Everyone has a personal challenge to help you attain success. At this time, the challenge is a quite simple – it called pick and stick. What you need to do is sign and commit to a personal challenge. For example, Pick at least one self improvement idea. Choose one that will increase your consciousness of Allah SWT; help you grow, achieve excellence and gain rewards; and develop your personality spirituality beyond Ramadan. Then, Stick to that habit daily for each of the 30 (or 29) days of fasting. You can pick three or more but make sure you repeat this activity every single day. It’s Easy, right? Let’s get down to some Ramadan self improvement ideas. It will divide into three group ideas :
1. Ideas to Improve your Personality
Allah’s Messenger SAW said: “The most perfect man in his faith, among the believers, is the one with the best behavior.” (HR. Ahmad and Abu Dawud)
The Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) said, “Verily, a man would attain, through his good character, the ranks of someone who stands the night (in prayer and supplication) and fasts the day.” (Classified as Sahih by Al-Albanee in As-silsila Saheeha).
The Activity that We Can Do Each Day to Improve Our Personality :
a. Spread salaam to those you know and those you don’t; and return the greeting of peace.
b. Meet your brother/sister with a smiling face.
c. Keep silent for each time you are about to speak and realise you have nothing good to say.
d. For each time you gossip, make sincere du’a for the person and give charity – task yourself with a specific amount before starting the challenge.
e. When you catch yourself complaining or if you’re about to complain, say alhamdulillah; remember and thank Him for His blessings.
f. Read a page from the Prophet’s seerah and note practicable lessons.
g. Control your anger. Repeat ‘A’udhu billahi minash shaytan-ir rajim when you find yourself getting angry.
h. Write 3 things you are thankful for.
i. Lower your gaze and look away when your gaze accidentally falls on something sinful.
j. Say jazak Allah khair (may Allah reward you) for something gifted to you or good done to you.
2. Ideas to Improve your Spirituality
“And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it. And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness. He has succeeded who purifies it, And he has failed who instils it [with corruption].” (HR. Abu Dawud)
The Activity for Each Day to Improve Our Spirituality :
a. Provide food for breaking of fast for a fasting person.
b. Pray 2 units of tahajjud (night prayers).
c. Repeat the Istigfar; constantly ask for forgiveness for your sins and errors.
d. Supplicate to Allah SWT sincerely when breaking your fast.
e. Spend 30 minutes with the Qur’an daily – recite, reflect, read the translation/ tafseer and take lessons.
f. Memorize one verse each day (e.g surah Al-Mulk with 30 verses).
g. Invite someone to Islam.
h. Teach the Glorious Qur’an to someone.
i. Listen to a beautiful recitation of the Qur’an for 30 minutes – one of my favorite is Sheikh Abdul Rahman As Sudais.
j. Offer a total of 12 units of optional prayers throughout the day, we called it rawatib prayer.
k. Memorise 3 of 99 names of Allah SWT; remember and reflect upon the names and use in your supplications.
3. Ideas to Improve Relationships
Allah SWT says: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers.” (QS. Ali Imran : 103)
And the Prophet SAWS said: “None of you has belief until he desires for His Muslim brother that which he desires for himself.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Now, it’s your responsibility to turn these simple deeds into mountains of rewards. Finally, remember that Allah SWT only accepts and rewards deeds which are done sincerely for His sake. If done according to the sharia, it becomes a form of worship. You can turn your challenge into a worship fountain that will nourish you with righteousness by affecting your thoughts, feelings and behavior positively.
The Activity for Each Day to Improve Our Relationship :
a. Visit an elderly relative or neighbor.
b. Visit, call, chat, email or send an SMS to your parents and siblings.
Technology will make this more easier when we can’t meet each other face to face. Make a call and having a chit chat will make our relationship stronger and our heart will be in peace, insha allah.
c. Teach someone a beneficial skill or knowledge you have.
d. Make sincere du’a for your friends and loved ones.
e. Baby sit for 30 minutes so a busy mother can take a nap.
Especially for a new mom, who has the first experience to have a baby. But, please make sure that it didn’t make her and family feel discomfort.
f. Serve iftaar meals at the masjid or community center.
You can give some fresh water, date or some snacks.
g. Before going to sleep, empty your heart of all grudges.
h. Wake your friend, sibling or spouse for tahajjud.
We can make some tahajud call. Using some alarm for the first time. With the strong intention, we will wake up easier. It’s will be hard to make a new habbit, but when it stick in, you will be enjoy on that 🙂
i. Be kind and compassionate to everyone you meet.
Insha allah, These are ideas to aid you on your personal race for success – in this world and the next.
Ready for the challenge?
Which of these challenges will be you be taking on? And what other ideas can you think of?
Please share below in the comments section 🙂
Pick and stick to the Ramadan self improvement ideas you need to succeed in your life.