Islam with it’s beauty, purity and eloquence teaches us to lead a life of simplicity and how to require steadfastness. Steadfastness is a basic requirement for every sincere Mu’min who wants to follow the Straight Path with determination and understanding.
Today the Muslim Ummah faces a similar struggle to hold onto Islam due to the desires and temptations they are engulfed with, as well as the West openly attacking Islam and without any fear or opposition to their attacks they are distorting the image of Islam by associating it with violence, backwardness, oppression and so on. Thus, causing Islam to become something strange to the hearts and minds of many Muslims; the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said that there would come a time when:
“He who adheres to Islam will be like he who is holding a burning coal.”
Therefore, Muslims of today are in greater need of having means that aid them to remain steadfast in Islam than the Salaf did, and that the effort required to achieve steadfastness in these times is greater; this is due to the corruption of our times, and the weakness of Imaan. The high increase in the number of cases of Riddah, even among those who work for the sake of Islam, which terrifies all Muslims and makes them strive even harder to seek these means.
Steadfastness is one of the Deeds of the heart, which makes it all the more difficult to perform, as the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said:
“The qalb (heart) of the son of Aadam fluctuates more easily than a pot containing boiling water can turn over.” [Ahmad & Al-Haakim]
The heart is like a feather that flips whenever the wind blows and changes from one position to another rapidly. Maintaining a steadfast heart in the face of the winds of desires and doubts requires means that are equivalent to the level of challenge.
It is part of ALLAH’S Mercy towards us that HE clarified to us, in HIS Book and through the words and life of HIS Beloved Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) many means to remain steadfast in Islam:
Turning Towards The Qur’aan
The Qur’aan is a clear light of ALLAH and the book of guidance for a Muslim’s life. Whoever adheres to it, Almighty ALLAH will protect him; whoever follows it, ALLAH will save him; and whoever practice upon it’s beautiful teachings will be guided to the Straight Path, Subhaan-ALLAH!
ALLAH has stated that the reason why this Book Al-Qur’aan was revealed in stages was to help the Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) to stand firm in His faith. In proving false doubt of the Kuffaar, He says, “And those who disbelieve say, ‘Why is not the Qur’aan revealed to him all at once?’ Thus (it is sent down in parts), that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages. And no example to similitude do they bring (to oppose or to find fault in you or in this Qur’aan), but We reveal to you the truth (against that similitude or example), and the better explanation thereof.” [Al-Furqaan 25: 32-33]
Why is the Qur’aan such a source of strength?
1. It instils faith in the heart, cleanses and purifies the soul by connecting it to ALLAH.
2. It brings peace and tranquility to the heart of the believer, so he will not be tossed about by the winds of Fitnah; his heart will be content and enriched with the remembrance of ALLAH.
3. It provides the Believer with the correct principles by which he can face the tough circumstances that he endures, as well as providing him with the appropriate criterion with which to weigh and judge matters.
4. It refutes the false claims and suspicions that are stirred up by the enemies of Islaam and the hypocrites.
“The effect of the Aayah “… The tongue of the man they refer is foreign, while this (Qur’aan) is a clear Arabic tongue” [al-Nahl 16:103]. The Quraish claimed that Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was taught by a human being and that He took the Qur’aan from a Roman carpenter in Makkah.”
Is the Qur’aan not the greatest source of help, strengthening the qalb (heart) of the Believer, removing doubts and silencing the voices of falsehood? Indeed, it is by ALLAH!
Beloved Reader! Be steadfast and upright upon the Deen of ALLAH at all times, for you do not know when you’ll meet the Angel of Death. Beware of him taking you while you are in a state of sin.
“O ALLAH! Who turns the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast upon YOUR Deen.” [Aameen]
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