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Istiqaama (Steadfastness)

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ
Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is Allaah (Alone)," and then they remain steadfast (and preserving), on them the angels will descend (at the time of their death) (saying): "Fear not, nor grieve! But receive the glad tidings of Paradise which you have been promised!"1

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Verily, those who say: "Our Lord is (only) Allâh," and thereafter Istaqaamoo (i.e. stood firm and straight on their Islaam), on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.2

Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) has given glad tidings to those who are steadfast in their religion. If you were neglectful in your prayers and started praying properly this Ramadaan, if you were neglecting the full requirements of the Hijaab and started observing proper Hijaab this Ramadaan, or if you started reading and understanding the Qur'aan better this Ramadaan make all the efforts to keep the same spirit after Ramadaan so that you can go out of Ramadaan with change for the better.

We ask Allaah (subhaanahu wa ta'aalaa) to guide us to what is best and grant us Istiqaama on the Straight Path.

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1 Surah Fussilat, 30
2 Surah al-Ahqaaf, 13
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