“I would like to introduce Br. Nihal Khan who is a fairly new writer for MuslimMatters. He is a friend whom I have known for a very long time and is a brother who has an amazing future ahead, inshā'Allāh. He memorized the Qur'an in New York and is currently in the DREAM Arabic intensive program with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan and is also pursuing his degree in Business. He is a fellow member of Young Muslims (YM) and has worked as a youth director in New Jersey. Enough of the biographical data on this brother, he is a very honest, friendly, good role model. He is dedicated to this deen and working to improve our communities. We look forward to reading his insights on MuslimMatters. Welcome Nihal!” - Amir (MR)
Allāh tells us in Surah Yusuf, “
إنه لا يفلح الظالمون.
This was what Yusuf (AS) told the wife of the 'Aziz after she tried to seduce Him (AS). The word selection in the verse was very eye opening to me.
The word “
” means “attaining success after putting in much hard work and strain.” Allāh uses the same word in the first verse of Surah Mu'minoon when he refers to attaining khushoo' in the prayer, ie. it entails that you need to work extra hard to attain concentration.
Another point to note is that the word
is usually translated as “oppression.” Though this is correct, the context of this word can be many. It can refer to an unjust ruler (ظالم), someone who is giving another a hard time, etc. But one meaning which we all forget is when we commit sins against ourselves.
If we take this whole section of the āyah into consideration we can derive a perspective from it. It may not matter how active we may be in our Muslim community or how much Qur'an we have memorized IF we still do not treat our parents well, behave well towards others, and/or commit sins in private. All of that hard work which we may have done (إفلاح) will be in vain if we continue to commit sins (ظلم) and not live according to how Allāh wants us to live and seek ways to better ourselves.
May Allāh guide us all to the straight path.