WHY DO YOU NEED TO PRAY TO ALLAAH FOR STEADFASTNESS IN THE DEEN?

Ibn al-Qayyim narrated:

and it is reported that in Egypt, there was aman who would maintain the mosques, making
the call to prayer, etc. He was, by all outward means, an obedient person and devout worshipper.

One day, as he usually would, he ascended the minaret to make the call to prayer. At the base of the minaret, there was a Christian woman standing. He saw her, and was seduced by her looks. So, he descended the minaret, went to
her, and entered her home.

She said to him:

“Who are you, and what do you want?”He replied: “I want you.”
She said: “Why?” He said: “You have enslaved my eyes, and you
have captured my heart.”

She said: “I will never answer your desire in a doubtful or suspicious manner.”

He said: “OK, so, I will marry you, then.”

She said: “You are a Muslim, and I am a Christian. My father will never allow me to marry
you.” He said: “So, I will become a Christian.”

She said: “If you wish to do so, go ahead.” So, the man became a Christian in order to marry this woman, and lived with the woman’s family in her house. Later on that day, however,
he was on the roof of the house. He fell from the roof and died without even having enjoyed his
new bride. So, he lost the woman, and he lost his religion.”

[‘ad-Da’ wad-Dawa” ; p. 127]

Ibn Kathir narrated, on the authority of Ibn al-Jawzi:

“There was an unfortunate man from the Mujahidin who were fighting in the lands of the
Romans. So, when the Muslims were in one of their expeditions and surrounding a land of the
lands of the Romans, he looked to a woman of the Romans who was sitting in a fortress therein,
and he became attracted to her and sent her a message asking how he could reach her. She
replied: “As soon as you conquer this area, then come up to the fortress and you can have me,”

so, as soon as the area was conquered by the Muslims, he did this. From that point on, there was not a single skirmish that the Muslims would be engaged in
except that he would be up in the fortress with her. This caused the Muslims great sadness and
distress, and it became very hard on them to deal with this reality.

After a while, they went up
to the fortress where he was staying with this woman and said to him:

“What happened to all
the Qur’an you knew? What happened to your knowledge? What happened to your fasting?
What happened to your Jihad ? What happened to your prayer?”
So, he replied to them: “Know that I have forgotten all of the Qur’an I used to know except
for these verses:

“Those who disbelieve wish
that they were Muslims. Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with false
hope. They will come to know!”

[ al-Hijr ; 2-3]

and I now have wealth and children with them.

[‘al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ 11/68P]

#follow the path of the salaf

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…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth

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