Prophet Muhammad was one of the most successful men in the entire history or as Michael H. Hart said:
“He was the only men in history who was supremely successful in both religious and secular.”
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us how to be successful in this world as well as in the next life.
So today I decided to bring you the top five principles of success according to the Prophet Muhammad:
1- Begin From the Possible
If you want to reach a certain goal, for example, I want to have ten thousands subscribers on this channel, you can’t expect the channel to blow up in a few months or few days. Aisha said:
Whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always opted to the easier choice.
The easier choice here is to begin from the possible. Start making videos on regular bases until you reach your goal, which you think is impossible.
2- Find Advantage in Disadvantage
And do know that everything happens for a reason. You may not know the reason but Allah knows it very well and you’ll learn a lesson from this incident. Allah said:
With every hardship there is ease, with every hardship there is ease.
When you have problems, there will definitely be opportunities. So to succeed, ignore the problems and focus on the opportunities.
3- Turn Minus into Plus
This story will explain everything to you. After the battle of Badr, about seventy of the disbelievers were taken as prisoners of war. The Prophet Muhammad announced that if any one of them would teach ten Muslims, how to read and write they would be freed.
This was the first school in the Islamic history, in which the students are Muslims and the teachers are not just non Muslims, but enemies of Muslims.
4- Gradualism Instead of Radicalism
This is the best way to make social changes. If we analyze the verses revealed in the first thirteen years, they’re all about heaven, hellfire, shirk etc. But after Muslims’ hearts became soft and they immigrated to Madinah, Allah revealed the laws gradually. For example drinking, Allah knows that those people drink a lot and they’re used to it, so look at how drinking was prohibited gradually through these three verses:
They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance, say in both of them there is a great sin and profit for men and their sin is greater than their profit. (2:219)
O who you believe don’t go near prayer when you’re intoxicated until you know what you’re saying. (4:43)
Here Allah prohibited drinking partially; when you’re praying you can’t drink.
O you who have believed indeed intoxicants, gambling, stone alters and divining arrows are but defilement from the work of Satan so avoid it that you may be successful. (5:90)
5- Peace Instead of Violence
Most of non Muslims think that Islam was spread by the sword, but it’s actually the opposite. Let me give you an example: when Makkah was conquered, all the Prophet’s enemies were brought before him. Of course, you might think that the Prophet Muhammad said: “Kill them all, bad disbelievers!” but all he said was:
Go you are free.
So obviously they were shocked and this kind of behavior had a miraculous impact on them to the point that they accepted Islam immediately.
These were the top five principles of success.