Where do you start your spiritual growth in Islam? It is often said that "We are spiritual beings on a human journey and not human beings on a spiritual journey. The first step and the very important step to your spiritual grown is very important as it lays the foundation for inner change.
Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has created many different doors for us to earn His mercy.
Spirituality is very similar to mountain climbing, whereby you have a destination and you know that the journey is going to be difficult. And the last thing that any mountain climber wants is to carry unnecessary weight. And therefore, we discussed the topic of Tawbah from the perspective that we have a journey, and sin is that unnecessary weight that we are trying to remove.
One of the ways in which we can shed this burden is through Tawbah. We mentioned that when the human being sins, there is a type of darkness that envelopes the heart. But when you examine the Holy Quran and the Hadith of Ahlul Bayt, you find that Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has created many different doors for us to earn His mercy. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala does not hold a grudge against those who sin. It does not take a lot to win His approval. Amir al-Mu'mineen, salawatullah 'aleyh, in Du'a Kumayl, what do we recite at the end of the dua? Ya saree' ar-ridha. Ah, the one who is quickly pleased. Meaning Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has many different ways, there are many different things that we can do to earn His forgiveness.
There is a Hadith that is attributed to the Holy Prophet, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alih wa. [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'ali Muhammad] where the Holy Prophet says, "Innal turuqa ila Allah bi 'adadi anfasil khala'iq". That the pathways to Allah are as numerous as the breaths of His creation. If you just take human beings, there are over seven billion people around the world and all of them, they are breathing. Rasul Allah says, the pathways that lead to Him, that lead to His pleasure are more numerous than the breaths of His creation, not just human beings, "anfas al khala'iq"!