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7 Islamically Inspired Back to School Resolutions

7 Islamically Inspired Back to School Resolutions

Do you get goosebumps when the thought of going back to school or resuming studies strikes?

A new school session should really be a time for a brand new start because it brings an opportunity to do better, stay true to your learning goals and improve your personal worth in general.

Back to school resolutions are basically goals to help you stay on track with your learning.

The resolutions should be small, bite sized and doable – so you don’t feel ready to quit even before you get far. After all the beginning of any school year comes with enough stress and drama.

For Muslim students, it is particularly beneficial to have Islamically inspired resolutions for the new school year. Because nothing in the life of a believe is done without purpose. Having such goals gets you up and running on time with your studies.

Here are some back to school resolutions and goals that all Muslims students should set:

1. Balance deen with life and studies

Learning is very important for your future and success. In a similar way, so are the relationships and lifestyle you nurture.

As you study and delve deep into coursework, strive on improving the bonds with your Creator, family and friends; and take care of your body, mind and soul. Always prioritise and make time for studies along with your other responsibilities and spiritual devotion.

Remember that salah and exercise can reduce stress and improve your mental health.

2. High grade goals

What are your grade goals?

Aim really high!

You should strive for an upward shift each year. Use the new learning year to improve on the past years. Make a study plan, rely on Allah (swt) and know when it’s time to ask for help. Bring up your grades, not watch them stagnate or slide down.

Good and improved grades can give you a great boost for your future goals and open many doors of opportunities for you. Use this new session to reboot your study habits and improve your grades.

3. Have a back to school routine

Create a daily schedule of:

  • When to wake up and when to go to bed;
  • When to say your 5 daily prayers and;
  • All the important activities that come in between.

Prepare the night/ day/ week before whether its homework, appointment or clothes. Do not leave things for the last minute thinking you can do it. Or just to earn bragging rights with your mates.

4. Stay on track

You can keep yourself in check using:

i. A learning plan.
ii. Study planner/ journal.
iii. Daily/ weekly checklists.
iv. Learning buddy/ mentor.
v. Study groups/ networks.
vi. Other planning resources.

5. Use social media with taqwa

And technology in general.

How many hours do you spend refreshing your feeds and following the latest trends and updates online?

Monitor your digital footprint and spend less time on social networking sites. It is addictive and can decrease your productivity. Instead use social media one or twice in the day – for dawah, keeping in touch or connecting with learning support groups.

Build a safe internet culture to aid your life and learning positively, not disrupt it negatively.

6. Be a lifelong reader

Read more than just textbooks and recommended reading.

Reading is very essential and you should turn your reading habit into a productive experience outside of your classroom. So make a resolution to read more this year.

You can read from magazines, blogs, apps/ E readers; and listen to audio books  to complement your areas of interest and hobbies. Most importantly, read and reflect on the meaning of the Qur’an daily – to mentor you through life.

7. Challenge your nafs.

Focus your energy on boosting faith, through:

  • Good speech and character;
  • Righteous company;
  • Lowering your gaze;
  • Consistent good deeds;
  • Living by good example and
  • Remembering Allah (swt) through regular dua, dhikr and salah;

Resolutions can happen

Nothing good comes easy, so renew your intention constantly. Study for the pleasure of Allah (swt) whether your dream is to become an educator, entrepreneur or scientist. Because every action will be judged according to intention.

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say:

”Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended…”
(Bukhari and Muslim)

Yes, your resolutions can happen but you need to work hard to be the best you can be; to serve the Ummah and be a true representative of Islam just like the young companions who were avid learners.

Seek Allah’s unending barakah (blessings) so your investments of cash, time and sweat will be rewarded in manifolds in this world and in the next.

And finally, as Shaykh Alaa Elsayed adviced:

”Be a Muslim that happened to be a student NOT a student that happened to be a Muslim.”

By setting these simple back to school resolutions, you can can begin your school year fresh, prepared and inspired to make things work against all odds. In shaa Allah, you can make the most of it – with du’a and persistence!

What are some other back to school resolutions and goals Muslim students should set?

Please share in the comments below!

Comments

  1. I love all these resolutions mashaAllah. So often we’re focused on equipment for school and other, unimportant things. I have older nephews/ nieces and I’m going to share this with them inshaAllah – jazakAllahu khayran for your thoughtful posts, as always!

    • Amina Edota says:

      Wa iyyaki, thank you for reading and adding your words of wisdom. You are right, its so easy to get caught up in the physical/ tangibles aspect. While forgetting the aspects we cannot see, although they help to drive the studies towards success which we are all seeking as students/ parents/ educators. Appreciate the sharing. Baarakallahu feek!

  2. Excellent tips for starting the school year, which is an excellent time to make a fresh start. There is a hadith about when a Muslim does anything it should be to the best of their ability. (totally brief explanation) And that includes school! Excellent point about social media. It has gotten out of control so fast.

    • Amina Edota says:

      SubhanAllah… I never seem to win my own personal wars with social media, it really has gone out of control so fast. And with our youth, its something else!

      Indeed, studies should be approached with an intention of giving it the best shot – nothing short of excellence. A new school year is a great opportunity to kick start that mindset in shaa Allah. Don’t we all love fresh starts?

  3. Good article… It’s really a little hectic and tough to manage back-to-school routine. When to go to bed works little at the start.

  4. This is must read post….I like on how you write about challenging the nafs…wonderful post….

  5. Some great resolutions for today’s students masha’Allah! Agree with having a routine…makes things so much easier.

    And this one is so important: Balance deen with life and studies

  6. I like the factor you have elaborated about balancing Deen with duniya . I might print this out and give my son for a good read it has great points for students .

  7. These are great resolutions and I think they apply to all of us even non-students. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Excellent tips. I am planning to back to Islamic studies, and these tips really helped me

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