The Real Challenge

Having the stamina to do good *continuously* is the sign of true excellence, and the Messenger (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) confirmed that by saying,

“The best of actions are those which are done regularly, even if they are few.”

The real challenge is when your conditions change. And thus the true righteous ones are those who maintain that standard. Reflect on the statement of Allah:

إِنَّا نَرَاكَ مِنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

“We can see that you are a righteous man.” (12:36 and 12:78)

This statement was repeated twice to Sayyidinā Yūsuf (‘alayhis-salām).

The first time, he was in prison: poor, powerless.

The second time, he was one of the leaders of Egypt: rich, powerful.

The two scenarios couldn’t possibly be more different, but he maintained his excellence and that’s why he deserves all the accolades he gets as one of the close friends and Prophets of Allah jalla wa ‘alā. It doesn’t need to be a huge action, it just needs to be sincere and continuous.

So whatever good you start, just keep on going.

-Ustadh Abu Eesa Niamatullah

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