Health/Diet, Manners, Miscellaneous, Quotes, Self Development, Sunnah

The Importance of Habits

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It is said that:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”

Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4240

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

There is amazing wisdom within this hadith for both the actions of this world and the actions that can help lead us to the next. If you read it and truly ponder over it you may realize that this may also refer to habits. We, as human beings, are basically the sum of our daily habits. Are we fit and healthy? We are probably in the habit of regularly working out and eating well. Are we wealthy and comfortable? We are probably in the habit of saving and investing our wealth. Conversely, are we unfit and unhealthy? We may be in the habit of eating unhealthy foods and remaining seated for long periods of time. Are we poor and stingy? We may be in the habit of spending our money as soon as we receive it and of not donating regularly. Also, this can apply to more spiritual things such as prayer. For example, are you praying your 5 daily prayers on time each day? If you are you may be in the habit of prioritizing them and setting alarms. If you do not you may be in the habit of sleeping in, not setting alarms, and not making prayer a priority. (If you are not praying all your prayers on time every single time please do fix this first because everything else relies on this!)

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The first action for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers. If they are in order, he will have prospered and succeeded. If they are lacking, he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, then the Almighty Lord will say: See if my servant has any voluntary prayers that can complete what is insufficient in his obligatory prayers. The rest of his deeds will be judged the same way.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 413

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

Basically, if you change your habits you can in sha Allah help lead your life in a better direction. Here is a basic template you may use to start changing your habits over time in sha Allah.

HABIT TEMPLATE

1.) Choose your top 3 major life goals and top 3 afterlife goals. (Be sure that they are halal goals! This is very important!)

2.) Choose 3-5 habits for each of these (total of 9-15) goals that are most likely to lead you to those goals. (Think to yourself: “If I can only do these 3 to 5 things to achieve this goal will it get me there?”) [Do not overburden yourself, however! If you can only choose 1 habit for each of the goals (total of 6 habits) then focus on that. You can always add more later, in sha Allah.] NOTE: I would recommend making one of the habits be towards making dua to attain these goals because nothing happens without the will of Allah.

3.) Schedule these habits on google calendar, your phone reminders, etc. Just make sure all the habits are somewhere you will be reminded of them everyday until they are automatic.

4.) Keep consistently doing them each day until they become automatic. Through doing them each day you will, in sha Allah, draw closer and closer to achieving your goals.

5.) That’s it! Enjoy your, in sha Allah, improved life!

I hope that this was beneficial for you! Please do leave a comment and let me know what you think. Jazak Allah Khayr!

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