[Part 2] Ten Self Development Challenges: Link your Activities to Allah (SWT)
Its time to continue your transformation journey through the self development challenges.
Also read the ‘Ten self development challenges’ part 1.
Let’s go down memory lane.
Remember your first bicycle?
That awesome piece of invention that gave you some memorable road adventures?
Although your newbie confidence and limited experience kept you cycling in only familiar territories a.k.a ~ your close neighbourhood, you went on to become a super confident rider. After gaining some riding experience, you were able to take longer independent rides and venture farther into unfamiliar territories.
Then you got older.
And the road adventures continued but the bicycle got replaced with a car and license.
Now before you begin any road trip, you check yourself and your car and once you are sure all is well you hit the road.
Let the road adventure and cruises continue…
It’s time to link your activities on the road to Allah (SWT)!
Where are you headed?
So, where do you head out to typically with your car? It may include:
– Regular commute to and from school or work.
– Volunteering or some community service.
– Attending lectures, seminars, retreats.
– School drop offs and pick ups.
– Visiting friends and families.
– Weekly/ monthly shopping.
– Partying and clubbing.
– Gym and workout.
– Family day out.
And many more.
Your road activities are inevitable because they get you from point A to B, so you can get things done; whether positive or negative.
Since nothing in the life of a believer is done without purpose, as you take off on each road trip you need to set your intention right and make sure to link your activities to Allah (SWT). Remember He is the All-Seeing and All-Knowing. And you will be rewarded accordingly.
”Our Lord, indeed You know what we conceal and what we declare, and nothing is hidden from Allah on the earth or in the heaven.” (Ibrahim, 14: 38)
Make sure you are doing something purposeful that will be pleasing to Him – whether its personal or professional. With this pure intention, you should say the du’a for leaving your home and the du’a upon returning, as found on the Hisnul Muslim site.
”In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah.”
”In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we leave, and upon our Lord we place our trust.”
You need to ask Allah (SWT) sincerely:
> To keep you steadfast on His obedience as you head out for your road adventures.
> For blessings in each distance you cover.
> To keep you safe and sound.
Joining the exclusive club
Driving as with other skills requires practice. No amount of theory will ever make you an expert. So even after you start driving, your progress and experience will advance in stages.
Are you thinking long road trips?
Before you take a long road trip, you have to get comfortable going to and from work/ shopping/ masjid.
Also thinking night rides?
Well, before you begin driving at night, you need to be sure you have much daytime driving under your belt. This is because visibility is reduced at night time making your driving adventure much more challenging.
What about cruises with buddies?
Before you even begin to think about that, get some practice with a responsible person or riding solo to avoid unnecessary distractions.
As you buckle up your seat belt to begin every trip – short or long; review and renew your intention. That way it becomes more intentional and rewarding for you. Know where you are going so you can always be prepared when you are in the driver’s seat.
Be responsible, stay focused and always link your activities to Allah (SWT). Stay within your limits and in no time, you will be joining the exclusive club of experienced drivers.
You need to ask yourself sincerely:
- Are your driving out for something purposeful? Is it a worthy investment of your time, energy and resources/ finances?
- Have you planned your trip ahead of time to avoid wastage and stepping out of limits?
- Will your road activities be pleasing to Him? Are you prepared to stay responsible all through the trip?
- Will you remember Him much? And avoid displeasing Him?
It is your responsibility to keep intentionally safe at all times. When you link your road activities to Allah (SWT), you can focus on your safety through actions that please Him the most.
On the authority of Ameer ul-Mu’mineen (the Commander of the Faithful), `Umar ibn al-Khattab (RA), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say:
“Actions are but by intentions and every man shall have only that which he intended. Thus he whose migration (Hijrah to Madeenah from Makkah) was for Allah and His Messenger, his migration was for Allah and His Messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that for which he migrated.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
With a sound intention, you can turn your daily habits into acts of worship. This can earn you good deeds, much blessings and opportunity to achieve excellence through your progress and experience on each life adventure.
1. Know the laws, learn the rules and abide by them.
2. Be responsible; avoid distractions from mobile phone and passengers.
3. Remain in a sound state of mind; not sleepy or under influence of any intoxicant.
4. Drive within limits rather than pump the car to match the rhythm blasting out of your sound system in accordance to popular social trends.
5. Have a healthy and pure intention. This is most important because all of your daily activities will be judged according to your intention.
Learn to stay safe while cruising through life intentionally. And commit yourself to preventing avoidable breakdowns and crashes.
To more awesome and life changing road adventures ahead.
Watch out for part 3 of your challenge
How do you link your daily habits to Allah (SWT)? Please share below.