Faith Revival: Fortress of Faith

In this post we are going to talk about the advice of another prophet, other than the Prophet ﷺ about how a person can guard the remembrance of Allah

There is a long Hadeeth wherein the Prophet ﷺ mentions that Yahya عليه السلام as he stands up in Jerusalem and Esa عليه السلام is standing next to him. So, imagine this scene, and the Prophet ﷺ says that everyone comes out to listen to Yayha عليه السلام and they fill their balconies and Yahya عليه السلام calls out to them with the commandments. The commandments of prayer , the commandments of fasting etc. The Prophet ﷺ says that Yahya عليه السلام said amongst the commandments, “And Allah commands you to remember him, for indeed the parable of the one who remembers Allah is like a man who is chased down by his enemy and as he is cornered by his enemy, he finds this fortress that cannot be penetrated and he jumps behind that fortress in which he protects himself from them until his enemy flees away from him out of despair.This is like the person when he remembers Allah. He does not protect himself from the Shaytaan except by the remembrance of Allah. This is why Dhikr of Allah is called Husnal Muslim. One of the most famous collections of remembrance of Allah in Duaa is “fortress of a muslim” because the Prophet ﷺ said that your remembrance of Allah is a fortress for you from the shaytaan. If you are constantly in a state of remembrance, then the shaytaan cannot have an entrance inside of you. Shaytaan cannot penetrate your faith in any way. A lot of times, people think that I have to be in an environment of a religious place so that I can remember Allah, but the fact of the matter is that the prophet ﷺ prescribed Dhikr for those places where the shaytaan is most likely to get to you. So, one of the most rewarding places to make dhikr is when you are entering into a market place, because Shaytaan can’t get you then in those places . So, saying the supplication when you enter a shopping centre. When you are doing remembrance of Allah in a gathering where people are likely to backbite and to gossip,

Basically, Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله says that the dhikr of Allah is most important in the places and times when Shaytaan is most likely to get your faith. Think about that. What is your most likely sin? What is your most likely action that distances you from Allah and how much do you remember Allah in those moments?

If we go back to the life of Umar رحمه الله , Nabi ﷺ said ” ‘O Ibn al-Khattab! By the One in whose hand my soul is, whenever Shaytan finds you taking a path, he only takes a path other than your path.’”

This occurred because Umar رحمه الله was always in the zones and always in the remembrance of Allah and that garment of Imaan that the prophet ﷺ saw is always there. He is always protecting himself and Allah describes the shaytaan as the one who whispers and the one who sinks away. Hassan al Basri رحمه الله said, “When you become heedless, Shaytaan whispers, and when you remember Allah, shaytaan sinks away and flees away.

Think about the fortress and how you are protecting your imaan when you remember Allah, and establish a regimen of the remembrance of Allah in places and times when shaytaan really gets you. If that is in the workplace, that is where you need to remember Allah, if it is the market place there, if it is in gatherings, that is where you need to remember Allah. If it is the privacy of your home when you are behind a computer screen, you need to have a regimen of dhikr, something that reminds you of Allah in those moments and start speaking or verablizing the dhikr of Allah so that it  penetrates the heart so that shaytaan cannot lead you astray. May Allah protect us from him and grant us all that fortress of Imaan


Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman


Faith Revival: Qur’aan: The guardian of faith

When we talk about the increase in Imaan within the Qur’aan, it almost always has to do with the Qur’aan. Allah says, “The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely” Qur’aan (8:2)

Allah mentions that in the initial stages, that catalyst phase, their heart shake, but then the Qur’aan settles it and it grows the Imaan in the heart. Almost every time Allah mentions the increase of faith, it comes through reciting the Quran with contemplation and reflection. There is nothing that can foster faith in Allah than a meaningful relationship with the Quran. When you read the Quran as though it has been revealed to your won heart, just as it was revealed to the Prophet ﷺ, it allows Imaan to grow inside your heart. The Prophet ﷺ said, “The one who has no Quran inside his heart, is like a destroyed house inside.”

If you think about a destroyed house, it is just ruins that is inside your heart. The heart that has Quran increases imaaan whereas the heart that has no Quran , there is nothing but ruins. There is nothing to stabilise the heart, so that Imaan can grow inside of it and it can grow closer to Allah.

How does the Quran really guard your Imaan?

Imam Hasan al Basri رحمه الله has said something to the effect, “There is no person who memories the Quran except that It protects him. ”

Hifdh means to protect and guard, it doesn’t just mean t memorise. “The Quran guards him rather than him protecting the Quran”

The Quran protects you because you are filling your free time with the memorisation of the Quran, you are memorising it so that you can recall it in times when you need to recall it. So, Quran takes up your free time, instead of engaging in leisure , you spend that time memorising the book of Allah. While other people fill their head with so much of other nonsense, you are filling it with the words of Allah. Reciting the Qur’aan has an effect on your Imaan. Allah mentions that a sign of the believers is that when they hear the verses of Quran they fall in prostration and It affects them. The recitation of Qur’aan grows their humility ,so one it takes care of time and two  it takes care of the heart in humility.

One thing the Prophet ﷺ taught us to do is to, and this is a very practical way to bring Imaan into the recitation of Quran  is to turn every ayat of Qur’aan into a Duaa into a supplication. If you can turn every ayat of Quran you recite into a supplication, like the Prophet ﷺ did during his night prayers, as we learn from Umme Salamah رضي الله

Whenever we recite Quran, we should ask ourselves, ” how do I turn this verse of the Qur’aan into a duaa so that I can actively engage my Imaan?”

Nothing increases a persons faith the way the recitation of the Quran does and this is something very significant,  the Prophet ﷺ mentioned that we have fluctuations in Imaan, and if we read Qur’aan only in Ramadan, then that in it of itself is a sign that your fluctuations are not healthy at all. If the only time you touch the Qur’aan is one month of the year, then your heart is going to die for 11 months and you will have to resuscitate it for that one month. So, the recitation of Qur’aan has to be maintained throughout the year.

May Allah protect us with the Qur’aan, guard us with the Quran and make us people of Qur’aan.

Allahumma Ameen


Faith Revival: Unreasonable goals

We have discussed extensively the effect of sin on faith, the pursuit of wealth and fame, envy and stinginess, but what about good deeds that can hurt your Imaan?

What does that mean???

The Prophet ﷺ has said, “No one overburdens themselves with the religion (no one exaggerates or goes to extremes with the religion)  except that the religion defeats him.”

That’s very powerful!! The religion defeats you and crushes your Imaan. What is the Prophet ﷺ talking about? He ﷺ says, “So be moderate and proceed gradually and worship Allah in the morning and between Asr and Maghreb and a little bit in the last part of the night and proceed moderately and you will reach your goal. ”

The prophet ﷺ is telling us that sometimes the most detrimental thing to your Imaan is when you set unreasonable goals or expectations for yourself. When you have that sudden burst or that “catalyst” that we spoke about and you just want to take it all on. I have been so far away from Allah, now I need to grab everything. I need to go from being this wicked trangressor to being the likes of the companions of the prophet ﷺ, I need to get to that level tomorrow!

The prophet ﷺ witnessed that in his life and he warned people from going to extremes when good deeds because it will crush your imaan when you can’t maintain that output. There are many examples of that. Every fundraiser held, people quote Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه and they mention that Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه gave all his wealth for the sake of Allah and Umar رضي الله عنه gave half of his wealth for the sake of Allah and the Prophet ﷺ praised Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه and Umar رضي الله عنه , but the Prophet ﷺ actually stopped other people from giving all of their wealth, Why? Because he ﷺ recognised that it was unreasonable. So, when people came to the Prophet ﷺ and said “I want to give it all for the sake of Allah.” He ﷺ said, “You should hold some of it for your family, you shouldn’t give it all up.”

And they said, “Ya Rasulullah ﷺ I want to give it all up.”

The very famous story in Surah Aale Imran when Allah revealed the ayat,

“[But as for you, O believers,] never shall you attain to true piety unless you spend on others out of what you cherish yourselves; and whatever you spend – verily, God has full knowledge thereof” (3:92)

Abu Talha رضي الله عنه came to the messenger of Allah ﷺ and said, “I want to give my most precious garden.”

Nabi ﷺ said, “it is better if you leave it for your family”

He ﷺ understood that these people might be depressed afterwards because they might reflect and realised that they went too far. Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه on the other hand , his imaan was secured. Likewise, The prophet ﷺ allowed some people to fast more than other. There are companions that fasted every day, every single day except for the two Eid. He ﷺ didn’t allow that for other people, because he ﷺ knew that it was unreasonable and that the expectation was too much. So, He told Abdullah bin Amr bin Aas رضي الله عنه that the best fasting is the fasting of Dawood عليه السلام .”

Nabi ﷺ took him رضي الله عنه through the equation , first try Monday’s and Thursday’s , then the three middle days of the month , and if you want more then don’t go beyond fasting on alternate days, because he ﷺ recognised that Abdullah ibn Amr was too overzealous and too young and he رضي الله عنه was trying to do it all at once. He رضي الله عنه was trying to pray all night long!

Nabi ﷺ told Abdullah ibn Amr something to the effect , “Don’t be that guy who comes later on in life and says I remember the days when I used to pray Qiyaam-ul-Layl and then you just abandon it all together”

Because it was too burdensome, the bar was set wayyy too high. So, people need to understand that you need to set long term goals and short term goals. Long term you need to have a final destination in mind, short term I can go from not reading Qur’aan at all to reading Qur’aan three times a month. I need to start somewhere, you can’t go from not praying 5 times a day to praying all night long or to say that you are going to pray Qiyaamul Layl every night, you start with your five. You can’t go from barely fasting in Ramadaan to fasting every other day or the fasting of Dawood عليه السلام. If you set unrealistic spiritual  goals for yourself, you will feel defeated when you are unable to meet those goals. You need to set realistic goals and work towards them in baby steps, and once you reach them, then you build on it. You don’t start with these lofty goals, you build on them. There is a beautiful methodology that Imam Ghazzali رحمه الله

“You leave sin immediately, no gradual leaving, but you build good deeds gradually.”

Otherwise you will feel like you aren’t sufficient and if you set a goal for yourself and you feel like you aren’t able to reach that goal, adjust it, don’t give it up all together. So, if you say from now on I’m going to read Qiyaamul Layl two times a week, and if you aren’t managing and finding it difficult , then adjust it and do it once a week.

Don’t give your good deeds up! Even if they are small!

May Allah allow us to proceed with moderation and not be overburdened by a religion that is meant to provide ease and tranquility.


Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Faith Revival: Why do people leave faith?

There is a very famous incident where Abu Sufyaan goes to Jerusalem and Abu Sufyaan was not yet a Muslim and when he arrived in Jerusalem, shortly after the treaty of hudaybiah, where the Prophet ﷺ entered into a truce with the people of Makkah, Abu Sufyaan continued on the traditional route of the Makkans to greater Syria and that included Palestine and Jerusalem and they were held up up by Heracal, who had just received the letter from The Prophet ﷺ inviting him to Islam. So, he is standing with Abu Sufyaan in front of him and he put the companions of Abu Sufyaan behind him and he said,

“I want you to answer the questions I have for you, but I want you to do so in all honesty, and if your companions say that you have told a lie, then I am going to kill you right now.”

So, he was basically forcing Abu Sufyaan into saying the truth about the Prophet ﷺ even though he wasn’t a muslim at that time.

So, two of the questions he asked Abu Sufyaan

  1. I asked you about the followers of the Prophet ﷺ , are they growing in number or are they decreasing? Meaning that with all the persecution that you are inflicting upon them, are they increasing or decreasing in number? Abu Sufyaan had to admit that they are increasing
  2. When these people enter into their faith, does anyone leave the faith after they embrace it out of displeasure with the faith? Abu sufyaan said no, when people become muslim, they don’t leave it out of displeasure with the faith. Heracal then said, “That is the reality of Imaan and true faith. Once it enters into the heart of someone, there is no way a person will abandon that.”

There are a few very important things to point out from this Hadeeth

Hearacal understands that Islam comes with persecutions at the time as well as new restrictions. So, When Islam came, the followers were persecuted because of it and things that were previously open to them was made forbidden and they are still not leaving the faith because of it. Were there people leaving the faith? Yes there were.

Allah says, “There are people that worship Allah on an edge” When good things happen to them then they stay within, when bad things happen, they jump off the cliff.

There were people who accepted islam , well kind of accepted Islam and as soon as something bad happened, they were just like, ‘Forget this faith, good things aren’t happening to me.” But Heracal is saying thats someone who dives deeply into the faith and imaan enters into the heart, there is no way that that person will give that up. Now are there exceptions to the rule? of course, you you do see people leave islam. A lot of people leave islam for reasons other than islam, but they attribute it to islam.

People often leave due to ignorance. They don’t have the sufficient knowledge and so, when they were challenged from a knowledge perspective, the were unable to answer the questions that they were asked, even the questions they ask themselves. Sometimes people leave when they don’t achieve benefit. People equate faith with prosperity in this world, so if I became Muslim or if I start to embrace faith and bad things start happening to me then I am one of those people who worships Allah on an edge.

Sometimes people leave out of hypocrisy, they accepted Islam with a bad ulterior motive in the first place. Allah makes mention of these people who are insincere in the Qur’aan.  “And when they meet those who believe[d], they say, “We believe[d].” But when they are alone with their evil ones, they say, “Indeed, we (are) with you, only we (are) mockers.” (2:14) Sometimes people leave faith because they have never experienced what it is like to be away from Allah. Umar رضي الله عنه has said. “Islam will not be lost by people who revert to Islam , Islam will be lost when people are born into Islam and they have never experienced ignorance or being away from Allah.”

People that have never experienced distance before coming to Allah will take their faith for granted. They won’t taste the sweetness of Imaan, it will become routine and part of their upbringing but they will ditch it because they don’t know what it is like to be away from Allah and that is why we see that people who have come from a dark past love Islam and love faith so much more because they had to strive and struggle for it and when faith settles in your heart despite that journey, you have already beat the temptation of wealth and the temptation of fame.

You have sacrificed relationship and wealth, not because you wanted to, but because people left when you became Muslim. You sacrificed all the barriers that prevent you from tasting the sweetness of Imaan even before you got to Imaan.

So Umar رضي الله عنه is saying that Islam will be lost when people are brought up in faith, but they don’t really appreciate it and faith doesn’t truly enter their hearts, rather they are born with all of these restrictions and cultures in their family and that’s when they start to have an insecurity in their faith and start to look in other places for happiness


May Allah enable us all to be pleased with the faith and may Allah never allow something out of our faith to take the faith out of us.

Allahumma Ameen

Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Faith Revival: They don’t believe until…

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


In the last post we discussed the idea of realising the sweetness of faith, but how do we even begin to get there?

Prophet ﷺ realised that there’s a spectrum and that it takes time to get there. A person has to actively practise certain things before he/she gets there.

There are numerous Ahadeeth where the Prophet ﷺ says, “No one of you believes until…”

The translation is not that you don’t believe as in you are a disbeliever until such and such happens, but that you don’t truly believe until such and such happens.

The most famous one The Prophet ﷺ mentions,

“None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”

Related by Bukhari & Muslim

Because now you are putting the love of Allah above the love of possession and the love of circumstances in this world, and it’s either your love for Allah that leads you to take care of your brother or loving your brother for the sake of Allah that allows you to take care of him. So, from the sweetness of Imaan that we discussed in the last post, two things come into the equation.

Allah says, “But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you, [O Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission.” Surah Nisaa


” judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves”

So, it starts Intellectually. The Prophet ﷺ sunnah is what governs the interpretation of the Qur’aan, it is what governs all of our affairs. When I am trying to find something that will settle my current affairs, I will not resort to anything until I have first went to the sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ. Theologically, we should be able to settle at that, Muhammad ﷺ is our judge. But what if going back to the Prophet ﷺ sunnah makes us feel uncomfortable? What if we feel like we need to escape the interpretation and pretend it doesn’t apply to our context?


“then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged”

The next level is not just intellectual, it’s that they make peace with the judgement of the Prophet ﷺ, so they are able to resolve and they don’t find resistance internally when the Sunnah of the prophet ﷺ is put forward.  There are elements of your faith that you are not going to be able to practise in your context, but you should make peace with all of them to be able to say that Allah and his Messenger ﷺ do no wrong. All the legislations that have come down via the Qur’aan or been taught to us from the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ is just, all of it merciful and all of it is moral, even if my current context does not consider it as such and even if I’m never going to practise any of these that all of these legislations comes from a place of morality and goodness and I don’t want that resistance inside of me. So, I move from intellectual to my comfort and peace, I am intellectually following legislation and I am comfortable doing so.


‘submit in [full, willing] submission”.

Now, we go to a place of sakina, tranquility. By learning about the Prophet ﷺ, learning Seerah with Sunnah and studying him ﷺ’s biography, the interpretation and tafseer of the Qur’an and building myself intellectually and building myself internally, I come to a place where not only am I not finding resistance within me to some elements of the faith, but rather I am finding myself fully submitting and humbling myself to my faith with full willingness and embrace. I don’t find any resistance and I feel proud and enriched by the Quran and the sunnah. The Quran and the sunnah puts me at ease.

So, you go through phases, Resolving intellectually any disputes you might have with the faith to feeling comfort with the legislations of faith and feeling peace and tranquility with the faith and this is where a person tastes the sweetness and the reality of faith.

May Allah allow us to be of the last category mentioned in the Ayat and may Allah forgive us on the journey of faith. Allahumma Ameen


Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman


Faith Revival: Faith in Hardship

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
This Hadeeth comes in the form of a father speaking to his son, which makes it very powerful. It is about the famous companion, Ubaadah ibn Saamit رضي الله عنه
Ubaadah رضي الله عنه as he was passing away, he says
“Oh my son, you will not be able to  taste the reality of faith, until you understand that that which has come to you was not meant to have missed you and that which has missed you was not meant to have come to you. Oh my dear son, I heard the Prophet ﷺ say, “The first thing created by Allah was the pen, then, He ordered it to write, so it wrote everything that will happen till the Day of Judgment.” (narrated by Tirmidhi, Abu-Dawud, and Ahmad).
Oh my son, I heard the Prophet ﷺ , “Whoever dies with an understanding other than this understanding is not from me” meaning is not of my followers and not of the true believers.
This Hadeeth is so profound. You will not taste the reality of faith. it is so easy to talk about faith when you are not in hardship. It is easy to talk about what should work and what shouldn’t work, but your faith and Imaan is really put to the test when you get hit with something of divine decree that you were not expecting, that is where the building up of all your imaan is supposed to show itself and take root. That is where your imaan needs to respond to the test, and respond to the trial.
Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه says, “Whoever establishes his belief in divine decree has established his belief in Allah and whoever destroys it, will destroy his belief in Allah.”
It all goes back to that firm belief.
We should notice that when he رضي الله عنه is speaking to his son, Ubadah رضي الله عنه starts with knowledge. If you want the reality o faith, you need to at least have the intellectual understanding, spiritually you might bend a bit when something happens, you might have difficulty with sabr and patience, but intellectually you have the ilm that what has come to me was not meant to have missed me, because people end up letting Shaytaan into their  lives by using the word “if”. The Prophet ﷺ tells us not to use this word. Why?
Because when you use that word, it opens us all the doors for Shaytaan. He now has so many entrances, because the word itself brings so many possibilities.
If I had done this….
If this had happened…
If such and such happened…
You aren’t going to have time to put your trust in Allah and root your Imaan if you are constantly thinking about what could have happened.
Ubaadah رضي الله عنه is saying to his son “Come back to the realisation that even if you did something else, this still would have happened. Allah never lost control of the situation. Your Imaan needs to take root in that and you have to take comfort in that.
Ubadaah رضي الله عنه is not saying that you will taste the sweetness of faith , he said you will not even taste the reality of faith until you come to that realisation and understanding first.
 Allah has given me obligations to do but  Circumstances are beyond my control. If you truly understand this you will taste the reality of faith as well as the fruits of faith.
Things happen and all of it is planned already!! Allah knows everything
May Allah allow us all to taste the reality of Imaan.
Allahumma Ameen

Faith Revival: Envy and faith

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
The past two posts, we have been discussing wealth, either having too much of it or wanting too much of it and having extremely little and how this can have a certain impact on your Imaan. Today, we discuss 2 Ahadeeth that are centred around the same idea.

The Prophet ﷺ: “There has come to you the disease of the nations before you, jealousy and hatred. This is the ‘shaver’ (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith…” [(Hasan) Jamee at-Tirmidhee (2434)]

The Prophet ﷺ  said: “Stinginess and faith never exist together in the heart of the believer.” (Reported by al-Nisaa’i)


From these two Ahadeeth, we see that the two things faith cannot co-exist in a heart with is Envy and Stinginess. Both of these inherently have to do with wealth.

There is a healthy type of envy where you wish well for a person. For example, a person has a certain talent and they use it for the cause of islam or a person of knowledge; you envy them to the point that it motivates you to do good.

Every other type of envy is harmful to your Imaan because you are after something of this world and you want something so badly, that the love of this wealth takes over and makes you wish harm upon someone else to acquire it.

Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.”[Abu Dawood]

We forget to be grateful for what we have in life, rather we are constantly looking at what they have and want to attain it at all costs.

So, The Prophet ﷺ tells us that envy and Imaan can’t co-exist. A quick and easy way to solve envy is:

  1. When you see something that someone else has, make duaa that Allah keeps that blessing for them. Say, “الله هم بارك هم ” Oh Allah bless him. Try and disconnect yourself from that blessing, do not sit and stare at what they have

As for stinginess, the Prophet ﷺ said that Stinginess and Imaan can’t exist in a persons heart. Now, you are the one that “has it all”and you hold back. What is restraining you from using your wealth or resources for noble causes is the voice of Shaytaan. There is a lack of trust in Allah and a level of attachment to that wealth that Allah wishes to break. When you have faith in your heart, you will quickly race to assist and use your wealth for good causes. Everyone was touched by The Prophet ﷺ’s generosity and this is because of the level of Imaan that he ﷺ had and the level that we are taught to have.

Stinginess is fought by charity. When People ask for donations and Allah has blessed you, give liberally.

May Allah make our heart free of Envy and Stinginess

Allahumma Ameen

Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Faith Revival: Poverty leads to disbelief

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
In our last post, we discussed the two most dangerous things to ones faith, love of wealth and fame and today we discuss this statement made by Umar رضي الله عنه,
“Poverty may lead to disbelief” and he رضي الله عنه further went on to say
“If poverty was a man, I would have choked him with my own two hands”
The Prophet ﷺ acknowledged this and he ﷺ  used to make du’a to be protected from disbelief (kufr) and poverty (fakr) at the same time, highlighting the correlation between the two. The Prophet ﷺ  understood that when there is poverty in society, there is likely to be a lack of education, a rise in crimes and eventually, an increase in ignorance. Hence, as another hadith relates, poverty will thus eventually lead to disbelief.
In a narration of Ibn Hibaan رحمه الله, He ﷺ was asked why this duaa was made like how it was and he ﷺ said that they are the same.
Anas ibn Malik رضي الله عنه  said, “The Prophet ﷺ used to often say, ‘O Allah, I seek refuge with You from worry, sorrow, incapacity, laziness, cowardice, avarice, being overburdened by debt and being overcome by other men.’”
Aisha رضي الله عنه  asked the Prophet ﷺ  why he made so much dua against incurring debts. He ﷺ  replied, ‘Whoever gets into debt speaks and lies, and makes a promise and breaks it.’” Sunan an-Nasa’i
We see it in the world today, there is a correlation between poverty and crime. Poverty can lead someone who is morally upright to do things thy otherwise wouldn’t have.
1. The Prophet ﷺ is not blaming the person who is poor. Our faith does not encourage people to force themselves into unpleasant situations, as do many other religions, in order to attain a certain level of spirituality. This concept does not exist in Islam. But, if, you happen to be a poor person than that was the decree of Allah and most of the residence of Jannah are from amongst the poor and needy, why? because wealth takes people away
2. Seek refuge in Allah from Disbelief and poverty and refuge in you from the punishment of the Qabr
3. Prophet ﷺ put a burden on society, not the poor people. Society has an obligation to eradicate poverty. This is a powerful connection, the same passion we should have to eradicate kufr, we should have the same amount of zeal and passion to eradicate poverty.
The prophet ﷺ has said, “A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.”
It is a sign of Imaan to help other people. If you want to protect the Imaan of a society, you need to help eradicate poverty.
We ask Allah to protect us from disbelief and poverty, to use us to eradicate poverty and make us agents of preserving Imaan
Allahumma Ameen
Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Faith Revival: Two hungry wolves

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
If you were to be asked, “What is the most dangerous thing to your imaan, what is the biggest threat?”You might think about certain circumstances or major sins; maybe social media or even a bad friend. You will think about things that are Haraam and that are plainly prohibited.
the prophet ﷺ said, “There is nothing more dangerous to a person’s faith like two wolves that are let free amongst the flock of sheep.”

Imagine what the Prophet is saying ‘two wolves that go into a flock.’ The two most dangerous things are those two wolves to your faith (your faith being the sheep), are the love of wealth and the love of fame that a person has.

It’s not a major sin, it’s not some horribly haram thing such as Zina or Alcohol but  it is  the love of wealth and fame!


Wealth on its own is not a bad thing!

The Prophet taught us to have the upper hand instead of the lower hand, and Allah teaches us to make the Duaa, ” Our Lord! Give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.(Al-Baqarah:201)”

But if a person has an uncontrollable desire for this world, for materialism, and they constantly pursue more and more wealth, then they’re going to find themselves in a situation where they will resort to unethical things, where they will start to place expectations in that wealth, and that will distance themselves from Allah.

And sometimes having a lot of money changes a person’s personality; wealth can actually change a person’s behavior…

Secondly, the desire for fame. If I want to be famous and it’s all about fame, then a person starts to resort to unethical behavior to get that fame, or when a person gets that fame once again, they change and they find it very easy to resort to some of the major sins that have been described.

So, what’s the solution?

1. The Uncontrollable Desire for Wealth

The Prophet ﷺ  gave us a few things to deal with materialism. First, he taught us charity. It sounds simple enough, but if you dictate on yourself to give a certain amount of charity every time you earn, then it’s going to be routine and it’ll be already baked into anything that you’re going to receive.

2. Extravagance

The Prophet ﷺ  taught us not to be extravagant. So, make the difference between needing something and wanting something to check your extravagance.

3. Fasting

As we learn in the month of Ramadan and fasting, the importance of sometimes breaking off from something that is available to you of this dunya as a means of gaining a greater appreciation for it.

So, Umar said:

“If you have a comfortable bed, don’t always sleep on it. Take a night off and sleep on the floor! The next day you’re going to appreciate the comfort of that bed.”

When you fast, you appreciate the blessing of that food, so a person becomes content with what they have.

4. Gratefulness

The Prophet ﷺ  taught us to constantly be grateful for what is given to us.

As for the love for fame, the Prophet ﷺ  taught us that we need to make sure that we never pursue something for the sight of the people. And he taught us that Riya’ (showing off, particularly doing something to be seen by the people) is actually a hidden form of polytheism because you turn those people into gods by acting in accordance with their sight.

And essentially what we learned from our scholars of spirituality, Ibn Al Qayyim رحمه الله  says:

“A person has to make the sight of Allah more beloved to them than the sight of the people.”

Try and become famous with Allah and the angels, and forget about trying to be famous with the people.

Remember, the two wolves to your faith, Wealth and Fame

May Allah protect us from both and grant us wealth and fame in the hereafter. Allahumma Ameen


Transcribed from Sheikh Omar Suleiman

Faith Revival: The faith of the Prophet عليه السلام before

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم – In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
The greatest inspiration that we have is the Prophet ﷺ and he ﷺ often took inspiration from the prophets عليه السلام that came before him ﷺ because he wanted us to also be inspired by those prophets.
Nabi ﷺ has mentioned in a Hadith, “We have more right to doubt than Ibrahim عليه السلام

“And (remember) when Ibrahim (Abraham) said, “My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead.”

He (Allah) said: “Do you not believe?”

He [Ibrahim (Abraham)] said: “Yes (I believe), but to be stronger in Faith.” He said: “Take four birds, then cause them to incline towards you (then slaughter them, cut them into pieces), and then put a portion of them on every hill, and call them, they will come to you in haste. And know that Allah is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” (Al-Baqarah 2:260)”

The prophet ﷺ said that we have the right to also have these feelings and doubts because Ibrahim عليه السلام had them as well.

This Ayaat was Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه’s favourite ayaat in the Qur’aan because intelectually increasing yourself in knowledge allows you to feel more at comfort with your faith. Mujahid رحمه الله has mentioned about this ayat  that Ibrahim عليه السلام wanted his imaan to be further increased, so he عليه السلام did have faith, he عليه السلام just wanted his imaan to be increased. The Prophet ﷺ praised Ibrahim عليه السلام for the way that he asked the question and the way he answered as well.

He ﷺ continued saying, “And may Allah have mercy on Lut عليه السلام, he wished to have a powerful ally, but he was all alone in his city and if I were to stay in prison as long as Yusuf عليه السلام, I would have responded to the call.”

When Yusuf عليه السلام was in prison and the King sent for his dreams to be interpreted and Yusuf عليه السلام correctly interpreted them, the King sent someone to take Yusuf عليه السلام out and Yusuf عليه السلام replied, “I will not come out until my innocence is proved.”

He عليه السلام didn’t want to come out of prison due to some other reason other than his name being cleared completely, because it would have been insincere. The Prophet ﷺ was admiring the trust that Yusuf عليه السلام had in Allah for all those years in prison and when he was given the chance to be released for reasons other than his imprisonment , he declined.

In another Hadith, Nabi ﷺ has offered us a very practical tip on how we deal with challenges to our faith  because it’s often in those moments of adversity that we find a strength in out faith that we didn’t even know we possessed.


When Ibrahim عليه السلام  was imprisoned, the people went out to gather fuel for the fire. Through that fire, its makers intended to burn not just Ibrahim عليه السلام , but the truth, which they refused to accept – to rid of it once and for all, or so they imagined. It is said the fire started to flame and began a huge blaze and its sparks seemed to be touching the sky.

It is reported that as Ibrahim عليه السلام  was being bound and shackled before being thrown into the fire, the angel Jibrael عليه السلام  came to him. “O Ibrahim, do you have any need?” he asked.

“Yes, but not from you,” was the steadfast reply.

It is said that an especially wicked unbeliever devised a catapult by which the noble prophet was hurled into the midst of the roaring fire.

Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه  states that the last words Ibrahim عليه السلام  spoke before he was flung into the blaze were,

“Hasbunallah wa ni’mal Wakil – Allah is sufficient for us and how excellent a Protector!”  (Bukhari).

Allah Almighty said: “Those to whom hypocrites said, ‘Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.’ But it (merely) increased them in faith, and they said, “Sufficient for us is Allah, and (He is) the best Disposer of affairs (HasbunAllahu wa ni’mal Wakeel).” (3:173)


What Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه wanted us to understand was that this saying of Ibrahim عليه السلام is what Allah  strengthened him عليه السلام through. It was this saying that allowed his faith to increase. Even in those difficult times, he عليه السلام put his complete trust in Allah. We see the same thing amongst the Sahaba رضي الله عنه, when they were threatened with massacres, they responded with the same verse, and their faith was increased

Hasbunallah wa ni’mal Wakil – Allah is sufficient for us and how excellent a Protector!”

When our faith is challenged in anyway, we should immediately resort to this verse and its recitation and Allah will through his mercy, strengthen us and increase our faith.

May Allah always be our protector and best disposer of affairs and protect us from all those who intend harm for us.

Remember to read:

Hasbunallah wa ni’mal Wakil – Allah is sufficient for us and how excellent a Protector!”

From Sheikh Omar Suleiman