.
    • Dhikr: any act of the heart or limbs that attempts to get closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
    • Set aside time to do dhikr, to sit in solitude, to reflect, throughout the day.
    • The cleanser of the heart is dhikr.
    • We are meant to be in a constant state of shukr (gratitude).
  4. Giving preference to what Allah loves over what you love, when faced with your desires.
  5. Living with the names of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala and living with the gardens of knowledge.
    • There is a relationship between beneficial knowledge and turning to Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala. When learning knowledge, it should cause one to turn to Allah in two ways: a) in speaking with Allah (swt); b) in du`a’.
    • Knowledge is one of the doors of loving Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
  6. Observing the goodness and kindness of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
    • You do not deserve anything.
  7. Living in a constant state of khashiya.
    • Khashiya ~> a state of humility, modesty and shame.
    • Feeling this sense of shame and modesty always in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
    • Feeling awe/being overwhelmed at His Greatness and Majesty.
  8. Qiyaam al-Layl.
    • Ask for forgiveness.
    • Make du`a’.
    • It is one of the best ways to govern yourself.
    • It is one of the best ways to understand the Qur’an.
    • It is a time of exaggerated emotion, which should be used to worship Allah alone.
    • Wake-up, so that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala can raise you to a praiseworthy station!
  9. Love someone for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
    • Have mutual love for His sake.
    • …so that we may sit on pulpits of light on Yawm al-Qiyaamah.
      • On one occasion the Prophet (s) finished the prayer and turned toward the people and said, “O people, listen and understand. Allah has slaves who are neither prophets nor martyrs, but both the prophets and martyrs envy them for their closeness to Allah.” A bedouin stepped forward, pointed to the Messenger of Allah and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell us about these people.” The Prophet was pleased with the bedouin’s request and said, “They are from various peoples and tribes who have no ties of relationship between them. They love each other purely for the sake of Allah. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will present them pulpits of light for them to sit on. Their faces will be light and their clothes will be light. The people will be scared on the Day of Resurrection, but they will not be scared. They are the friends of Allah who will not have any fear upon them nor will they grieve.” [Ahmad with a hassan chain]
  10. Remain away from every cause that comes between you and Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala.
    • Excessive Sleep, socializing, talking, exaggeration, facebook, email, etc.

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