It almost goes without saying that faith is a vital component of life – having faith is what gets us through the day; it is the glimmer of hope at the end of the long, dark tunnel. Faith can come in many different forms. Whether it is religious faith, faith in those we love or simply just faith in ourselves; all are vital and equally valid forms of faith.
However, for us now, faith is never more important than during this Holy month of Ramadan.Ramadan is the perfect time to get back in touch with your faith and prepare yourself for the months to come.
If you regularly find that your levels of motivation are low or that you are struggling to incorporate faith into your daily life, this is the perfect time to address these issues and reacquaint yourself with the importance of faith.
What is Faith?
At its core, faith is beyond just a mere feeling. It is a deep-rooted sense of peace, direction, and acceptance; the knowledge that you are on the right path. Faith breeds hope, allowing us to dream and work towards a better future. Faith lives in the heart and soars with the spirit, untroubled by logic and reasoning.
Faith can’t be explained, however those who have faith can’t live without it.
Faith Brings Motivation
When you feel like giving up, faith is the little voice in the back of your mind, encouraging you to keep going and push on through. Motivation comes from faith, and it is motivation which allows us to be more successful, striving towards a brighter future.
Faith Banishes Fear
Similarly, faith also helps to banish negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, and nervousness. Feelings such as these are instantly driven away once you take the time to get back in touch with your faith – hope and faith are the positive emotions you need to improve your life for the better.
Faith makes us Better People
With the solid presence of faith behind us, we are able to confidently move through life, creating the best possible lives for ourselves. Faith makes us kinder and more tolerant, encouraging us to carefully consider our words and actions and ensuring that we are always courteous to those around us.
“Have faith” and “keep the faith,” along with other sayings, are phrases we use daily. We reference faith to help keep us confident and send out some positive energy – either by having faith in a higher deity, having faith in ourselves, or having faith in others.
Faith in the context of religion is very important for a person. It places the person in a belief system that develops into a way of life and provides its own unique system of logic to explain the phenomena of life around us. Faith in God enables humans to be thankful for the blessings they enjoy, and to be patient in times of difficulty, for they believe that nothing can happen without His will. Faith in the Divine Being also prompts people to be more in tune with their souls and to maintain a constant connection through prayer, supplication, and reflection. Ultimately, faith enables them to develop a deeper vision, one which goes beyond the sight of their eyes and the signals of their minds.
Prophet Muhammad once said, “Faith is to affirm your faith in God, His angels, His Books, His Messengers and the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine Destiny whether it be good or bad.” Aptly, these are called the “six articles of faith.” Each one is asking us to believe in something we have never seen or experienced before – the very essence of faith itself.
This positivity also extends further beyond the boundaries of our immediate interactions, enabling us to support people in need around the world. Ramadan offerings (sadaqaat) are especially important, as Ramadan is the perfect time to educate people about faith and show support to vulnerable people during this holy time.
Having faith in the unseen and the unknown spiritually is definitely more challenging;Faith requires us to build a conceptual bridge from our material existence to an unknown destination and to journey through bravely. Perhaps this is why the results are expected to be far more rewarding. God has promised the faithful many bounties.
“As for those who fear their Lord unseen, for them is Forgiveness and a great Reward.” (Quran 67:12)