Remember Allah in ample amount so that you may be successful.
(Surah al-Araf, ch 8, verse 45)
Allah put a simple condition for success and it is to “Remember Him much”
The biggest weapon that Allah has given to his worshippers in driving away Satanic influence is "His Remembrance." The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gives an example to explain it:
A man is travelling in a valley and is chased by dacoits. He flees from them to save himself but the dacoits keep on chasing him. Finally he reaches a huge castle and runs into it. There he continues going inside its corridors and finally inside the safest room. Meanwhile, the dacoits reach the castle but they do not find any entry to go in. The traveler is protected. The example of a person who seeks refuge in Remembering Allah, is like the person who got protected from dacoits. He is protected from Satan.
Your wealth and your children are adornment of this worldly life
Your wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope ...(Surah al Kahf, ch 18, verse 46)
Wealth and children are companions only in this life but the moment you die, all the connections with them will end up and you cannot be in their touch till the Day of Judgement. This is the reality of life. The next part of the above verse says that your good deeds will be with you forever, benefitting you in this world and Hereafter. They will be with you even in your grave as well as when you will stand for accounting before your Creator.
Uthman bin Affan (Allah be pleased with him) was asked to explain “But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope” and he replied, “They refer to La ilaha illaAllah, Subh’hanAllah, Wal-Hamdulillah, WallahuAkbar wala hawla wala quwwata illa billah.”
Even the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged his companions to recite the above words on a very regular basis and he said that these words would be walking ahead of them on the Day of Judgement when they would be working towards reporting to the Lord. On that day your own wealth and children may not benefit you, but these precious words of praising Allah would be your asset when there would be no other asset. They would be all around him to protect him from the hardships.
‘Lahawla walaquwata illa billah’: The most precious words
These words has precious content and it is the core of Islamic monotheism, Tawheed. It is a confession that nobody has power over anything, except Allah who controls everything. It is an acceptance of man’s weakness over his own affairs and how each and every thing in the universe depends upon Allah. These words are a form of pleading to Allah, seeking his help even in minute matters. These are the words that confirms your trust in Allah. It testifies your complete submission to Allah if recited with a sincere heart.
Imam Tirmidhi narrates a Hadith from Abu Hurriara (Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, when a worshipper says, "La ilaha illaAllah, WallahuAkbar", Allah announces among the angels, "I testify what My worshipper has said."
Then He responses, "La ilaha illa Ana wa ana Akbar". When a worshipper says, "La ilaha illaAllahu wah'duhu" Allah responds with, "I testify what he said," and He responses, "la ilaha illa Ana wah'dee." When the worshipper says, "La ilaha illaAllahu, wah'duhu la shareekalauhu," He responses, "I testify that he spoke truth, "La ilaha illa Ana wa la shareekalee," and when the worshipper says, " La ilaha illaAllahu walahul mulko walahul hamdu," He responses, "My worshipper has spoken the truth, "Look, what a huge appreciation has he presented! La ilaha illaAllahu wali al mulko wali ul hamdu." And when the worshipper says, "La ilaha illaAllahu wallahu akbar, wala hawla wal quwata illa billah," he responses, " La ilaha illa Ana, wala quwata illa bee."
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) continued, "Whoever recites, La ilaha illaAllahu wallahu akbar, wala hawla wal quwata illa billah," during a sickness and dies in that sickness then fire will not touch him."
Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) testified on the seventh heaven, the virtues of ‘La hawla wal quwata illa billah’
There is a very interesting narration that comes from Abu Ayub al-Ansari (Allah be pleased with him), "When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went to Mi'raj, he met prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and Jibr'el introduced him and asked him to greet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). The Prophet greeted Ibrahim (Peace be upon them). Ibrahim (peace be upon him) replied and asked to Jibra’el, “Who is he?” He replied, “He is from your offspring, Muhammed(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).” Ibrahim (peace be upon him) said, “Convey my Salaam to your Ummah and tell them to recite ‘La hawla wal quwata illa billah’, as much as they can, because these words are the decorative of paradise.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself testifies the virtues of 'laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah'
Abu Huriarah says, “When I migrated from Yemen and reached the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), I had only one pair of dress. One day I began walking along with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). He was walking ahead and I followed him. On both the sides, were fully grown date palms. It was a greenery to be cherished. I said, “What a beautiful scenery?” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Do not get carried away by the beauty of this world but should I not tell you what is more beautiful than these? Recite, ‘laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah ’ for, they are from the products of paradise.”
When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) migrated to Madina he stayed in the house of Abu Ayyub Al Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) for a time. One day he addressed to Abu Ayyub Al Ansari (Allah be pleased with him) and his wife: Should I not inform you about the gardens of paradise? Recite la hawla wal quwata illa billah as much as you can.”
Get your sins wiped out through La ilaha illaAllah, wallahuakakbar, wala hawla wala quwata illa billah
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) announced, “Whoever resites, ‘La ilaha illaAllah, wallahuakakbar, wala hawla wala quwata illa billah’ all his sins will be forgiven even if they are full of foam of ocean.”
In another hadith he said, “When a Muslim leaves his house and recites, ‘Bismillaah, tawwakaltu ‘ala Allaah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, and there is no power and no strength except with Allaah),” angel will announce, “ you are guided, your will succeed for what you have left your house for and you will be protected.”
How sad it is that many of us leave our houses without reciting this words and we remain busy on our mobiles and whatsapp, and getting deprived of the virtues of these few words which has the key to our success!