Verses from the Qur’an

Here we present the foundation of our study of success; i.e. sections from the Qur’an from which one may infer secrets to success and avoiding failure in the present life (dunya) as well as the afterlife (akhirah).

Please note that the tafsir (exegesis) of the verses linked below has been extracted from multiple sources and edited for easier reading. For the original commentary in its entirety, please visit the sources indicated.

English translations of the Qur’an may vary from source to source and also within a single source. The Arabic language is comprised of a rich vocabulary and surpasses English in this regard. Human knowledge of Allah’s (Glorified and Exalted be He) words is limited and Arabic words may have multiple meanings according to context, usage, era, explanation supported by hadith, and understanding of the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), etc. It is important to keep these things in mind when reading a translation of the Qur’an.

The Foundational Attributes column links you to further verses, hadith, and sayings from the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) regarding one or more qualities we can extract from these verses.


The Applies To column indicates whether the verse relates to:

(A) Belief

(B) Attitude of mind and heart (piety, thinking process, ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc.)

(C) Actions both positive and negative

  1. Do (Required/Recommended) – Fard/Wajib/Mustahab
  2. Don’t (Prohibited/Undesirable) – Haram/Makruh


Verses Relating to Success

Chapter Name/Number:Verse
Foundational Attributes Applies To
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:1-5 humility, knowledge, charity, piety, wisdom attitude, actions
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:189 piety, trustworthiness  attitude, actions
Surah Aal-Imran 3:104  teaching  actions
Surah Aal-Imran 3:130 honesty, piety  attitude, actions
Surah Aal-Imran 3:185 contentment, happy  attitude
Surah Aal-Imran 3:200 perseverance, patience, consistency  actions
Surah An-Nisa 4:1-13 co-existence, character, trustworthiness, integrity, honesty, justice, leadership, skillful, charity, piety  attitude, actions
Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:35 piety, perseverance, persistence attitude, actions
Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:90 character, dignity, self-discipline  attitude, actions
Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:100 wisdom, contentment  attitude
Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:119 trustworthiness, honesty, integrity  actions
Surah Al-A’raf 7:8 justice, conviction, motivation  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-A’raf 7:69 gratitude, knowledge  actions
Surah Al-A’raf 7:157 conviction, piety, commitment belief, actions
Surah Al-Anfal 8:45 courage  actions
Surah At-Tawbah 9:20 conviction, perseverance, persistence belief, actions
Surah At-Tawbah 9:72 conviction, optimism belief, attitude
Surah At-Tawbah 9:88-89 conviction, perseverance, persistence, courage, charity  belief, actions
Surah Tawbah 9:111 conviction, courage, humility belief, attitude, actions
Surah Yunus 10:62-64 conviction, piety  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Hajj 22:77 piety, humility attitude, actions
Surah Al-Mu’minun 23:1-11 conviction, humility, dignity, charity, generosity, self-discipline, contentment, honesty, trustworthiness  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Mu’minun 23:102 perseverance, persistence, consistency actions
Surah Al-Mu’minun 23:111 perseverance, persistence, consistency  actions
Surah An-Nur 24:31  repenting  actions
Surah An-Nur 24:51-52 conviction, piety  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Qasas 28:67 conviction, piety, repenting  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Ar-Rum 30:37-38 justice, charity,  attitude, actions
Surah Luqman 31:3-5 conviction, piety, charity  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Ahzab 33:70-71 conviction, justice  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Ghafir 40:9 repenting actions
Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:51-57 piety attitude, actions
Surah Al-Jathiya 45:30 conviction, piety, character belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Fath 48:5 conviction belief
Surah Al-Hadid 57:12 conviction belief
Surah Al-Mujadila 58:22 conviction, character, justice, courage, integrity  belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-Hashr 59:9 character, charity, generosity, friendship, love, co-existence, compassion  attitude, actions
Surah As-Saff 61:11-12 conviction, persistence, perseverance, charity belief, actions
Surah At-Taghabun 64:16 piety, charity attitude, actions
Surah Al-Buruj 85:11  conviction, motivation, character belief, attitude, actions
Surah Al-A’la 87:14 cleanliness, character  attitude, actions
Surah Ash-Shams 91:9 cleanliness, character  attitude, actions
Surah Al-Asr 103 conviction, teaching, patience belief, attitude, actions


Verses Relating to Failure

Chapter Name/Number:Verse
Attributes to Avoid
Applies To
Surah Al-Baqarah:27 corruption, betrayal attitude, actions
Surah Aal-Imran:130 engaging in usury  actions
Surah Aal-Imran:149  following disbelievers  actions
Surah Al-Ma’idah:5 disbelief  belief
Surah Al-An’aam:31  disbelief  belief
Surah An’aam 6:21 disbelief, lying about Allah belief, attitude
Surah An’aam 6:135 disbelief, suppressing goodness actions
Surah Al-A’raf:9  lack of good deeds  actions
Surah Yunus:17  disbelief  belief
Surah Yunus:95  disbelief  belief
Surah Yusuf:23  immorality  attitude
Surah An-Nahl:116  lying about Allah  actions
Surah Al-Mu’minun:117  disbelief, associating partners with Allah  belief, actions
Surah Al-Qasas:37 corruption  attitude, actions
Surah Al-Qasas:82 disbelief  belief
Surah An-Naml:5 disbelief  belief
Surah Az-Zumar:63, 65 disbelief, associating partners with Allah  belief, actions
Surah Al-Fussilat:23, 25 disbelief  belief
Surah Al-Mujadila:19  following Satan  actions
Surah Al-Munafiqun:9 distraction from the ultimate purpose  attitude, actions


Further Resources

Qur’an, translation, recitation:

Qur’anic Commentary

The Study Qur’an | [Video] “The Study Qur’an” | Dr. Maria M. Dakake & Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr