الدُّنيا دُوَلٌ فَأجْمِلْ في طَلَبِها وَ اصْطَبِرْ حتّى تَأتيَكَ دَولَتُكَ
Earthly life has ups and downs, so only pursue what’s essential, and endure until victory comes.
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لايُحْسِنُ عَبْدٌ الظَّنَّ بِاللّهِ سُبْحانَهُ إلاّ كانَ اللّهُ سُبْحانَهُ عِنْدَ أحسْنِ ظَنِّهِ بِهِ
If the believer keeps his hope in Allah, Allah will not let him down.
Islam has put great importance on the virtue of keeping hope in Allah. The following verse from Surat Yūsuf (Joseph) talks about it:
“O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”
No matter how big and numerous are the sins of a person, Allah will forgive him if and when true repentance happens. To despair from Allah’s mercy is the second greatest sin in Islam, the first being Shirk. Another sin is Qunut (despondence), which is considered the third greatest sin in Islam.
Hope in Allah extends to worldly matters too. A positive mental attitude is a fundamental factor in reaching success in business, education, sports, health, family, etc…
Research has shown that through emotional intelligence training and positive psychology therapy one’s attitudes and perceptions can be modified to improve their personal and professional life.
آفَةُ النَّجاحِِ اَلْكَسَلُ
Laziness is the blight of success.
There are few qualities which enable people to be successful in life, among them are: setting goals, putting a plan and timetable, persistence, patience, and being active. Yet, some people after reaching those goals, become lazy and surrender to comfort. This is what diminishes or even cancels their success.
Instead of that, the best attitude should be to stay active even after becoming successful. This redefines success in that it’s not only reaching goals, but also having and maintaining activity and momentum after reaching them. Success is an attitude, not an event. An example of that would be continuing eduction after graduation from college, or at least keeping the habit of reading.
In a passage from Dua’a Abu Hamza Thumali, Imam Al-Sajjad (a.s.) says: “O Allah, I seek Your protection against laziness, failure, grief, cowardice…”.