It encompasses your every action. Defines you as you are. Teaches you to return to Allah again and again and again.
It is to have faith. Not just your state of mind, but the actions you do, the words you say, the way you treat others.
It is freedom. Knowing that the actions you do are pleasing to Allah (swt), even if the people are not pleased.
It is inspiration. Knowing that Nabi (s.a.w) is the perfect example for all of mankind and not the faces that you see down the magazine aisles.
It is beauty. Seeing that beauty in everything around you – in all of Allah (swt)’s creation and seeing the good in people and kneeling down in submission to Him alone and practicing the Sunnah and inviting others to Islam, but knowing that there is no greater beauty and reward than that of seeing Allah (swt) in Jannah. Allahumma Ameen!
But most of all… Imaan is trust.
Trusting that in good times and bad, Allah (swt) knows what is best for you. Never losing your faith, trusting that even though you can’t see it, there is something of benefit to you in every situation. He does not give us any burden more than we can bear. A reminder, because as humans, we forget.
“Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear…” [Al-Bakarah, 2:286]