The ingredients of a Life of Excellence: حَيَوةً طَيِّبَةً HAYAAT at TAYABBA 16:97

Surah Nahl:16:97

بِسمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحمَـنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

مَن عَمِلَ صَـلِحًا مِّن ذَرٍ أَو أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤمِنٌ فَلَنُحيِيَنَّهُ  حَيَوةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجزِيَنَّهُم أَجرَهُم بِأَحسَنِ مَا نُواْ يَعمَلُونَ (٩٧)

Whosoever doeth right, whether male or female, and is a believer, him verily we shall quicken with good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do. (97)

TAFSEER BY DR. FARHAT HASHMI: (translated by moi)

Hayaat at Tayabba has been translated to “the good life” but it holds a wealth of meaning which impacts our entire life, which includes:

I           Life in this world

II.        Life in the Grave and Barzakh, the transition between death and Akirah.

III.       Life in Akirah, which is our permanent abode.


The thought of excellence in life usually brings visions of material luxury and a hedonistic decadent lifestyle of the rich and famous.

This does not mean material luxury, palaces, and hedonistic indulgences.

Here Tayabba means a life of purity in this world which includes:

  1. Purity of thought, one is able to see the ray of light in darkness, one is able to see something positive even when surrounded by hopelessness and disappointment. One can see the brighter side of the thought as opposed to spiraling down into depression and decay.
  2. Purity of communication. An impure communication can cause great harm and grief due to the impure, and thoughtless use of our tongue. If the tongue is misused in the name of confidence and equality, one sometimes becomes impertinent and rude to people and in places, which may hurt others irrevocably.

If one does not have Sabr, one cannot control the negative use of our tongue both in commission and omission.

  1. Tawfeeq of good works, and pure surroundings
  2. Rizq Halal. Pure and clean food, devoid of substitutions and additions which are not part of the food (e.g. adding other things to cow feed which is not natural and tayyab to their feed, resulting the cows returning the favor by causing mad cow disease in their caretakers)
  3. Good health
  4. Peace in the present moment, and in what one has left behind and with what faces us in the future.
  5. Contentment of the heart
  6. Qanaat, being thankful and happy with what one has been given,
  7. Peace and sakina inside us.
  8. Trust, and happiness with friends, and colleagues and with people around us.
  9. Barakah . Blessings in everyday life.
  10. No hasad (envy) or Bughuz (hoarding grievances)


  • Life in the grave and Barzakh will also be peaceful, a picture of jannah rather than Naar.

    * The promise of the gardens,

  • Not  witnessing words or acts of obscenity.
  • * Peace and unimaginable delights for each.

    Allah Subhanawataala gives to the momin both in this world and in the next.

    End tafseer

    My Question: How does one become a Momin?

    The answer: in one word By “obedience” to our Creator

    2 thoughts on “The ingredients of a Life of Excellence: حَيَوةً طَيِّبَةً HAYAAT at TAYABBA 16:97

    1. Assalam Alaikum 🙂

      May Allah reward you for the good work that you are doing by providing all ur readers with the Tafseer of Surahs.. JazakAllah Khair..

      I would want one more favour from you…Could you plz share a site where we can find Quran translation in Roman English???

      JazakAllah in advance.. AllahHafiz!


      • Walaikum asalaam wa rahmatullahe wa barakatahu,
        Try for transliteration, and translation in several languages. is also good I hear, but I havent used it except for tajweed.


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