Return to worship after trying times

Categories: Blog Series | Dhul Hijjah

Iman was born and raised in London.  She is a former teacher who taught English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia for almost a decade. Iman loves reading, writing, travelling and learning about other cultures. 

The nature of this worldly life is that we’ll all be tested with trials and tribulations. 

These tests can sometimes strain our Iman (faith) and even affect our religious duties. Iman increases and decreases which is the nature of life in this dunya (worldly life). This article is not to shame or blame, for tribulations can shake anyone to the core. The good news is that we can boost our Iman and devotion to Allah SWT. 

The key is to take baby steps, so that one is not overwhelmed. This is also a reminder to me and our dear readers and service users. 

Previously to the test, I had high Iman. I attended Qur’an classes, read the Qur’an regularly, prayed daily, read Islamic books, and performed other deeds. Once my mental health deteriorated, I felt low, my Iman became weak. I struggled with my acts of worship.  I felt guilty, but because I was so depressed I just couldn’t motivate myself to do them. It took time to get back into the routine of the rites of Islam. There was no quick fix.  I still struggle, but Alhamdulillah, my iman is better. Dear reader, take comfort in the fact that Allah SWT expiates our sins through trials and hardships. Know that Allah, A-Raheem (the Most Merciful) knows what you are going through and will surely deliver.   

Here are some ways that I found helpful and that you may find helpful in increasing Iman and motivation: 

D’ua (supplication) 

No matter how you’re feeling, raise your hands to the heavens and ask Allah to ease your affliction and to increase you in Iman.  Allah SWT does not decline any d’ua. 

Prophet Muhammed (upon him be peace) said:

Verily your Lord is generous and shy. If His servant raises his hands to Him (in supplication) He becomes shy to return them empty.(Abu Dawoud).  

Prayer 

If you have stopped or reduced the five daily prayers, make a promise that you will start praying regularly again. Start by just praying the five daily prayers on time. Set an alarm for fajr prayer. Even if you don’t succeed at first, keep on striving! Allah, Al Mujeeb, the Responsive One knows that you are trying, He knows your intentions. Once prayers are regular, try adding the nafl (supererogatory) prayers. 

Qur’an 

To get into the habit of the Qur’an, try listening to its recitation, even for five minutes. Take the time to read the translation of the Qur’an and ponder on the verses. Many mosques have Qur’an classes or there are online Qur’an classes that you can take. 

Social 

Lean on practising Muslim friends or try making new friends at social gatherings. Also, Solace UK can help if you are isolated. Try online Muslim groups such as on WhatsApp. Being around good sisters can work wonders for motivation and Iman. 

Good deeds 

There are many ways we can acquire good deeds, for our dear Prophet Muhammad (upon him be peace) said: 

 “Every good deed is charity. Verily, it is a good deed to meet your brother with a smiling face, and to pour what is left from your bucket into the vessel of your brother.” (al-Tirmidhi) 

Assisting elders, volunteering for Muslim charities, helping friends and loved ones all count. Not to mention that aiding others can also boost self-esteem. 

Body and mind 

Exercising can help, especially for mental health. Joining a segregated gym or even a daily walk helps. A healthy body and mind make it easier to worship. 

Lastly, take it easy and have rahma (mercy) on yourself. Even if you don’t succeed today, tomorrow is another day Insha’Allah.  

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