God created man with the aim to worship Allah SWT. Humans will be tested to determine if he/she deserves a heaven in the hereafter. In order to fulfill that noble purpose, people need to have a strong faith and taqwa in carrying out all the commandments of Allah SWT and to avoid all the prohibitions of Allah SWT. However, in the absence of faith and taqwa in a person, they will not have the blessings and guidance from Allah SWT. Faith and Taqwa are the keys that save humanity in the world and hereafter. Thus, faith and taqwa can be interpreted as the foundation of human life.
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So, here are signs of strong iman that we should know :
- When the name of God is mentioned, his heart will tremble
The heart trembles because listening to the name of God is the fear and love of God embedded in their heart. One that can shake the hearts of believers is reading the Qur’an. In fact, no one exceeds the influence of the Qur’an in reminding of Allah SWT and warns to always obey the command of Allah SWT.
Heart tremble that comes up will also make the heart calmer. Because the heart feels free and there is a desire to avoid immoral acts. It is as quoted in Al Quran Surah Az Zumar verse 23:
Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah.s praises. Such is the guidance of Allah. He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide.
- Their Faith Increases when Hearing the Verses of Allah
When the verses of Allah recited in the Al Quran, then faith will increase. Thus, their faith in God increases. This is evidenced by more and more good deeds and reduced sinfulness.
Listening to Al Quran recitation by others is the most effective means of raising faith. Because listening to Al Qur’an from others will help in conditioning to contemplate the content and meaning of the Al Qur’an verse. When listening, people will focus more on thinking about the content and meanings of their verses than to think about the procedure of reading and tajwid. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) repeatedly asked His companions to recite the verses of the Al Qur’an to Him.
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- Put Their Trust (Tawakkal) to God
Tawakkal is self-serving and rests completely on Allah SWT. Tawakkal did after trying the best. If a person has strong faith, someone will only trust Allah SWT. Because they realize that tawakkal is a worship that is directed only to Allah SWT alone.
Tawakkal can be regarded as the highest level of tawhid. Therefore, the character of a strong and true believer is trust with Allah SWT alone and only asks for protection to Allah SWT.
And will provide for him from where he never expected. Whoever relies on Allah—He will suffice him. Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has set a measure for all things.(Surah At Thalaq verse 3)
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- Uphold Shalat
Shalat is one of the traits of believers in the Qur’an and hadiths of Prophet Muhammad. Stand up or enforce Shalat, not just only done. Because of intended by enforcing the prayer by fulfilling all its adab, its rukunnya, its sunnah, and its terms.
In addition, enforcing Shalat means in performing the worship service should be in the beginning of time, implement it in the congregation, and practice with khusyu’. So Shalat is done the right way is expected to make people prevented from the acts of adultery and vile.
…And attend to your prayers, and practice regular charity, and kneel with those who kneel.(Surah Al Baqarah verse 43)
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- Do not like to interact except associate with people who sholeh
Associate with pious people will make the person a positive person in living a life. Because the person is always getting feedback and constructive criticism and always reminded to continue to do a good thing.
And content yourself with those who pray to their Lord morning and evening, desiring His Presence. And do not turn your eyes away from them, desiring the glitter of this world. And do not obey him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance—so he follows his own desires—and his priorities are confused. (Surah Al Kahfi verse 28)
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- If a person received a disaster, they considered it as a test and a sense of affection from Allah SWT.
The calamity given by Allah SWT is one way to test so that we can increase our sense of faith and patience. The calamity if passed with patience will elevate us in the eyes of Allah SWT. In fact, the test is not just a disaster, but pleasure is a much bigger test. Because when you get the pleasure of the world, often forget to realize that it is just temporary.
…and patiently persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and in the time of conflict. These are sincere; these are pious.(Al Baqarah verse 177)
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- If people get a disaster in religious affairs, they will be regret.
When someone who does not realize or even intentionally leaves worship, they will soon regret it. Therefore, they will not do the same fault for the second time. They are even willing to sell or leave things that make them forget with Allah SWT. Furthermore, they will increase the worship and do not forget to ask forgiveness for repentance to Allah SWT.
And race towards forgiveness from your Lord, and a Garden as wide as the heavens and the earth, prepared for the righteous. Those who give in prosperity and adversity, and those who restrain anger, and those who forgive people. Allah loves the doers of good. And those who, when they commit an indecency or wrong themselves, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins—and who forgives sins except Allah? And they do not persist in their wrongdoing while they know.(Surah Ali Imran 133-135)
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- They don’t eat and drink from the result obtained with haram.
This is a fairly difficult command to practice. The world is full of deceit. People are very easy to be trapped and instigated, so willing to follow their lust. The enjoyment of the world from wealth often deprives common sense and clean mind. However, believers will realize that it will be bad in the end. Verily all good works will bring good results. However, bad work will bring bad results as well.This is where the faith and piety of a person will be seen.
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- Looking at others more Saleh and better, and seeing themselves full of sin and deprivation.
People who still feel sinful will continue to increase their worship and always improve themselves. They will not also be arrogant. In their heart would be no hatred if they saw other people get a lot of treasure. For them, everyone always has a chance to become a successful person. They will not feel satisfied and always feel less to continue to worship Allah Almighty.
And content yourself with those who pray to their Lord morning and evening, desiring His Presence. And do not turn your eyes away from them, desiring the glitter of this world. And do not obey him whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance—so he follows his own desires—and his priorities are confused.(Al Kahfi verse 28)
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- Give a portion of the sustenance earned for the needy.
Sustenance gained by a person is not just a treasure or money. But it can be a knowledge, position, and so forth. Give a portion of the sustenance possessed becomes one proof of obedience to Allah SWT. In the Al Qur’an is also an obligation for Muslims who are able to perform zakat. In addition, there are also various ways and other forms of sharing the sustenance to others.
Those who perform the prayer; and from Our provisions to them, they spend.These are the true believers. They have high standing with their Lord, and forgiveness, and a generous provision.(Surah Al Anfal verse 2 and 3)
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More Signs of Strong Iman (11-17)
Here are more signs of strong iman that we should know.
- Patience with people’s act and wrongdoing.
- The fear of sin and death due to lack of iman.
- Angry and remind other people when witnessing with his own eyes a violation of the things that Allah forbid.
- Humble to other people with different religions.
- Always grateful for the giving from Allah.
- Always do infaq or give something to other people in need.
- Represent the Rasulullah’s act.
That’s it for 17 signs of strong iman. Hope this article will give us benefits and always on Allah’s side.