Perhaps the greatest asset
of a person is his faith. It helps us in warding off evil. The greater the
level of faith, the deeper is one’s relationship with the Almighty. Like a
lamp, faith illuminates the places where light falls. A true believer is a
person who not only benefits from the radiance of his faith, but also helps
illuminate the path of others. The glow of faith he carries with him needs
not only to be fueled, but also to be protected from the onslaughts of
To constantly think about
enhancing the level and extent of our faith is something which pleases the
Almighty and which earns us His special help in this regard.
Here are a few measures
which may prove helpful to us:
1) We need to take out some
time regularly, everyday to study the Qur’ān with specific stress on its
2) We need to develop a
habit of gradually memorizing parts of the Qur’ān. This will make us feel
closer to God and will also make our prayers more involving. Needless to
say, we should have an idea of all that we are reciting in our prayer.
3) We should memorize the
supplications (Ad‘iyah) of the Prophet (sws), and remember to recite them at
appropriate times of the day.
4) We should try to spend
as much time as is possible in the company of pious people. It is difficult
to fight evil and more so when one is alone. Environment makes a great
difference. The cleaner it is the more the strength to subdue evil.
5) Whenever we feel
depressed or low, we need to recount the blessings of Allah which we have,
and which others around us may not have. With the vicissitudes of life, one
is bound to face trying circumstances. One needs to pull one’s self up and
fight one’s way through. Remembering the blessings of Allah in such times
keeps a person in a positive frame of mind and gives him the opportunity to
earn more reward by being patient and steadfast.
May Allah always bless us
with the concern of increasing our faith: this in itself is a sign of faith.