“Remember that Islam is a state of becoming, not a state of being. Each day you must strive to improve and better yourself – and you will improve.”
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was always aware of this when he was dealing with his companions. Whenever someone embraced Islam, the Prophet would not ask that person to do everything immediately. Instead, he would teach and expect that person to start fulfilling his obligations only as much as he could bear at a time.
This gradual process of change is also clearly reflected in the manner in which the Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years.” [In the Early Hours by Khurram Murad]