In a hadeeth reported by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others it is reported that Sufyan ibn Abdullah al Thaqafi رضى الله عنه said: ‘I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam that I cannot ask anyone other than you.” He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Say, ‘I believe in Allah and then remain steadfast.”’

To say ‘I believe in Allah‘ is easy, however to remain steadfast on this is a lifetime journey.

One of the reasons we fail to remain steadfast in deen is because we have high expectations. We expect immediate results and success and if these things do not happen we wither and lose interest.

We should not expect perfection in ourselves, nor in others; we should realise that we will not be successful all the time.

[This excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 7th February 1998].