Now that we have learnt about how Allah’s let’s now talk about coming to success. Mercy encompasses all things,
Whenever we hear the adhan (call to prayer), there is a part where the mu’adhin (person calling the athan) calls out: “حي على الصلاة” hay ‘ala as-salaah (come to prayer). Then he says: “حي على الفلاح”- hay ‘ala al-falaah.”
Question: Does anyone know what hay ‘ala al-falaah means?
It means ‘come to prayer, come to success.’ Is that how we usually think of success?
Question: What is your definition of success?
Yes, sometimes we think that having a good job, a nice house, and a loving family are the measurements of our success. There may be some truth to that for this world, but how does Allah measure our success?
Do you know that there is a surah in the Qur’an called “The Believers” (Al- Mu’minun), and that Allah promises that the believers will be successful? He says:
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
“Indeed, the believers have attained success” [23; 1]
Let’s dig a little deeper into the Arabic word for success: فلاح (falaah). Do you know that a derivative of that word فَلَّاح (fallaah) means a farmer?
Question: What are some of the things that a farmer needs to do everyday?
Farmers need to fertilize their soil, plant seeds, pull out weeds, protect their plants from predators, and water their crops. Do you think that’s a lot of work? Do you think it’s easy to be a farmer? I want you to imagine a time when farmers couldn’t turn on a hose to water their plants. They completely relied on rain to irrigate their crops. So, they could do all of this hard work, but if there was a drought, their crops wouldn’t be able to survive. To be a farmer requires a deep sense of تَوَكُّل, tawakkul (reliance on Allah).
So, part of success is hard work, and a big part is also knowing that nothing happens without the will of Allah . That’s why when the muadhin tells us to come to salaah (prayer) and to come to success, we respond by saying:
لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِٱللَّٰهِ
“There is no power nor strength except by Allah.”
We can only come to prayer and we can only achieve success if Allah wills it. The only thing in our control is the amount of effort we exert in the process.
So, let’s be farmers; let us try our best to plant good seeds, water them, nourish them, and pray that Allah , places baraka (blessings) in all of our efforts!
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