Tag Archives: Taqwa

Goals More Important Than Targets

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

We all have goals in life, we want to be successful in one area or another and not just as believers and achieving success in the next life though of-course that is our primary goal, but we have things we want from the dunya as well and want to do well in life in different ways.

So how do we get there?

Well unless you’re extremely well raised and made up to start with you at first kinda go generally in the direction you think you will need to go to achieve success in one area or another and that sometimes works a little. A lot of people stick with that their whole lives and then wonder why they don’t succeed that much with the really whiny annoying ones then finding someone to blame for their failures.

Some however realise this only takes you so far, that it is not a very effective strategy. So you reflect where you went wrong and realise you need to plan, you need to aim and you need to measure where you are going and how fast you’re getting there, and this is done through targets.

So you want to be rich…

How much do you earn, how much do you want to be earning in each period of your life to get where you want to go on this?

You want to healthy…

So you check your weight and how this is changing as you go through your diet / exercise regime and measure how changes to your lifestyle has affected your weight.

‘Can’t see the wood for the trees’

We can all potentially get so obsessed with our targets and measuring ourselves toward them that we forget the target is only a means not an end in itself.

We run after the target so much, we forget we were only using this as a measure of success, and confuse that with success itself.

So a man wants to be rich, but ends up forgetting wealth is a means to an end so becomes a miser or greedy, or pursues haram means or allows it to warp him so he forgets others or he suffers setbacks so he may end up losing hope of his dreams being fulfilled as he struggles and strives to succeed.

Or in extreme cases someone trying to lose weight ends up becoming anorexic, or having some other form of body dis-morphia or else loses the will to continue as the scales refuse to shift even as they lose inches off their waist and are otherwise feeling fitter and healthier.

This goes for all matters, including our deen and we shouldn’t allow the targets we set get in the way of the goals we are trying to achieve.

So you may want to read the whole Quran during Ramadhan, but you’re a few days in and already your way behind but what if you’ve really benefited from the reading you’ve done?

You’ve learn’t new meanings and acted upon them, surely that was your a bigger move towards your goal of gaining taqwa and understanding from the Quran not just racing through it which was the target you set yourself to get towards that goal?

So I would remind myself and everyone else to yes set yourself ambitious goals, then plan how to bring them about in your life, and how you’re going to measure that success but don’t let that process, or the measuring of it get in the way of what you actually want in life.

We also need to remember that whatever we plan to do, Allah is the best of planners as we are reminded in the Quran, so we need to respect that and that success only comes from Allah, and that if He does not  wish us to achieve a goal, despite our best efforts we should be content  with the decree of Allah.

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

Gingerbeardman

Mohammad Hoblos – Loving the Dunya

“Today look at our lives, myself included, we’re in love with this world. All of my efforts and all of thikr and all of my stress and everything I do is for this world, and deen… Deen gets the scraps.”
Mohammad Hoblos,
Khutbah for Masjid At Taqwa, 05/05/2017

https://soundcloud.com/masjidattaqwa/loving-the-dunya…

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala reward the brother Mohammad Hoblos for this storming Khutbah he did last week at Masjid At Taqwa and all his other efforts, ameen.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala also reward the uncles at the Masjid who inviting him in and all their efforts in proactively promoting the deen, ameen.

This was a reminder we all need desperately to hear and everyone should have a listen.

VERY LATE EID GREETINGS!

Eid-Mubarak-Images

 

Assalaamu alaykum readers,

And a belated EID MUBARAK! TaqabAllahu minna wa minkum, May Allah accept from us and from you. OK I’m late, I know but been a bit too busy with family in the past couple of weeks to post anything and the blog is not my full time job or anything so forgive me on that.

So I hope you all had wonderful Eid celebrations and not too many of you spent your time and money throwing a welcome back party for Shaitan as too many do these days, throwing away your good deeds.

If you did… then make tawbah and remember the purpose of Ramadhan. It’s is meant to be time of purification, and I am not talking about a one-month detox before you spend the other 11 months on one big bender kinda-purification. No, instead Allaah states in the Quran:

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous
Quran translation, Surah al Baqarah, 2:183

So now use all those times you got into the habit of making du’a in Ramadhan by doing so again now, asking Allaah to forgive you, follow up an evil deed with a good deed.

On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junadah, and Abu ‘Abd-ir-Rahman Mu’adh bin Jabal (may Allah be pleased with them) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “Be conscious of Allah wherever you are. Follow the bad deed with a good one to erase it, and engage others with beautiful character.”
Related by Tirmidhi

I ask Allaah that he accepts your deeds and my deeds this ramadhan and forgives us our shortcomings, helps purify our deeds and intentions and makes us better believers for the whole year, not just one month, ameen.

Now…

eid over back to work