The Key to Success
People of wisdom state:
If the reasons that lie behind the success of Muslims throughout history are examined, it will be seen that it wasdue to their adherence to the religion [Islam]. Actually, the degree of success is dependent on the degree of obedience to our religion. Therefore, one's success is in direct proportion to one's obedience to the religion.Anyone who obeys it fully will be fully successful. In our religion, what will be done and how it will be done isfixed. The more one puts this into practice flawlessly, the more success one achieves.Some of the traits of Muslims who lived in times of greatest success were as follows:
They were compassionate toward everyone, the faithful or the faithless, surely with the exception of cases thatnecessitated having a dislike for the sake of Allah. If anyone displayed enmity against the religion [Islam], thenhe/she used to receive a harsh treatment from them. As a matter of fact, Allahu ta'ala praises the BlessedCompanions in the Qur'an al-karim, saying,
"They love one another much. They are very merciful to oneanother but very stern and unyielding toward Allah's enemies."2.
They were like one body. A head, hands, and feet are of the components of the body. If any component of it issuffering, it affects the entire body. Hence, success is dependent on the body's enjoying good health.
They were like one heart. They used to share the same faith and feel the same joy and sorrow.
They had only one purpose, goal, and target, which was Allahu ta'ala's pleasure.
They used to obey the ruler and did not rise in rebellion against him. They did not use to instigate mischief oranarchy.
They used to work day and night with pure intention so that one more human could be saved from burning.
They were extra scrupulous about obeying our religion.