Committing sins and not
feeling any guilt.
Having a hard heart and no
desire to read the Quran.
Feeling too lazy to do
good deeds, e.g. being late for salat
Neglecting the Sunnah.
Having mood swings, for
instance being upset about petty things and bothered and irritated most of
Not feeling anything when
hearing verses from the Quran, for example when Allah warns us of
punishments and His promise of glad tidings.
Finding difficulty in
remembering Allah and making zikr.
Not feeling bad when
things are done against the Shariah.
Desiring status and
Being mean and miserly,
i.e. not wanting to part with wealth.
Ordering others to do good
deeds when not practicing them ourselves.
Feeling pleased when
things are not progressing for others.
Being concerned with
whether something is haram or halal only; and not avoiding makroo (not
Making fun of people who
do simple good deeds, like cleaning the mosque.
Not feeling concerned
about the situation of Muslims.
Not feeling the
responsibility to do something to promote Islam.
Being unable to deal with
calamities, for instance crying and yelling in funerals.
Liking to argue just for
the sake of arguing without any proof.
Becoming engrossed and
very involved with dunya, worldly things, i.e. feeling bad only when losing
something in terms of material wealth.
Becoming engrossed and
obsessive about ourselves.
Recite and ponder on the
meanings of the Quran. Tranquility then descends and our hearts become soft.
To get optimum benefit, remind yourself that Allah is speaking to you.
People are described in different categories in the Quran; think of which
one you find yourself in.
Realize the greatness of
Allah. Everything is under His control. There are signs in everything we see
that points us to His greatness. Everything happens according to His
permission. Allah keeps track and looks after everything, even a black ant
on a black rock on a black moonless night.
Make an effort to gain
knowledge, for at least the basic things in daily life e.g. how to make wudu
properly. Know the meanings behind Allah's names and attributes. People who
have taqwa are those who have knowledge.
Attend gatherings where
Allah is remembered. In such gatherings we are surrounded by angels.
We have to increase our
good deeds. One good deed leads to another good deed. Allah will make the
way easy for someone who gives charity and also make it easy for him or her
to do good deeds. Good deeds must be done continuously, not in spurts.
We must fear the miserable
end to our lives; the remembrance of death is the destroyer of pleasures.
Remember the different
levels of akhirah, for instance when we are put in our graves, when we are
judged, whether we will be in paradise or hell.
Make dua, realize that we
need Allah. Be humble. Don't covet material things in this life.
Our love for Subhana Wa
Ta'Ala must be shown in actions. We must hope Allah will accept our prayers,
and be in constant fear that we do wrong. At night before going to sleep, we
must think about what good we did during that day.
Realize the effects of
sins and disobedience- one's imaan is increased with good deeds and our
imaan is decreased by bad deeds. Everything that happens is because Allah
wanted it. When calamity befalls us- it is also from Allah. It is a direct
result of our disobedience to Allah.