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abdalmàlik wrote:
là ilàha illà ALLAH

as_salàm 'alaykùm,

what a pleasant reading on this blessed discussion ... al Hamdù li LLAH

ALLAHi jàzikùm al Khayr, and Ameen to these delighting Dù3à

it is indeed inspirating to share our personal ways to boost our Imàn, by ALLAH's Permission
... and important is also to notice that we can only find that we inevitably share on common the same main deeds to boost Imàn ... being repeatedly said Fadjr Salàt at Mosque (if possible), Qùr_àn reading ... it's important to notice it because that's exactly what makes us Brothers ... RABBI KABIR

for to share my personal testimony with you, i irreparably can only repeat what is already said here, because it's also true for me ... exactly because we have our CREATOR on common, and SùbhànaHO, we come closer to HIM through the same ways ... the ways that taught us our Prophet that we have in common as well ... for Believers, normally, that makes already a lot ! (in common)

Salà ALLAH 'alà an Nabee Mùhammad

you reminded me good stages of Imàn in my life more than a decade ago ... during Ramadan for Fadjr Prayer at Mosque, freshly woke up by louds Adhàn (morrocco!), prostrated to ALLAH swT close to your Brothers for several minutes ... what a quieteness ... as Sakeena .... a feeling that is actually in Herelife surely not reachable through another process and/or means ... là ilàha illà ALLAH

... and through Quranic readings or Science seeking, Prayers ... Humankind can reach a self-sufficiency ... hasbùnà_LLAHi wa ni3mà_l_Wakeel

what a great present ...

so, [sorry to dare long posting !], i have also ways to feel my Iman boosted proper to me !

kinda of meditating on ALLAH's Blessings on me and mine (my kids); more generally the world here where we live in, the perfect ways in ALLAH's Creation that all has been created in harmony ... reminding the Death, the ALLAH's Punishment as well as His Mercy in His Forgiveness to have prepared such a Reward for His Believers ... being the Paradise ....

... and concidering that i will meet ALLAH swT ... and how it is recomforting to know that our CREATOR is pleased to meet His creature who is wishing his self to meet HIM... ALLAHù AKBAR

i love meeting and approaching people with the firm belief that ALLAH swT created them; it is a way that i find my Imàn boosted in invoking HIM during meetings ...

an example! i worked in paris as kind of luxury taxi; in early morning, i went pick up my first guest of the day, being in advance to the appointment, i was thus waiting in the car; when i saw outside a roadsweeper whose beard was beautiful (!), guessing that he was a brother even older than me i decided to go greeting him by a warming brotherly's care intention in giving him my Salàm and smiles ... when immediately after my smiled Salàm, i noticed on the road just in between me and him a 20 euros bill ... i indicated it to him in order to let him take it for his credit ... believe me, it was a struggle to let him not share it with me, he insisted in his stance and i did too !
a roadsweeper mà shà ALLAH while i was wearing a costume, driving a luxury car ... i finally got the last word ... but ALLAH swT on this day had His own ! sùbhànALLAH, for the last guests of the day, the very same day, i decided to help my guests, a daughter with her mother, in carrying their lugages, when i found on my way 10 euros ... sùbhànALLAH

loving people, seeing ALLAH's Will through people is a great way to boost Imàn i believe ... another summarized personnal anecdote:
i planned to please the heart of a Mùslim old blind beggar in underground that i met, to finally say to him, that in Afterlife all kings and dictators, presidents and corrupted rulers, will be under his foots for Judgment Day exactly because of the serious trials he've crossed in his herelife ... etc

on the other hand, i have regrets to have not fasted enough outside of Compulsory Month and six days of sha3ban ... meaning three days per month, being a doping imàn booster ! ... anyhow for the regrets part, that would transform this post in another one even longer !!!

Khayr inshà ALLAH


to conclude, i pray ALLAH swT amidst you Brothers, in asking HIM to let me die at the point of the apogee of my Imàne in my Herelife that i never reached before

thanks for this inspirational topic.

may ALLAH swT gather us all behind Prophet Mùhammad (sA'aws) in the Judgment Day


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You're very welcome ya akhi! Alhamdulillah, I enjoyed reading the replies too! Ameen thumma ameen to all du'as! :)

MashaAllah, what a great share! Alhamdulillah, I could feel the sweetness of faith in your experiences. JazakAllah khair for sharing us your stories!

Indeed, Allah SWT says, "Whatever good you spend, it will be refunded for you and you will not be wronged.” Brother Nouman Ali Khan also reminded us that the Messenger SAW promised us that the money cannot experience any loss because of Sadaqah. Giving in the sake of Allah, is actually an opportunity to become more conscious of Allah’s presence SWT. SubhanAllah!

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I re-charge my Iman by reading the stories of Auliya Allah :)


Another great share, jazakAllah khair!

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Jazakumullahu khairan kathira, everyone!

Alhamdulillah, I'm happy to read everyone's replies. Keep more of them coming, please! May this post benefit everyone, inshaAllah :)

I'd like to share with what I just watched:


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no one seems like me! :) when ever i got completely stranded in the worldly works like my college, studies and needed my imaan to boost then i seek the darkness of my night to talk to my Allah in my heart. moreover i cannot live far away from nature. i live in a huge city so when ever i want to find my self i went to mountains and somewhere close to nature.

and like all of you i am waiting for ramadan :) behavior of most of the muslims change in this month.

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My new Imaan Booster would be Surat Ad-Dhuha :)


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@freedomlover: Indeed, being closest to nature while having that spiritual connection with Allah would definitely bring peace to the heart, mashaAllah!

@amir786_z: JazakAllah khair for sharing! MashaAllah, that's one of the beautiful things I've ever heard. This is my favourite part from the video that you shared:

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“The depressed person is more concerned about himself. But the best way to remove depression and this feeling of being disconnected with Allah is to remember those people who are far, far in more difficulty than you… So Allah tells us the antidote which is to look at people below us. And then the final way to remove this feeling of being disconnected from Allah is you know what? ‘….and the blessings of your Lord enumerate.’ Talk about the blessings of Allah. Alhamdulillah for my eyes, Alhamdulillah for my hands, Alhamdulillah for my mouth, Alhamdulillah for my heart. If Allah didn’t love us, why is He still keeping us alive? If Allah didn’t like us, why is He giving us sustenance to every minute that we are alive. If Allah didn’t love us, why are we here today? Sharing this knowledge, increasing in wisdom and love of Allah Azza wajjal. My brothers, my sisters in Islam, next time you feel disconnected, read Surah ad-Dhuha and by Allah, you’ll feel the same love that the Prophet SAW received from Allah Azza wajjal…”


May Allah SWT bless and reward Shaykh Tawfique Chowdhury for this motivation and inspiration. Ameen ya rabbal 'alameen.

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BUMP! :D

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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.

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subhanAllah what a perfect lecture on the perfect time. wow
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Abdal hakim Murad is one of the few scholars whom i listen to. an amazing shaikh mashAllah

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@exlifepro: JazakAllah khairan kathira for your wonderful input in this thread. I really enjoyed reading (and imagining) it, mashaAllah! Wonderful reminders!

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-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.


This is what I would say a continuous Imaan booster! InshaAllah :D May all of us strive to strengthen our imaan, keep us steadfast in this deen, gain Allah SWT's pleasure and grant us Jannah, aameen ya rabbi al'alameen!

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