Don’t Give up after Failure | Never Lose Hope

One of the important qualities of a Muslim is that he remains in a positive state of mind, whatever the situation is. He tries for the best and trusts in Allah for results. True Muslims never lose hope in Allah. Life is a tough journey, where one may pass through hardships. Sometimes he may succeed but sometimes fail. For a Muslim success is a game of battle between hope and disappointment. When we met failure due to our mistakes two situations arise:

  1. when one start regretting and lose hope. This will start continuous depression and cease progress in life. The time comes when a person totally gives up and can achieve nothing.
  2. The second is when the person admits his mistake, repent. Gather courage and hope for the best from Allah. He starts to struggle again. This type of person is successful in the end.

The point to admit is that one can never be always right. Mistakes may happen. It doesn’t mean that stop progressing in life. Thanks to Almighty Allah, who guide us and encourage us to go forward.

Do not weaken and Do not grieve

never lose hope, Do not weaken and Do not grieve

This Ayah{3:139} is a guideline for us in the difficult times of life. Its revelation was after the Battle of Uhud(ghazwa e Uhud) when Muslims got disappointed after losing the battle. At the start, Muslims were winning the battle of Uhud. They in the leadership of Prophet() were near victory. But the 40 archers did a fatal mistake. They left their place without the orders of their leader. By this mistake, Muslims were trapped from both sides and enemies fight back and defeated Muslims.

Allah Almighty encourage Muslims to struggle again. And never lose hope. That why they struggled hard with complete trust in Allah. After a few years, they defeated enemies again and got series of victories.

Lessons for us

Don’t lose hope

Believers must not lose hope, because of what may happen. They have superior faith. Their faith touches completeness only when their trust in Allah is complete. Therefore, they have to show the strength of their faith by not losing heart.

And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.

7:56

Hardships and failures in our life sometimes test from Allah. He tests that how we react to such situations. Moreover, to err is human. Only regretting previous sins and mistakes without proper action is of no use. We must seek forgiveness and then hope from Allah that He is a listener, everything is His control, and definitely He will guide us on the right path. The continuous struggle is the necessity of life and Allah reward our struggle in one way or another. We just need to be steadfast and hope for the best from Him.

Don’t grief

Allah forbids His believers in Quran from sadness. And the reason for this is that there is no benefit for having grief in the heart.

Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah,” and then remained on a right path, there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.

Al Quran 46:13

Shaytan love to make the believing slave sad by taking him off track. The Prophet (ﷺ) sought refuge in Allah from sadness in these words:

O Allah I seek refuge in you from grief and sadness.

Al-Bhukari 7/158

Sadness weakens the heart. It reduces determination and wanting to go forward. So, we must be happy, optimistic and think good about Allah. We must have trust in Allah, His infinite power and greatness. And we must depend on Him. Such a person will find happiness and satisfaction in all situations. So, don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism.​

Be true Believer

Allah promised His true believers that They will gain the upper hand because of superior faith. Believers prostrate themselves only to Allah, while others prostrate His creatures. When the Prophet and the Companions were beaten, and some were demoralized. Allah addressed two natural feelings they were experiencing, weakness and fear. He forbade them from exhibiting either. This ayah taught them that if they held tight to their beliefs, follow their leader, they had actually won despite their military loss. Therefore there had no grounds to feel either sad or weak.

This verse is also teaching us that in a state of failures and external weakness, we should not think of ourselves as weak. The true battlefield is that of the heart and mind, and so one who maintains his beliefs pure and focused is not weak. Moreover, such a strong believer can never be defeated. He will be a winner in the end. It Allah‘s promise which cant be altered. So, never lose hope, struggle and connection to Allah. Keep praying and asking Allah for the best.