The deen of Allah has a very interesting set of rules when it comes to a measurement of someone’s success. If you really ponder it, 99% of the time you are recognised based on results. The end goal, the outcome, the final product. More often, effort is taken for granted. In fact effort was wasted if the final product is not reflective of the work you put in. If the outreach of a project is minimal, it’s not very successful, even if that took years of painstaking effort to gain support for. If labour is part and parcel of your work, why should it deserve recognition? Often it’s only the people that love you very much that see your continuous effort and recognise you by it regardless of the outcome.
Now look at how Allah would judge you on yawm al-Qiyamah. Your deeds are placed on a balance and their weight is comprised of the effort behind them. Allah takes into account every subtlety and surrounding context of what it took for you to do the small things and the big things. Then who could love you more than God? Quran constantly teaches us that how many people you influence doesn’t matter. The impact doesn’t matter. The scale of your ambitions don’t matter. It’s almost backwards, because wether it really works out or not is secondary to Allah. In the eyes of God, the sincerity behind an action means you’ve already succeeded, and the rest is history. Perhaps if you start viewing your successes and failures with the compassion that Allah has for you, and less by ever changing societal standards limited through time and current culture, you would be much kinder to yourself for smaller victories, like trying again. - 14 days ago