SYMPTOMS OF WEAKNESS OF IIMAAN (FAITH)

SYMPTOMS OF WEAKNESS OF IIMAAN (FAITH)

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SYMPTOMS OF WEAKNESS OF IIMAAN (FAITH)
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There are a number of symptoms of the sickness of weak faith, including the following:
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1⃣ Falling into sin and committing Haraam (unlawful) deeds
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There are some sinners who commit a sin and persist in it, and others who commit many kinds of sin. When a person commits many sins, sin becomes a habit which he gets used to, and then he no longer feels that it is abhorrent. He gradually reaches a stage where he commits the sin openly, and thus becomes one of those referred to in the saying of the Prophet of Allaah, ﷺ: “All of my Ummah will be fine except for those who commit sin openly, an example of which is a man who does something at night, and when morning comes and Allaah has concealed his sin, he says: ‘O so-and-so, I did such and such yesterday.’ His Lord had covered his sin all night, but he has uncovered what Allaah had concealed.”
(Reported by Al-Bukhaari, al-Fat-h 10/486)

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2⃣ Feeling that one’s heart is hard and rough
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A man may feel that his heart has turned to stone which nothing can penetrate or reach. Allaah ﷻ Says: {Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness…} [Qur’aan 2:74]. The person whose heart is hard will not be moved by reminders of death or by seeing deceased persons or funerals. He may even carry a dead person to his grave and fill earth in the grave, but when he walks between the graves it is as if he is merely walking between rocks.
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3⃣ Not doing acts of worship properly
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His mind wanders and he fails to concentrate properly when praying, reading the Qur’aan, making Du’aa’, etc. He does not think about what he is saying, and he recites the words as a matter of boring habit, if he does these regularly at all. If he has the habit of praying a certain Du’aa’ at certain times, according to the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition), he does not think about the meaning of what he is saying, and the Prophet of Allaah ﷺ, informed us that Allaah: “Does not accept the Du’aa’ of one whose heart is heedless of Him.” (Reported by At-Tirmithi, no. 3479; as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, 594)
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4⃣ Tightness in the chest, mood swings and depression, which weigh a man down and make him quick to complain about the slightest thing
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He easily gets upset with the people around him, and no longer has any tolerance. The Prophet of Allaah ﷺ, described faith when he said: “Eemaan is patience and tolerance” (As-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 554, 2/86), and he ﷺ, described the believer as being “one who makes friends and with whom others feel comfortable. There is no goodness in one who does not make friends and with whom others do not feel comfortable.” (As-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 427)
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5⃣ Not being moved by the Aayaat of the Qur’aan, by its promises of Paradise or its warnings of Hell, by its commands and prohibitions, or by its descriptions of the Day of Resurrection.
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The one who is weak in faith gets bored when he hears the Qur’aan being recited, and cannot continue reading it. Whenever he opens the Mus-haf, he soon closes it again
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6⃣ Laziness and carelessness in performing acts of worship
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If he does them at all, they are just empty movements, devoid of any real feeling. Allaah ﷻ has described the hypocrites thus Saying: {… and when they stand up for prayer, they stand up with laziness…}
[Qur’aan 4:142]
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This also includes neglecting to make the most of special occasions and times for worship. This indicates that a person has no interest in earning a reward, so he may delay going for Hajj although he is able to do so, or fail to go for Jihaad when he has the strength to do so, or fail to attend prayers in congregation or even the Jumu’ah (Friday) prayer. The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, said: “People will keep holding back from being in the first row [of congregational prayers], until Allaah throws them into the Fire.”
(Reported by Abu Daawood, no. 679; Saheeh at-Targheeb, no. 510)
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7⃣ Not feeling angry when the limits set by Allaah are violated
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Because the flame of zeal has been extinguished in his heart, so he no longer takes action to stop evil, or enjoins evildoers to do good, or denounces wrongdoing. He never gets angry for the sake of Allaah. The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ, described this heart ravaged by weakness in the authentic Hadeeth: “The heart will be subjected to trial after trial, and there will appear a black stain on any heart that is affected, which will spread until the heart is completely black and sealed, as it were, so that it will not recognize any good deed or denounce any evil, except whatever suits its own desires.”
(Reported by Muslim, no. 144)
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8⃣ Not practicing what one preaches
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Allaah ﷻ Says: {O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful is it with Allaah that you say that which you do not do.} [Qur’aan 61:2-3]
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No doubt this is a kind of hypocrisy, and the person whose deeds do not match his words is blameworthy before Allaah and despicable in the eyes of his fellow man. The people of Hellfire will soon discover the reality of the one who enjoins good but does not do it, and forbids evil, but does it himself
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May Allah reward you abundantly as you share this enlightenment with others.
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