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Salam,

It's really hard to explain this, but do you guys just remember that one time when you had soo much iman and taqwa! When you felt soo spiritual, and connected to Allah.

The problem is that I feel a lot of it has been lost. I have defs gained more knowledge but it feels all mechanical. It's like I'm doing everything without being able to contemplate. I don't want all my good deeds to be turned into dust.

I wanna taste the sweetness of iman again, because I know what it felt like. I'm not sure if I'm just being confused or over critical. Something doesn't feel right.

Do you guys go though this?

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We live a routine of which worship becomes just another part, that's the problem. The point of a routine is that you do things out of habit, sometimes on auto-pilot. But the point of worship and connection with Allah is that you're conscious of Him, and that it doesn't become something you do on auto-pilot.

Ask yourself whether you're truly talking to Allah when reading Qur'an/Dua and praying. Are you really trying to be conscious and aware of Allah right that moment, are you trying to stay focused on maintaining that consciousness throughout worship? Or has it become the act of a body on auto-pilot, while your mind is just numb and asleep?

What works for me is to realize my own consciousness and existence, from there awareness of Allah automatically follows. Or try to ''envision'' Allah's presence. Not in any physical way, but just think about His reality, that you know he's there. When you talk to Allah, realize that he's listening, don't just talk or read the Dua out of habit. Constantly remind yourself of the fact that Allah is listening. The moment you feel the sweetness of mercy you can stop focussing, that feeling is sufficient to have you stay conscious.

 

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وَعَلَيْكُمْ السَّلاَمُ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ 

Respected brother @ali_fatheroforphans

Do not worry when you feel less in Emaan. You are a shia and a lover of Mohammad(saww) o Aal(asws) e Mohammad(saww).

So remember this thing, They(asws) call you near when it is better for you and they(asws) send you far when it is better for you. So do not be worried.

I don't remember the entire narration but a guy used to go at the door of an Imam(asws) and he would always be sent back from the door itself without him meeting the Imam(asws), It went for quite sometime, he got upset, later something took place in his life through which he realised that sending him back from the door was itself good for him.

So do not worry. They(asws) do not abandon their followers and lovers.

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Bismehe Ta3ala,

Assalam Alikum Brother @ali_fatheroforphans

Insh'Allah you are well and in good health.

It is important brother that you practice what you already know.

For example, you know it is good to help your parents.  It's one thing you know and another to implement it.  

There are two ways to get to know Allah swt. (m3rifat, recognition of God)

1) Through the universe

2) Through ourselves

6:00

What is 3lim (knowledge) and what is m3rifiat (congnition)?

Self-knowledge

What are the paths or ways I can follow to know ourselves?  Self awareness, self discovery  Third stage:  What can I do to continue to know myself?

 

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah

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Iman is cyclical and it goes up and down. During times of ghafla it is recommended to pray a voluntary salat, even if it is just two short units. You can try exposing yourself to new parts of the religion, things you are not used to reading or doing. Sometimes just finding a new reciter can bring your spirit up.

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8 minutes ago, Qa'im said:

You can try exposing yourself to new parts of the religion, things you are not used to reading or doing.

This is very true! I've noticed that when I don't consistently learn something new about Islam, my heart feels dead and dry (if that's the right way to put it).

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just as a fyi, Meaning behind the Rituals. 

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(iii) Sajdah: Daily Reminder of the Purpose of Life

Sajdah is the last part in each cycle of salāt; it is the part where you prostrate in such a way that your forehead, both palms, both knees and the big toes of both feet are touching the ground. Sajdah is to be done twice in each cycle: one should go into the first sajdah, then sit upright for a moment, and then go into the second sajdah.

Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Tālib (a.s.) was once asked why we have two sajdahs in each cycle of salāt. The reply that the Imam gave shows that sajdah (like many other parts of the ritual prayer) has a symbolic meaning also. He said,

“While you are in the first sajdah, you are saying [to God] `From it [the earth] You have created me.'
While getting up from the first sajdah, you are saying `From it You have taken me out.'
When you go into the second sajdah, you are saying `To it You will return me.'
While getting up from the second sajdah, you are saying, `From it You will take me out again.'”

In this hadith, the holy Imam has actually applied the following verse to the sajdah:

 “From it We have created you, and to it We shall return you, and from it We shall take you out again.” (20:55)

If you study this hadith carefully, you will realize that:

1. You have been created from the earth. Remembering your origin will not allow you to be arrogant and proud on the basis of race or wealth.

2. Getting up from the first sajdah is like our birth, going down into the second sajdah is like death and getting up from the second sajdah is like resurrection. This symbolic meaning will never let us forget the day of judgment and the life hereafter.

3. It also shows that this worldly life is symbolically nothing more than a few moments that you sit between the two sajdahs.

This insight into the philosophy of sajdah will surely transform your salāt from a mere ritual to a practical reminder about your origin, the transient nature of this world and your ultimate destination in the hereafter.

https://www.al-islam.org/islam-faith-practice-history-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi/lesson-26-islams-spiritual-program-2#iii-sajdah-daily-reminder-purpose-life

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Tell you the truth, this is a good built-in gradual upward trend with lots of mini drops in between. 

Had it not been like so, all of us would have been exhausted to the bits. 

Just hang on and keep sticking to your good habits InshaAllah.

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Tell you the truth, this is a good built-in gradual upward trend with lots of mini drops in between. 

Had it not been like so, all of us would have been exhausted to the bits. 

Just hang on and keep sticking to your good habits InshaAllah.

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@ali_fatheroforphans Spirituality in us falliable human beings is a waxing and waning thing. It changes because we haven't attained full control over our nafs and is affected by outside factors such as our diet, the environment we spend most of our time in, the non wajib ibadaats we are performing at the time, our recitation and reflection upon the verses of Holy Qur'an and many others. 

Like @AMR5 above said,these mini drops are actually good. They give us time to rejuvenate and and then go higher. Our souls, despite the yearning to soar towards Allah, aren't trained or ready for the journey in most of the cases. That's why we actually these need these minibreaks or they would succumb in the process or even worse go in the direction of shirk. 

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On 12/19/2018 at 4:00 AM, ali_fatheroforphans said:

Salam,

It's really hard to explain this, but do you guys just remember that one time when you had soo much iman and taqwa! When you felt soo spiritual, and connected to Allah.

The problem is that I feel a lot of it has been lost. I have defs gained more knowledge but it feels all mechanical. It's like I'm doing everything without being able to contemplate. I don't want all my good deeds to be turned into dust.

I wanna taste the sweetness of iman again, because I know what it felt like. I'm not sure if I'm just being confused or over critical. Something doesn't feel right.

Do you guys go though this?

Is it winter time where you are? Seasons can have a high impact on mood and state of mind...

its affecting me as well, stress is stress but why does it affect iman. I think the chemicals in our brain are playing a role 

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On 12/19/2018 at 10:00 PM, ali_fatheroforphans said:

Salam,

It's really hard to explain this, but do you guys just remember that one time when you had soo much iman and taqwa! When you felt soo spiritual, and connected to Allah.

The problem is that I feel a lot of it has been lost. I have defs gained more knowledge but it feels all mechanical. It's like I'm doing everything without being able to contemplate. I don't want all my good deeds to be turned into dust.

I wanna taste the sweetness of iman again, because I know what it felt like. I'm not sure if I'm just being confused or over critical. Something doesn't feel right.

Do you guys go though this?

I've been feeling like this the past two weeks, it's a horrible, depressing and draining feeling :(

Sometimes my Iman and Irfan are very strong and I see life as it really is, but in the case of at the moment, Shaitan has got me his materialist illusion. Focusing on Allah is all I can really do.

Edited by HakimPtsid

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16 minutes ago, HakimPtsid said:

I've been feeling like this the past two weeks, it's a horrible, depressing and draining feeling :(

Sometimes my Iman and Irfan are very strong and I see life as it really is, but in the case of at the moment, Shaitan has got me his materialist illusion. Focusing on Allah is all I can really do.

Brother inshallah everything will be alright. Do your wajibats and just remind yourself that you're doing it for the sake of Allah.

You have to crave spirituality to actually get it. It's okay when you feel annoyed and frustrated because you've tasted the sweetness of iman before. Your soul isn't satisfied with materialism which is a good thing.

Edited by ali_fatheroforphans

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On 12/21/2018 at 4:53 AM, Ralvi said:

Is it winter time where you are? Seasons can have a high impact on mood and state of mind...

its affecting me as well, stress is stress but why does it affect iman. I think the chemicals in our brain are playing a role 

نتیجه تصویری برای ‪winter is spring of believer+imam Ali‬‏    Ù†ØªÛŒØ¬Ù‡ تصویری برای ‪winter is spring of believer+imam Ali‬‏ 

(49) Winter is the believers spring
Imam Sadiq (a) said:
Winter is the believers spring. Its long nights help the believer offer his rites of worship.

http://en.al-shia.org/content/attributes-real-shia-muslim-based-narrations-4

The Prophet (s) said: To observe fasting in winter is a blessed gain.

https://www.imamreza.net/old/eng/imamreza.php?id=3373

27 minutes ago, HakimPtsid said:

I've been feeling like this the past two weeks, it's a horrible, depressing and draining feeling :(

Sometimes my Iman and Irfan are very strong and I see life as it really is, but in the case of at the moment, Shaitan has got me his materialist illusion. Focusing on Allah is all I can really do.

Winter Is The Spring For A True Believer - Syed Muhammad Rizvi

 

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19 minutes ago, ali_fatheroforphans said:

Brother inshallah everything will be alright. Do your wajibats and just remind yourself that you're doing it for the sake of Allah.

You have to crave spirituality to actually get it. It's okay when you feel annoyed and frustrated because you've tasted the sweetness of iman before. Your soul isn't satisfied with materialism which is a good thing.

Spirituality is at the forefront of my entire life, it is one of those things I can't separate myself from (even in current battles I'm going through).

I've already had a period in my life as an atheist (way before I became a Muslim), so Kufr  isn't in the cards for me but trying to stay connected with the Nur can be a struggle at times living in the oppressively Anti-Islamic (and anti-Religion), Anti-Individual, Capitalist, Materialist world I have to live through in spite :(

My soul is definitely not satisfied with the morbidly superficial and artifice of folly thrown at me/us in the Western world. Also, as a "mystic", these things are the complete opposite of what I want to strive for. May Allah make my path and my suffering beneficial, may I continue to learn wisdom.

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12 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

ÙتÛج٠تصÙÛØ±Û Ø¨Ø±Ø§Û âªwinter is spring of believer+imam Aliâ¬â    ÙتÛج٠تصÙÛØ±Û Ø¨Ø±Ø§Û âªwinter is spring of believer+imam Aliâ¬â 

(49) Winter is the believers spring
Imam Sadiq (a) said:
Winter is the believers spring. Its long nights help the believer offer his rites of worship.

http://en.al-shia.org/content/attributes-real-shia-muslim-based-narrations-4

The Prophet (s) said: To observe fasting in winter is a blessed gain.

https://www.imamreza.net/old/eng/imamreza.php?id=3373

Winter Is The Spring For A True Believer - Syed Muhammad Rizvi

 

 

Thanks for sharing that Ashvazdanghe, it means a lot to me :)

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1 hour ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

ÙتÛج٠تصÙÛØ±Û Ø¨Ø±Ø§Û âªwinter is spring of believer+imam Aliâ¬â    ÙتÛج٠تصÙÛØ±Û Ø¨Ø±Ø§Û âªwinter is spring of believer+imam Aliâ¬â 

(49) Winter is the believers spring
Imam Sadiq (a) said:
Winter is the believers spring. Its long nights help the believer offer his rites of worship.

http://en.al-shia.org/content/attributes-real-shia-muslim-based-narrations-4

The Prophet (s) said: To observe fasting in winter is a blessed gain.

https://www.imamreza.net/old/eng/imamreza.php?id=3373

Winter Is The Spring For A True Believer - Syed Muhammad Rizvi

 

Thank you

my question came because some Doctors  call it seasonal depression so the change in brain for someone who doesn’t know may bring these effects

but certainly I agree that the winter time is a time for high spirituality and tests. Suddenly going from long days to short days can bring haste and anxiety to some

so I’m trying to cope with that and if my master tells me it’s my spring and to ignore my pain 

then so be it. I will look at it that way =)

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1 hour ago, Ralvi said:

so I’m trying to cope with that and if my master tells me it’s my spring and to ignore my pain 

i have same feeling as you but i also try to cope with my pain.

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