Did you ever mix the concepts of faith (Iman) and Islam as a child? Faith is a part of Islam and is not a single concept. But what do you think about understanding more details about the concept of Iman in Islam?

In this article; Let us delve deeper and explain to you about Iman in Islam, its manifestations, signs, and its pillars, in addition to the difference between the pillars of faith and the people of faith.

The Meaning of Iman in Arabic

Faith in its linguistic meaning comes from the word “secure أمن” meaning reassurance.

However, in the legal sense, we interpret faith as absolute belief in God, His angels, messengers, and destiny.

The difference between faith and Islam

We previously mentioned that many people confuse the concepts of faith and Islam, but the truth is that although the two concepts are interconnected, they are radically different, and this is evident in the words of God Almighty:

“ʾIʿrab said, “We believe”. Say, “You do not believe,” but say, “We committed to Islam.” And when faith has entered your hearts, And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you of your deeds, Indeed, God is Forgiving, Merciful”

“قَالَتِ الْأَعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُلْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَلَكِنْ قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَلَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الْإِيمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَإِنْ تُطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ لَا يَلِتْكُمْ مِنْ أَعْمَالِكُمْ شَيْئًا إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ”

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Ways to increase Iman

Are you looking for ways to enhance and strengthen your faith in God? Faith, like Islam, has pillars. If you adhere to them, you can increase your Iman.

So, what exactly are the pillars of faith? Here are the six essential pillars:

Characteristics of Iman in islam

  • Faith in God

Faith in God is one and has no partner in the kingdom. The kingdom is his and the matter is his command.

  • Belief in angels

Belief in angels here is not intended to believe in the angels themselves, but rather to believe and believe in their existence and obedience to God, and the evidence for that is the noble verse: “But righteous is he who believes in God and the Last Day and the angels and the Book and the prophets,” “وَلَكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ” as this is mentioned in Surat Al-Baqarah, the verse 177.

  • Belief in heavenly books

By believing in the heavenly books, we mean believing in everything that God has revealed to His prophets and messengers so that they may convey them to their people, and what is known from them, or in a more correct sense, what is mentioned from them in the Holy Qur’an:

  1. The Torah
  2. The Bible
  3. Ibrahim’s newspapers (Psalms)
  4. Al-Zabour (Psalms)
  5. And of course, the Holy Quran

To access more details; The Torah was sent to Moses, the Bible was revealed to Eissa, the Psalms were revealed to Dawood (David), the Scriptures were obviously sent to Abraham, and finally the Qur’an was revealed to the seal of the prophets and messengers Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.

  • Belief in the prophets and messengers

In addition to believing in the message of the messengers who were mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, it is also necessary to believe in the prophets and messengers who were not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an and love them with pure love for the sake of God Almighty, without distinguishing between any of them.

It must be known that the servant’s faith is not complete except with this pillar, but it will never be achieved, and this is evident in the words of God Almighty in Surah An-Nisa:

“O you who have believed, believe in God and His Messenger and the Book that was sent down before, and whoever disbelieves in God and His angels and His books and His messengers and the Last Day has indeed strayed astray Away”.

Speaking of which, what is the difference between a prophet and a messenger?

Briefly and without going into details: The Messenger was sent by God Almighty with a holy book and a miracle and more were achieved in his time. As for the Prophet, no book or revelation was sent down to him, but rather God used him to call people to Islam.

  • Belief in the Last Day

Simply put, it is belief in the Day of Resurrection, and that there is a date for reckoning, reward, and punishment, and that there is a Paradise and Hell.

  • Belief in destiny, its good and its evil

Destiny, whether it appears to be good or evil, is created by God and from God, which makes belief in destiny a fundamental pillar of faith, God Almighty said in this regard: “Indeed, We created everything with destiny.” “إنا كل شيء خلقناه بقدر”.

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