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Self development is an important practice. It helps you to understand yourself better and create balance in your life. Self development is same as trying to clean a messy room after a month! To do so, you must start small and progress further, but how? When you're new to something, you're told you "Observe and Report!". Same works for self development. You're supposed to reflect and improve what you find messed up about/within yourself. If you can't find the problem, you can't come up with a solution. There's a hadith that states, An hour of reflection is better than an entire year's worship Before you go to sleep, think of all the things that you did that day, like replaying a movie of the entire day in your mind. What wrongs did you do and what rights did you do? Were you rude to someone or let out your anger on someone? Did you miss prayers? Were you selfish? Did you insult someone? Did you get into a fight? Perhaps someone got hurt because of you? You get the point. Pick one and decide not to do it for one day. You could start with, I'll not be angry with anyone for the entire day. Go through it for one day and then increase the number of days to three and so on. Once you go through it for a month, move to the next bad habit. It'll take time but it'll be worth it. One year and you'll be a completely different person; a person with a balanced and sound mind. (Unless your list is too long :3 )
Salaam Alaikum my brothers and sisters! My topic is a particularly pertinent one, and one that is not about laws, jurisdictions, etc. I am a fairly recent convert (about a year now), and I came from atheism to Islam, an adventure that took a while and filled with reflection, and sometimes doubt. In college I was taught that religion was inherently "foolish," an idea that feeble-minded individuals hold unto; I was continuously bombarded with the message that religion was innately against human nature, and that God was supposedly "non-existent." So my story comes from doubt to faith and to the beautiful religion of Islam (hamdullilah). My path to Islam was not motivated by an external event, nothing particularly drastic happened in my life, rather my journey was a constant one of reflection and studying, a search for a religion that was the most logical, the most sound, and the most rewarding to the spirit and mind. Therefore, I consider myself a "rational" and usually a rather "logical" thinker; however, this is also a problem. My question today is a little more abstract and reflective than my other posts, and concerns how to achieve a more emotional relationship with Allah s.w.t. Because of my rationality, I struggle to express my emotions to an extent that I truly wish. I admire my husband who cries over Hussein (a.s.) and possesses a very close, spiritual relationship with Allah s.w.t. He has helped me a tremendous amount and has been there through my doubts, and has read the Qur'an to me on nights where I am my lowest. Hamduillah, he is a great spiritual partner. However, today I hope to have people both share their experiences and how they achieve a more emotional outlook with Islam. I would very much appreciate suggestions, passages that move you, stories that are powerful, and any other suggestions how to achieve this. I follow the religion to the best I can, I make it an effort to pray on time, observe fasting, wear and embody hijab, and act accordingly. I always have fear when my prayers are not on time or when I am in class during the prayer time. While I believe this fear is incredibly important, I would like to have a stronger emotional relationship with Allah s.w.t. I welcome all suggestions, and sorry if this is a rant. Salaam.
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