Our Prophet (pbuh) said, "My people (Ummah) are granted five gifts that no prophet before me had been given... 1st Gift: when it is the first night of Ramadan, Allah looks at His servants. He will never punish those at whom He looks.
Indeed, Ramadan is a time for Muslims to focus on self-evaluation and spiritual purification; it also teaches us that achieving the ultimate goal of fasting requires sincerity, honesty, patience and above all the capability for self-criticism.
Ramadan gives us a time to mend troubled self-images; to give charity, to grow forgiveness for others, and to renew relations with family, friends, and colleagues.
OnIslam.net has a pleasure to introduce to its readers a compiled file of counseling questions about how to get ready for Ramadan.
Weakness of faith (eeman) is a common complaint among many Muslims. Those who are aware and conscious of it struggle to find ways to overcome it. Faith, as we know, is directly connected with the heart. Allah (SWT) has warned us against the heart that is hardened, closed, sick, blind and sealed. The spiritual health of our hearts determines the strength of our faith. When our faith is weak, we can see it in our actions.
When our faith is weak, we are more likely to fall into sins until we completely get desensitized to their ghastly nature. The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) described the heart ravaged by weakness in the sahih hadith by stating: “The heart will be subjected to trial after trial, and there will appear a black stain on any heart that is affected, which will spread until the heart is completely black and sealed, as it were, so that it will not recognize any good deed or denounce any evil, except whatever suits its own desires.” (Reported by Muslim, no. 144)
To improve this condition we need to know the symptoms of weak faith so we can work to cure them. The following highlights some of the symptoms of weak faith.