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Becoming steadfast in Islam

Becoming steadfast in your religion allows you to be consistent in Islam. It will enable you to practice and put Islam first in your life. No matter what is going on, religious goals need to be met. We become strangers in this world to our friends and family by putting Allah first.

Narrated Aisha (Radi Allah An Ha), Allah’s messenger (Sallalu Alayhi Wa Salam) said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely, and moderately and know that your deeds will make you enter Paradise and that the most beloved deeds to Allah are the most regular and constant even though it were few.” Al-Bukhari no. 6464 and Muslim no. 2818

Hadith on being steadfast

“Narrated `Abdullah ibn Zayd ibn Aslam, from his father, from his grandfather, who said: `When I was accompanying `Umar ibn al-Khattab on his patrol of Madinah at night, he felt tired, so he leant against a wall. It was the middle of the night, and (we heard) a woman say to her daughter, “O, my daughter, get up and mix that milk with some water.”

The girl said, “O Mother, did you not hear the decree of Amir al-Mu’minin (chief of the believers) today?”

The mother said, “What was that?”

The girl said, “He ordered someone to announce in a loud voice that milk should not be mixed with water.”

The mother said, “Get up and mix the milk with water; you are in a place where `Umar cannot see you.”

The girl told her mother, “I cannot obey Him (Allah) in public and disobey Him in private.”

`Umar heard this and told me: “O Aslam, go to that place and see who that girl is, and to whom she was speaking, and whether she has a husband.” So I went to that place, and I saw that she was unmarried, the other woman was her mother, and neither of them had a husband. I came to `Umar and told him what I had found out.

He called his sons together and said to them: “Do any of you need a wife, so I can arrange the marriage for you? If I had the desire to get married, I would have been the first one to marry this young woman.”

`Abdullah said: “I have a wife.” `Abd al-Rahman said: “I have a wife.”

`Asim said: “I do not have a wife, so let me marry her.” So `Umar arranged for her to be married to `Asim. She gave him a daughter, who grew up to be the mother of `Umar ibn `Abd al-`Aziz.’”

Sifat al-Safwah and Wafiyat al-A’yan and cited by Ibn al-Jawzi in Ahkam al-Nisa’ (pp. 441, 442)

Reaping the rewards in this life and the hereafter

The deeds that we do in this life can benefit us in this life, such as in the hadith above. The girl was blessed to marry and gift birth to Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz who became a leader. She was blessed with a life that benefited her in this life and the hereafter. We never know what tasks will take us to Jannah and what could take us to Jahannam. Our goal is to be doing our good deeds consistently, even if they are few, and to stay on the path of righteousness even if those around us are falling from it. We take our lives more seriously and with intention when our lives are based on pleasing Allah. Even if no one is watching, we are doing righteous acts.

Ways to become more steadfast

  1. Reading Quran daily will allow you to connect to Allah. You will be reminded of the words of Allah
  2. Doing your prayers on time will physically connect you to Allah and give you five daily reminders.
  3. Give yourself time to reflect and implement what you learn. Please take what you know and implement it into your life. Find ways to follow the Quran and Sunnah as close as you can.
  4. Start doing a small task at a time. Examples are memorizing a weekly/monthly surah. In your free time, this will cause you to try to complete your memorization. Your mind will be busy, and your focus will be on Allah. Imagine riding the bus home, and after a few months, you have two surahs memorized just from the bus ride.
  5. Make time for a task at a specific time. Then, when that time comes, you will not waste it. For example, you can drink while cooking when you are cooking. It helps you connect to Allah while doing your daily tasks.

Being steadfast in your religion is a way of life. Scheduling time for each task keeps you focused on Allah. Scheduling your life around prayer time will make it easier to remember Allah and get your prayers in on time. Doing small things will benefit our well-being and help us reach Jannah.

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