Does Islam motivate you?

Does it inspire you?

Has your love for Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala given you all the encouragement and motivation you need to wake up before the sun rises to offer your salaat-ul-fajr?

Have the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in His book – Al-Qur’an – inspired you and moved you to such an extent that the deepest and filthiest parts of you begged for change, cried for self-improvement?

We fear Allah and we should, but where is our love for Him?

His mercy is greater than His wrath.

Our fear of His wrath keeps us on the right path, insha`Allah, but what about our love for Him?

His words should move you to the point of tears. His commands should dawn upon you with epiphany and satisfaction and endless contentment of everything you have been given and all that has been taken away from you in this life. His signs and miracles should constantly make you believe and remind you of His power and motivate you to remember Him and call upon Him – not only in your times of need, but in every moment of your life in which you should feel a sense of gratitude, and in every moment you breathe.

He is your Creator. He is your Provider. He is your Guide. He is your Forgiver. He is your Listener. He is your Guardian. He is your best friend, insha`Allah.

Your love for Him should be so great that a moment of forgetting Him makes you feel nauseous and anxious and desperate for Him – His signs, His book, His love, His reminders.

Let’s go back to the time when the recitation and tafseer of the qur’an brought pouring tears in our eyes. Let’s go back to the time when performing salaat took up most of our days because we understood that He is not in need of our salaah – it is us that is in need, it is us that is begging for forgiveness, guidance. When you ask someone to do something for you, you make the request sound as beautiful as possible. When we pray to Allah – in which every time we recite surah Al-Fatiha, we are asking for His guidance and help – why is it that we rush through it? What kind of a request is rushed?

YOU ARE STANDING BEFORE YOUR LORD, ASKING FOR HIS FORGIVENESS, ASKING FOR HIS GUIDANCE… And you’re merely mumbling words you’ve simply memorized at a young age and you rush through it. Nothing could be more embarrassing than performing salaat in front of your Lord and looking pathetically uninterested and unmotivated.

YOU NEED YOUR SALAAT. He does not. Perfect your salaat, be sincere, cry before Him; your sins should be more than enough to make you weep at the thought of asking for His forgiveness for them.

WHERE IS OUR EMOTION? Where is our love for Islam? For Allah? Where is our motivation, our inspiration??

Ya Allah, make us among the pious. Keep us close to You. Continue to guide us and, Al-Rahman, forgive us. Forgive us for every sin, every mistake. Ya Allah, forgive us, forgive us, forgive us. We sinned with our own hands that YOU blessed us with. We sinned with our own eyes that YOU blessed us with. We sinned with Your bounties, we sinned with Your blessings, we sinned with Your mercy. We abused Your blessings. Ya Allah, forgive us. Bring us closer to You. Ameen.

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