…keep your heart steadfast.
Because the heart is something that can change very fast.
A person could be a believer one day and a disbeliever the next.
So, we need to keep asking Allah to keep us steadfast on this religion.
After all, this is what the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did:
Shahr ibn Hawshab said: “I said to Umm Salamah: ‘O Mother of the Believers! What was the supplication that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said most frequently when he was with you?’
She said: ‘The supplication he said most frequently was: “Yaa Muqallib Al-Quloob Thabbit Qalbee Alaa Deenik (O Changer of Hearts, keep my heart steadfast on Your religion).”‘
She said: ‘So I said: “O Messenger of Allah, why do you supplicate so frequently: ‘O Changer of hearts, keep my heart steadfast on Your religion.’?
He said: ‘O Umm Salamah! Verily, there is no human being except that his heart is between Two Fingers of the Fingers of Allah, so whomever He wills He makes steadfast, and whomever He wills He causes to deviate.”‘
So (one of the narrators) Muadh recited: “O our Lord, do not cause our hearts to deviate after You have guided us. [Surah Aal-Imran (3) : 8]” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3522. Graded ‘saheeh’ by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 3522]
At these times of great fitnah (trials and tribulations), we need to say this dua more than ever.
Let’s make sure that not a day passes by without us having uttered this dua.
For those of you who want the dua in Arabic, I’ve put the Arabic text as well as the transliteration and translation on my other blog.