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27 - CONSTANCY
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1.

INTRODUCTION

2.

THE HOLY KALMA

3.

NAMAZ(SALAH / PRAYER)

4.

SUPERIORITY OF CONGREGATION

5.

MEEKNESS AND HUMILITY

6.

NAMAZ (SALAH/PRAYER) METHOD

7.

ZAKAT

8.

FASTING(ROZA)

9.

HAJJ

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27 - Constancy
One of the special responsibilities a man owes to God once he has accepted the faith of Islam is
that he remains firm and steadfast in his faith at all times and in all circumstances. He is
expected to uphold the faith with all his courage and strength, however, adverse the conditions
may be. He must not prove disloyal to Islam in any event. He must not give it up. This is what is
meant by constancy of faith. Such men have been spoken of very highly in the Quran and a
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bountiful reward has been promised to them in the Hereafter. It says:

10.

FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM

11.

PIETY

12.

HONESTY IN MONETARY DEALINGS

13.

GOTTEN WEALTH

suggest), Nor grieve! But receive the tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), which ye

14.

CLEAN EARNING AND HONEST

were promised! We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafte r! Therein

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shall ye have all that ye ask for! A hospitable gift from One, Oft-Forg iving, Most

KINDNESS AND COMPASSION IN

Merciful! (XLI: 30-32)

15.

MONETARY DEALINGS

16.

SOCIAL CONDUCT AND MUTUAL


RELATIONS

17.

RIGHTS OF PARENTS

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In the case of those who say, Our Lord is God, and further, stand straight and
steadfast, the angles descend on them (from time to time): Fear ye not (they

What wonderful tiding does the above verse c ontain for those who are constant in faith and
who patiently preserve and remain steadfast in times of misfort une and peril. If one could
attain this position even at the cost of ones life, property and everything it would not be a bad
bargain indeed.
It is related that once a Companion asked the Prophet (Peace be upon him) to tell him
something that could suffice for him always a nd after which he would not have the need to
turn for advice to anyone. The Prophet (P eace be upon him) said, Say, God (alone) is my
Lord, and stick to it (i.e., conduct your life in accordance with it unswervingly).
For our benefit and guidance a number of extremely inspiring parables have been narrated in
the Quran of devout and faithful servants of God who remained true to faith in circumstances
of utmost distress and sufferi ng. Neither fear nor greed could make them deviate form the
path they had chosen. One such parable is of the prestidigitators of Egypt who were summoned
to challenge Prophet Moses and great rewards and honors had been promised to them. Yet
after the truth of Divine inspiration and the Apostolic message of Moses had dawned up to
them they cared neither for the riches and honors the Pharaoh promised nor for the savage
punishment they were sure to receive at his hands for disobeying his commands Rising above
the considerations of gain or loss, they boldly declared before the vast assembly of men, We
believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses. Later, when they were threatened by that enemy of
God, the Pharaoh, that he would have their arms and legs severed and then they would be
hanged on the gallows they replied dauntlessly, displaying magnificent courage of conviction

that:

So decree whatever thou desirest to decree: for thou canst decree (touching)
only the life of this world, For us, we have believed in our Lord: may He forgive us
our sins. (20: 72-73)
Still more inspiring it the story of Pharaoh s wife. You know that Pharaoh was the all-powerful
monarch of Egypt whose wife was the sole mistress of his heart. From this you can imagine how
enviable would have been her lot. All the worlds glories and luxuries were at her feet. Yet
when the innermost depths of her soul were stirred by the Divine call of Moses she did not give
a thought to what her husband would do to her or how her life of cloudless bliss would ch ange
into one of colossal distress and misery. Regardless of the consequences she proclaimed her
faith and once she had done so she flinched not from the path of duty towards God and relig
ion although the torture she was subjected to be truly barbarous, the very idea of which is
enough to make our flesh creep even today. In return for it, such a unique honour was
conferred on her by God that her name has been mentioned reverentially in the Quran and the
patient perseverance displayed by her and her sacrifice have been held forth as an example to
all Muslims.
And God sets forth, as an example to those who believe, the wife of Pharaoh: behold, she said!
Build for me in nearness to Thee, a mansion in the Garden, and save me from Pharaoh and
his doings, and save me from those that do wrong. (LXVI: 11)
Glory be! What rare honor, what matchless distinction, really, that God has chosen the
constancy of faith of that blessed lady to se rve as an example to the entire Ummat. From
Hazrat Abu Bakar down to the last generation of Muslims before the Last Day.
It is related that when the atrocities perpetrated by the Polytheists of Mecca on Muslims
exceeded all limits and the Companion approached the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) to
pray to God for mercy and prot ection, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) remarked, You have
become disheartened so soon! Men of God before you were subjected to such brutal torture
that combs of red hot iron were driven into their heads and the skulls of some of them were
sawed off into two a nd yet they remained steadfast and did not abandon their faith.
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