“Come to success” are words we hear when we are called to our prayers. But whenever we hear “Spiritual & personal development skills” we think of someone aloof who is aloof from the world. Unfortunately, most of us do not ponder over the principles of our religion, I believe. Most of us have inherited our religious beliefs from elders. However, I will attempt to elucidate how principles of Islam correlate to success in many aspects of this very life.
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“Early to Bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
No doubt, it holds true. Most personal development books suggest having a healthy early morning routine. Many CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and successful people have a healthy routine. The first of our five mandatory prayers starts from Fajr. Starting one`s day with the Remembrance of Allah makes one feel rejuvenated throughout the day. Since the beginning of anything is important, what can be better than the beginning of the very day by the worship of our Creator?
“Ask, and you shall receive.”
Anybody who is aware of the modern-day spiritual “philosophies” must have heard about the famous “Law of Attraction.” It suggests that whatever thoughts we hold in our minds manifest sooner or later in our actual lives. It further tells that if one “asks the Universe with faith,” one`s desires will be manifested. Similar is the concept of “Dua,” which is our communication with Allah. Imagine being connected with the Power that creates, sustains, and will also end whatever it is that exists!
All of us who look at the principles of our Developed countries today must have observed how those developed countries take care of the orphans, the widows, the old-aged, and animals. Our religion has not just prescribed a fixed rate (Zakat) on our earnings to be given away but also considers overall generosity as highly commendable. We are all aware of the Glorious saying of Our Prophet (PBUH) “The Giving Hand is better than that which takes.”
The very meaning of religion is “Peace.” However, what most of us seem to forget is that it also promotes “defense” when it comes to one`s property, life or honor. It also propagates defending others. We see injustice in workplaces, universities, and even on a national level. Our religion, the way I see it, promotes raising our voice against tyranny and cruelty. This is also one of the lessons from the tragedy of Karbala. Thus, courage is also a quality cherished by our religion.
A reminder of Death:
Our Holy Book constantly reminds us of the greatest reality of life; Death. It also talks about the consequences of our actions. The kings, the warriors, the scholars, the saints, and the sinners all have to face it alike. This belief makes us humble and more responsible for our actions, as we have to be accountable in the next life for whatever we do during our lives.
In other words, the way I see it, the very purpose of our religion was to lead us to success in this very world as well as the next. To conclude, I add the following verse, which sums up my stance as well as inculcates Optimism in all of us:
“Indeed what is to come will be better for you than what has gone by.” (Quran 93:4)
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