A Muslims Journey towards Islam

The greatest blessing that Allah SWT can bestow upon us is that of faith or Imaan.

However, as we are all only too aware, Imaan is not a constant with us throughout life. Imaan is of levels. It is of degrees and forever fluctuating.

Dear brothers, Imaan is such a thing that when one reflects upon their own self they will recognize times when they are active and obedient; one recognizes in those times a feeling of strength towards Imaan.

Equally so, one is also able to recall times when one is falling short of the mark and feeling a weak sense of Imaan.

Imaan is illustrated by Allah SWT in the glorious Quran when one reflects on the verses within. An example is found in Sura Tahaa, ayat 17 to 21:

And what is in your right hand O Musa?

He said: “This is my stick, whereon I lean, and wherewith I beat down branches for my sheep and wherein I find other uses”

Allah said: “Cast it down O Musa”

He cast it down and behold it was a snake, moving quickly.

Allah said: “Grasp it, and fear not. We shall return it to it’s former state.”

Dear brothers, if one reflect upon these verses there are many wisdoms to be found. However, in times of low Imaan it is important to have at one’s disposal, key steps that one can take to lift their imaan again.

Firstly, it is to have the will to start again:

Every action begins with the intention to perform that action. Make the conscious decision not to surrender to temptations or distractions and make dua to Allah SWT to help stick the decision to improve.

Next, it is to not neglect the prayers:

It’s alright to take a break every now and again from other productive activities to renew energy or enthusiasm but take care to guard the compulsory obligations. These can never slip as it makes for a harder path back to strong Imaan.


Another step is to open the Quran and see what Allah wants to convey to you:

My brothers, it is one thing reading and reciting the Quran and this has many rewards of it’s own. In a previous Khutba it was mentioned that there is multiple rewards allocated to each letter recited in the Quran.

However, on top of that one way to increase Imaan is to read the words from your Lord and understand them. In other words, read the translation if Arabic isn’t a first language and reflect upon what is there.

Remember, even if a random place is opened in the Quran and recited, there is a wisdom and lesson in each and every line for one to learn and ponder upon.

Finally, one can take the step of associating with religious and knowledgeable people in order to increase their Imaan. This is often an overlooked point but very important especially in the society in which we live. Dear brothers, let’s make the masjid a focal point for the community with like-minded people once more InshAllah.

Even if it is for the congregational prayers and to hear the Imam recite the words of our Lord, it will serve to increase one’s Imaan as mentioned in Sura Al-Anfal ayat 2:

The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when his verses are recited to them , it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely.


May Allah SWT make us yearn for greater Imaan. May Allah SWT instil Imaan into our hearts. And May Allah SWT guide us towards those deeds which increase our Imaan.


Ameen wal hamdullilahi rabilalameen.

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Imaan (Faith) through Gratefulness and Patience

As a Muslim, Imaan or Faith can be broken down into two constituent parts.


Firstly, having Imaan is to be thankful and grateful to Allah SWT for the blessings you have been bestowed with in life.


Secondly, to have Imaan is to be patient with the hardships and tests that Allah SWT sends you during the course of your life.


Upon reflection, one can get an idea on the level of Imaan they possess by observing how patiently they handled a previous hardship from Allah SWT.


One can also get an idea on their level of Imaan by reflecting on how much gratitude they showed Allah SWT the last time they felt blessed by Him.


Allah SWT says in Sura Ibrahim, ayat 7:


“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase my favour unto you; but if you deny, Indeed, my punishement is severe.’”



When was the last time you thanked Allah for all the blessings in your life? The ability to come to this mosque to pray? The ability to listen to the Khutba today? The biggest blessing of all that you are a Muslim when so many around you are not?


We live in an age where the supplications made to Allah SWT are for materialistic things. Property, Cars, Money, etc.


It’s not wrong to ask for the above as Allah SWT can give without measure but patience comes from feeling blessed with what you have already and not feeling an urge to have your wishes realized.


Upon reflection as Muslims, it is hard not to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what Allah SWT has already blessed each and every one of us with.


Alhamdullilah! Look at the world around us today. You can only watch the news for a short while until your heart becomes heavy with the pain you feel for your brothers and sisters across the world. We are truly blessed that we are not experiencing some of the tests our brothers and sisters are having to take.



In a Sahih Muslim hadith, Aisha (May Allah SWT be pleased with her) said:


The Prophet, peace be upon him, would stand in prayer so long that the skin on his feet would crack. I asked him “Why do you do this while your past and future sins have been forgiven?” He replied “Should I not be a grateful slave of Allah?”


Gratitude and patience was abundance with our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, even to the point where it was overwhelming for his beloved companions:


In a Sahih Bukhari hadith, Umar Ibn Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) said:


I entered the house of the Prophet, peace be upon him, to find him lying on a simple mattress which had left marks on his body. There was very little else to be found in the room in terms of possessions. Seeing this stark austerity, Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) began to cry.


“Why are you crying, O Umar” asked the Prophet, peace be upon him


“It is because I thought of Caesar and Chosroes sitting on thrones of gold wearing silk. And you are the messenger of Allah, yet here you are sitting on this simple mattress”


“O Umar” replied the Prophet, peace be upon him, “Are you not satisfied that they have this world and we have the next?”



We need to remember that this life is designed as a test for our Imaan. Our Imaan can be measured and therefore our progress in this life through our patience and our gratitude.


We need to remain steadfast in our prayers, our deeds and our rememberance of Allah SWT through all of the good times and though all the hardships that may come our way.


No better thanks can come from perfecting our worship to Allah SWT. This is the true gratitude we can show Allah SWT.


We ask Allah SWT to give us patience at all times. We ask Allah SWT to turn to Him in thanks for all the blessings He has given us. And we ask Allah SWT for forgiveness in our impatience and our ingratitude to Him.


Ameen. Walhamdullilahi Rabilalameen.


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