Strengthening Your Iman

Kamil Ahmad

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When you possess something

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that is

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extremely valuable to you.

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It's something precious and dear to your heart. You make sure that you protect it.

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You make sure that

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you maintain it.

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You make sure that you're not negligent with it.

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Why? Because it's something that you want to remain with you forever.

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And so my dear brothers and sisters, there is something that we all possess.

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That is of utmost value.

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It is more valuable and precious, then everything out there in the dunya.

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But unfortunately, many of us

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we do not value it.

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We don't

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value it. We don't look at it as something precious.

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And thus we are negligent with it.

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We don't care we don't bother

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to maintain it. To preserve it. Why because its value in our heart has gone down.

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Even though it is the most valuable thing out there.

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The reason why many of us don't value it is because we have not tasted it sweetness.

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You only value something

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when you experience it

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when you taste it.

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And so our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says

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the Latin men couldn't if he were Jeddah, Halawa, tell Iman, that there are three things

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that the one who finds it, the one who has it.

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He will have tasted the sweetness of Eman.

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What are they? He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, and your coon Allah wa Rasulullah who have the E Massey wha hoo math that Allah and His messenger are more beloved to him than everyone else out there in the world.

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that He loves his brother

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and he only loves him for the sake of Allah and no other reason.

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and that he hates

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to return back to Coover.

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Just like

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one hates being thrown into a fire.

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And so the true believer values his Eman

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in the sea preserves it and he would never want to exchange it for anything out there in the world.

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Every day we check certain things in our lives.

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When you get up in the morning,

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before you head out

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to work or to school,

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you check yourself, you look in the mirror,

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you check your clothes, are they need? Are they tidy?

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When you get into your car, you make sure I have enough gas.

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If you're gonna go on a journey, you check other things. Do I have I changed my oil? How are my tires? And so on and so forth.

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We check our bank balances.

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Where are my savings?

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Are they going up? Or are they going down?

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These are things we check in our lives on a daily basis, among other things, why?

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Because these things are important to us. Because

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we value these things.

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And so we make sure we're checking on these things.

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But the question is, when was the last thing you checked? When was the last time you checked on your Eman?

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When was the last time you checked on your Eman? What is the state of my Eman? Is it increasing? Is it decreasing?

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And that's why some of the stuff they have said that it is from

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the fifth of the abd it is from his good understanding of the Diem

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that he checks his Eman

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and so my dear brothers and sisters.

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Eman is something that stems from deep in our hearts.

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It is something that emanates from the heart. However, it is not restricted to what is in the heart.

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And this is a common misunderstanding that many Muslims have.

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They think that Iman is simply belief. Iman is only something in the heart and nothing else. But the reality is that Iman is more than what is just in the heart. It has to come out

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it is not Eman

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if it is restricted to the heart and doesn't come out in the in the form of actions. And that's why

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the position of that listener well Jana is that L E man who Kowloon

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el Eman who Kowloon Billie San, where to call dune Bill Gina and we're hanging alone bill or can that Eman is a statement of the tongue. What brings you into Islam is saying something you can't say I simply believe and then you don't see the Colima of Tawheed. So it is a statement of the tongue.

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They said it is also

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the beef with the heart.

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You can't have Eman, seeing it with your tongue, but then not having it in your heart. Otherwise you would be like the mafia. Kuhn, the hypocrites in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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But then there's a third very important part of Eman and that is action.

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physical actions, outward actions as well as inward actions of the heart. All of these form the concept of Iman and that's why Imam Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Rahim Allah Allahu taala. He says Al Eman will

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you see Duan cos that Eman is a statement and it is also action it increases and it decreases. And so my dear brothers and sisters, this Eman is like a solid tree

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like a solid tree whose roots penetrate deep into the ground firm

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and then its branches

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are stretched out into the sky.

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Not only that, but it is constantly giving us fruits that we benefit from wholesome good fruits. And so this is the exact example of Eman the Allah subhanahu Attallah gives us in the Quran.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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Have you not seen how Allah gives to us the parable of the Good word?

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The good word refers to

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the Colima of a toe heed the Shahada.

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Allah says it is like the good tree.

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The good tree whose roots are firm in the ground

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and its branches

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stretching out into the sky.

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Giving fruit at all times

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given fruit at all times by the permission of Allah subhanahu wa Tada. And so these roots firmly fixed in the ground. That symbolizes your Eman that is firm in your heart. That's where it starts. It starts with Eman firm in the heart. And then the branches extending in the sky.

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That basically refers to the good deeds that are going up to ALLAH SubhanA Hua to Haida accepted by Allah as Allah Subhana Allah to Allah tells us elsewhere in the Quran, that our good deeds are elevated, they go up to Allah subhanahu wa taala.

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Giving fruit at all times. And so

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as long as the Eman is strong in the heart,

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then this tree

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in this heart is going to constantly be given. It's going to constantly be giving good fruits. And those are the good deals, benefiting not only the person, but also benefiting those around him. And so the true model in his benefit is not restricted to himself. But you see that it rubs off on those around him.

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And so just like a good healthy tree

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gives

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good healthy fruits. Likewise, the Colima of a Tauheed

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it produces something

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and that's why as we said,

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we cannot say that a man is something restricted to the heart. And that's where it ends. Because unfortunately this is something that we hear nowadays. You come to a Muslim you ask them why don't you pray? Why don't you fast? Why don't you do this? Why don't you do that? He says Eman is in my heart. He says you don't know how much I love Allah. Okay even show that Eman is are restricted to the heart.

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But rather it has to produce something and what it has to produce his good deeds. And here when we say good deeds, we don't mean that extra voluntary good deeds.

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But rather first and foremost, what Allah has mandated me to obligatory upon you.

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It doesn't make sense to be generous and giving and sadaqa when you're not praying five times a day.

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And so, when we say good deeds, we mean starting with the fundamentals, making sure that you are doing those deeds that Allah has made obligatory upon you. And then moving on after that, to the extra deeds, the voluntary deeds that Allah subhanahu wa Tada. He loves and it is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala BarakAllahu li Walakum fil Quran love him whenever anywhere er can be mathy he made it was declared Hakeem

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look to what he has set for his tomorrow for his akhira when was the last time you sat down to ask yourself? What have I prepared for my tomorrow for my Acura every day we check certain things in our lives, but we neglect what's more important. And that is the eventual place that we're headed to.

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And so my dear brothers and sisters,

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just like any tree that produces good fruits,

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the only way it does that

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is by maintaining it

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by looking after it,

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by watering it.

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And then not only that,

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but then making sure that nothing harms it

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protecting it from any harm, whether it be weather conditions or animals.

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And so Allah goes into preserving and maintaining a tree if you want it to give you good fruits.

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Likewise, if Allah subhanahu wa taala is telling us

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that this Eman is like this good tree,

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then we need to treat it the same way.

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We need to make sure that we preserve it, that we maintain it that we take good that we take good care of it.

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And then we want to make sure that we're protecting it from anything that may harm it from anything that may destroy it, or diminish its value in our heart.

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And so what are the ways and what are the steps that we can take to ensuring all of this.

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And so there are several ways

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and steps that we can take to strengthen our iman in our hearts.

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First and foremost.

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First and foremost we need to get to know Allah subhanho wa Taala

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we need to educate ourselves about who Allah is, through His names and his attributes.

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For the more

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you get to know Allah subhanho wa Taala the more

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you will venerate him in your heart and the more you will love him and the more you will FEAR Him.

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Number two,

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the remembrance of Allah subhana Hoolahan at all times.

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Ask yourself, where are you with respect to the Dhikr of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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with both your heart and your tongue

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for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,

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method will lead you to Kurup death when Lady Leia Kuranda committed ill he will make yet

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the one who remembers his Lord compared to the one who doesn't is like the living and the dead.

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It's like the living and the dead that comparison.

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And so the one who has

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Eman

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living in his heart

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He's the one who remembers Allah.

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But the one who doesn't remember Allah it means that his Iman in his heart is dead.

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Number three

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listening to and reciting the Quran

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with contemplation with understanding.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says enamel Mina Larina. Either Dookie Rolla who were Gee let Kulu boo whom were either too late to who is that whom Eman and Wahhabi him yet our karoun The believers are only those who

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when they remember ALLAH when a when they are reminded of ALLAH SubhanA who were to add

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their home

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it increases them in Iman

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and they are those who put their trust in Allah subhana who were Tahara number four,

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remind yourself,

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remind yourself

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of the era

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remind yourself

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of the temporary nature of this dunya

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and do that by visiting the graveyards.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in the controller how you to command zero to COBOL at first whoo hoo ha. I had once upon a time, forbidding you from visiting the graveyards. But now I say visit them, for indeed, they remind you of the era.

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Again, when was the last time you visited the graveyards? To remind yourself

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that today it is them. And tomorrow it's going to be me.

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This is the only reason why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is saying that we should visit the graveyards because

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it will increase you in Eman. It will remind you of the temporary nature of this dunya

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it will wake you up out of your heedlessness that you're currently living in Andrew remind you that this is your end and that it is coming very soon.

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Number five,

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being in an E man lifting environment,

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being in the gatherings of knowledge, and dhikr and good company, again ask yourself, when was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule

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to attend a circle of knowledge

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to attend an Islamic lecture a class all of these are means that would increase in increase us in our Eman

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as a Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us that it is these circles of dhikr

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in which the angels descend.

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And the Mercy of Allah covers these people. And Allah subhanahu Attallah mentions these people to those who are closest to him to the angels. Number six,

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increasing ourselves in the doing of good deeds, but paying attention

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to quantity over quality.

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And so as we learn

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Iman is something that increases and decreases.

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How does it increase? It increases

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by good deeds. The more you obey Allah, the more acts of obedience and acts of worship that you're doing, the more your iman is increasing. But as I said, you need to pay attention to quantity over quality, but rather quality over quantity. And so there are some

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who will make an effort to do as many good deeds as they can. But they don't pay attention to the fact that you need to have a sincere heart without a floss, your good deeds are going to waste and also without paying attention

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to making sure am I doing it in the manner

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to our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us

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and finally,

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among the steps that we can take to strengthening Eman in our hearts is by staying away

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from sins

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by staying away from evil deeds. And so if Eman increases by doing good deeds, then it decreases by committing sins. And so we should not look at our sin our sins as being light as being insignificant.

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We need to treat our sins as a huge burden that is bringing us down

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and so there are some of us who do all kinds of good deeds.

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But then we wonder why is my email not going up? The reason is this.

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It is your sins that are holding you back

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It's like someone who has a tank of water, and he's filling this tank.

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But there are holes in it. And he's wondering, why is it not filling

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or your car, you fill it.

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You fill it with gas.

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You want to get somewhere to your destination, but you find that it's quickly finishing, there are holes in your tank.

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And so we need to make sure that the sins that we look at as being light and insignificant. These are the number one cause for why our Eman remains low.

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But dear brothers and sisters in the end of the day,

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it all boils down to one thing and that is your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala

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that is your relationship with Allah subhanahu wa, you need to ask yourself this honest question, Where does this relationship stand between me and my Rob subhanho wa taala.

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And so we need to make an effort. Especially now as Ramadan is coming up.

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It's around the corner,

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less than two months to go.

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Some of the sell off they would say

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that the month of Rajab, which is the month that we are in, is the month of planting the seeds the next month, the month of shahada and is a month of watering

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to make sure that those seeds are growing and then the month of Ramadan is a month of harvest to collect your fruits. You don't want to be lagging behind everyone else when the month of Ramadan begins

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when everyone else has a head start and you're lagging behind and before you know it the month is already winding down and finishing.

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And so let us make an effort. Let us start from now

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taking these steps to increase it to increase our Eman so that when the month of Ramadan comes when it comes, we're prepared and we already

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