Thinking before Planning
The month of January brings with it talk of resolutions and looking back on the past 12 months.
Given that it's also the end of Ramadan, 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.
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?
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