Steps for Success
After beginning in Arabic for one minute and fifteen seconds, Ustadh Michael Wolfender declares how Allah has always sent the same message, including with and before prophets Abraham and Moses. Nonetheless, most prefer this life though the hereafter is what will be everlasting.
Allah guarantees success to those who make a conscious effort to become a better person, remember Him and pray consistently. In Surah Al-A’la (87 The Most High ayat 14-15), Allah says: “Successful indeed are those who purify themselves, (those who) remember the Name of their Lord, and pray.” Do these things and you will get the best forever.
Steps for success include believing in Allah, doing good deeds and accepting Allah’s invitation to speak with Him five times a day.
In Surah Al-Mu’minun (23 The Believers 1-11), Allah promises: “Successful indeed are the believers: those who humble themselves in prayer; those who avoid idle talk; those who pay alms-tax; those who guard their chastity except with their wives … for then they are free from blame, but whoever seeks beyond that are the transgressors; ˹the believers are also˺ those who are true to their trusts and covenants; and those who are ˹properly˺ observant of their prayers. These are the ones who will be awarded Paradise as their own. They will be there forever.”
From these steps, we learn to act before it’s too late, so we are not among those on Judgment Day making excuses trying to talk with Allah when He will refuse. Take care not to waste time now, when on Judgment Day, it will be apparent our lives here will seem as if we stayed on earth but part of a day.
Brother Michael concludes with ayat 99 – 15 from Surah Al-Mu’minun (23 The Believers), which includes a key step for success: “As for those whose scale is heavy ˹with good deeds˺, it is they who will be successful.” We should each check our daily actions to include firm belief, worshipping our One Creator and performing good deeds.