- Successful indeed are the Believers.
- Those who offer their Salat (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.
- And those who turn away from Al-Laghw (dirty, false, evil vain talk, falsehood, and all that Allah has forbidden).
- And those who pay the Zakat.
- And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts)
- Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame;
- But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors;
- Those who are faithfully true to their Amanat (all the duties which Allah has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts) and to their covenants;
- And those who strictly guard their (five compulsory congregational) Salawat (prayers) (at their fixed stated hours).
- These are indeed the inheritors.
- Who shall inherit the Firdaus (Paradise). They shall dwell therein forever
Ayahs 1- 11 from Surah Mumenoon clearly states the criteria that distinguish the successful Believers who will be the inheritors of al-Jannah Firdaus. Each of the Criteria constitutes important aspect of our deen with which we can attain that esteemed level of Ihsan and ultimately the mercy of Allah (swt) and Al-Jannah Firdous as a reward in the hereafter.
Majority of us Muslims claim to believe and that makes us Believers or Mumenoon but in actual fact most of us are still at that early stage of belief that has not grown beyond the shoot of a plant. As rightly said in the Quran to the desert Arabs when they claim to believe, in response Allah (swt) says:
The dwellers of the desert say: We believe. Say: You do not believe but say, We submit; and faith has not yet entered into your hearts; and if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not diminish aught of your deeds; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (Q49: 14)
The mere fact that we claim Islam does not make us Believers until belief itself has entered into our hearts and we have no doubt whatsoever, obeying Allah (swt) and his Messenger.
The Believers are only those who believe in Allah and His Messenger then they doubt not and struggle hard with their wealth and their lives in the way of Allah; they are the truthful ones. (Q49:15)
We need to strive towards being of the Successful Believers who will inherit the Paradise, Al-Jannah Firdous. In summary we need to:
- Have Khushoo/ solemnity in our Salat.
- Abstain from vain talks in all its forms.
- Give Zakat/charity from our wealth to the needy.
- Guard our chastity.
- Be faithful to our Trust with Allah (swt) and each other.
- Observe our Salat at the right time.
It all look simple and we can all easily be among those successful Believers but if we check ourselves, do we measure up to the standard, can we make it or are there some things keeping us..? Insha Allah my subsequent post will be around these points. I do not claim scholarly knowledge, this is just a sort of self-reflection for myself any anyone who cares to read.