What an excellent thread. i congaratulate you for it sister.
and i sincerely hope you take a seat back and take your time and kindly bear my boring non-beneficial and irrelevant imaginary introduction first before going to your topic .
// Imaan is subject only to the level and degree of your Islam.
[Let me start with an Imaginative scenario V1.0]
we as muslims must EARN Jana’ah, we must work hard to earn the Jan’ah, we must build something to allow us REACH the Jana’ah. (put aside for now the fact that we ONLY enter the Jana’ah with Allah(a)’s Rahamah! just put this fact aside for awhile…Rahamah is a different program for now)
Imagine (I do really mean the word imagine) the path to Jan’ah is upward; but in the form of a building. meaning in order to reach Jana’ah, subsequently we must build a building of three floors.(the ground floor is the first floor)
this building is a unique building by the way, with some unique requirements and features. For instance, the first floor is obligatory, compulsory to build, we must build it, we consciously must build it. moreover, this first floor impose on us that we must build it without asking why and where. this floor impose on us that we must not question any of its blueprint and pillars that were put by the architect. To build the second floor however, is entirely subject on how strong the first floor is, and how obedient and submissive we were to the architect’s blueprint requirements and purpose of building this first floor. But, this very second floor is again subject to maintenance (The architect says so) and if we don’t maintain it, it will vanish and will leave us with a one floored building. Unexpectedly, the third floor is a tricky one; it’s a floor that depends on the second floor’s existence; without it, there will be no third floor.
The First Floor is Islam (that is the total and unquestionable submission to words/orders of Allah(a)( in this imaginative scenario “the architect” ))
The Second Floor is Imaan (let’s say, believing)
The Third Floor is Ihsan (let’s say, the struggle towards perfection)
now then, Islam (the first floor) has six pillars:
1- Bear witness that there is no God but Allah (تشهد أن لا إله إلا الله)
2- Bear witness that Mohammd is the messenger of Allah (أن محمداً رسول الله)
3- Perform prayers (تقيم الصلاة)
4- Give charity (تؤتي الزكاة)
5- Fast Ramdan (تصوم رمضان)
6- Perform Haj (if you can) (تحج البيت ان استطعت اليه سبيلا)
Each single pillar can be fed. Meaning, if you feed each pillar with healthy food it will become stronger and stronger. The most appropriate food in this case is knowledge. the strength of each pillar is subject to the accuracy, health and correctness of the knowledge you choose to feed each pillar.(the Choice factor here is applied…meaning, we are the one who choose to feed these pillars with accurate and correct knowledge or not)
The second floor is Imaan and it has six pillars too:
1- To Believe in Allah (أن تؤمن بالله)
2- To Believe in the Angels (وملائكته)
3- To Believe in his Books (وكتبه)
4- To Believe in his prophets (ورسله)
5- To Believe on the judgment day (واليوم الآخر)
6- To Believe on the Qadr (وتؤمن بالقدر خيره وشره)
This floor “Imaan”, is as I said above is subject to how strong the first floor is “Islam”. This second floor “Imaan” won’t exist unless we follow all the instructions the architect WITHOUT questioning. This floor will be maintained only if our first floor is strong. The stronger the first floor the longer the second floor is kept maintained.
The Third floor is Ihasan and it has only one pillar:
To worship Allah(a) as if we see him (أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه) and if we don’t see him than be default he sees us (فإن لم تكن تراه فإنه يراك)
This floor Ihsaan is only subject to the degree and level of Islam and on maintaining Iman and surprisingly subject to the will of the architect (Allah(a))
Now, I would like you to know that I interpret Islam as:
The total unquestionable and unarguable submission to everything Allah(a) say. i understand that if I do and keep doing this (i.e keep being a musilm) Allah(a) will enrich me tremendously beyond imagination.
to give an example on how I see it. let’s say Allah(a) says don’t eat drink pork or alcohol, a true muslim will submit to this with no single hesitation and or questioning WHY.
Another Example is, if Allah(a) says to put Hijab, a true muslimah will submit to it with no single hesitation or even questioning WHY.
let’s say a non-muslim comes to you and asks you, why you don’t drink alcohol. A true muslim will answer “ I just don’t know why but I must not drink it and I am happy this way”
let’s say a non muslim comes to you and asks you “why you wear hijab?” A true Muslimah will answer “ I don’t know why, Allah(a) said so and I am obliged to obey without even questioning why” the non muslim would say” don’t you have a mind as a human to question things?” a true muslimah will answer “ I definitely have a mind and even a very sharp mind, I am a Phd holder, I am an excellent wife who raised excellent and successful children, I definitely have a mind, but sorry at this moment I am obliged to just obey Allah(a) orders without questioning him why Allah you ordered me to put Hijab”
Let’s say a muslim comes to you and asks you “Let’s boost our imaan through understanding why Allah(a) ordered you to put hijab” “let’s find the scientific miracle and reasons of why adult women must wear hijab or why we mustn’t drink alcohol” A true moaminah/mo’amin will answer him “my Imaan is only subject to the level and degree of my Islam…not to justifying my Islam to anyone even to myself. And I will never confine the words of Allah(a) to the changing/dynamic nature of science that is always subject to change”
Let’s say a non-muslim comes to you and asks you “ I have heard that there are scientific reasons why you muslims don’t eat or drink pork and alcohol” A true Moaminah/Moamian will answer “ I am sure there is an empirical and scientific reasons why not to eat or drink them, but me as a muslimah believe that we have priorities in our lives as muslims. The highest priority goes to the spiritual side of our religion. And when we have –if we have- enough empirical and scientific data or reasons to tell you why we don’t I will share with you”
Another muslim comes to you and asks you “ why you don’t invest your money in a bank and embrace returns with no headaches and even without working?” a true mo’amin will answer “ We are not allowed in Islam to earn money without embracing risk and or working for it.”
Another non muslim comes to you and asks you the same question. a true moa’amin ” will explain in great details why usury and fiat money enable enslavement where the rich will stay rich forever and the poor will get even poorer and eventually enslave people and impose control to eventually assume God attributes….but will also say ” regardless of the evident empirical evidence on why interest and the current banking system considered to be the most dangerous thing today, there is a spiritual/metaphysical priority to believe in it before the empirical priority”
[Imaginative Scenarios End here.]
-For me to boost my Imaan is to be as much as possible muslim by obeying everything Allah(a) says without questioning WHY.
-to stay with a good company who are religiously and secularly successful
-to read Quran and books
-to listen to good Islamic lectures
-to live my life to the fullest.
-to always pray to die in the state of Ihasan.
subhanAllah what a perfect lecture on the perfect time. wow
Abdal hakim Murad is one of the few scholars whom i listen to. an amazing shaikh mashAllah