Thinking before planning: a short self-evaluation guide

The month of January brings with it talk of resolutions and looking back on the past 12 months.

This is a great time to do a quick evaluation of where we are, where we've been, and what we've got to change. This is a short self-evaluation form that can guide you through the process.

Rabbana atena fid dunya hasanataw wa fil Akhirati hasanataw wa Qina Adhabannar

"O our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us form the torment of the Fire!" (Quran 2:201)?

SECTION ONE: Good in this world

a. YOUR EDUCATION

-have you thanked Allah for what you know?

-are you satisfied with your level of education?

-are you satisfied with your children's level of education?

-did you further your career by learning new information about your field?

-if you are a student, are you satisfied with your level of commitment to your studies?

-did you learn anything new about Islam in the last year?

b. YOUR MONEY

-how did you earn your money? Are you satisfied with this?

-how did you spend the money? Are you satisfied with this?

c. YOUR FAMILY

-how is your relationship with your immediate family?

-are you in regular contact with relatives?

-are you holding any grudges against you close ones?

d. YOUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

-were you a good neighbor?

-did you volunteer your time and money into any beneficial cause (i.e. the fight against violence, drugs, pornography, etc.)?

e. YOUR CAREER

-are you satisfied with your level of commitment to your career?

-are you happy with your career?

-do you need to change the direction of your career?

SECTION TWO: Good in the next life

a. YOUR PRAYERS

-did you offer the Fard prayers daily?

-did you try to go for Juma prayers regularly?

-have you taken you children or spouse to masjid?

b. YOUR FASTING

-how is your Ramadan?

-did you fast any days outside of Ramadan?

c. YOUR ZAKAT

-did you pay your Zakat this year?

-did you give in charity?

d. YOUR HAJJ

-did I start saving to go for Hajj?

Comments

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GHANA

The akhira should come before this world. This world is temporary while the life to come is for eternity. Your list does not reflect the priority we need to give to what's really important

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Virginia

Very good method of evaluating ourselves.May Allah reward your efforts

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Canada

Muslims today represent a confused lot. I have seen a lot of muslims--how cite akhirah as a justification for not working hard. They try others to dissuade from working hard. In Quran, Allah subhana tala says: Man only gets what he strives for. Alas! our deen should be to pray as well as work hard so that we can walk shoulder to shoulder with other races in the world. Sadly, either we have "modern" muslims who do all that is prohibited in Islam, or we have "backward" muslims who resign from the struggle of life in the name of religion. Prophet Sallahu alai wassalam always professed balance in life. Muslims of today need to be balanced--without going on either extreme i.e., remember allah in abundance, let allah judge the conduct of others, and work hard and acquire education. This way we will be able to attract a lot of people to our deen. By wearing weird clothes and having a weird attire muslims will never be able to carry the message of rusullallah to the world.

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Europe

assalam...keep up the good work

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Malaysia

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi WabarakathuhuMasha Allah Tabarak AllahMay Allah Accept all our Ibadat, Accept our Taubah and Give us Jannah Ameen Ya RabMay Allah Reward all of you for this good act and Continue the same Insha Allah.

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Madinah Munawara

May Allah (SWT) continue to increase you guys in Imaan as you help us improve our morals and our faith. Your articles have been of great importance in our family discussion sessions and I pray Allah to sustain your site from His Rahman. Maa Salaam.

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Lagos, Nigeria

Masha Allah we need such personalities to enrich our Muslim Umma

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Ethiopia

Assalaam Alaikum wR wB,I must say u r doing a gr8 job @ Sound Vision.... The self-evaluation article n questionnaire is just what was in my mind ..and guess what u put it down soooo well .JZKhair ..May Allah SWT Reward u 4 all ur efforts ... Keep up the good work.Wassalaam,Fatima

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Bahrain

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