Res·o·lute (adj): “Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.”
(As for) those who say: Our Lord is Allah, then become resolute, the angels descend upon them, saying: Fear not, nor be grieved, and receive good news of the garden which you were promised. “Say, I Believe In Allah, and Then Be Resolute.” (Ahmad, Nisai)
Al-Istiqama is being resolute in one’s wayfaring on the Straight Path, without trepidation and swerving. Our daily performance of rites to their full potential, both outwardly and inwardly, is buttressed by our abstention from those acts that only castigate our voyage to the Beloved.
Being resolute is then a comprehensive approach to faith, and a commitment to our own selves. While the word may seem aggressive, we see this manifested differently in the pattern of conduct of the Best of Creation (Peace & Blessings upon Him and His Family). Possessing gentile comportment (Adab), disguises the real strength and fortitude it takes to follow the Straight Path. Being resolute is thus different from being severe, because it means being earnest toward everything of every sort in keeping with Adab. Listen to this recording of this teleconference event with Shaykh Yasir Fahmy as he delves into the practical and spiritual implications of being resolute.