As Salaamu Alaikum,

Just wanted to make my first post on this blog an important one and so I wanted to share some points on Istiqamah (steadfastness). This is a very important aspect of deen and something we find really hard however the blessings of being steadfast in the deen are many as outlined in the Quran and in the Ahadith of Rasool sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. For this purpose I will mention these:

In Surat Fussilat (Surah 41) Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala says:“Verily, those who say: `Our Rubb is Allah (Alone),’ and then they stand firm, on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): ‘Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Jannah which you have been promised! We have been your friends in the life of this world and are (so) in the Hereafter. Therein you shall have (all) that your inner-selves desire, and therein you shall have (all) for which you ask. An entertainment from (Allah), the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”’

And in Surah Al Ahqaf (Surah 46) Allah Ta’aala also mentions about steadfastness, “Verily, those who say: `Our Rubb is (only) Allah,’ and thereafter stand firm and straight (on the Islamic Faith of Monotheism), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. Such shall be the dwellers of Jannah, abiding therein (forever), – a reward for what they used to do.”

And the Ahadith are not many, however they are very important.

In the Sahih of Imaam Muslim on the Authority of Sufyan ibn Abdullah al Thaqafi (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something of Islam which I will not ask anyone else about it.” He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Say, `I believe in Allah’ and then be steadfast”

In another narration of this same hadith the companion asked (to the nearest meaning)

 what then should I most fear, and the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam pointed to his tongue.

So as we can see Istiqamah is very important in our life,

and in fact it is an essential part of deen.

The weakness of us as human beings with regards to our Imaan and our actions is that we fluctuate. For some only when we are in trials and hardships do we look to Allah Ta’aala or for some its vica versa, we need to be steadfast on the deen and worship Allah and follow the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in all our deeds no matter what state we are in.

So how can we become steadfast?

Insha’Allah I’ll try to outline a few ways:

  • Being truthful and keeping to our promises
  • Having patience in hardship and afflictions
  • Be moderate, not going from one extreme to the other taking the middle path not doing more than we can handle in terms of Ibadah
  • Having strong faith in the promise of Allah Ta’aala that He will give success to this religion and to those who remain patient and steadfast “Truly, Allah is with the patient”
  • Making effort towards giving success to the muslims in whatever way we can  “Verily Allah will assist those who assist Him,verily Allah is Most-Powerful, Most-Honourable”
  • Engage in Dhikr, by doing so we become aware that Allah can see all that we do “and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”(Muslim) and by doing Dhikr our hearts become at peace “Verily in the remembrance of Allah do the hearts find true contentment” (Surah Ar-Ra’d)
  • Listening to the stories of the Prophets including our own Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and of the pious people of our Ummah such as the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them all) and the pious people that followed them as this will strengthen the heart.
  • Know that all forms of sins can destroy steadfastness including lying, transgression, shirk, backbiting etc
  • Dua – all our hearts are in the control of Allah Ta’aala. The companions once asked our mother Umm Salamah concerning which dua the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam used to recite the most, she narrated the event that she asked the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam why he used to recite this prayer much and he said to her: “Indeed the hearts of the whole of mankind are between the two fingers of Rahman, Allah flips them and transforms them all the time so I pray ‘Allahumma muqallibal quloob, thabbit qalbi ala deenik’.” (translated: Oh Allah, the turner/transformer of the hearts, turn my heart towards your religion) and also we have the dua of the Quran that we can recite “Rabbana, la tuzigh quloobana ba’da ‘idhhadaytana wa hablana mil ladunka rahmah, innaka antal Wahhab” (Translated: Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to stray after granting us guidance (hidayat) and gift us from your (special) mercy, You are the only Bestower.)

Jazak Allahu Khairan for reading I hope you enjoyed my first post Insha’Allah the first of many, don’t forget to remember me and all the muslims in your humble duas!!

Was Salaam