WHAT IS SUCCESS
WHAT IS SUCCESS?
1- Why Muslims are backward?
Nowadays most of us wonder why we are backwards. This question is so serious and important that we start questioning about our religion. We did not stop just there; we start thinking if this is the cause of our backwardness. Some genius start thinking, we are interpreting the Quran in a wrong way and they start explaining it the way it makes sense to them. Others have the same old philosophy how come these non-Muslims are successful; they must be in a right path. They are following the real teaching of Allah and we are not that is why they are successful and we are not.
Gentlemen, we all should have faith that Allah has provided us this book with explanation, provided by Muhammad (pbuph) to Sahaba (Peace be on them all) to us. It is just impossible that Allah has asked us to follow me and follow Rasool (pbuph) and He did not provide us what to follow clearly. My Dear if we do not believe that Quran and Sunah is preserved our faith is in vain and that will make us go astray and follow history written by anyone Tom, Dick or Harry.
Most of us trust on common sense. If something is right it will make sense, otherwise it is wrong. It sounds correct, but we often forget how common sense is developed. How we choose something, the way we choose.
We all agree values are set by our upbringing. Since, we were brought up in such atmosphere where majority is authority was emphasized. It gave us criteria to judge what is right and what is wrong. Perhaps we may often hear questions like: Do you mean everybody is wrong? Do you think, every channel is saying wrong things? Do you think, All the Ulmaas on T.V. are wrong?……….
Dear that is why we say, “common sense is not so common”. To have a correct common sense first book should be Quran so we can read other books in the light of Quran and not the other way.
Let’s go back to our original topic why Muslims are backwards! To find out answer to this, we should know what is success?
2- What is success?
No. of cars per 1000 people
No. of telephones per 1000
GDP per capita
More schools and colleges..
No. of PHDs
Roads and bridges etc, etc….
3- Who has given us these criteria of being successful? (Interesting question)
4- Why have we made these criteria of being successful? (Another interesting question)
We all know the answer for question #3
Answer for question # 4. We all know that we think according to our knowledge which has been receiving through different resources. What are our resources: School, College, T.V. (a major resource), internet, books, movies, dances, songs, games, social parties, going out with friend(s) etc.
What do these resources provide you? Mostly garbage!
What-ever WE take in that’s what WE take out even in more filthy form….
Garbage in Garbage out (GIGO). Some-times we are right too.
5- How do we know we are right or wrong?
Another name for Quran is Furqan which means criteria of being right or wrong. Read Quran with understanding to get guidance and Authentic Ahadeeth along with it. If you do not understand something, ask those who have the knowledge.
Let’s start with question # 2- What is success?
Allah says in Quran:
زُيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ حُبُّ الشَّهَوَاتِ مِنَ النِّسَاءِ وَالْبَنِينَ وَالْقَنَاطِيرِ الْمُقَنْطَرَةِ مِنَ الذَّهَبِ وَالْفِضَّةِ وَالْخَيْلِ الْمُسَوَّمَةِ وَالْأَنْعَامِ وَالْحَرْثِ ۗ ذَٰلِكَ مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَاللَّهُ عِنْدَهُ حُسْنُ الْمَآبِ
3:14. Fair in the eyes of men is the love of things they covet: Women and sons; Heaped-up hoards of gold and silver; horses branded (for blood and excellence); and (wealth of) cattle and well-tilled land. Such are the possessions of this world’s life; but in nearness to Allah is the best of the goals (To return to).
قُلْ أَؤُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِخَيْرٍ مِنْ ذَٰلِكُمْ ۚ لِلَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَأَزْوَاجٌ مُطَهَّرَةٌ وَرِضْوَانٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ
3:15. Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things Far better than those? For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home; with companions pure (and holy); and the good pleasure of Allah. For in Allah’s sight are (all) His servants,-
الَّذِينَ يَقُولُونَ رَبَّنَا إِنَّنَا آمَنَّا فَاغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
3:16. (Namely), those who say: “Our Lord! we have indeed believed: forgive us, then, our sins, and save us from the agony of the Fire;”-
الصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْمُنْفِقِينَ وَالْمُسْتَغْفِرِينَ بِالْأَسْحَارِ
3:17. Those who show patience, Firmness and self-control; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of Allah); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.
When I see in the Quran, criteria of a successful person is one, who shows patience, firmness and self-control; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly, who spend in the way of Allah; and who pray for forgiveness at tahajud.
Next verse may give us more understanding:
وَلَوْلَا أَنْ يَكُونَ النَّاسُ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً لَجَعَلْنَا لِمَنْ يَكْفُرُ بِالرَّحْمَٰنِ لِبُيُوتِهِمْ سُقُفًا مِنْ فِضَّةٍ وَمَعَارِجَ عَلَيْهَا يَظْهَرُونَ
43:33. And were it not that (all) men might become of one (evil) way of life, We would provide, for everyone that blasphemes against (Allah) Most Gracious, silver roofs for their houses and (silver) stair-ways on which to go up,
وَلِبُيُوتِهِمْ أَبْوَابًا وَسُرُرًا عَلَيْهَا يَتَّكِئُونَ
43:34. And (silver) doors to their houses, and thrones (of silver) on which they could recline, S P
وَزُخْرُفًا ۚ وَإِنْ كُلُّ ذَٰلِكَ لَمَّا مَتَاعُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۚ وَالْآخِرَةُ عِنْدَ رَبِّكَ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
43:35. And also adornments of gold. But all this were nothing but conveniences of the present life: The Hereafter, in the sight of thy Lord is for the Righteous.
Allah is saying He would have given non-Muslims everything but He knew we will become non-Muslim for the conveniences of this life.
List of successful nations and people in the Quran according to our criteria and common sense:
They had everything what we are looking for these days. I am glad that we were not at that time other-wise we all be either part of them or impressed by their beautiful houses, money, system and education and inventions. Believe me; most of them were stronger than today’s U.S.A. And for Allah, they were among the worst nations and people! Allah says in Quran:
وَقَارُونَ وَفِرْعَوْنَ وَهَامَانَ ۖ وَلَقَدْ جَاءَهُمْ مُوسَىٰ بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ فَاسْتَكْبَرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَمَا كَانُوا سَابِقِينَ
29:39. (Remember also) Qarun, Pharaoh, and Haman: there came to them Moses with Clear Signs, but they behaved with insolence on the earth; yet they could not overreach (Us).
What About these people:
Hazrat Adam (A.S.)
Hazra Abraham (A.S.)
Hazrat Musa (A.S.)
Hazrat Isah (A.S.)
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)
They all were without material, without money or wealth, without anything but TAQWA and they were chosen as prophets for every nation that is mentioned above. Allah showed us the example of the best people who we supposed to follow. Unfortunately, we all seem to followers of the Abu Jahal, and pharaoh, from the first list.
There are some other people who were given lots of wealth and materials; they were also Allah’s beloved. Like HazratSuleman (A.S), HazratUthman (R.A). They used all their wealth in the name of Allah. It shows us the criterion is only your taqwa and nothing else.
I am sure some of us will still not understand and they will say these molvies, fundamentalists, extremists do not want us to have prosperity and success. These are convenient names learnt from disbelievers, when-ever we like to criticize Islam or Quran or Muslim, we use the word Molvi. For them Allah says:
يُؤْتِي الْحِكْمَةَ مَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَنْ يُؤْتَ الْحِكْمَةَ فَقَدْ أُوتِيَ خَيْرًا كَثِيرًا ۗ وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلَّا أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ
2:269. Hegranteth wisdom to whom He pleaseth; and he to whom wisdom is granted receiveth indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but men of understanding.
May Allah make us understand His message and give us strength to follow the right path. If we keep looking for the definition of success in the Holy Quran you we’ll find the similar reasons and none will say what we really think about success!
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
23: 1. The believers must (eventually) win through,-
الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ
23: 2. Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ
23: 3. Who avoid vain talk;
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ
23: 4. Who are active in deeds of charity;
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ
23: 5. Who abstain from sex,
إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ
23: 6. Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame,
فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ
23: 7. But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors;-
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ
23: 8. Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants;
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ
23: 9. And who (strictly) guard their prayers;-
أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ
23:10. These will be the heirs,
الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
23:11. Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (forever).
Now if we want to see who is backward and who is successful, we need to see it through criteria of Quran and sunnah, not the one that has imposed on us by Jews and Christians or any other group.
When we’ll know we are successful? Let’s ask Quran and Quran says in Surah Ale Imran Ayat 185,
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ ۗ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۖ فَمَنْ زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ ۗ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.”
This is the complete and comprehensive answer to our questions:
- We’ll all die and without death you cannot find whether, you are successful or not.
- You will be given life again and will be rewarded or punished according to your deeds. So don’t worry if you are not rewarded in this world or someone is not punished for his evil deeds.
- Most importantly, it is not success what you think of, the real success is if you are saved from the hell and admitted to heaven.
- And in the end, Allah has warned us that we will be trapped in the delusion of this transitory life and will look for some quick rewards in this world.
May Allah give us understanding of Deem e Islam.Ameen!
Written by Rizwan Hafeez Khan