The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
BE ON THE TRUE PATH
“Indeed, those who have said, ‘Our Lord is Allah,’ and then remained on Istiqamah (a right course) – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.”
(Surah Ahqaf, Verse no:13)
Dear brothers and sisters
Istiqamah (the true path) means perseverance in faith and commitment to promises. It means to obey Allah the Almighty and follow the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). It means to be the same on the inside and on the outside, and either seem as you are or be as you seem. Istiqamah means to be clear of blasphemy and polytheism, and stay away from committing sins and going against Allah. It means to stay away from sedition and corruption, and fight against the extreme desires of the self and the whispers of the Satan.
The human’s reason for existence is servitude to Allah, and the most important duty of humans is to believe in the existence and oneness of Allah, and live steadfastly as required by such Iman (faith). This is because once Iman is absorbed in the heart, it is manifested in feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. It leads one to the truth and truthfulness as well as honesty and steadfastness. Only then Muslims have a peaceful and honourable life. They become assured of troubles and sorrows both in this world and in the hereafter. They attain taqwa and divine blessings.
Muslims on the true path do not give any concession on righteousness. They do not bend their words and never tell a lie. They observe justice and do not gravitate toward injustice. They are well-intended and sincere, and are not ostentatious. They pay due diligence in their work and do it finely, and do not resort to deception. They, with their love and respect for the Creator, show mercy and compassion to the created beings and do not hurt any living being. In short, they live on the sirat al-mustaqim (the straight path). They see the consent of Allah as greater than any gain or profit. They lead a life as aware that Allah (swt) sees and hears all things, concealed or open, and that He will call His servants to account.
Jobayer Al Mahmud