Benefits of Imaan

by Allama Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer 

Real Iman or true faith is such a big blessing from Almighty Allah swt that it cannot be compared with any other blessing of Allah swt .If a person has health ,wealth ,fame and intellect but he lacks faith indeed he is a loser in here after.A real Muslim also termed as Momin should have firm belief in all the pillars of faith .The basic pillars of faith are:

1 Faith in Oneness of Allah

2 Faith in Muhammad salal laho aliehi wasalam as final prophet and messenger

3 Faith in all the prophets of Allah swt

4 Faith in all the angels of Allash swt

5 Faith in all the books revealed by Allah swt

6 Faith in Quran as the final Book

7 Faith in Destiny i.e Takdeer of Allah swt

8 Faith in Day of Judgement

When a person will have firm belief in all these pillars of faith and will be doing righteous deeds to endorse his faith he will be favoured by Allah swt in this life and hereafter. Some of the benefits gained by firm belief are as follows:

1 Peace ful and Blessed Life:

To lead a peaceful life is goal and target of every human being and many people struggle hard to achieve this target but are unable to achieve it due to lack of knowledge and guidance.

Allah swt has made this thing clear in Holy Quran that whoso ever will be a firm believer he will be blessed with a peaceful life .Allah swt says:
Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islâmic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision). (An-Nahl 16:97)

2 Guidance from Allah swt:

Every human being wishes that he should be on right path .Allah swt has made it clear that Allah swt will guide the true believers on right path.Allah swt says:
And verily, Allâh is the Guide of those who believe, to the Straight Path. (Al-Hajj 22:54)

3 Getting love of Human beings

In this material world a person cannot achieve love of human beings easily .Even some times blood relations are not sincere with eachother .But a person with firm belief and righteous deeds succeeds in getting love of human beings.Allah swt says in Holy Quran:

Verily, those who believe [in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)] and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent (Allâh) will bestow love for them (in the hearts of the believers). (Maryam 19:96)

4 Friendship and Protection of Allah swt.

The friendship and protection of Allah swt is a great blessing and lucky are those who are able to achieve Friend ship of Allah swt .If Allah is the protector of someone no one can harm that person and indeed he has gained success in this life and hereafter This friendship and protection of Allah swt can only be achieved with the help of firm belief.Allah swt says:

Allâh is the Walî (Protector or Friend) of those who believe. (Al-Baqarah 2:257)

5 Removal of depression and Anxietis:

Current era is the era of depression and anxieties.This anxiety and depression has a damaging affect on humanity and human beings feel them selves isolated and empty due to these psychological problems.Allah swt has made it easy for believers to overcome their depressions and anxieties.With the increase in faith a stage comes when these depressions and anxieties cannot do any harm to a true believer.Allah swt had made it clear in Holy Quran:

No doubt! Verily, the Auliyâ' of Allâh no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve, Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism), and used to fear Allâh much . (Yunus 10:62,63)

6 Opening of Doors of Blessings from Heavens and Earth:
If a person needs provisions and success in this life he needs favour of Allah swt .Allah swt has made it clear in the Holy Quran that He will open doors of blessings for true believers. Allah swt says:

And if the people of the towns had believed and had the Taqwâ (piety), certainly, We should have opened for them blessings from the heaven and the earth, but they belied (the Messengers). So We took them (with punishment) for what they used to earn (polytheism and crimes, etc.). (Al-A'raf 7:96)

7 The Most trustworthy hand hold provided by Allah:

When a person is in trouble he needs some support .If he is provided support in time he is able to overcome that trouble.It is blessing of Allah on true believers that He has provided them the most trustworthy handhold.Allah swt says:
Whoever disbelieves in Tâghût and believes in Allâh, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (Al-Baqarah 2:256)

8 Removal of Darkness:

When a person is facing crisis or some problem he feels as he is engulfed in darkness.Similarly if some one faces confusion on some issue he feels himself in darkness. It is very difficult to overcome dark patches of life but if a person has firm belief in Allah swt .Allah swt takes him out of that darkness.Allah swt says:

Allâh is the Walî (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light. (Al-Baqarah 2:257)

9 Safety from anger and punishment of Allah swt:

The wrath and anger of kings is very dangerous and anger of every king is in accordance with his power and capacity. No one can comprehend the situation when The King of the kings become angry .When Allah swt is angry no one can even think of resisting and tolerating His anger.But it is the blessing of Allah swt on believers that He never punishes them.Allah swt says in the Holy Quran:

Why should Allâh punish you if you have thanked (Him) and have believed in Him. And Allâh is Ever All¬Appreciative (of good), All¬Knowing. (An-Nisa 4:147)

10 Better reward from Allah swt:

It is the tradition of Allah swt that He never ignores the effort and work which is done for His sake.Allah swt has made it clear in the Holy Quran:
And if they had believed, and guarded themselves from evil and kept their duty to Allâh, far better would have been the reward from their Lord, if they but knew! (Al-Baqarah 2:103)

11 Kingdom of this world:

Allah swt is the owner of Kingdom in this world and herafter.Allah swt has promised in Holy Quran that He will bless kingdom of world to those who will have firm belief.Allah swt says:

Allâh has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islâm). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allâh). (An-Nur 24:55).

Muslims were ruler of the land for more than a thousand year.That was the time when they had firm belief but when they became weaker in their belief they were dominated by others.

12 Success of Hereafter:

The real success is the success of hereafter.Allah swt has made it clear in the Holy Quran :

And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing). (Aali Imran 3:185)

This real success is only achieved by those who are firm in their belief and Allah swt will bless them with this success .Allah swt says:

But those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) and do deeds of righteousness, We shall admit them to the Gardens under which rivers flow (i.e. in Paradise) to dwell therein forever. Allâh's Promise is the Truth, and whose words can be truer than those of Allâh? (Of course, none). (An-Nisa 4:122)

On another instance Allah swt says:

"Verily! Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds, shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (the Paradise) for their entertainment. "Wherein they shall dwell (forever). No desire will they have to be removed therefrom." (Al-Kahf 18:107,108)

All these benefits can be gained if we have firm belief in pillars of faith.May Allah swt give us taufeeq to have firm belief and we are capable of gaining all these benefits in this life and hereafter Ameen.