On the authority of Abu `Amr — and he is also called Abu `Amrah — Sufyan bin Abdullah ath- Thaqafee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I said, "O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about al-Islam which I can ask of no one but you." He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Say I believe in Allah — and then be steadfast." (Muslim)

عَنْ أَبِي عَمْرٍو وَقِيلَ: أَبِي عَمْرَةَ سُفْيَانَ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ

"قُلْت: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! قُلْ لِي فِي الْإِسْلَامِ قَوْلًا لَا أَسْأَلُ عَنْهُ أَحَدًا غَيْرَك؛ قَالَ: قُلْ: آمَنْت بِاَللَّهِ ثُمَّ اسْتَقِمْ" .

In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Hadith number 21 is another short but comprehensive statement of the Prophet (pbuh); exactly what Sufyan (r.a) asked for:"O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about al-Islam which I can ask of no one but you." (After which I don’t need to ask anyone else)

In response to this the Messenger (pbuh) said, "Say I believe in Allah and then be steadfast."

The Messenger of Allah summarised for Muslims the essence of a person’s religion in the first part, "Say I believe in Allah”; indicating that this statement is a declaration of one’s faith and as a result causes the individual to uphold the commandments of Allah Most High and abstain from His prohibitions. Of course it goes without saying that the devotion and the practising of the laws of Allah depend on the sincerity, conviction and strength of one’s faith.

The second instruction tells the believers to take a straight and upright path (i.e. the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him,) and remain constant and steadfast upon that. It is not enough to declare the statement of faith and not fulfil the duties that are upon him or to practice only when one is feeling spiritually motivated. Rather one must strive to remain constant in applying Islam at all times.

Istiqaamah (being steadfast) is not the easiest of things, and we can all agree to that through personal experience. It is easy to rise for Fajr once in a while but to do it every day might be a struggle or to abstain from gazing at the prohibited might be achieved at times but an active struggle at other times. But as Muslims who are trying to achieve the closeness of Allah we need to remain upon this effort and do our best. Allah Most High has promised a great reward.

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ

Indeed, those who have said, "Our Lord is Allah" and then remained on a right course (Istiqaamah, steadfast) - the angels will descend upon them, [saying], "Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.

نَحْنُ أَوْلِيَاؤُكُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۖ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَشْتَهِي أَنفُسُكُمْ وَلَكُمْ فِيهَا مَا تَدَّعُونَ

We were your allies in the worldly life and in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request

نُزُلًا مِّنْ غَفُورٍ رَّحِيمٍ

As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.

Surah Fussilat:30-32

Next class is on Wednesday 30th April 2014 after Maghrib, see you then insha Allah.

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Azaan Iqama
Fajar 4:02 5:00
Sunrise 5:45
Zuhr 1:05 1:30
Asr 5:59 6:30
Magrib 8:18
Isha 9:23 9:45
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