Fruits of Iman
Allah (mighty and majestic is He) says: 24- Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? 25- It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord (Ibrahîm: 24-25).
Among the fruits of Iman are the following:
1-Sincere Iman places security, calmness and relief in the heart. This is a confirmation of what Allah says in the Holy Qur&"an: &"Unquestionably, [for] the allies of Allah there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve&" (Yûnus: 62).
2-Attaining the special closeness to Allah which is reserved for the Mu&"meneen (believers); that is, He takes them out of the darknesses of Kufr (disbelief) and its punishment, to the light of Iman and its rewards.
3-Winning the pleasure of Allah and also Jannah which is prepared by Him for those who believe and have faith in him. Allah Almighty says: “Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater” (At-Taubah: 72). Iman in Allah is a connection between the weak and his Lord. The strong also drives his strength from that same connection.
4-Allah defends His supporters, His party and His loved ones: &"Indeed, Allah defends those who have believed&" (Al-Hajj: 38).
An example of this is Allah&"s defence of His prophet, Muhammed (peace be upon him), during the event of his Hijra (immigration) to Madinah and Allah&"s defence of His friend, Prophet Ibraheem (peace be upon him), when he was thrown into the fire.
5-High status in religion and leadership. Allah Almighty says: &"And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient&" (As¬Sajdah: 24).
Nothing proves that the people of religion and certitude in Allah gain leadership more than this; for Allah immortalized them and preserved the memory of their exploits long after their death. Their bodies have long gone but their deeds and stories still exist in life. Life without Iman is inevitable death... An eye without Iman is blind... A tongue without Iman is dumb A hand without Iman is paralyzed
6-Almighty Allah&"s love for Al-Mu&"meneen. Allah says: &"a people He will love and who will love Him&" (Al-Mâ&"idah: 54).
and He says: &"Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds - the Most Merciful will appoint for them affection&" (Maryam: 96).
7-A good life in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah (mighty and majestic is He) says: “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do” (An-Nahl: 97).
Where then are those who are searching for a good and happy life?!!
8-Allah&"s love for the Mu&"men and the Mu&"men&"s love for his Lord Allah says: &"a people He will love and who will love Him&" (Al-Mâ&"idah: 54).
that is: He loves them and puts love towards them in the hearts of others.
9-Allah honours the people of Iman by giving them Al-bishara (glad tidings). Almighty Allah says: &"And give good tidings to the believers&" (At-Taubah: 112).
Al-Bishara is not granted except for a great reason. The impact of Al-Bishara is shown on the bashra (human features, i.e, the person&"s features become relaxed, peaceful and contented). That is the reason why it is called Al-Bishara. But there is nothing greater than Allah&"s mercy, pleasure and Jannah. Allah says: “And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow” (Al-Baqarah: 25).
10-Iman is the reason for being able to be steadfast and to remain firm (i.e. on the straight path). Allah says: &"Those to whom the hypocrites said, ‘Indeed, the people have gathered against you, so fear them.’ But it [merely] increased them in faith, and they said, ‘Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs’&" (Âl-&"Imrân: 173).
Nothing proves this steadfastness better than the sacrifices which history recorded that were made by the prophets, Prophet Muhammad&"s Sahaba (Companions), and those who came after them and followed in their footsteps.
11-Benefiting from good advice. Allah says: &"And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers&" (Az-Zâriyât: 55).
Only people of Iman are able to benefit from good advice and reminders.
12-A Mu&"min receives good in all his affairs; whether he is going through good times or hard times, he is still a winner. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: &"How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him&" (Narrated By Muslim).
Iman urges the Mu&"men to have patience in difficult times and to thank Allah in good times.
13-Protection for the Mu&"men from falling into major sins. It has been authenticated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: &"The one who commits illegal sexual intercourse is not a believer at the time of committing illegal sexual intercourse.…&" (Narrated by Bukhari).
These are great and highly-regarded fruits of Iman, where then are those searching for happiness, tranquility and calmness?!!
Effects of Iman
The effects of Iman on the life of the Mu&"men:
1-A Mu&"men is keener to obey the sacred Islamic law. Allah (mighty and majestic is He) says: &"The only statement of the [true] believers when they are called to Allah and His Messenger to judge between them is that they say: ‘We hear and we obey.’ And those are the successful&" (An-Nûr: 51). Iman in Allah is life... And life in Allah&"s company is Iman.
Iman urges a Mu&"men to hastily submit to and obey Almighty Allah&"s commands.
Allah (exalted be He) says: &"But no, by your Lord, they will not [truly] believe until they make you (O Muhammad) judge concerning that over which they dispute among themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what you have judged, and submit in (full, willing) submission&" (An-Nisâ&": 65).
Moreover, Iman makes one surrender contentedly to Almighty Allah&"s commands.
2-Allah&"s protection which He gives to His slave from implicit and explicit shirk (ascribing partners to Allah). That means he does not direct any du&"aa (supplication) or ask help from anyone except Allah, for He is the Benefactor and He is the Creator of harm: &"And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him &" (Al-An&"âm: 17).
3-Loving for the sake of Allah and also hating for His sake. This is the strongest thing that bonds and increases Iman. Allah Almighty says: &"The believers are but brothers&" (Al-Hujurât: 10). &"O you who have believed, believe &" Here Allah described them as Mu&"meneen and urged them to have Iman due to its important status.
There is no better proof of that than the brotherly union that was between Al-Ansaar (people of Al-Madinah who received the immigrants escaping from Makkah) and Al-Muhajreen (The immigrants coming to Al-Madinah from Makkah). The Ansaar generously gave their money and efforts to their brothers. The infallible Prophet (peace be upon him) said: &"None of you believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself&" (Narrated by Al-Bukhari).
4-Patience in making Jihad (striving) for the sake of Allah and giving out freely all that which is precious and dear to please Allah. Allah says: &"The believers are only the ones who have believed in Allah and His Messenger and then doubt not, but strive with their properties and their lives in the cause of Allah. It is those who are the truthful &" (Al-Hujurât: 15).
5-The Mu&"men&"s heart is connected to Allah and His promises, and what He has in store for him and the happiness that results from that. Jannah (paradise) in this world for him is attained by having Iman and obeying Allah, Ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful). He hopes to enter Jannah in the Hereafter, which Allah promised him. The Mu&"men (believer) hopes to be rewarded for all the hardships and distresses he suffers, and that is recorded in his records. Almighty Allah says: 120- It was not [proper] for the people of Madinah and those surrounding them of the Bedouins that they remain behind after (the departure of) the Messenger of Allah, or that they prefer themselves over his self. That is because they are not afflicted by thirst or fatigue or hunger in the cause of Allah , nor do they tread on any ground that enrages the disbelievers, nor do they inflict upon an enemy any infliction but that it is registered for them as a righteous deed. Indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of the doers of good. 121- Nor do they spend an expenditure, small or large, or cross a valley but that it is registered for them, that Allah may reward them for the best of what they were doing (At-Taubah: 120-121).
All that is for the people who have Iman in Allah and are sincere in their relation with Him.
6-Obtaining the status of being the supporter of Allah and His messenger. Allah (mighty and majestic is He) says: &"Your ally is none but Allah and (therefore) His Messenger and those who have believed&" (Al-Mâ&"idah: 55).
Being a supporter of Allah means to: love Him, support His religion, love whoever supports Him and disassociate himself from His enemies. Allah Almighty says: &"You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day having affection for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger, even if they were their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred. Those - He has decreed within their hearts faith and supported them with spirit from Him. And We will admit them to gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him - those are the party of Allah. Unquestionably, the party of Allah - they are the successful &" (Al-Mujâdilah: 22).
The Mu&"men supports Allah and His Prophet and the Mu&"meneen, and never supports Al-Kafereen (unbelievers). Almighty Allah says: &"Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers&" (Âl-&"Imrân: 28).
7-He achieves good manners from Iman for it has been authenticated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: &"Modesty and belief are together. If one of them is removed, the other is removed&" (Narrated by Al-Baihaqi).
Shyness is one of the greatest traits. A Mu&"men deals with his brothers with good manners so that he lives in worldly bliss without problems, conflicts or disputes...All of that is because he is a Mu&"men, and he is the only one that is able to be like that.
8-Real happiness and spiritual contentment. This makes him feel that he is in a jannah of happiness and contentment in this world for he has only one Lord, Almighty Allah, and one Prophet, Mohammed ibn Abdullah (peace be upon him), and one path, which is that leading to Allah&"s pleasure, and one goal, which is Jannah which is as vast as the heavens and the earth.
You look everywhere to your right and to your left and find psychiatric clinics which are crowded with patients, and you listen everywhere to complaints and worries and people talking about distress, insomnia and lack of sleep, and obsessions and nightmares. You should know for certain that this is all because of them not having true Iman in Allah (mighty and majestic is He) and because of relying on this worldly life and clinging to it. Worldly matters have overshadowed spiritual aspects, and man is in desperate need to satisfy his spiritual side of his life. This can only happen by having true Iman in Almighty Allah, being connected to Him, and continuously remembering Him, as well as by having Iman in His angels, scriptures, Messengers, the Last Day and fate, whether good or bad.
The important point is that many people overlook the medicine of the heart, the contentment of the soul and jannah of this worldly life, and instead they pant behind the wreckage of this transient existence. They neither achieve what they want, nor do they find rest at any time, from the beginning to the end of their path.
Fulfilling the spiritual aspect will never happen except through having Iman for the soul is from Allah, while the body has been created from dust. The more you fulfill the spiritual side of your life, your soul will ascend and soar up high over trivial matters, and the more you neglect that aspect, your soul will incline to the bestial nature of the body, thus feeling more distressed and lost while darkness envelops it.