Praise be to Allah; we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness.
We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds.
Whomsoever Allah guides cannot be led astray, and whomsoever He leaves astray cannot be guided.
I bear witness that there is no god except Allah alone, with no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Steadfastness in the religion of Allah is a basic requirement for every sincere Muslim who wants to follow the Straight Path with determination and understanding. This matter is of great importance for a number of reasons, including the following:
1. The present situation of the societies in which Muslims live, the types of temptation to which they are painfully exposed and the kinds of whims and desires, doubts and confusion which have caused religion to become something strange, so that those who adhere to it are likened to something weird, and people say,
|“The one who holds on to his religion is like one who holds on to a burning coal.”
Anyone who has a brain will not doubt that Muslims today need the means of steadfastness more than their predecessors among the salaf did, and that the effort required is greater, because of the corruption of our times, and the scarcity and weakness of brothers and supporters who could help.
2. The high incidence of apostasy (riddah) and backsliding, even among those who are working for Islam, which causes Muslims to fear ending up the same way, so he seeks the means of standing firm so that he can reach dry land, as it were.
3. The relationship of this issue to the heart, of which the Prophet ﷺ said,
| It changes more than a pot of rapidly boiling water. [Reported by Ahmad, 6/4; al-Haakim, 2/289; al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 1772]
The Prophet ﷺ also gave another example of the heart,
|The heart (qalb) takes its name from its constant changes (taqallub – alteration, variation, ups and downs).
The likeness of the heart is that of a feather at the root of a tree, being turned over and over by the wind.” [Reported by Ahmad, 4/408; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2364]
As a later poet said,
|“He is only called insaan (man) because of his nasyaan (forgetfulness),
And it is only called al-qalb (the heart) because it constantly varies (yataqallib).”
Making the one stand firm who is tossed about by the winds of doubt and confusion is a serious matter which needs tremendous means as befits the seriousness and difficulty of the task at hand.
It is part of Allah’s mercy towards us that He has shown to us, in His Book and through the words and life of His Prophet ﷺ many ways of being steadfast in Islam.
In the next part of this article series the means of steadfastness in Islam will be explained and described.(NOTE: If you want to build a strong and powerful relationship with Allah, check out Islamia TV, where you can watch Islamic speakers from across the globe deliver inspiring and motivational courses. Learn more at www.islamia.tv.)