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the fourth step: istiqaama and taqwaa

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Source: Muhaadharaat; Shaykh Raslaan’s website
Asaheeha Translations 

“How does a Muslim deal with trials?”

Shaykh Muhammad Sa’eed Raslaan (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“The fourth step is istiqaama (uprightness and steadfastness) and taqwaa (piety). If a trial of adversity comes, one must return to istiqaama and taqwaa.

As for istiqaama, it is the strongest means to rising in eemaan. Whenever istiqaama spreads among a people, their condition becomes good and they increase in turning toward good. And those who are upon istiqaama, they are the ones whom Allaah, ‘azza wa jal, promised that He would take away their sadness and keep away all fear from them in the dunyaa and the aakhira. Hence, it is understood that if a person does not have istiqaama, sadness will come to him and fear will befall him. Allaah, jallat qudratuh, said: {Indeed, those who say: ‘Our Lord is Allaah (Alone)’ and then are upright and steadfast, the angels will descend upon them (saying): ‘Fear not, nor grieve!}- this is in the dunyaa -{But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!’}.

As for taqwaa, it is one of the keys to happiness, because it places the believer in the ma’eeyah of Allaah, tabaarak wa ta’aala, (i.e. Allaah will be with him) and brings His mercy and provision. He, ta’aala, said: {My Mercy encompasses all things, I shall ordain it for those who have taqwaa and give zakaah and those who believe in Our Ayaat}. Taqwaa is a key to getting out of crises and a bringer of provision, as Allaah, ta’aala, informed: {Whoever has taqwaa (fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him), He will make for him a way out}- he gets out of the crisis, the hardship, the anxiety, the sadness -{And He will provide for him from where he never could imagine. And whoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him}.”

beyond what they ask and hope for

Source: Fiqh ul-Asmaa il-Husnaa; Chapter 30, p. 123
Asaheeha Translations 

“Al-Fattaah – (the Judge/the Granter of blessings)”

Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Razzaaq al-Badr (hafidhahullaah) comments:

“Shaykh ‘Abd ur-Rahmaan bin Sa’dee, rahimahullaah, said: ‘Al-Fattaah has two meanings. The first meaning is: the One who judges between His slaves, and judges between them with His legislation and by rewarding those who obey (Him) and punishing those who disobey (Him) in the dunyaa and aakhira, as His, ta’aala, statement: {Say: ‘Our Lord will assemble us all together (on the Day of Resurrection), then He will judge between us in truth. And He is the Just Judge, the All-Knower of the true state of affairs’}, and His, ta’aala, statement: {‘Our Lord! Judge between us and our people in truth, for You are the Best of those who give judgment}.

The second meaning is: the One who opens all doors of blessings for His slaves. He, ta’aala, said: {Whatever Allaah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it}. He grants benefits of the dunyaa and deen to His slaves, and opens the locks upon hearts for those whom He has favored with His Kindness and Care, and showers (the hearts) with knowledge and understanding from Him and realities of faith that rectifiy their conditions and by which they remain upon the Straight Path; and what’s more special is that He grants those who love Him and turn to Him knowledge from Him, spiritual conditions, shining lights and true understanding. And likewise He opens for His slaves the doors of rizq (provision) and the paths of the means, and paves the way for provisions and the means to (these provisions) for the muttaqoon (those who fear Him) from where they can’t imagine, and gives the mutawakkiloon (those who put their trust in Him) beyond what they ask and hope for, and makes easy for them affairs that are difficult, and opens for them doors that are closed.”

in your hearts

Source: Tafseer Surat ul-Hadeed, Shaykh ibn al-‘Uthaymeen’s website; Khutab, Ramadhaan tawbah wa inaabah, Shaykh al-‘Eed’s website

“‘If Allaah knows any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you'”
~ Surat ul-Anfaal, 8:70

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-’Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) says:

When Allaah knows that there is any good in a person’s heart, He gives him all good. Allaah, ta’aala, said: {O Prophet (Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)), say to the captives that are in your hands: If Allaah knows any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you, and Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful}. So rectify your heart between you and Allaah, and you will find all good.”

Shaykh Sultaan bin ‘Abd ir-Rahmaan al-‘Eed (hafidhahullaah) says:

“Slaves of Allaah, don’t let your hearts attach to any sin, and know that whoever leaves something for the sake of Allaah, then Allaah will replace it with something better, {If Allaah knows any good in your hearts, He will give you something better than what has been taken from you, and He will forgive you}.”

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