Criteria of Success


Saturday, 10 September 2016 10:14

In this world, people are judged by a variety of criteria. The success of a businessman is judged by his bank balance and the success of a professional is judged by the number of degrees he has. Similarly, it is the student who passes his exams attaining a distinction who is generally viewed as a successful student.

In the court of Allah Ta‘ala, however, there is only one criteria for success – TAQWA. Allah Ta‘ala states in the Quraan Majeed, “O mankind! Indeed we have created you from a single man and woman, and we have made you into races and tribes so that you may identify one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is he who has the most taqwa. Indeed Allah is all Knowing and all Aware.”

Farewell Hajj

On the occasion of the final hajj, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) explained the very same point in his final sermon saying, “O people! Indeed your Rabb is One and your father is one (i.e. Nabi Aadam [‘alaihis salaam]). Behold! No Arab has virtue over a non-Arab and no non-Arab has virtue over an Arab. No black person has virtue over a white person and no white person has virtue over a black person. There is no virtue except by means of taqwa.” (Majma‘uz Zawaaid #5622)

It is thus very clear that it is not our wealth, race, language, affluence or popularity that will gain us acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. Rather, acceptance in His court is based only on taqwa. Taqwa includes fulfillment of one’s daily salaah, discharging zakaah and other ‘ibaadah, being scrupulous and upright in one’s business affairs and monetary transactions, fulfilling the rights of one’s parents, spouse, children, family and others and inculcating the noble akhlaaq (character) taught by Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When one has combined all these qualities together with imaan, only then has one acquired taqwa, thus becoming noble in the court of Allah Ta‘ala. Otherwise, despite some good actions in one’s life, if taqwa is not acquired, there can be no true success in this world, and one will face many major obstacles in the Hereafter — Allah Ta‘ala forbid!