Praise be to Allaah.
A person may become negligent and that may lead to weakening
his faith. The remedy for that is to pray a great deal for forgiveness and
to constantly remember Allaah, and to read Qur’aan and focus on and ponder
its meanings, for doing that will rid the heart of its carelessness and wake
it from its slumber. And it is very important to do a lot of righteous
There are several reasons for weakness of faith, including
1 – Ignorance of the names and attributes of Allaah leads to
weakness of faith because if a person is lacking in knowledge of the names
and attributes of Allaah, his faith will be imcomplete.
2 – Neglecting to think of the signs of Allaah in the
universe and to ponder His commands and prohibitions. This causes a lack of
faith or at the very least it makes faith stagnant and prevents it from
3 – Committing sin, for sin has a far-reaching effect on the
heart and on faith. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: “No adulterer is a believer at the moment when he is
committing adultery.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 2475; Muslim, 57).
4 – Failing to do acts of worship, for failing to do acts of
worship diminishes faith. But if the act of worship is something that is
obligatory and it is neglected with no excuse, then this is a shortcoming
for which a person is to be blamed and will be punished. If it is an act of
worship that is not obligatory or it is obligatory but a person does not do
it because he has an excuse, then this is a shortcoming for which he will
not be blamed or punished.
Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Fadeelat al-Shaykh Muhammad
ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, 1/52
We advise you to read Qur’aan a great deal and ponder its
verses, for in that there is healing for what is in your heart, if Allaah
wills. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And We send down of the Qur’aan that which is a healing
and a mercy to those who believe”
We also advise you to
study the stories of the Prophets, for Allaah narrated them in the Qur’aan
to make the heart of his Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him), and the believers with him, steadfast. Allaah says (interpretation of
“And all that We relate to you (O Muhammad) of the news of
the Messengers is in order that We may make strong and firm your heart
thereby. And in this (chapter of the Qur’aan) has come to you the truth, as
well as an admonition and a reminder for the believers”
And we also advise you to
read question no. 14041.
O Allaah, make faith dear to us and make kufr (disbelief),
evildoing and sin hateful to us, and make us of those who are rightly-guided.