بِسْمِ اللّهِ الرَّحْمـَنِ الرَّحِيم
(In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)
فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
“Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him)” [3:159]
As a new blogger I am constantly thinking about the topic of my next article, and Subhan Allah the alertness within me has increased tremendously. Every day I wake up to realize and connect every instance to ALLAH and a find a new topic to write on.
Alham du lillah
As I lay on bed contemplating the bygones of the previous year, I vaguely remembered the HADITH stated by At-Tirmidhi and others, Sahihul Jam’i : No. 7834,Narrated to Ibn ‘Abbas(Radhiallaho Anho) while he was a youth by our Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam),
“Young man I will teach you some words: Protect yourself from Allah and you will find Him in front of you. When you ask, then ask from Allah and when you seek help, then seek help from Allah. Know that if the Ummah gathered together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allah has written for you. And (know) that if they gathered together to harm you with anything, they would not be able to harm you except with what Allah has written for you. The pens have been raised and the ink has dried”
2012 passed faster than I realized. Now as we stand at the doorstep of 2013, a question we all need to ask ourselves is “How close did we get to Allah(SubhanawaTaala)”?
Although we as Muslims don’t celebrate January as our New Year yet most of us are highly motivated to make a resolution. We try to make a firm decision to do or not to do something for the entire year. Alham du lillah, the positive part is we have decided to make a resolution. That’s a great achievement in itself. Calls for a round of applause, eh!!!
I personally find Ramadan (Islamic Month) to be more appropriate to incorporate my resolution into an action. The 30 days provide a solid training to ground our goals, but nevertheless New Year is an additional opportunity to renew those goals.
A few weeks ago I read an article by a Muslim Life Coach, Sayeda Habib, http://www.makelifehappen.com/aboutus.php, in which she writes how to set SMART goals which proved to be very effective for me, and here is a gist of it.
Firstly, whatever be the resolution, the rule of the game is to have an intention. Any intention should be done solely for the purpose of Allah.
Next write down what is it you want to achieve. Studies have shown you are far more likely to achieve what you have written down. Writing personally helps me unclog, reflect and act on it.
A resolution calls for a SMART goal in order to achieve it. What I mean by SMART is as follows:
1. S- Be specific in what you want to achieve.
E.g. I want to lose weight.
2. M – Your goal should be measurable.
E.g. I want to lose 5 pounds each month. By the end of the month you will know whether or not you achieved your goal.
3. A- Achievable – You must possess or develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the goal.
4. R- Realistic – A goal that is a practical and has an achievable idea.
5. T-Time-bound – A time line has a specific month, day and year. Phrases like “next week, next month, or tomorrow” are best avoided. This date acts as a dead line to achieve the goal.
In addition, my teacher always said, it is very beneficial to check on yourself every night (self-examine), to call yourself to account of everything you’ve done for the day, and seek forgiveness for all your mistakes.
To quote renowned American philanthropist Elbert Hubbard: “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.”
May our goals be set, such that it gives us maximum benefit in this world and the hereafter. May Allah help us all achieve our goals. Ameen.