Finally, we have to strive to remain steadfast on the guidance until the day we die. This is a real challenge. It is a blessing to be born into a Muslim family but it doesn’t guarantee success. A Muslim becomes a true believer after affirming the faith in his or her heart consciously. This can only happen when we really want to seek guidance and break away from ignorance about our purpose in life.
Every human being ponders this deep rooted question: why am I here? Once that person is on a sincere quest for an answer to this profound question, he or she cannot be satisfied until they find Islam. Upon finding Islam (even if they were born into a Muslim family), they must learn it and study it and seek the truth within it and once it is affirmed in their heart after the initial struggle, they have truly found faith. Faith in Allah alone as our Creator, Sustainer and the One and Only True God.
Complete faith includes, complete and unconditional belief in the Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Day of Judgement (and the resurrection (raising up into our eternal life) after death (in the hereafter)), the divine Destiny that everything (good or evil) happens with the Will of Allah alone. In Arabic, this is represented by the following:
آمَنْتُ بِاللهِ ، وملائكته ، وَكُتُبِه ، وَرَسُوْلِه ، وَالْيَوْمِ الْاخِرِ ، وَالْقَدْرِ خَيْرِه وَشَرِّه مِنَ اللهِ تَعَالى ، وَالْبَعْثِ بَعْدَالْمَوْتِ
To remain on the faith that Allah is our God and to ask only Him for salvation and that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is His last and final Messenger in our firm belief, our words and our actions is the true challenge. Because belief in our hearts alone or the utterance of the words alone or the actions alone are not sufficient. All three of these must be present in us until the day we die to attain success.
Dying upon the faith is the ultimate achievement because it means that we will have achieved Jannah (Paradise) in the hereafter. Therefore, we have to ask Allah’s help in attaining this great achievement and put all of our efforts into attaining this as much as we possibly can. For no matter where we started, if the end is not upon Islam and Imaan (faith) then the person is lost. Just as the door of repentance from sin is open until our last breath, we are also susceptible to Shaitaan misleading us into misguidance until that last breath.
And Allah knows best.