Take Time for Internal Reflection

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It is not the quantity, but the quality of time spent attempting to follow the guidance of ALLAH that ensures success. ALLAH says in Qur’an that “everything is a sign – for those who reflect.” Each day, if we just take 10 minutes of quiet, quality time in carefully selected thought procedures, we can improve our life by achieving a greater measure of happiness, increased efficiency, and a feeling of spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. 

So many things whiz by us each day that it is virtually impossible to reflect while we are on the go. You will possibly see these “signs of ALLAH”, but not will reflect on them to get the full benefit. So many miraculous things occur during the course of our going about our daily activities. They are happening whether you realize it or not. The key is to first know that ALLAH is in the blessing business and then key in on your blessings by being one of those who “reflect” on the signs of ALLAH. 

This 10 minute formula I am sharing with you has been proven scientifically over time and it is right in sync with ALLAH’S word to “reflect.” The plan is to spend 10 minutes every day in quiet submission. It must be regular. To do it for a day or two and then skip a day or two will lessen the impact on the results. 

ALLAH is real, and He will guide you as you submit your mind to Him. Don’t go into this process with the idea “I want to do this-or do that. Instead, wait on an answer to enter your mind. You have now made your mind susceptible to Divine wisdom. 

This is in the same vein as the Istikara prayer Muslims say in the early reaches of the night. The difference is, in the istakara prayer, we ask ALLAH to examine our particular situation. It may be a particular relationship or maybe a career move or something similar. We make two rakah and ask ALLAH to make it easy and possible to attain- if it is right for us. If it is not right for us, we ask Him to remove it from us. Istakara is a powerful tool of connection and help from ALLAH. 

This time of reflection is also special because we stop what we are doing, go to a quiet place with no distractions and wait for thoughts to enter our minds. They might not be what you expect or even what you want. They may be far from what we are accustomed to thinking. But if you are a believer and have submitted yourself to be an instrument of ALLAH, you will be on a higher wavelength of righteousness in which there is no error. The time can vary. It may be before salat or after salat-or an hour or so after salat. It doesn’t matter. The main thing is quietness, relaxation, and submission of your mind to ALLAH. 

There are many tools and avenues to connect spiritually to our Creator. This is only one. Sometimes while offering salat, solutions and answers come to our minds. I take it as ALLAH choosing a time to communicate with me. Some people think they are sinning if your mind wanders during salat. But it is not necessarily so. It depends on what your mind is wandering to. 

This human mind we have is special and it has a special way of communicating with its Maker. Reflect on the “Signs” of ALLAH. You will be richer for it.


Source: The Muslim Observer



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  1. What we need in this time of fitaan is full Yakeen and conviction and company of good sincere people who will guide us on the right path like going in jamaa or Khuruj fi sabilillah.We must show good example wherever we are as Middle Ummah we are neither extremists being used by others for their selfish ends nor become so ignorant that we don’t know the real teachings and sunnah of our beloved Prophet.We hope we achieved the desired Taqwah in the last Month of Ramadan which would keep us for the next eleven Months.

  2. Assalamu alaikum.

    Praising Allah and asking for forgiveness again and again and thanking Him for all that Allah has done on a constant basis does wonderful things for us. Finding a quiet undisturbed time is the key for meditation and utmost sincerity. In short giving oneself to Allah in everything that He decides for us and being content and happy with His plan – never complaining or entertaining any doubt whatsoever and sabr.

  3. Allah treats a person according to his/her expectations.So we should combine both fear and hope of the Mercy of Allah which would help strengthen our Yakeen thus making us successful in Duniya and Akhirah.

  4. I just love to read everything I can on Muslim beliefs and I believe more and more everyday Thanks to IslamiCity and sending me free Quan to read.Thank u all so much.

  5. The article is really awesome.It is really good to spend some time in solitude to get closer to Allah(really closer). And it is a must for everyone because u can be urself before allah for he knows all the revealed and unrevealed things of you.So one can get the clear guidance on every thing from Allah.

    “Sometimes while offering salat, solutions and answers come to our minds. I take it as ALLAH choosing a time to communicate with me. Some people think they are sinning if your mind wanders during salat. But it is not necessarily so. It depends on what your mind is wandering to.”

    This has really taken me out of a feeling that my salat was not valid at times when am very tense and my mind constantly thinks how to get out of the wrong situations.

    Thanks for the Article

  6. Asalaam Alaikum!!! This article is right on time.

    I work on an Ambulance which is very stressful, I find it absolutely necessary to get away to a quiet place on my brake to regroup, and sometime reflect.

  7. Being newly laid off i have had time to step back and reflect on a lot of things . The other day i told myself { or Allah was telling me } to forget about all the ” things ” i thought i needed to do and went for a long hike. It was most certainly the right call. As i climbed to the top a a small hill i could over look the San Francisco bay and right there i did Salat. As i prayed i could feel Allah’s presents . So i agree with the author and maybe it is a matter of just getting away from it all . Salam Alakium to all.

  8. The last part is really interesting. I always end up finding some solution or better way of doing something during salat. Its always during salat time but i always hear that mind thinking anything is sinning or the salat is imperfect then. But that is a interesting point..that it depends where the mind is wandering. Afterall if we are being guided something then how can it be a imperfect salat?

  9. This is a very good Dawah, so enlighten. May Almighty Allah (SWT) increase your knowledge and make it a blessed one. Salam alaikum.