4 Simple Steps for Success

My Thoughts on Surah At-Taghabun, The Mutual Loss and gain

Bismillah

As Salaamu Alaikum everyone.  I have some great news.  I’ve  just discovered the secret to success.

Actually it’s not a discovery.  Allah (SWT) gives us the keys to a fruitful life and afterlife many times over in His book.  You all have read the Qur’an or the meaning of it at least a few times, so this knowledge is nothing new.  You see Allah speaks simultaneously in the Qur’an about winners and losers.  He says:

يَوۡمَ يَجۡمَعُكُمۡ لِيَوۡمِ ٱلۡجَمۡعِ‌ۖ ذَٲلِكَ يَوۡمُ ٱلتَّغَابُنِ‌ۗ وَمَن يُؤۡمِنۢ بِٱللَّهِ وَيَعۡمَلۡ صَـٰلِحً۬ا يُكَفِّرۡ عَنۡهُ سَيِّـَٔاتِهِۦ وَيُدۡخِلۡهُ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِہَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيہَآ أَبَدً۬ا‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ

“(And remember) the Day when He will gather you (all) on the Day of Gathering, that will be the Day of mutual loss and gain (i.e. loss for the disbelievers as they will enter the Hell-fire and gain for the believers as they will enter Paradise). And whosoever believes in Allah and performs righteous good deeds, He will expiate from him his sins, and will admit him to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) to dwell therein forever; that will be the great success.” (64:9)

Subhanallah, there clear as day, are the first two steps.

  1. Believe in Allah.  That is believe in the oneness of Allah; and know in your heart that only He is worthy of worship.
  2. Perform righteous  good deeds.  If you believe in Him wholeheartedly, you’ll want to please him with your actions, right?

Easy enough.  So what are the third and fourth steps? Don’t worry Allah never leaves his servants hanging.  He tells us:

فَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ مَا ٱسۡتَطَعۡتُمۡ وَٱسۡمَعُواْ وَأَطِيعُواْ وَأَنفِقُواْ خَيۡرً۬ا لِّأَنفُسِڪُمۡ‌ۗ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفۡسِهِۦ فَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُفۡلِحُونَ

“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity; that is better for yourselves.  And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, then they are the successful ones.” (64:16)

Look how merciful Allah is.  He advises us with precise language.  How could we fail with such guidance?

     3.  Fear Allah, meaning listen to and obey Him.

     4.  Spend your wealth wisely by giving charity. That’s a no brainer.  Allah (SWT) has blessed us with innumerable bounties.  The least we could do is give back.

There you have it, the dalil (proof) that Allah only wants the best for his slaves.  He gives us elementary, fool-proof directions on how to attain greatness.  The only question is… “Will we choose to be winners or losers?”

As Salaamu Alaikum and much love,

Umm Qamar

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