How to get a strong faith

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Ibn-ul-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “Whoever wants to make his building high, then he must take care to lay down firm foundations. For the height of a building will depend on the firmness and strength of its foundations. Deeds and levels are buildings, and their foundation is faith. Whenever the foundation is firm, then the building can stand firm upon it and be tall and if anything falls off the building it is easy to put it back in place. As for if the foundations are not firm, then the building will not be solid and cannot be made too high. If something breaks off from the foundation, then the whole building could fall down.

So, the one is knowledgeable, his concern is with making his foundations strong and firm. But the one who is ignorant builds his building without any foundation, so it does not hesitate to come crumbling down, as The Most High says:

أَفَمَنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ تَقْوَىٰ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٍ خَيْرٌ أَمْ مَنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ شَفَا جُرُفٍ هَارٍ فَانْهَارَ بِهِ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ
Is it then he, who laid the foundation of his building on piety to Allah and His Good Pleasure, better, or he who laid the foundation of his building on an undetermined brink of a precipice ready to crumble down, so that it crumbled to pieces with him into the Fire of Hell. And Allah guides not the people who are the Zalimun (cruel, violent, proud, polytheist and wrong-doer).
[Surah At-Tawbah: 109]

The foundation for the building of actions is like the strength of the human body. If the body is strong then it will cope well and ward off many illnesses. But if the body is weak then it will not be able to cope with much and will be quick to pick up illnesses.

So, build your building upon a strong foundation of faith, then if something is taken from the roof or the top of the building it will be much easier to put it back in place than if the foundations were ruined.

These foundations are two:
1. Correct knowledge of Allah, His commands, His names and His attributes.
2. Singling out obedience to Him and His messenger to the exception of anyone else.

This is the strongest foundation that the slave of Allah can establish his building upon and due to it he can build his building as high as he likes.”
(Al-Fawaa’id, Page 175)
Translated by Abu Hafsa, except the Ayah which was taken from Muhsin Khan’s translation.


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