The Branches of Faith – 22 – The Causes of Increasing & Decreasing of Iman
Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Series: Yasir Qadhi – The Branches of Faith
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In the final lecture in the series, we are made aware by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi of ways to increase Iman and also of the ways that Iman diminishes from our lives.
Of the most important blessings that we need to appreciate is the feeling we have when we fasted the whole day, prayed Taraweeh, Qiyam, read the Quran, that feeling of fulfillment is something that money could not buy it. The more Iman you have, the easier it will be to fight other temptations. That is why Allah (SWT) says in the Quran that when you pray, automatically that prayer will help you deal with so many of your vices. Simply turning to Allah will help you battle many of the other problems of this world.
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi then goes on to explain ways that will help us enhance or fortify our understanding of Iman and make us reignite the thirst for acquaintance with Iman.
Further into the talk, the Shaykh sums up in brief the internal and external factors that decrease our Iman. He concludes this breathtaking series with a deep question – Are we going to let the tree of Iman wither in the wake of our misdeeds or are going to guard it with our heart and soul to achieve greatness in the Hereafter?
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Horrible alaminos salatu salam ala Sayidina Muhammad Ali, he was a big mind about
all things must come to an end other than Allah subhanho wa Taala. And today will be our final hardtail. In this series even if there's throwback tomorrow we'll just give a brief hotter about another topic today is the final in our series of eemaan. And we will conclude our series with perhaps one of the most important and necessary talks about the reality of a man. And that is the causes of how and why a man increases, and also the causes of how and why a man decreases. Now that we're coming to the end of our series, it is important, we've talked about the reality of human mind is in the heart and the tongue and the limbs. We've talked about how important it is. We've talked
about many of the branches of Eman, we've talked about the fruits and the blessings of human. Now the question that we need to ask ourselves, how can I fortify my eemaan? How can I ensure that my eemaan lasts and increased it from year to year and day by day? And what must I be careful of so that my Eman does not go down? And to be honest as with all of my topics, and these topics, you can give so many lectures, we only have you know 10 to 12 minutes so we'll try to summarize. I will summarize the causes of the increase of Eamon in a number of points number one, why and how does the mind increase number one, the most important it is knowledge in to have knowledge of the Quran and
the Sunnah. Allah says in the Quran Shaheed Allahu Allahu La ilaha illa Huwa well, Monica two were all older in the parliament bill passed a lot of tests testifies to the Kadima the man and the angels testify to the Kadima the man and the people of knowledge testify to the Kadima Eman. Notice even though it says that the greatest honor that him has been given is that Allah spoke on behalf of the people have knowledge without even them having to say something Allah became their representative and Allah spoke on their behalf and Allah said the real people of knowledge they testify to the Kadima of Eman Shaheed Allahu Allahu La Ilaha Illa well, Monica, well let me call him
bill. So knowledge is the number one foundational factor that increases our human knowledge of what of many things knowledge of the Quran recitation of the Quran to the book of the Quran. Simply reading the Quran will increase our Eman. Listening to the Quran will increase our Eman And that is why it is so important that Ramadan is coming to an end that our relationship with the Quran does not come to an end. I encourage you, myself and all of you to add 510 15 minutes every day into your routine, especially early morning, right before breakfast after fudger this should be your spiritual breakfast, read some Koran even if it is five minutes, do it on a daily basis and you will see how
much your EMR increases as you're driving to and from work. Don't just waste your time listening to the news or other things that will change every day. Spend a few minutes with the Quran a few minutes with knowledge so that your Eman will increase and not just knowledge of the Quran but also is specific especially knowledge of a law and other laws names and attributes of the easiest way of increasing Eman is to study the names of Allah and I have given a series right from this member on the series of the names of Allah subhana wa tada knowledge of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Sierra Why does the serum increase our Eman because we see a man being lived out we see
the greatest embodiment of a man I will never be our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and how he lived. So reading the seal of listening to the Sierra, learning what the prophet sallallahu I said him said learning his Hadith listening to his added all of this will increase our Eman and also studying the role models of the Sahaba and of the previous prophets and of the great scholars. When you study any aspect of Islam your email will increase. So this is the first and that is knowledge. The second way to increase our Eman the Quran mentions it is called reflecting on the natural signs in the Holocaust somewhat you will walk the lovely lady when our children Alabama that reflecting
upon the signs around us that we take for granted the rain the thunder the storm the night the day the sun, the moon, our lives. The cycle of
Life, Allah subhana wa dimentions was the unphysical of Allah tube soon, don't you look at your own creation and Marvel Allah mentions in the Quran, Allah jambu nealon EBD k for holy, don't you see the camel and how it is created the skies and how it is raised up the mountains and the earth, the water. So Allah is asking us to think and to reflect. And I speak here especially all of us in this audience hamdulillah we are educated. We've studied science and biology and chemistry and physics. If you go to the sciences with Eamon, then these sciences in and of themselves will increase your Eman. Now if you don't have a man, the sciences will not bring you a man. But if you approach
biology, if you approach the human anatomy, if you approach medicine, if you approach any natural science believing in a law and you look at the world around you through natural science, then you will be amazed in every facet that you study, every detail that you memorize every minutia that you comprehend your Eman will go up you will see how perfect is the creation of a law you will see how everything fits into place and you will Marvel and in that marveling your amount will go up. But there is a condition you have to approach with a man if you approach with no women, then you can win the Nobel Prize in biology and it will not bring you a man but if you approach the sciences with a
man then those sciences themselves will give you a man number three, how do we increase our Eman? Each and every good deed. Every action every animal is like water to the tree of a man. This is one of the most important aspects to increase our a man a man will never go up merely based on theoretical knowledge until it is acted upon until it is implemented. And therefore we need to have a healthy routine of rituals of sign up of riba.of Vicar. We have to do things for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala our heart has to have your clean it has to have to work good. Our tongue has to be doing Vicar and Koran and Dora our body it must be doing salah and such the and all of the good
deeds without good deeds. The Tree of Eman will wither away that tree of Eman it needs water and our scholars say the water of the tree of human is our good deeds. If we do not do good deeds, the tree of Eman will die because we have not fed it. We need to feed that tree with our own good deeds. Some of the most important mechanisms to increase our Eman is to do good deeds and in particular brothers and sisters. For those of us that have lived lifestyles that we are regretful and resentful for. for them. The best good deed that a Muslim can do is to go for Hajj. That is the best single good deed that is a transformative good deed that should be a transformative deed is to go for Hajj. As our
Prophet sallallahu Sallam said that an accepted Hajj has nothing less than the reward of gender. So if we have lived lifestyles that were regretful of, and we want to change and have a clean slate, then we should aim to go for this good deed. But any good deed will increase our emaan. And one of the things that we need to mention as well is that a man like a tree also has enemies. And if we don't take care of those enemies, the tree will wither away. So how and why does a man decrease? Again much can be said we'll summarize as fast as I can. There are internal and external factors, internal factors of why a man decreases three things. Number one, ignorance when you don't know then
you will lead you will lead it will lead you to doubt when you don't know you don't understand something shaytaan will come to you and you're going to start doubting something of Islam. This doesn't make sense. Why is this the case? ignorance and the cure to ignorance is knowledge number two of the things that decreases a man is heedlessness hoffler to simply not care lackadaisical, just to live a lifestyle where your heart is not attached to Allah subhana wa tada and the purity of love obviously is a bother and routine. the purity of love is thicker and the Quran the curator hoffler is to be aware of Allah and to increase our taqwa. So number two is the concept of tough
love. And when your heart is awful, and often here means to be disconnected to be unaware, then this will lead to a hardening of the heart. Number three, one of the biggest destroyers of the tree of Eman. Some scholars have said these are like the weeds that feed on the tree of Eman or the sins that we do. The sins that we commit, weaken our Eman? In other words, every good deed makes the tree of your mind grow. And every sin hacks away at the tree of Eman. Literally every day our tree grows and shrinks in accordance with our good deeds and our sins. The more good deeds we do, the bigger the tree and that is why right now at the end of Ramadan from
Many of us This is perhaps the pinnacle of our tree of human in the year we feel that we sense it, but the point is want to keep it as much as possible. If we returned to all the sins that we did, then the tree of human will decrease until it goes back to what it was. These are the three internal factors we said number one ignorance number two heedlessness number three sins, there are three external factors as well that we'll mention. And again, all of this to summarize, much more can be said the three external factors number one, shavon. shavon, is of course, our enemy. And we need to be aware of him How do we battle shavon by turning to Allah by doing this, the other by being aware
of the plots of shade lon, and I've given an entire hole but you can google it is called the plots of shade on and how to shade lawn use his tactics against us and how we can fortify ourselves against shade on number two of the factors that we can our emaan. Externally is the love of this world and the temptations of this world, the dunya. And by the dunya. We mean everything our job, our career, our family, everything. It could be a blessing, but it could also become a fitna for us. It depends on what we do, how do we interact? Are we tempted so much that the dunya distracted from the Acura? Does the dunya become our final goal? Or is the author our goal? So this world and all
that is in it is a distracting factor? And it is very easy. In fact, the bulk of mankind? Why do they not believe because the dunya distracts them. They're so busy with this world that they think they're going to live forever. And the cure. And the solution to this is to think of death and to think of the people before us and what happened to them. So we learn from history, and we learn from the people around and we learn from our own lifestyles to realize that the dunya is temporary, and we will take nothing from this dunya other than a shroud that even itself will decay away within a matter of weeks. This whole dounia will not go with us to the grave other than our good deeds. So
this is the second factor. And the final factor that we will mention one of the biggest factors that is also so easy to correct. One of the biggest factors that weakens our emaan is evil companionship, people that are dragging us down rather than pulling us up people that are dragging us backward rather than pushing us forward companionship and friends that are a bad influence on us. This is one of the easiest ways to rectify your state of Eman, brothers and sisters. If you're going to hang around people that are doing how long What do you think is going to happen to you? If you're going to hang around people that are eating out? I'm drinking out I'm speaking out on what do you think is
going to happen to you? You choose your friends, nobody chooses your friends for you. You choose your friends. And that's why as a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, a person follows the religion of his friends. So be careful who you take as friends this is a person follows the religion of his friends. So choose your friends and be careful and emammal ozai one of the great scholars of the past said choose the righteous as your companions for even if you are not like them, perhaps your love for them will cause you to be amongst them just be amongst the righteous, maybe Allah subhanho wa Taala will include you among them just because you love them for their piety. These are
the three external factors shape on the dounia and external friends, brothers and sisters, as we come to the conclusion of our series on a man this is something now the ball is in your court as the saying goes and in my court for me. What will you do with this reality of a man? What will you do with this tree that Allah has blessed you and me with right now? Will you protect this tree guarded Will you realize how precious it is? Or will you let it go to waste that is now the question you have to ask as this month of Ramadan comes to an end. I pray that Allah subhana wa tada strengthens our EMA and gives us a man that is common gives us a theme that is perfect. I pray that Allah
subhana wa tada causes our EMA to grow year by year and Ramadan by Ramadan. I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala causes us to overcome the temptations of this world that was our sub shape on the companionship of evil people. I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala allows us to benefit from the guidance of the prophets of Allah while he was setting them. He allows us to be of the people of the Koran and of the people of Iman, I pray that Allah subhana wa tada allows us to live as Muslims and to die as mortal sins and to be resurrected with the prophets and the martyrs and what a noble companionship they are wha hoo Dhawan and in hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa sallam about
a karate Mohammed in the he was a big marine.