Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran:
أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ
وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ
اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ
Bethink men that they shall be left alone because they say: we believe; and that they shall not be tempted?
And assuredly We have tempted those who were before them. So Allah will surely know those who are true and He will surely know the liars.
[al Ankabut 29/2-3]
Allah سبحانه وتعالى tests us in order to determine whether or not we are true in our claim to faith. We should realise that when we are tested, we will only succeed if we have been spiritually trained and disciplined. If we are not disciplined enough to remain steadfast with a deeni routine such as congregational salah or regular attendance of religious gatherings, how can we ever hope to succeed in the greater challenge?
[This short excerpt is based on a brothers’ majlis (gathering held for spiritual training) held by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 25th October 2000].