Dealing With Failure – The Muslim Perspective

Bismillahir rahmanir raheem

Failure in and of itself seems like such a terrible word. Failure: to lack success, the neglect or omission of expected or required action (according to Google). But dealing with failure is so much more personal than the words will allow for.

I’ve always had issues dealing with failure. My fear of failure has been a catalyst for success and a hindrance when it comes to trying new opportunities. I went years without trying new experiences and new challenges because I failed to believe in myself and my capabilities. I put too much stock into getting things right the first time so I didn’t need to learn from my mistakes.

Now, looking back on my experiences from an Islamic perspective I can see where I’ve been going wrongĀ subhanAllah. Islam praises the strong and the successful but it also commends the weak and those who have fallen short of their best by showing the Rahma (Mercy) of Allah swt. They are never put in competition with one another and Allah swt gives both of them their due.

So here’s what I’ve learnt about dealing with failure so far:

1. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try and try again

By the time you’ve finished complaining about, or dwelling on your past failures, new opportunities have passed you by subhanAllah. If our beloved Prophet (saw) sat and dwelled on all the people that didn’t accept Islam through his message, who knows what kind of Sunnah we’d be left with now!

2. Everything is down to the Qadar of Allah swt and the only thing that can change that is du’a

Do yourself a favour, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and make dua. In Surah Yusuf, Yaqoob (as), father of Yusuf (as) said:

I only complain of my suffering and my grief to Allah , and I know from Allah that which you do not know.”

Allah swt is Al-Sami (The All-Hearing). Whenever or wherever you call upon him He swt is there and listening. He swt can do for you what no other man, woman, child, or “lucky charm” can do.

The Prophet (saw) said “What has reached you was never meant to miss you and what has missed you was never meant to reach you.”

3. Everything is a test from Allah swt

We always hear this phrase but take this opportunity to really reflect on it. Yes, we may not see the worth of our struggle in the duniya, but rest assured Allah swt is building for you palaces in Jannah (Paradise) inshaAllah.

The Prophet (saw) narrated in Tirmidhi said “When Allah loves a servant, He tests him.”

Your reward has always been with Allah swt and Allah swt alone. Don’t look to people to validate your struggle because only Allah swt can do that.

4. This duniya is lowly, we should really be striving for the akhirah

My issues with failure always came from striving for things of the duniya. When I strive in the way of Allah swt, I know that Allah swt will take into account my intentions and will compensate where I fall short inshaAllah. This, however, doesn’t mean that you can do half a job and say that all that matters is the intention. This is not the correct mindset of a believer.

Chasing the duniya will only leave you with heart break, unless you connect the intention of your deeds to Allah swt and make du’a to Him swt to make your actions a success. If not, He swt knows why He did not give you success this time around. Trust in Him swt and you’ll never be lead astray.

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0 thoughts on “Dealing With Failure – The Muslim Perspective

  1. Mariam Mababaya JustSharingIslam says:

    In the Name of Allah
    The Most Gracious The Most Merciful

    When you pray Istikhaarah and call Allah,
    When you cry and wish for a dream to come true,
    And you wait and see how it does not happen,
    Take note “Allah has something better for you.”

    So for instance if you added some long lost
    Friends on facebook, and they see how you have changed,
    Don’t be sad if they turned down your request, for
    Allah doesn’t want you misled by their ways.

    If you prayed to God to grant you some “best friends”,
    And you look around to see none are like you,
    Allah may be saving you from backbiting,
    Mocking and playing games you should never do.

    And know -that Allah is always there with you,
    Always with you even before you were born.
    Even if the world stays silent or busy,
    You have Allah with Whom you’re never alone.

    So when you pray and plan, Allah also plans.
    Allah knows all His slaves and what they deserve.
    If some people steal from you or disrespect,
    Allah may want the sins you did to be theirs.

    When Allah loves some, He guides them to Islam.
    Through others sinning against them, they are free –
    Of sins done in the past, present and future,
    ‘Till they are welcome in Heaven smilingly.

    Thus, smile, don’t worry if things don’t go your way.
    From your sins God Allah may be saving you,
    Or Allah may want you all to Himself so
    Your wish to be with Him in Firdaus comes true.


    May Allah the Most Forgiving forgive us always, accept all our good deeds and join us with His loved ones in Firdaus the uppermost level of Paradise where Allah and His beloved Messenger Muhammad sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam are. Ameen.

    Wasalaam šŸ™‚

  2. Mariam Mababaya JustSharingIslam says:

    Sister in Islam, this was an informative topic mashaAllah jazakAllahu khair for sharing some of your Islamic knowledge may Allah the Almighty grant you more Islamic wisdom and faith/Imaan. Ameen.

    Wasalaam from Saudi and Philippines,

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