We all need reminders

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Muslim man and kid praying at Mosque © Muhammad Annurmal | Dreamstime.com

We should never underestimate the importance of having reminders, and we should strive to appreciate reminders when Allah blesses us with them in different ways.

Reminders are never meaningless and there is always a benefit that comes with them, even if we do not see it at first. Sometimes we may think that we have already read a book or watched an Islamic talk online multiple times, so we no longer need reminders. We must understand that actually, these reminders will always help us with our Imaan and bring us closer to Allah.

Each time we read an Islamic article or perhaps listen to an Islamic lecture, it is likely that we will take something different from it each time, even if we are already familiar with that particular article or lecture. This is because life is an ongoing and ever-changing journey in which our range of experiences continue to widen. Each lecture, article, or book will affect us differently according to what we are going through in that particular phase of our lives.

As humans, being forgetful sometimes is in our nature and it is not possible for us to remember every single small detail about everything in life. In the same way, although we may think that just because we have already been reminded of a certain concept of Islam in the past it means we need no further reminders, we are bound to forget. We may remember concepts, ideas and words vaguely sometimes, but of course we do not memorise the contents of a lecture, book, or any other material.

As we forget what we learn, we fall back into our old habits that we once tried to come out of. Perhaps we were trying to find ways to help us increase the amount of zhikr that we do, or understand the importance of the Holy Qur’an in our lives. We then may have watched an Islamic talk online regarding these topics and felt inspired by what the scholar was saying.

After managing to build a better routine in terms of trying to develop our Imaan, we find that it is not long before our old habits find us again. When this happens, it really should be a lesson for us to notice how we all really do need reminders.

We must realise that the thoughts in our minds telling us that we do not need to read or watch something because we have already done so, are not good for us. These thoughts will lead us to think that if we have learnt something once, we no longer need to revise it or be reminded of it. The truth is that we always need reminders, as our spirituality and Imaan is never stationary and fixed at a certain level – it fluctuates.

We should also be grateful for the people in our life who give us reminders that benefit us, even when they do so unknowingly. We read in a hadith that Abu Huraira (RA) reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“A man is upon the religion of his best friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” (Abu Dawud)