In Al Quran, Allah Mentions in Surah Fussilat, verse 30-33 the rewards for those who are ‘istiqama’ (steadfast)
Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.
We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]
As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.”
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
There are 5 conditions Ibn Al Qayyim mention to achieve Istiqamah
1. The act should be done for the sake of Allah alone [Ikhlas]
2. It should be done on the basis of knowledge [‘Ilm]
3. Performing ibadah should be done in the same manner that they have been commanded [Sunnah]
4. To do it the best way as possible [Ihsan]
5. Restricting oneself to what is lawful while performing these deeds.
8 Ways to Achieve Istiqamah according to scholars
1. Always be aware of the final destination – Akheerah
2. Committed [Musharatah]
3. To make continuous efforts in bringing the commitments into reality [Mujahadah]
4. Continuously checking and reviewing one’s deeds, being honest with oneself. [ Muraqabah]
5. Self accountability, that is before and after you do it. [ Muhasabah]
6. Blaming oneself for one thing not perfectly done [Mu’aqabah]
7. Striving for improvement [Tahsin]
8. To be humble towards Allah s.w.t. for every single thing we do, we put trust in Allah, and we know that HE Has the best plans for us inshAllah.