The essence of failure is summed up in the Qur’an as:
- Disobeying Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala,
- Disobeying His Messenger sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, and,
- Disputation amongst each other.
For our current situation to be reversed, there are many methods, and ways to go
about things. Obviously holding firmly to the Qur’an and the Sunnah is the
first. But, there are elements that we need to implement in our lives that will
bring to life the Islam that was lived not so long ago by our predecessors,
Ten Qualities That Lead to Success
1. Every successful person has a strong sense of purpose. What greater sense of
purpose than to know that your goal is Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala.
2. Seek out role models or mentors. These mentors instill in them a sense of
possibility. What better role model than Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alaihi wa
3. Strength of visualizing the goal. Rasulullah sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam had
the strongest visualization of any human. We are people of `success’ and this
Deen is not a Religion of `failure’, but a Religion of SUCCESS!
Michael Hart, the historian who wrote the 100 most influencial personalities in
history, placed Muhammad sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam as number 1.
The greatest witness is what your own enemies show witness to. Our example is
the best example, for verily Rasulullah sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam was
`Uswatun Hasanah’, the Best example; he is the model and mentor of success for
all of mankind.
4. Positive sensory orientation. That you dwell on your successes, not dwelling
on your failures. Remember your past successes when you were weak, and Allah
subhaanahu wa ta’ala will give you victory, look at Badr.
5. Self assurance. They know that they can succeed. `La tahinuu, wa laa tahzanuu
wa antum la’nawla in kuntum mu’mineen’ � `Do not be weak, and do not grieve,
and you are the uppermost, if you are Believers’.
Our afflictions are expiations for us. Remember at `Uhud, Rasulullah sallallahu
`alaihi wa sallam said: `Your dead are in the Hell fire, our dead are in
6. They plan and organize. They know how to prioritize. Look at the most
important things and take that. We have people now that argue over where you
put your hands in the prayer, where your feet should be, etc.
These things are known in the books of Fiqh, we don’t need to argue over them.
You ask any scholar of any worth and they tell you very clearly. There’s
different ways to do it, because we’re not supposed to get caught up in the
trivial matters, because this is the Talmudic (Jewish) mind that asks `what
kind of cow, what color cow’ etc. All triviality.
Even in the West, they say that the `devil’s in the details’ (proverb). What’s
important is to ask `where’s your heart?’ Where is your heart in the Salaat?
People watching others pray during Salaat, finding mistakes with the Imaam etc.
Where is our heart in the Salaat?
We plan to corrupt each other, organizations are successful, because they plan
and organize each other. We are good planners when it comes to Walimah’s. For
instance, how many sheep will we have, how many belly dancers etc. Allahu
Akbar, Takbeer, what type of takbeer? Takbeer of Salatul Janaazah, 4 of them!
7. The ability to acquire the necessary skills to succeed. We need to produce
male and female scholars. Why don’t we want to be from those people? The people
of knowledge? Make your children people of Akhirah, not Dunya!
8. Patience. Be patient and enjoin others to patience. We have two lessons that
Muslims have to learn, most of our tribulations are coming from: o Kibr, and, o
Lack of patience.
Saying La ilaha Illallah does not make us special, because a Munafiq says La
ilaha illallah, and yet they are lower than the Kaafir.
And remember that if you feel safe from Nifaaq, then according to Hasan al Basri
rahimahullah, you are a Munafiq! The only one who feels safe from nifaaq is the
`Umar ibn Khattaab radi’Allahu anhu went to Huthaifah ibn Yaman and asked him
`Do you see in me what you see in them? Tell me by Allah, I want to know if
`Umar is a Munafiq?’ Huthaifah radi’Allahu anhu replied, `I don’t see in you
what I see in them’.
The qualities of a Munafiq (some of them include):
- They oscillate
- They remember Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala little,
- They say on their tongues what’s not in their hearts,
- They pray lazily, etc and so forth.
9. Perseverance. Be persevering. No one will have except that what he endeavors
10. To love what one is doing. Radi’Allahu `anhum wa Radu `anh’ � `They love
Allah, and Allah is pleased with them’.
Loving Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala and His Messenger! Spending what we love and
giving from it freely. You don’t reach righteousness (Birr) until you give out
that which you love.
"When perfection is reached then it has to diminish, So once something is called
perfect, expect it to perish.”