The Means of Remaining Upright Upon the Religion – By Abū Isḥāq Nadīm

Abū Isḥāq Nadīm

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation—and may He extol the Messenger in the highest company of Angels, and grant him peace and security—likewise to his family, Companions and true followers.

[16/03/2022] The Means of Remaining Upright Upon the Religion – By Abū Isḥāq Nadīm حفظه الله. Lesson at Markaz Mu’aadh Bin Jabal, Slough, UK.

Some points discussed during this lesson:

  • Proof that the only way of life accepted by Allāh is Islām, and His command to enter into Islām wholeheartedly.
  • Concise advice given to Sufyān b. ‘Abdullāh ath-Thaqafī (رضى الله عنه) by the Messenger ﷺ.
  • The command to have istiqāmah upon the dīn of Allāh and the great reward for doing so.
  • Different statements from the Ṣaḥābah regarding the meaning of istiqāmah.
  • The means of attaining istiqāmah and Paradise:


  • Being truthful and sincere in wanting Paradise.
  • The reason Allāh deflected harm and evil from Yūsuf (عليه السلام).

2. Seeking knowledge

  • The meaning of al-Khashyah.
  • Those who truly fear Allāh, and the link between knowledge and fear of Allāh.
  • The reward for those who feared the standing before their Lord. 
  • Allāh’s praise for the people of knowledge.

3. Asking Allāh for guidance

  • Imām as-Sa’dī (رحمه الله) on the meaning of “Guide us to the straight path”.
  • The most comprehensive and beneficial du’ā’ a person is obligated to make.
  • The du’ā’ the Messenger ﷺ would say most often.
  • The example of the heart.

4. Taking ourselves to account and preparing for the meeting with our Lord

  • A beautiful ḥadīth regarding giving for the Sake of Allāh, where a number of āyāt are put into context. 
  • Imām as-Sa’dī (رحمه الله) on the āyah, “As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths.” [Sūrah al-‘Ankabūt 29:69]
  • Those who are rightly guided.

6. Reading the Qur’ān

  • The effect of frequently reciting the Qur’ān upon the heart.
  • The āyah that caused a thief to repent and later become a great scholar of Islām. 
  • The hardening of the heart due to staying away from the Qur’ān.

7. Remaining in the company of the righteous

  • Allāh’s command to remain patient with those who call upon their Lord.
  • The example of the righteous companion vs the evil companion.

8. Striving to fulfill the obligations then increasing upon that with the nawāfil

  • How to draw closer to Allāh and attain His Love.
  • The fruits of being close to Allāh. 
  • What occurs when Allāh loves a person, and when He hates a person. 

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