So everyone talks about change, changing their weight, hair color, religion, belief system, whatever it may be. Humans love to change. Heck, Obama’s whole platform was based on “change”.
The dictionary says: (1) To make or become different (2) make or become a different substance entirely. Essentially to change means to turn things completely around, flip whatever it is on its head and change it. But that change, how long does it take? Is it a day, a month, a year, several years?
So let me explain…
Last fall I attended Zaytuna Institute’s Minara Program and I learned a lot from Sheikh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir. Alhamdulilah I learned a lot, but the main thing I took away was that in order to change our condition as Muslims, humanity, or whatever you want is that we have to change what’s in ourselves first. So I’m starting a new project that is kind of based off of the Minara Program. I decided I would keep a day log of what I do. I’ve heard of stories that Omar ibn Al-Khattab (RA) used to cry about his day because he felt that he did not do enough to please Allah. How many times do we lose sleep thinking about what we DIDN’T do? (Other than school work or other random obligations).
This is what this experiment is going to be like: I have a journal. Everyday I’m going to write down exactly what I did, what time I prayed my prayers, how much Quran I read, did I say my duas, what did I eat, was it healthy, or did I workout? All those little things that we usually don’t think about from a spiritual and a day to day aspect so it’s kind of like a life/workout/food journal thing. And each day I am going to review what I did or didn’t do and write down what I would like to improve for the next day. And God willing in a month’s time I want to come back here and talk about if it has worked, did I keep up with it, and if it caused any deep rooted “change” .
The reason I am talking about this is because I feel like it might be a good idea and I would love to have others’ opinion on it and to see other ways people have about improving our lives and changing our condition. I think it is a very interesting subject that is always ‘discussed’ and ‘taught’ about but…it’s always easier said than done. I want to know YOUR thoughts on this and if anyone wants to join me on this endeavor, let me know! I would love to have guest bloggers discussing their experience trying something like this out.
Insha’Allah Khair and Fi aman Allah,
“The XO” aka sara