Updated: Jun 21, 2021
During Ramadan we were going 100 mph on the hwy to jannah and balancing our family, work, ibaadah and then some! Afterwards, we slam the breaks and are stuck in a traffic jam on hwy 99.
You see, because of the necessity of earning money to survive we invest in someone else’s business, mission or dream for 8-10 hours a day and we forget to invest in ourselves.
Become the CEO of your life, what is your personal mission or are you being dragged in all sorts of directions since you don’t know your why? We become slaves to our desires, boss, society and forget Allah’s why for us?
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. (51:56)
I hope to share with you 6 Life hacks that will teach us to live our purpose iA. Work for yourself two hours before you work for someone else.
So this is your miracle morning routine and 6 Islamic Life Hacks:
1) Wake up early and have some ME time! Start your day with prayer. Just like the birds start chirping the tasbeeh, trees/plants start doing their thing by providing fresh oxygen. So what are some special blessings of fajr?
a) Fajr is a special time and Allah swt swears by it to tell us it’s importance. With the nights being so long and us staying up so late, often times we miss this amazing opportunity.
b) The Prophet Muhammad (saw) made special dua for barakah during this time.
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لأُمَّتِي فِي بُكُورِهَا
O Allah, bless my nation in their early mornings (i.e., what they do early in the morning). [ibn Majah]
c) The two unit Sunnah prayer
Allah’s Messenger said: “The two Rak’ah of Fajr are better than the world and what is in it.” [Tirmidhi]
Whoever performs the Prayer before the rising of the sun [Fajr] and before its setting [‘Asr], will not enter the Hell. [Muslim]
To summarize the first step. First 20 minutes of your 2 hr miracle morning. Drink 12 oz of water so you aren't dehydrated with a squeezed lemon or grapefruit. Carefully do wudu, pray your Sunnah, Pray Fajr at masjid, or in jama’aah at home.
2) After prayer: Then for 20 minutes - Sit in silence
A) For 3 minutes think of your blessings, Say Alhamdulillah, do tasbeeh. Try to think of small things and each day don’t repeat the previous day’s reflection. If you need to, put on something soothing or open the window to hear the birds chirping.
B) 4 minutes make dua for YOURSELF, others, your parents, kids, siblings, family, friends, ummah,
C) 5 minutes to focus and imagine if today was a perfect day, how would it look, Ask yourself, how can I go the extra mile? “Visualize living your ideal day, performing all tasks with ease, confidence and enjoyment
D) 3 minutes to write your plan of action down. journaling, jotting down ideas, making a gratitude list
E) 5 minutes to Pray Salat-duha
The Messenger of Allah said: Whoever prays the morning prayer in congregation then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two units of prayer has the reward like that of Hajj and `Umrah. [Tirmidhi]
3) Workout, start by walking 30 minutes, 3x a week. Build that up to 5-6x. Take a walk with your spouse or a family member and have some quality time with no phones or other things. There’s a 7 minute workout you could do which really gets you sweating so download the app or look it up.
، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم " الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِيُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ وَفِي كُلٍّ خَيْرٌ احْرِصْ عَلَى مَا يَنْفَعُكَ وَاسْتَعِنْ بِاللَّهِ وَلاَ تَعْجِزْ وَإِنْ أَصَابَكَ شَىْءٌ فَلاَ تَقُلْ لَوْ أَنِّي فَعَلْتُ كَانَ كَذَا وَكَذَا . وَلَكِنْ قُلْ قَدَرُ اللَّهِ وَمَا شَاءَ فَعَلَ فَإِنَّ لَوْ تَفْتَحُ عَمَلَ الشَّيْطَانِ
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your" if" opens the (gate) for the Satan.
4) Read for at least 20 minutes a day.
Quran of Fajr is witnessed by the angels but don’t only read Quran.
أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِدُلُوكِ الشَّمْسِ إِلَىٰ غَسَقِ اللَّيْلِ وَقُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ ۖ إِنَّ قُرْآنَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا
Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur'an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed. (17:78)
The Messenger of Allah explained this verse as follows: It is witnessed by the angels of the night and the day. [ibn Majah] The prophet used to recite sixty to 100 verses in the Fajr prayer.
5) Spend 10 minutes to Find your why, your reason for Allah swt sending you on this earth. The thing that if you accomplish, it’ll give you great satisfaction and not die or be resurrected in regret.
Why did Allah swt send you as his khalifa on this earth? What special super power have you been given to help serve humanity?
وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً ۖ قَالُوا أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَن يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاءَ وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لَا تَعْلَمُونَ
And [mention, O Muhammad], when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know."
Who are you, what you do you want? How can you give value to the world using your unique skills and abilities?
An affirmation is a sentence or two in alignment with what you want to accomplish and who you need to be to accomplish it. They transform how you think and feel so you can overcome your limiting beliefs and behaviors and replace them with those you need to succeed.”
Also, a side point to mention is the word khalifa is to mean the one who follows. So ask yourselves, will our kids follow our footsteps of being Muslim or will they just serve their own or society’s desires?
6) Eat a healthy breakfast to get energized.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُلُوا مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِلَّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُون
O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.
The average CEO reads 60 books a year, so start with a book a month. My favorite is Libby which lets you tap into thousands of books for free through the public library system. Listen to this on the way to work or if you work from home, make time to listen to this.
Invest 2 hrs and work for YOU before you work for others.
First 20 minutes pray
20 minutes thank Allah swt, do tasbeeh, make dua
30 minutes of exercise
20 minutes of reading
10 minutes to find your purpose
20 minutes to eat a nutritious breakfast.