Causes Behind the Increase and Decrease of Eemaan
Author: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-‘Abaad
Translator: Abu Safwan Farid ibn Abdulwahid Haibatan
Publisher: Al-Hidaayah Publishing & Distribution
This in-depth study on eemaan is truly an astounding piece of work, mashaAllaah. It succeeds in its depth, comprehensiveness, eloquence, and sheer importance. The subject matter is incredibly relevant and is sure to resonate with all, for which reason this gem of a book should be essential reading for every Muslim.
How fortunate we are to have been blessed with eemaan, and is there any greater blessing than this? Surely it is of the greatest of the blessings of Allaah ta’ala. Yet still we cannot simply be content with merely having eemaan, rather we must work to strengthen and fortify it, as the forces which would cause its decline are many. While we know that eemaan increases and decreases, this book tell us how this occurs in great depth and detail.
The book is comprehensive in its scope, for it displays both the recipe for success and the recipe for disaster. It begins by expounding upon the causes for the increase of eemaan – from beneficial knowledge to sincere righteous actions. And indeed this is of the most frequent questions asked to the Shuyookh or to a friend from one seeking naseeha, that is, how do I increase my eemaan? Once Shaykh Abdur-Razzaaq masterfully covers this topic, he moves onto its polar opposite – that which causes the decrease of eemaan. This section not only answers the question of why those who were strong in eemaan falter and experience a decrease in it, but also can answer why those with very little eemaan or those devoid of it completely are in this unfortunate state.
The book is bespeckled with jewels from the Qur’aanic ayaat to the many ahadeeth, from the statements of learned men of the past (chief among them being Ibn Al Qayyim and Ibn As-Sa’dee) to the author’s own elaborate commentary. Moreover, it is filled with insights that induce awe-inspiring moments which allow you to engage in serious self-evaluation and come out with a fresh perspective on oneself and society as a whole.
The portion on ‘Universal Signs (Aayaat Kawniyyah) of Allah’ deserves special mention. The author highlights how pondering over the creation of Allaah is of the most beneficial ways to increase one’s eemaan. Shaykh Abdur-Razzaq not only points to what we should reflect upon, but guides us through the very process. He illustrates many intricate aspects of creation we might otherwise overlook, leaving you to marvel at Allaah ta’ala – His Capability, His Might, and His Wisdom. The poetic, flowery language is exceedingly beautiful and completely draws you in, leaving you in a state of awe.
In short, the book reaffirms our life’s purpose, outlines the ways in which we can remain steadfast upon the straight way and finally elucidates how one strays from this past. But the journey one embarks upon, of reflection, insights and discovery, makes this book a truly powerful force that should be experienced by all.