|Success from the Sunnah Part 1|
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam showed us the way of achieving success in this world:
1. Begin from the Possible
This principle is explained in the saying of Aisha radhiallahu anha: ‘Whenever the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam had to choose between two options, he always opted for the easier choice.’ (Bukhari) To choose the easiest means to begin from the possible. This will help us reach our goals.
2. To see Advantage in Disadvantage
In the early days of Islam in Makkah there were many difficulties. At that time this verse was revealed: ‘With every hardship there is ease, with every hardship there is ease.’ (Qur’aan, 94:5-6) This means that if there are some problems, then there are also opportunities at the same time. The way to success is to not make problems overshadow our entire life but to take the opportunities.
3. To change the Place of Action
This principle is derived from the Hijrah, the emigration from Makkah to Madinah. It was to find a more suitable place for Islamic activities. At times, adverse conditions in a place might mean moving to another place to attain success.
4. Turning Minus into Plus
After the Battle of Badr, 70 educated disbelievers were taken as prisoners of war. The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam announced that if any of them would teach ten Muslim children to read and write he would be freed. Thus a school was formed out of this situation, providing an advantage to Muslims in the form of education.
Adapted from Principles of Success by Darul Ihsan
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