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17 Surah for Success in Life and Overcome Difficulties

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The success we need to have is the eternal success and continuous success. Even if it can be day by day grew a high level. That kind of success can only be ours if we follow the instructions Allah has given in the Qur’an. In the Surah Al-Mu’minun (Qur’an Sura 23) verse 1 Allah SWT explains: “It is lucky (success) are those who believe that. “The verb used “aflaha”, the past tense verb and begins with the word “qod” which means affirmation, signifying a definite promise from God. That success takes a very long time even everlasting for ever because in verse 11 in the same letter is explained: “Those will inherit Paradise paradise and they will be eternal in it.” Believe it, my friend!


So, here is presented surah for success in life.

1. Change self (Surah Ar-Ra’d:11)

God commands all mankind to change oneself. If you want to achieve something must improve yourself for the better. Despite God’s decisive, but God’s command is also so that we will change ourselves. After all, it’s much easier to change yourself, than to change others. This verse is the motivation for change.

For each (such person) there are (angels) in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah. Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls). But when (once) Allah willeth a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, nor will they find, besides Him, any to protect. (Ar-Ra’d 13:11)

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2. Give alms (Surah Al Baqarah: 261)

Alms is one of the savings to the afterlife. Alms that can be the key to a person success in doing business. Prophet Muhammad SAW said that Allah SWT will replace many times the money used for charity. Alms is also an obligation because there is some in our possessions that are the rights of others. So, we are obliged to return it by charity.

Example (of) those who spend their wealth in (the) way (of) Allah, (is) like a grain which grows seven ears, in each ear hundred grain(s). And Allah gives manifold to whom He wills. And Allah (is) All-Encompassing, All-Knowing.  (QS. Al Baqarah: 261)

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3. Be grateful (Surah Ibrahim: 7)

Gratitude is a feeling thanks to Allah SWT who has granted us life and success. People who are grateful will continue to be added by Allah SWT. While people who always feel less than what they have gained will not feel a greater blessing.

And when proclaimed your Lord, “If you are thankful, surely I will increase you; but if you are ungrateful indeed, My punishment (is) surely severe.” (QS Ibrahim: 7)

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4. Forming Groups that can work together (Surah Ali Imran: 104)

And let there be among you [a] people inviting to the good [and] enjoining the right, and forbidding from the wrong, and those – they (are) the successful ones.

In achieving success, cooperation is needed by forming a group or community. The community should help each other and remind each other to achieve mutual success. All members must contribute according to their respective abilities. Everything should be together to formulate strategies, make decisions so that the results can be enjoyed together.

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5. Be patient (Surah Ali Imran: 200 and Surah Al Baqarah 155-156)

O you who believe[d]! Be steadfast and [be] patient and [be] constant and fear Allah so that you may (be) successful. (Ali Imran: 200)

And surely We will test you with something of [the] fear and [the] hunger and loss of [the] wealth and [the] lives and [the] fruits, but give good news (to) the patient ones. Those who, when strikes them a misfortune, they say, “Indeed, we belong to Allah and indeed we towards Him will return.” (QS. Al-Baqarah: 155-156)

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6. Always eager (Surah Al-Insyirah: 5 )

So indeed, with the hardship (is) ease.(Q.S. Al-Insyirah: 5)

Never give up when faced with adversity. Because every difficulty there must be a way out. Sometimes, people prefer to avoid trouble. This will keep them away from success.

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7. Believing every test can be dealt with (Surah Al Baqarah: 286)

(Does) not burden Allah any soul except its capacity, for it what it earned, and against it what it earned. (Q.S. Al-Baqarah: 286)

Every test, trial, and burden that human fight will be in accordance with its abilities. Therefore, do not think you can not do something without trying first.

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8. Always obey Allah’s commands (Surah Annur: 51)

When those that believe are called to Allah and His Messenger in order that he (that is, the Messenger) may judge their disputes among them, nothing becomes them but to say: “We hear and we obey.” Such shall attain true success (Surah Annur: 51)

The law that can be the guideline of human life in the world is the law of Allah SWT. The law of Allah is the most justice, wise, and objective law.

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9. Increase useful and positive activities (Surah Al-A’raf: 8 )

And the weighing that day (will be) the truth. So whose – (will be) heavy his scales, then those [they] (will be) the successful ones. (Surah Al A’raf: 8)

People who are more likely to engage in positive and beneficial activities for themselves and others will be more successful. However, there are many obstacles and saturation experienced by a person to engage in positive activities. Lazy, boring, often delayed, easily tired is a challenge that must be faced. Therefore, people who are able to work hard and pass all challenges then will achieve satisfactory results.

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10. Imitating Prophet Muhammad SAW (Surah Al-A’raf: 157)

Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find him written with them in the Taurat and the Injeel. He commands them to the right and forbids them from the wrong, and he makes lawful for them the pure things and makes unlawful for them the impure things and he relieves from them their burden and the fetters which were upon them. So those who believe in him and honor him, and help him and follow the light which has been sent down with him. Those (are) [they] the successful ones.” (Surah Al-A’raf: 157)

Rasulullah SAW is the best example for mankind in the world. He is a great leader and trader. Prophet Muhammad SAW is highly respected by others because of his honesty. Even he is an intelligent military commander with a powerful strategy of defeating troops with a greater number in the battlefield, the Prophet Muhammad also has a virtuous, beautiful, and rich wife.

The main success of Prophet Muhammad SAW is to carry out the mission of Allah SWT to teach the teachings of Islam to all mankind. So, those who follow the way of life of Rasulullah SAW will certainly be lucky.

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11. Allah granted the prayer of Allah servants ( Surah Al-Baqarah: 186, Mukmin: 60, Al-Insyirah: 8 )

And when ask you My servants about Me, then indeed I am near. I respond (to the) invocation (of) the supplicant when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me and let them believe in Me, so that they may (be) led a right. (Surah Al-Baqarah: 186)

And those who give what they give while their hearts (are) fearful because they to their Lord (will) return (QS. Al-Mukmin: 60)

And to your Lord turn your attention. (Qs Al Insyirah: 8)

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12. Don’t despair (Surah Yusuf: 87)

and not despair of (the) Mercy of Allah. Indeed, none despairs of (the) Mercy of Allah except the people the disbelievers.” (Q.S. Yusuf: 87)

Despair is not a good attitude. We need to ask Allah for every trouble we face and always believe in Allah.

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13. Don’t get sad easily (Surah At-Taubah 40)

It will matter little if you do not help the Prophet, for Allah surely helped him when the unbelievers drove him out of his home and he was but one of the two when they were in the cave, and when he said to his companion: “Do not grieve. Allah is with us.” (QS. At-Taubah 40)

Sometimes people get sad from something. However, we don’t need to get sad easily or too much because it is Allah’s wish for our happiness in the future.

14. There is always any goodness ( Surah Al Baqarah: 216)

Fighting is ordained upon you and it is disliked by you; it may well be that you dislike a thing even though it is good for you, and it may well be that you like a thing even though it is bad for you. Allah knows and you do not know. (Q.S. Al-Baqarah:216)

What we do not like, sometimes is a goodness. We never know the future, for that kindness can come at an unexpected time.

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15. Firm against the Gentile (Surah Al Mujadilah 22 )

You shall not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day befriending those who oppose Allah and His Messenger even though they are their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred.37 He has inscribed faith in their hearts and has strengthened them with a spirit from Him, and He shall make them enter Gardens beneath which rivers flow. Therein they shall abide. Allah is well-pleased with them, and they are well-pleased with Him. They belong to Allah’s party. Verily Allah’s party shall prosper. ( Surah Al Mujadilah 22) 

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16. Stay away from the miserliness (Surah Al Hasyr: 9 and Surah At Tagabun: 16) 

They love those who have migrated to them and do not covet what has been given them; they even prefer them above themselves though poverty is their own lot.18 And whosoever are preserved from their own greed, such are the ones that will prosper.(Surah Al Hasyr: 9) So hold Allah in awe as much as you can,31 and listen and obey, and be charitable. This is for your own good. And whoever remains safe from his own greediness, it is such that will prosper.(Surah At Tagabun: 16) 

Moving away from the miserliness will bring us more easily in achieving success. So selfish and self-centered should be eliminated. Because sharing with others is a saving of success. Allah Almighty loves a servant who is not stingy and not wasteful, but always share with others.

17. Share to relatives and comrades (Surah Arrum: 38)

So give his due to the near of kin, and to the needy, and to the wayfarer.57 That is better for those who desire to please Allah. It is they who will prosper.( Surah Arrum: 38)

People who share often with relatives and comrades will be overwhelmed with success. Therefore, we should always do good to family, relatives, and anyone who needs help.

That’s all 17 surah for success in life. Hope this article is good enough to make us closer to Allah and gives us some benefits.

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