As Muslims we must always aspire for excellence in everything we do! We must also develop good habits exhibited by our beloved Prophet (pbuh). In doing so, I fundamentally believe that we will be able to draw nearer to Allah Most High.
Whilst carrying out my studies for my masters, I was introduced to a book on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book was given to me by a senior brother named Shahid Badshah (may Allah bless him). This wonderful book inspired me to strive to become a better version of myself.
It also triggered me to form certain habits which would allow me to set goals, have high aspirations to thrive and become more effective in my general life Alhamdulillah. It had a remarkable and extraordinary effect on my life Subhan’Allah. In a nutshell, I simply could not put this book down! I was in love with it as it has massively impacted me in my own life in terms of how I think, act and do things.
When we come to think of the word ‘effective’, we must recognise that this is essentially someone who has a positive and constructive effect on themselves and the wider society at large. Principally this is someone who is successful in their pursuit of a desired action and they are able to produce results.
“…And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him.” (Surah Talaaq Verse 3)
As Muslims, this aim or purpose must be in compatibility with the moral and ethical teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah. This is exactly why we must also strive to be the best in everything we do. We have to be people of substance, quality and action! Allah commands this from us so trust in Him and know that He will take care of us Insha’Allah.
Below are the seven steps which I feel we can take lessons from:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
I’ve come to learn that we need to be proactive in order to succeed and be effective. As Muslims we have to always be on top of things from our salah, to our Qur’an and even our conduct. We can never be complacent and we should think outside the box.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
This is essentially about having the goal of aiming for Jannah and working towards it. If we work hard in this dunya by worshipping Allah, demonstrating good character and engaging in good deeds then they can help us achieve our ultimate goal. Think about the end goal and never lose hope in Allah’s mercy and blessings.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Our primary purpose is our faith and this must always come first so make every effort to ensure this is prioritised. Know that when we put Allah first, He will give us things beyond our expectations. We need be driven by our main purpose of Islam.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
When we do something for others whether Muslim or non-Muslim, we know that this will mutually benefit everyone. Allah will also help us when we help others so never stop giving and look at things from a positive perspective.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood
Sometimes we are quick to judge and jump the gun without knowing the full picture. Our faith calls on us to be just and to listen and understand all sides. We need to be empathetic to others and communicate clearly at all times.
Habit 6: Synergise
We are one collective ummah and we need to celebrate our diversity. We must work together cohesively and be a strong unit. Islam emphasises on the importance of the jama’ah. Let’s value and respect each other too Insha’Allah.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
It is imperative that we renew our faith and iman through constant practice, reflection and improvement of ourselves. We need to ensure that we continue to work hard and keep on bettering ourselves. Strive to be the best version of yourself, keep striving and never give up!
In order to become highly successful and effective Muslims, we need to reflect upon our own life and see how many of these habits are already a part of who we are and how many we’ll need to further develop or acquire. In short, being able to develop these seven practical habits will help us to improve ourselves and work further towards emulating the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and be the best that we can. I pray that Allah azza wa jal enables us to become highly effective Muslims. Ameen
Wassalamu’alaykum – May God’s peace and blessings be with you all.
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