How to achieve success …

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He (The One). And I send peace and blessings on His final messenger (Al-Mustafa), upon his family, companions, and anyone to succeed them in righteousness until The Day of Judgement (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

I was reading the book “شرح منظومة الحائية في عقيدة أهل السنة والجماعة — The Explanation of The Poem Al-Haaiya[1] on The Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah” by Shaykh Dr. Saleh Fowzan Al-Fowzan[2] and I came by this point that I found very beneficial. I hope that you find is as I did. Also, I ask Allah to make us from the people that adhere to it and achieve success in this world and the next, Ameen!

“If you want Al-Falah [success in the Dunya (worldly life) and the next], hold firm to the rope of Allah and follow the guidance [of The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ], [for] this is the means of Al-Falah. It also [means] an abundance of goodness and achieving happiness. Allah (The High) said,

“Successful [Al-Falah] indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.  — Surah Al-Mu’minun (23) : 1-2

Until the end of His statement,

“And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawât (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours). These are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever.  — Surah Al-Mu’minun (23) : 9-11

Therefore, these are the means of achieving Al-Falah.


If you want to Al-Falah, then upon you are three things:

1.) Adherence to The Book of Allah [The Qur’an].

2.) Following the guidance.

3.) Stay away from innovations.

If you leave off one of these three things then you are damned and you wont ever achieve Al-Falah. [Allah] The High said,

“Then, those whose scales (of good deeds) are heavy, – these, they are the successful. And those whose scales (of good deeds) are light, they are those who lose their ownselves, in Hell will they abide.  — Surah Al-Mu’minun (23) : 102-103


Thus, the opposite for Al-Falah is Al-Khasaar [loss or failure], and [I seek] refuge with Allah. He wont loose his wealth, but rather himself. And when a person looses himself then this is the worst type of Al-Khasaar, and [I seek] refuge is with Allah.

“So worship what you like besides Him. Say (O Muhammad ﷺ): “The losers are those who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. Verily, that will be a manifest loss!” — Surah Al-Zumar (39) : 15″


[1] TN: In Arabic poetry, as in English, there are certain syntax that a poem has to generally abide to; the main one being the repentance of the last letter, or in some cases few letters, at the end of the verse. Many times, the poem gets named after this last letter, as in this poem where the end of every verse is the letter ‘ح’ (pronounced “Ha” as in the word “Hat”); thus, the name Al-Haaiyah.

[2] Dr. Saleh Al-Fowzan is currently a member of the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawa (Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body), a member of the Council of Religious Edicts and Research, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, and a member of the Fiqh Committee in Makkah (part of Ar-Raabitah), and a member of the Committee for Supervision of the Callers in Hajj. For a more information and a full biography please see the link:

[TN] This excerpt can be found on page 56-57 of the Dar Al-‘Aasima publishing Insha Allah.


With that, I send peace and blessings upon our prophet Muhammad, upon his family, companions, and those who came after him.


Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Rabi’ Al-Awal 24, 1432 — February 27, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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