What Does Action Got To Do With Faith?

Have you ever tried to do DIY or build anything?

Imagine the example of a laborer who has no money for his next meal or rent unless he builds a house and gets paid. When inspected at the end of the day, the house crumbles with the slightest push. He lost a day’s hard work and more.

Aren’t we this poor needy person. In need of Allah’s mercy and guidance? Our existence in this life is like a journey, taking a rest under the shade of a tree at times but we have to get up and continue.

We hope after all this hard work and journey in life that we get to our final destination –Jannah (Paradise) and eternal pleasure of Allah (swt).

{By the time. Surely, human is in a (state of) loss, except those who believe and do good deeds and charge one another with the truth and charge one another with patience.} Quran 103:1-3

There are many verses in the Quran that mention the rewards of the believers:

{but those who have believed and done good deeds shall fear neither wrong nor injustice.} Quran 20:112

{As for those who have believed and done good deeds, their Lord will admit them into His Mercy – that is a mighty triumph!} Quran 45:30

Notice that good deeds are mentioned along with belief. The two go hand in hand. In fact, they complement and strengthen each other.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:  “”None of you can perfect their faith till he wishes for his brother what he likes for himself.” Narrated by Bukhari

In Islam there are six articles of faith: to believe in Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the day of judgment and predestination. Commentaries on a hadith known as Hadith Gabriel give good explanations of each of these. Why not check one here.

How do we believe?

Belief (Imaan) can be defined as ‘to believe in your heart, state that belief with your tongue and take action with your limbs in accordance with that belief’.

When the heart believes in something, it believes it to be the truth and submits to it.

When the tongue believes, it states that belief and its words reflect that belief. For example, when a person enters Islam, they signify this by stating the testimony of faith, “I testify that none is worthy of worship but Allah and that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah”. Likewise, the rest of the body will follow suit; do actions that align with that belief and refrain from what opposes it.

But we are no angels. We will forget, slip and make mistakes. That is because we are not at the same high level of Imaan all the time.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Faith has over seventy or sixty branches. The most excellent is the declaration that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and the humblest of which is the removing of what is injurious from the road. And modesty is a branch of faith.”

Instead of waiting for our faith to increase before we do good deeds, let’s use the doing of good deeds as a way of increasing and maintaining the level of our faith (Imaan).

Read, listen and learn and teach the Quran

{Indeed the believers are those whose hearts quake at the mention of Allah, and when His verses are recited to them it increased them in faith. They are those who put their trust in their Lord.} Quran 8:2

Make Dua (Supplication to Allah)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Indeed Iman wears out in one of your hearts similar to how a garment wears out. So ask Allah to renew the Iman in your heart”

Attend Islamic talks and classes

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When a group of people assemble for the remembrance of Allah, the angels surround them (with their wings), (Allah’s) mercy envelops them, Sakinah, or tranquillity descends upon them and Allah makes a mention of them before those who are near Him.” Narrated by Muslim

Facing difficulties with strength

{No affliction falls except by the permission of Allah. For those who believe in Allah, Allah will guide his heart. Allah has knowledge of all things.} Quran 64:11

Loving one another for the sake of Allah

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever loves for Allah’s sake, hates for Allah’s sake, gives for Allah’s sake and withholds for Allah’s sake, Allah will have perfected his faith.”

Start somewhere. Somewhere easy and simple. Somewhere where you find yourself drawn to. For some of us, giving of our money and time comes easy. Others find fasting outside of the month of Ramadan easy. And others have a talent for teaching and/love being around people. Imam Malik’s Letter to al-‘Umari, I think, beautifully illustrates this point.

Begin and insha’allah you will increase in Imaan, develop in action and mature in character. You are building a life here and the hereafter.

Remember to keep your heart and actions sincere for the sake of Allah and are in line with the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him).


Where will you start?


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