Developing Good Habits

Sometimes I think  i am lazy! After all I live in a big city and I have every convenience at my disposal. This can often mean for me bad habits- like eating on the fly, not keeping a neat and tidy place at all times, like wasting time watching tv, and playing on the computer…. there are many things that became bad habits over the years and really as I look at them now they are some of the things that separated me from God.

Upon entering Islam I found myself very much examining my life and how I live it. Really it has been much about existing and not really one of design or discipline. So how am I changing? How am I becoming more disciplined and developing good habits?

1. First i am getting up for fjur prayer. This is the first prayer of the day for a Muslim, it happens just before sunrise. Yes that means getting up early, and trying to go to bed at a decent hour so I can get up. Being up early means there is more practical time for me to get things done! Really I find early in the morning this woman can get alot done!

2. In the eveing instead of sitting in front of the tv watching mindless drivel I find myself instead wanting to learn, wanting to know more….this has made this woman realize that she has become a student again.

3. In trying to eat “halal” ( that which is good) I am cooking more and me and my daughter are eating better healthier foods.

4. Also there is a saying that cleanness is next to godliness and I am starting to agree, besides my apartment looks great and more gets done when it is neat and tidy and clean at all times.  It simply is a better environment for me and my daughter.

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One response to “Developing Good Habits

  1. Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfirah :o)

    (for the uninitiated, that means “The salam [peace] be upon you, and the rahmah [mercy] of Allah, and the barakah [blessings], and the maghfirah [the mercy]”)

    Excellent blog post!

    I’m also a relatively “new” Muslim, though it has been four years now since my reversion to Islam. The short version of the story is here:
    http://islamicpolitik.com/2005/10/the-perfect-conversation-starter.html
    and as the title suggests, being a revert is the perfect introduction to other Muslims.

    Congratulations on becoming Muslim! Something tells me that you don’t feel all that different yet, or probably didn’t feel anything “magic” when you proclaimed your shahadah. Don’t let that dishearten you; Muslims typically describe themselves as “practicing” Islam, and I think that is an appropriate description of the journey you have just begun. While you have taken the first step towards your Lord, pay particular attention to ayah (verse) of the Qur’an in surah (chapter) 29, that specifically mentions YOU:

    Do men think that they will be left alone on saying, “We believe”, and that they will not be tested?

    We did test those before them, and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.

    I’m so happy to read that you’re trying to develop good habits. My experience is that people, especially new Muslims, are tested in two main ways: their aqeedah (creed, or basis) and their “small” actions. The aqeedah is succinctly expressed in the declaration of faith you made a few days ago, but its branches are just as important to you as a Muslim. Keep in touch with the Muslims who “practice what they preach”, and stick to the method of the Prophet Muhammad (saw).

    The other aspect is the “little sins” that we sometimes commit. Taking care of these details is a protection of your faith, your soul, your self.

    Finally, smile :o) Allah has personally chosen you to be a part of the Ummah of Muhammad (saw). Please make du’a (supplication) for us all.

    http://islamicpolitik.com/2005/11/pop-quiz.html

    -Shaykh Rattle ‘n’ Roll

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