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“I’m sure we’ve all come across social media posts about becoming the highest version of
ourselves or being the ‘It girl.’ At some point, we may have tried to follow their routines but failed, and that’s alright. In this blog post, I will discuss how to achieve that as a Muslim.
Identifying our shortcomings as Muslims is a game-changer. Once we recognize areas where we’re not performing well, we can actively work on improving them. For example, as Muslims, we know we should pray on time. If that is our weak area, we can write down all the other aspects where we need improvement and focus on them.
The “Every Other Week” Task
Working on our weaknesses as Muslims is not an easy task and cannot be perfected overnight. If we push ourselves too hard, we may experience burnout and fall back into old habits. That’s why I propose the “Every Other Week” task. After identifying our areas of improvement, we can dedicate a specific week to focus on each one. For instance, if neglecting dhikr after every prayer is a concern, we can choose a week solely dedicated to improving that. However, if you need more time, you can extend it to two weeks. Remember to make dua, seeking Allah’s guidance and strength, as He is the one in charge of all affairs.
Creating a Structured Routine
To be productive, it’s essential to follow a routine. Creating a routine is simple. Grab a piece of paper and outline a morning and night routine that incorporates Islam into our lives. Our Deen should be at the center of our lives , not the other way around. Here’s an example of a morning routine:
- Quran reading
- Tahajjud + Fajr prayer
- Journaling gratitude
This structured routine integrates our faith and helps us stay on track. Feel free to create a night routine as well.
Discipline is an essential key once we embark on our self-improvement journey, but it’s not an easy task. I, too, have struggled with it. One approach I found helpful is to ask myself, “What would the highest version of myself do?” This question can be a game-changer and make discipline a little easier. Let me provide an example:
Imagine Amina is about to go to bed. Instead of sleeping, she finds herself scrolling through TikTok. We all know how challenging it can be to stop once we start. However, Amina remembers to ask herself, “What would the highest version of me do as a Muslim?” The answer is to perform wudu (ablution), recite Surah Al-Mulk, make dua, recite Ayatul Kursi, and then sleep on her right side. This example demonstrates how asking that question can be applied in practice. InshaAllah, you can do the same.
Lastly, I would like to emphasize that this guide and all the steps outlined within are reliant on the will of Allah. Without seeking His help and making sincere dua, it would be difficult to focus and work on self-improvement. Please remember to ask Allah for guidance and to keep you focused on your journey of becoming a better Muslim. Trust and discipline in yourself will lead you to success. It’s important to note that becoming a better Muslim doesn’t happen overnight; it requires practice. If you happen to veer off track, remember that it’s okay. Just make sure to always get back on track. Thank you all for reading. May Allah SWT bless and protect you all. Amin.
Khadijah, United Kingdom