Every Muslim will be successful on the day of Judgment when Allah SWT will judge them according to their deeds. On that day there will be some who will be given their account in their right hand, having lit faces and smiling, rejoicing, because of the path they took in their life. They traded their lives in this world for the life in the Hereafter for Jannah. Such are the SUCCESSFUL ones indeed. Some will be extremely worried, weeping, crying, frustrated and anguished while receiving their account of deeds in their left hand. They wasted their lives in this world and such are the real losers.
Allah SWT has beautiful explained in the Quran in Surah Mo’minon, not just about the believers, BUT about the SUCCESSFUL believers. Not only they passed the test but they succeeded with a distinction in good deeds. Allah says in the very first ayah
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُون ,
successful indeed are the believers and then the 7 habits, these highly successful believers have.
First three habits are related to private victory and self purification. While remaining four gives us public victory, leading towards collaboration and shaping the society as a whole.
HABIT 01: Pray with Khashiyat
الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ
Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.
`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas said: “(Khashi`un) means those with fear and with tranquillity.” Khushu` in prayer is only attained by the one who has emptied his heart totally, who does not pay attention to anything else besides it, and who prefers it above all else. At that point it becomes a delight and a joy for eyes.
When these successful believers stand in prayer, they imagine Allah’s Greatness that He is the Creator of everything that exists. The one Allah who is above His Thrown and they are so small standing on this very mat prayer expressing their griefs and sorrows who already knows what is in their hearts. They pray as if they are watching Him or at least as if He is watching them.
HABIT 02: Turn away from Falsehood
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ
And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).
Al-Laghw refers to falsehood, which includes Shirk and sin, and any words or deeds that are of no benefit. As Allah says: وَإِذَا مَرُّواْ بِاللَّغْوِ مَرُّواْ كِراماً (And if they pass by Al-Laghw, they pass by it with dignity)﴿25:72﴾. Qatadah said: “By Allah, there came to them from Allah that which kept them away from that (evil).”
A Successful believer turns himself away from sins, open and secret, he turns away from what doesn’t concern him, in which there is no benefit. He has a nice company, friends that support him in Deen, study it together, help the poor and needy, treat their families well behaved. He follows Islamic law in his business transactions and stand firm for justice in the society.
HABIT 03: Give obligatory charity – Zakat
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ
And those who pay the Zakat .
In Islam, our wealth is considered to be the property of Allah. It is a trust we are given in order to test us how do we spend from it. One’s wealth is not be spent wastefully and one shouldn’t be a spendthrift. Through Zakat Allah not only established a complete socio-economic system but also established the basis of eliminating poverty from an Islamic state.
History is a witness over this fact that Muslims after the proper establishment of Islamic Khilafat used to carry their zakat in their hands to find someone to give but couldn’t find one. Why, because those people who took zakat in the years before were masha’Allah started their businesses and started earning their livelyhood. People no more needed it and wealth was in abundance.
A Succesful believers always calculate the right amount of zakat and give it to the most deserving people (as defined in the Quran 9:60). They don’t give it thinking it a burden but give it and thank Allah SWT that He gave them an opportunity to be wealthy and to help his fellow Muslim brothers.
HABIT 04: Be Modest
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ
And who guard their modesty –
‘Those who guard their modesty’ means who protect their private parts from unlawful actions and do not do that which Allah has forbidden;
The era which we live in has made fawahish (all sorts of unchaste things) extremely accessible and easy. You don’t have to actually find a hole to peep in someone’s bedroom and their private affairs, rather movies, tv channels, internet have it all. The believers are forced to see it even if we don’t want to. You sign in your email you have it, you browse the internet for islamic lecture you have it, no matter how much we try, its extremely hard to stay away from the dirty world.
That is why, a successful believer guards his modesty, literally. He makes sure he doesn’t get sucked up into a situation when he can’t control things. He does not wander in the market for no reason, he lowers his gaze, he keeps reminding themselves that Allah is watchful over him all the time. He keeps himself modest. Next habit elaborates a little about how to be modest and how exactly can he utilize his natural instincts.
HABIT 05: Utilize your natural instinct in a positive way
إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ. فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ
Except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then, they are free from blame; But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors;
This habit is the post-requisite of habit 04. Once a believer starts guarding his modesty he needs to utilize his natural sexual instincts in a positive and a Halal way that Allah has prescribed.
Allah has forbidden; fornication and homosexuality, and do not approach anyone except the wives whom Allah has made permissible for them or their right hand possessions from the captives. One who seeks what Allah has made permissible for him is not to be blamed and there is no sin on him.
Many of our teenagers resort to masturbation as a way to release ourselves from the frustration that has been built and bad friends may pressurize their involvement in other illegal and immoral acts. Such brothers and sisters should know that Allah has forbidden such acts and should fear Him in this regards. If they have the means to get married and provide for a family than they should marry a pious believer. Otherwise they should fast and eliminate all sources of shameful activities. Parents should pro-actively eliminate the risks of such things in their homes and should try to provide their kids a healthy environment insha’Allah.
HABIT 06: Guard your trusts and promises
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ
Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts etc.) and to their covenants;
When they are entrusted with something, they do not betray that trust, but they fulfill it, and when they make a promise or make a pledge, they are true to their word.
A Muslim never breaks his promise. This is extremely important when it comes to public victory. Once you start fulfilling your commitments you’ll see a drastic change in yourself and also in the people around you. Your center of influence would drastically increase. Remember, keeping up your promises means reaching somewhere at the given time, attending to the requests of your parents that you told them you’ll do it, fulfilling your moral social and economical duties and staying true to the trusts that you’ve been given. A wise saying goes something like:
Action speaks louder than words
HABIT 07: Establish prayer
وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ
And those who strictly guard their Salawat (prayers)
means, they persistently offer their prayers at their appointed times,
Allow me to mention the status of Jihad; one who participates in the battle for the love of Allah and for His Deen. If a believer gets martyred in Jihad, eternal paradise will be his. How big is the status of Jihad! Allow me to mention the status of taking care of one’s old parents. Prophet SalAllahu alaihi wassalam mentioned Jannah as the reward for taking care of them. But I want you to read the following hadith and PONDER:
Ibn Mas`ud said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah , `O Messenger of Allah, which deed is most beloved to Allah’ He said,
«الصَّلَاةُ عَلَى وَقْتِهَا»
(Prayer at the appointed time.) I said, `Then what’ He said,
(Kindness to one’s parents. ) I said, `Then what’ He said,
«الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ الله»
(Jihad in the way of Allah.) It was recorded in the Two Sahihs.
SubhanAllah. The prayer is so light and easy and so much better than other extremely difficult and big things. SubhanAllah what a great reward. Why? Because prayer is the best way to connect to Allah SWT, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Once a believer establishes his prayer five times a day, a do zikr proved by the Sunnah of RasulAllah SalAllahu alaihi wassalm, Allah removes so many minor sins from him without even repenting and doing istaghfar. May Allah make us establish prayer.
Once we implement these 7 habits, insha’Allah, we will be like what Allah explains in the Quran in the upcoming ayah:
أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.
May Allah make us among the people of Paradise. Ameen ya Rab ul alamin.
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Quoted text are excerpts from Surah al Mo’minoon Ayah 1 – 11, Tafsir Ibn e Kathir. http://www.qtafsir.com