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7 Habits of the Highly Effective Muslim

7 Habits of the Highly Effective Muslim

Perfectionism does not exist in our world. We want it, we crave it, we expect it from other people, and we often end up disappointed. Because the fact is simple – it does not exist. At least not yet because we’re not in Jannah yet. We have not worked hard enough to deserve it.

So while we are still here and still being given the chance to chase Jannah, we should take this opportunity as a blessing from Allah SWT. Immerse yourself in it. Don’t let it go. We should live, eat and breathe for the sake of Allah SWT. Work hard and strive to be among the best of His servants.

Prophet Muhammad SAW said;

There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position [for illegal intercourse], but be says: ‘I fear Allah’, a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears. [Hadith Bukhari]

With this in mind, we have listed for you some of the best habits we can all adopt to make the best of our time in this Dunya and become highly effective Muslims. We don’t necessarily have to perform our prayers or read the Quran all the time, but we should make the Quran as our guide in our daily lives so that we can attain Jannah together, inshaAllah.

  1. Remember our own sins

    Let’s be honest, we tend to look at the mistakes of others but often forget to look at our own. When pointed out, we become defensive, we make excuses for ourselves, but never taking any responsibility. This is a sign of a weak Muslim.

    Prophet Muhammad SAW said;

    A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which he is afraid may fall on him, whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose and he just drives them away like this. [Hadith Bukhari]

    As brothers and sisters in Islam, of course we should advise one another but don’t feel like you’re in the better position when you are advising others just because you are not the one committing the sin at the time. We all make mistakes. So while we should remind each other, let’s also be mindful of our own sins because no one is free from them. By remembering our sins we’ll be more humble, more likely to repent also make good deeds to cancel out our bad deeds, inshaAllah.

  2. Mind your own business

    Among the sins that we often take so lightly is spreading false rumours and also backbiting. And sadly, this happens quite a lot among Muslim women and men when Allah SWT has mentioned in the Quran;

    And do not obey every worthless habitual swearer (And) scorner, going about with malicious gossip. A preventer of good, transgressing and sinful. [QS Al-Qalam 68:10-12]

    So, rather than wasting our time with rumours, stories and gossip about other people, why don’t we just mind our own business? Don’t we have enough on our plates already?

  3. Only mention what is good

    Prophet Muhammad SAW said;

    Anyone who believes in Allah and the last day should speak good or keep silent. [Hadith Bukhari]

    In simple terms, be positive. Avoid nagging, complaining or criticizing. Instead, remind yourself to smile all the time, keep a positive mind towards everyone and everything around you and inshaAllah you’ll be able to handle everything that comes your way.

  4. Keep good company

    Habits are contagious. You’re very likely to behave like the people you surround yourself with so when you put yourself amongst good people, you’ll also be one of the good people and vice versa. If your current friends are not the type you should be hanging out with, don’t just completely abandon them. Remind them of the blessings of Allah SWT and if you can, take them with you on your new journey but if you’re serious about attaining Jannah, then seek company with like minded people. This is part of your own effort for the betterment of your own Akhirah. So find people who are kind, positive, knowledgeable, and will constantly remind you of your purpose in life so that their good habits will rub off on you.

  5. Be Productive

    When we want something, we have to work for it. So do it. Get it. Don’t waste time. The more productive we are, the more results we can produce. On the contrary, when you procrastinate, you’ll find that things often turn out worse than if you had done those things immediately.

    So talk less. Act more. Besides, the faith that we say we have in our hearts will only be words if they are not accompanied by action.

  6. Live by the Quran

    Often times when we are tested, we whine and cry and say “No one told me it would be this hard”. We feel like we’re alone, like no one else is there for us. But you see, Allah SWT already sent us a book full of guidance so that we can succeed in this temporary life. It teaches us so many things – how to seek knowledge, how to respect our elderly, how to manage our finances, to be kind, how to raise a family, how to conduct your business and so many more things. It is up to us to read it, understand it, and live by the words of Allah SWT the Almighty because He has sent it to us and given us all easy access to it; so we should make the effort to live by it as we are the ones who need Allah SWT and His blessings. Allah SWT will remain the Almightly whether or not we pray to him but we are the ones who need him. We are the ones who need to go to Jannah.

    When you buy a new washing machine, you wouldn’t use it without reading the user manual beforehand. So why would you live your life without reading the Quran?

  7. Put your trust in Allah

    Allah SWT says;

    And (Allah) will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a (decreed) extent. [QS At-Talaq 65:3)

    When you have done everything you can, put your trust in Allah and He is all you will need. Talk to him. Live by His words. Let Him guide your actions because when you put your trust in Allah, He will never let you down.

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