8 Habits of Highly Successful Muslims.
8 Habits of Highly successful Muslims.
Have you wondered what make someone special and what are their habits can we can inculcate? Well, i have.. and after speaking to many of them, i find that most of them share these 8 traits. Now that these are all laid out for us, it should be easy for us follow and do what is needed in our life in order to replicate them inshaAllah.
1 – They fulfil the rights of Allah SWT from the wee hours right till the end of the day.
They wake up early in the morning and begin the day with the worship of Allah in Tahajjud. They get in the zone and getting connected to Allah SWT, the source of ALL Power. Seeking forgiveness and seeking assistance from Allah SWT. They prepare their busy day ahead by asking The One, who is the Master Planner, to make the day easy and successful for him. It is also a form of meditation that will help facilitate the feeling of intense gratitude for ALL that Allah has given us. The rest of the day will be a platform for this successful individual to express his worship towards Allah by working hard and doing the daily chores that is being presented ahead of him. His day will be full of intervals with acts of nawafil from the beginning such as the Dhuha prayers and will end with Witr. The 5-Daily prayers becomes a quick recharging process, a realignment station where he will be reminded again of his oath that he will gladly accept without any invitation.
Allah SWT says in Hadith Qudsi:
“…and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me
through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him,
so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg withwhich he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection, I will protect him…”
So if Allah SWT is with you in every step that you make, then what can go wrong?
2 – They spend quality time in reciting and understanding the Quran.
These same people will not be satisfied with Tahajjud only, they will then spend their early mornings with the Quran and they will get their daily dose of motivation from the words of Allah SWT. These words will be the driving force and fuel to achieve a productive day. Imagine the Quran as the GPS, as the guide towards the ultimate destination. This individual will not get distracted or get himself drown by the challenges that may face him during the day. The quran session will last right until it is time for Fajr where he will be up and ready for it with an attentive mind and strong focus which will assist him in attaining Kushoo’
Allah SWT reminded us about this in the Qur’an;
“O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him in the morning and evening”
And when we do so, the result will be peace, throughout the day.
“…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Q13:28]
3 – They fulfil the rights of their body.
Start the morning with a good workout. If you don’t care about your body, the other aspects of life will suffer. This physical activity will generate intense flow of inspiration and clarity. During the workout session, the mind will generate thoughts and ideas that will be useful for the day. It might sound silly but having a notebook will be handy to write them down as the juice starts flowing.
For those who happen to live by the punch-card and are forced to hit the road to work, then they should make it a priority to have a quick workout either during lunch or even in the evening. This quick lunch get-away are perfect ‘me time’ that can help to put weight loss
The Prophet Muhammad SAW once mentioned in a sahih hadith:
“…Your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you and your wife has a right over you.”
[Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 7, Hadith 127]
4- They are people who are always positive.
When you begin your day with Tahjjud and the Quran, it makes life much easier. The soul, the mind and the body are aligned in a realm of complete positivity and it is difficult for any negatives to take root in this environment.
He speaks well, he thinks well and he looks only at the the good things and this is the resonance of the positivity from the inside, that had taken place from the morning sessions.
When a test comes or when a spanner is being thrown to his day, He will be much composed in solving the riddle and getting his task done. Surely, he is aware that Allah is with him in every action that he takes and the solution any problems will just be a doa away.
5 – They plan their day in advance.
And leaves no room for time wasting or others that may influence him off his railway towards achieving success in that day. As most of us will have a TO-DO list, these successful people will have an additional TO-BE list. They won’t turn themselves into machines or conveyor belt that neglects his surrounding by having a clear TO-BE list. they will have their well being, their mind, their emotional feelings in check and will always strive to have balance in their day. This will keep stress at a manageable level and keep their head level.
6 – They have a mission in life.
And they do not let life runs over them on autopilot. This mission is made a reality by having a GOAL and having it written down and later engraved into their mind and thoughts by the constant remembrance and revision of the goal itself. They may change and alter it as they go, but the main reason and the big WHY remains intact. They have goals, Short term as well as long term. They will be driven by naysayers and also the will power of satisfaction when they see their hard work is being benefitted by others. They are never selfish to think only for himself and thus living up to the mantra ‘the more you give, the more you get back’.
Rasoolullah SAW once said “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Daraqutni, Hasan).
7- They continue to seek knowledge and work hard to improve themselves, in every field that they are in.
They are never shy in admitting that they don’t know or even apologise for a mistake that they have committed in ignorance. School may be optional, but seeking knowledge is compulsory and the process never ends. The only time when you stop learning is when you die. Either physically when your heart stops beating or simply by choosing to be dead, in the head, by stopping this knowledge seeking process.
Allah SWT mentions in the Quran;
“Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks and (degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is well-acquainted with all you do.”
(Qur’an, Al-Mujadilah 58:11)
Once Mu’awiyah Ibn Abi Sufyan RA gave a sermon in which he said, “I heard Allah’s Messenger SAW saying, “If Allah wants to do good to a person, he makes him very knowledgeable in the Deen.” (Related by Bukhari and Muslim)
8 – They fulfil the rights of others
And are driven towards helping them more than he does for himself. They walk the extra mile to build relationship and work hard to maintain the silatur-raheem with those whom he already has a connection with. As for those ties which may be broken, he will have efforts made to reconcile and will pray silently for them, hoping for the hearts to be united again inshAllah. They put special emphasis on their parents and elders and strive to ensure that that they are respected and given the extra care that they deserve. They take special care and attention on his own family and put efforts into nurturing his children and their Islam.