Determination


Determination is the most significant attribute of a believer. A believer never loses his enthusiasm and devotion. He engages in his struggle only to earn the pleasure of God. That is why, no difficulty proves to be a hindrance to his endeavors. His only goal is to deserve the favor of his Lord; and he shapes his life accordingly. 

God certainly puts the determination of believers to the test in various ways; either by periodically giving them trouble or making them undergo suffering. Details of the test are given in the verse below:

We shall test you with fear and hunger, with loss of life and property and crops but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. (Al-Baqara, 155)

However, a believer with total commitment displays his patience under all circumstances. God praises this attitude of believers in the following verse: 

How many of the prophets fought (in God's way), and with them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in God's way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And God loves those who are firm and steadfast. Their only words were: "Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and anything We may have done that transgressed our duty; make us firm of foot and help us against those that resist faith." (Al-Imran, 146-147)

Lack of commitment, on the other hand, is not a trait attributable to believers. The following verse confirms this fact:

Only those ask you for exemption who do not believe in God and the last day, and whose hearts are filled with doubt, so that they waver. (Al-Tawba, 45).

Desiring the hereafter and striving for it with all their might, as well as avoidance of extravagance in daily affairs are indications of determination demonstrated by believers. Those who "strive with all their might" are thus described in the Qur'an:

Those who wish for the hereafter, and strive for it with all their might and have faith- they are the ones whose endeavors are acceptable (to God). (Al-Isra, 19)

Determination, consequently, is a significant attribute of believers. Those who seek an "immediate gain and an easy journey" (At-Tawba, 42) fail to show an unyielding determination. Believers, on the other hand, accomplish what is expected of them and display an unchanging determination until they meet their death.

The community of Kahf, into whose hearts God put courage, (Al-Kahf, 14) sets the best example for believers in the sense of determination. Continuity in worshipping is also important in the sense of consistency. Only death puts an end to the determination of a believer. A believer is responsible for showing patience and fulfilling his pledge to God until death comes.

Truly, those who plight their faults to you do no less than plight their faults to God: the hand of God is over their hands: then anyone who violates his oath, does so to the harm of his own soul, and anyone who fulfils his pledge to God, will soon be granted a great reward by God. (Al-Fath, 10)

Harun Yahya is a pen name used by Mr. Adnan Oktar. Born in Ankara in 1956, Adnan Oktar is a prominent Turkish intellectual. Completely devoted to moral values and dedicated to communicating the sacred values he cherishes to other people, Oktar started his intellectual struggle in 1979 during his education at Mimar Sinan University's Academy of Fine Arts.


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  1. rashna from bangladesh

    this is so true.Allah gives us difficulties in life just to test us.and in the end if we have faith in Allah then everything will end just fine.

  2. Tasneem from USA

    Excellent article and I pray that whoever is going through rough times..May Allah ease yr pain and difficulties and put this article in a safe place so when you need strength, you just read this article and get strenght.

  3. Kulsum Faiza from India

    An excellent article!

    May Allahtallah bless all of us and make us stronger to fight against all the difficulties of life.

  4. Sumaiyah from USA

    How do you know when you are being tested or punished?

  5. SALAMAH from USA

    INSHA ALLAH LET US CONTINUE TO MAKE DUAA RABBANA

    AATINAA FID DUNYAA HASANA TAWWA FIL AAKHIRATI HASANA TAWWA QINAA`AZAABAN-NAAR. I MYSELF AM WITH

    WITH DIFFICULTIES, INSAH ALLAH MAY ALLAH(SWT) MAKE

    IT EASY ON EACH OF US.(AMEEN)

  6. Mohammad from India

    May God forgive us and grant us power to stay on right path.

  7. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    A believer would not be satiated (with doing more good deeds)until he/she goes to Jannah (paradise) which is our final goal. As some people are unfortunately so determined to go to Jahannam by commiting evils similarly a believer should continue to do good to please Allah so as to earn His pleasure leading to Jannah which cannot be bought by the entire wealth of the whole world.So Jannah is priceless this is why Allah says he who is saved from hell and is made to enter Jannah he is successuful the life of this world is nothing but illusion. 60-70 years at most 100-150 years that is the most a person can enjoy in this world which is like a dream.The life hereafter in Paradise is forever not 500 years or 1000 years or even million years but is not even billion years is more than trillion and trillion and trillion years you continue calculating up to the day of judgement in trillions and it will never finish.That is the real life as the Prophet said Allahumma laa aisha illa Aishul Akhirah O Allah there is no comfort except the comfort of the Hereafter.So we must be determined to achieve our object of life which is the PLeasure of Allah saftey from Hell and entry into Paradise on the condition only if you Believe in the ONENESS of the Creator He has no Partner and Muhammad like Jesus Moses Abraham and other Prophets is His last Messenger Lailaha Illallah Muhammadu Rasulullah.Is it difficult to achieve well yes and no depending if Allah gives somebody Hidayah as guidance is only from Him so we should all continue to seek guidance from Him and Him only and no one else even the Prophets could not guide whom they wanted.

  8. heryanti from singapore

    Assalamu alaikum,

    A very good article worth reading. I'm undergoing bad/sad times in my life currently, but I want to be determined that I can and will be able to emerge succesful from this trial in life, inshaAllah. Amin.

  9. MD Meraj ALam from INDIA

    The article is pretty good. Mr. Harun Yahya is a renowned Scholar, I am a big fan of him