1. Take the initiative. Change is a verb. You have to first change to see the change
"And that human can have nothing but what he does (good or bad), and that his deeds will be seen." (An-Najm 53:39-40)
"Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves." (Ar-Ra'ad 13:11)
2. Don't procrastinate. Start from this moment
The companion Abdullah Ibn Omar (Allah be pleased with him) used to say, "When the evening comes, do not wait for the morning; and when the morning comes, do not wait for the evening." - Collected by Al-Bukhari
3. Start with baby steps and achievable goals
The Prophet said to his companions, "Is it difficult for any of you to recite one third of the Quran in one night?" This suggestion was difficult for them so they said, "Who among us has the power to do so, O Allah's Apostle?" Allah Apostle replied, "'Allah (the) One, the Self-Sufficient Master Whom all creatures need.' (Surat Al-Ikhlas 112:1-4) is equal to one third of the Quran." - Collected by Al-Bukhari
The Prophet said, "Is one amongst you powerless to get one thousand virtues every day." Amongst those who had been sitting there, one asked, "How one amongst us can get one thousand virtues every day?" He said, "Recite sub-hana Allah " one hundred times for (by reciting them) one thousand virtues are recorded (to your credit) and one thousand vices are removed." - Collected by Muslim
4. Be consistent. A small step a day, but for everyday
A'isha reported Allah's Messenger as saying, "The acts most pleasing to Allah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small." And when A'isha did any act she did it continuously." - Collected by Muslim
5. Make sure you are changing towards the right direction
6. Have a support group for your change
7. Be patient
The above three tips are mentioned in Surah Al-A'sr 103:1-3.
"By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages), Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy."
8. Never give up. If you trip, start again
"Allah accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they to whom Allah will forgive and Allah is Ever AllKnower, AllWise." (An-Nisa 4:17)
The Prophet said, "All children of Adam are sinners, and the best sinners are those who repent." - Collected by Al-Termithi
9. Keep your eyes on the prize - achievement, triumphant, and satisfaction
"Verily this is the supreme achievement! For the like of this let all strive, who wish to strive." (As-Saffat 37:60-61)
10. Always ask God for help
Allah's Prophet used to say, "O Allah! I seek refuge with You from incapacity and laziness, from cowardice and geriatric old age, and I seek refuge with You from the afflictions of life and death, and I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave." - Collected by Al-Bukhari
like yesterday we were welcoming 2013 and it has gone forever and now
we have just begun the new year 2014 CE. This reminds us that the
clock is still ticking and will not stop the ticking tick until we
arrive in Qabar.Therefore as the Prophet (S.A.W) said a wise person is
he who controls himself and makes preparation for the hereafter. We
pray Allah bring first hidayah to the Ummah in general Muslims and
Non-Muslims alike particularly the Muslims we all go back to Quran and
Sunnah then we will be guided.
The Creator of the Heavens and Earth have selected you for a greatest of the job. I beg to Him to increase your capabilites every moment
tremendously, Ameen. Peace and blessings of Allah on our dear prophet and messenger Muhammad salle Allahu alaihi wa sallam. I am your student,K N Ahsan 28th Jan 2008 / 19 Muharram 1429 Hijrah.
It is high time that we should stop seeing other peaple celebrating thier New Year with work free day.
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May Allah reward you all.
Mashallah Brother Alsawi has really described the beautiful facts of life. As Allah Talha has made so easy for us Human beings to earn rewards, by simply following few basic steps. I never new how easy its for us to earn so much reward for (Surat Al-Ikhlas 112 verse one to the end) is equal to one third of the Quran." - Collected by Al-Bukhari. Also earning one thousand virtues every day, bu just reciting "Sub-hana Allah " one hundred times. Its just a praise that we are offering and when Allah Talha agrees with us and Inshallah all our problems will be solved. May Allah guide me and all my Muslim Brothers and Sisters and all Humanity.
The single drop of water does not out weight the entire rain storm; but a rain storm can start with a single drop. This article is practical, useful and very much Islamic.
Islamic for a day- Islam for all days- just dont ever give up . As for taking baby steps- babies are never afraid when they fall- they simply get up and try again. I love thier enthusiasm. I love articles like this. It gives me strength to move through each day while witnessing so much evil through this world.
Ofcourse remembering Allah should be first and foremost.