What do you recommend us to do in order to continue Islamic life and daily prayers?
Submitted by on Mon, 19/09/2011 - 11:30
Dear Brother / Sister,
Today, I want to talk to you about some basic rules of us. I do not know whether they will be answers to your unanswered questions or not. It is up to you to decide.
However, those rules must be known at any rate and their existence must not be forgotten. One of them is this:
"If you cannot do something fully, you should not give it up completely." It is a true rule.
You want to do a correct thing fully; you want to practice it completely. However, there are some difficulties about it; at times, there are impossibilities. Either you are not ready for it due to your soul or the circumstances outside you are not suitable. What will you do in that case?
Since you cannot do it fully, will you give it up completely? Or will you try to do as much of it as you can and wait for a suitable time and circumstances for the part that you have not been able to do?
The rule says; you do not have to abandon all of it because you cannot do all of it. Do and practice as much of it as you can. Have the determination and will to do and practice the parts that you have not been able to do and practice...
Do it if you want to find a way out of the difficulties and impossibilities you are in, if you want to find a remedy and if you really want to practice it...
I want to draw attention to another point that will expand your reasoning.
Common criteria of verses and hadiths:
Thawabs eliminate sins; good deeds eliminate bad deeds.
Suppose you made a mistake and committed a sin unwillingly due to the pressure of your soul or due to the impossibilities in your environment. Do you think it is all gone and there is no way out?
In our opinion, it is not all gone; there is still some hope and ways out. This is the verse we have mentioned above:
"Those things that are good remove those that are evil."(Hud, 11/114)
A person who repents his sins is like a person who has not sinned...
Then, increase your worship and rewards to remove the sins that you commit unwillingly; increase your good deeds and concentrate on your service; thus, your thawabs will surpass your sins.
Your thawabs will probably be more than the sins that you have committed unwillingly and the glad tiding given by the verse will be manifest for you. You will be in the position of winning instead of losing.
What we mention is not permission to commit sins but some hope for those who fall in despair and think that it is all gone.
During all my life, what I have observed has never been all-or-nothing. Sometimes, things started incompletely but in the course of time, defects were diminished, and sometimes the result was perfect.
The same thing is valid for religious issues. Do not overestimate them and say, ‘I cannot do all of them, so I will not try to do any of them’. Do the ones that you can and wait for the love, enthusiasm and possibilities that Allah will grant you for the ones that you have not been able to do.
You may lose everything, but never lose your hope! He who loses his hope has lost more than everything.
Say: "O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (az-Zumar, 39/53)
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