بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

6 HABITS OF A SUCCESSFUL MUSLIM

In the Qur’an, ‘falaaH’ means success and the word ‘mufliHoon’ is used to describe those that are truly successful. It stems from the root word fa-lam-Ha which is the same root word for ‘fallaH’ which is the arabic word for farmer. Upon reflection, the believers are like farmers who plant the seeds of good deeds for Allah and wait patiently to reap what they sow, in this world and/or in the next. And Allah knows best.

There are many verses in the Qur’an which tell us what it is to be among those that are successful and I encourage you to read them (I will later put a few more references on success in the Quran to read at the end of this article in Sha Allah). But for now, here are just 6 habits for success that are mentioned in the Qur’an and ahadith.

In sha Allah these habits will help us to achieve success in this world and the next and help us to better worship Allah, seek His pleasure and mercy and attain the reward of Jannah.

1. PURIFICATION

Allah tells us in the Quran that:

Quran 87:14

“He indeed is successful who purifies himself ” – Quran 87:14

HERE ARE JUST A FEW WAYS WE CAN PURIFY OURSELVES:

Giving Zakat and donating from your wealth:

The word zakat literally means to purify. The Quran also states that donating from our wealth is a means of purification:

…who donate ˹some of˺ their wealth only to purify themselves. – Quran 92:18

‘Take from their wealth ˹O Prophet˺ charity to purify and bless them’ – Quran 9:103

Remembering Allah often:

Abdullah ibn Mu’awiyah reported: A man said, “What is purification of the soul?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

“that one knows Allah the almighty is with him wherever he is.”

[ Source: al-Mu’jam al-Ṣaghīr 528, Grade: Sahih]

We can also be kind, think well of others and seek forgiveness.

2. PRAY

“Successful are the believers… who keep a guard on their prayers. These are they who are the heirs, Who shall inherit the Paradise; they shall abide therein.” – Quran 23:1-11

3. DO GOOD DEEDS

Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

“And those whose scales are heavy [with good deeds] – it is they who are the successful.” – Quran 23:102

4. BE CONSISTENT

islamic quotes on consistency 

Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said, “Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” – Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4240 [Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani]  

5. BE PATIENT, PIOUS, PERSEVERE AND HAVE TAQWA

“O you who believe, have endurance in suffering, be patient and persevere, strengthen each other and be firm, and be pious and fear God that you may find success.” – Quran 3:200

6. BE GRATEFUL

Being grateful to Allah puts us on our path towards success. We are told in the qur’an:

“So remember the favors of Allah that you might succeed.” 

– Qur’an 7: 69

There are so many things to be grateful for in our lives and counting our blessings can help us to be patient through hardship. It can help us cultivate a more positive heart and mind and being grateful to Allah is a beautiful act of worship full of blessings. In fact, Allah tells us in the Qur’an:

“If you are grateful, I will give you more” – Qur’an 14:7

As we have seen, the habits of: Purification, prayer, doing good deeds, being consistent, patience, piety, perseverance and Taqwa as well as gratitude can all help lead to success. Here is a summary infographic of the 6+ habits of a success muslim from this article:

May Allah grant us success in this life and the hereafter. Ameen

– Notes of Noor