O ye who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other; and fear Allah. that ye may prosper.Surah-Imran 3:200
Such a beautiful passage from Quran! I want to highlight three-pointers, which the passage reminds us – perseverance, constancy, and fear of God.
3 Practices to Spark Your Faith
At times, honestly, I’m becoming impatient. I want to give up, and I get easily frustrated when things are not going through as planned and executed. But I realized that this should not ruin me. If things don’t go through my way, it only means that there’s something better than I have planned. So, I paused, and I pray for guidance.
Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble. (2:45)
Everything happens for a reason; instead of doubting ourselves, best to turn our faith in God Almighty. Find the grit from Him. He will guide us to the right path. Do not stop seeking His will, and He shall reveal us the way. His plans and course of actions are way off better than ours. Trust Him. Always. These are the reminders and mantras we must keep in mind.
At times, I noticed that I backlog with my spiritual growth. For no reason, I become lazy and inconsistent in reading, listening, and contemplating about faith, about spirituality. Am I losing my faithfulness to the Lord? Am I disloyal to Him and His words?
It makes me sad, and the guilt is undeniably bad. This event teaches me ‘how amazing the love’ of our God to us. Even if we aren’t consistent enough, He still gives us a chance to regain and reboot ourselves every day. And backlogging doesn’t make us an immoral being.
If you feel the same, don’t be discouraged. Fight for it. And that is constancy. Become a consistent follower of truth. Be consistent in reminding yourself about how our Creator loves you and how He wants you to be His good servant. Be consistent in strengthening others to believe and to keep fighting for faith. Again, trust Him. Always.
Say: “Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our Protector”: and on Allah let the Believers put their trust. (9:51)
3. Fear God
Fear of God is the most important of all. Fear God. It doesn’t mean you have to ‘fear’ Him in a negative way. At first, I thought that fearing God means following His commandments because not doing so will lead me to punishment. Hellfire. I felt that fearing God means I should do good deeds to be listed in the Book of Life. I fear that He will ‘forsake’ me.
But I realized that the genuine fear is the fear of losing Him, the fear of not pleasing Him. Our most profound need is to be with Him, our Creator! The fear of not being able to worship God continuously. I think that’s the fear that we must look at.
Say ye: “We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another of them: And we bow to Allah (in Islam).” (2:136)
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