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The Art of Excelling in Ramadan

29 July 2011 1,637 views No Comment

1- Have the hunger for success; Never give yourself excuses whether they are legitimate or not. Once you give yourself excuses you have already given up.

2- Set your goals as high as you can! Compete for Jannatul Firdous!

3- Build confidence in yourself and your ability. Think of the confidence of Abdullah Ibn Abbas who became a scholar at such a young age even when his Ansari companion gave up thinking no one will listen to him due to his age.

4- Do the good deeds that you love to do in Ramadan, whether that be cooking for others, making salah, secluding yourself with the book of Allah. Remember Allah like small but consistent deeds. Try to increase these good deeds.

5- Study the successful & learn from the best. Read the stories of the Salalahu Alayhi Wasallam, the Sahaba & the Ulema and aspire to be like them throughout Ramadan specifically. Refer back to their stories when you feel weak.

6- Be in the company of the successful ones in your community. Sometimes when reading about our role models from the past we start to think that we can not achieve the same in our time. This is why we should find people that are currently doing great things so we can relate to them and motivate ourselves that we can do the same. Habits are contagious so spend your time with people with good habits.

7- Go all out & work hard to achieve your goals. Do not rely on your spare or free time for this, MAKE time to accomplish what you have planned! Just when you think you can’t go any further – go a little bit further 🙂 – you know you can!

8- Be adaptable & expect a change in plans. If something does not pan out as you planned – do not feel discouraged, adapt to the situation & then keep at it! The Prophet (saw) did this often – one morning he asked what there was for breakfast  & there was no food available, he then said he would be fasting.

9- Remind yourself of the virtue of what you are doing. What are you working for? Remind yourself or have someone remind you of what you are gaining when you feel weak.

10- Never give up! Even if it is the last day, hour or second of Ramadan – do not let anything stop you from doing your best & having faith in Allah (swt). You hope is your faith.

– By Yaser Birjas from the Series of “Ramadan Prep”

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