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 endeavours. His only goal is to deserve the favour 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
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 fieled 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 endeavours
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 fealty to you
do no less than plight their fealty 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)