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By: Fauzia Mohamed & Maryam Rana

 Audio-log of the Phone Conversation: ‘Sh Yasir Qadhi’ Exposed!
On December 28th, at 4:05 p.m. EST, I was contacted by “Shaykh Yasir Qadhi” on Facebook. After salaams and formalities, he proceeded to ask me for donations. He explained that he was collecting funds for an orphanage in Malaysia and that he would like me to contribute to the cause. How could I refuse to help orphans, especially, after a plea from a man whom I trust and respect?

I asked him for the details, and he explained that they had a target of $100,000. I assured him that my family and I would contribute about 20% of that amount and would reach out to our personal and professional networks for contributions towards the rest. I also told him that a business owner friend of mine was interested in donating not only towards the orphanage, but also towards the sheikh’s personal dawah efforts.

He was thoroughly pleased and assured me that he would provide me with account details via e-mail very soon. I awaited his reply.

Soon, he sent me account details of a bank account in Malaysia – this account was not under his name. I was uncomfortable with this fact so I asked him to send me details for an account that was in his name. I also asked to speak with him over the phone as this would make me more comfortable about the whole thing. I had trouble getting through the first time I called, so the first time we finally spoke, he was unable to talk long. He assured me that he would get me account details very soon, and he made some duas for my life in this world and the next and we rescheduled the call to the next day after maghrib, my time.

On December 29th, we continued our conversation on Facebook messenger and I was provided with bank details for an HSBC account in the UK under the name of Al Maghrib Charity Foundation. Given the increased stringency of the banking system post 9-11, I asked him if he had any accounts in any other countries. He asked me which countries I was looking into, so I mentioned African countries.

We, then, had another phone call in which he asked me to make sure I didn’t let the bank know I was sending money to someone I spoke to on Facebook.

On December 30th, he sent me bank account information for an account in Nigeria. He apologized for not being able to provide details of other accounts and urged me to send the funds as soon as possible.

He seemed very angry and frustrated when I told him that because of holiday closures I would not be able to send the money until after New Year’s. He then later apologized for expressing his frustrations. After this apology, his account was deactivated and reactivated a few hours later.

On December 28th at 4:08 p.m., I emailed Dr. Yasir Qadhi on his personal e-mail address and asked him if it was really him that I was speaking to on Facebook. He told me it was not. He told me that there was a man who had been impersonating him for some time now, and that he had not been able to apprehend him. He urged me to extract as much information as I could from this man and help to bring him to justice.

After receiving the details of the Malaysian account, both Dr. Yasir Qadhi and I contacted the Malaysian bank and proceeded to log a complaint. After narrating the story and sharing the account details, we were directed to their fraud unit to file an investigation.

When I spoke to this man on the phone, I was able to determine that he was of Nigerian decent. I thus urged him to send me account details in Nigeria as I have contacts in that region. Upon receiving the account details, we were able to contact the Nigerian authorities to get them involved in the investigation.

On December 30th at 1:00 p.m. EST, I called the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre but hung up after being on hold for 20 minutes. I then called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was advised to call the Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets unit in Orillia.

One of my contacts in the Federal Inland Revenue Service offered to forward the case and all of the evidence to the Chairman, Economic Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. Upon receipt, EFCC immediately began investigating the local account in the hopes of identifying the account holder and arresting him.

An official investigation is currently underway with the RCMP along with their Nigerian and Malaysian counterparts.

Ed.Note: This scenario has taken place with many Shuyookh and teachers. Someone created a fake profile of Imam Abu Abdissalam and when asked to speak at an event, he asked for a “donation” to be made to a “cause” in Nigeria. His fake profile actually mimicked his real profile. Someone impersonating Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda asked young women awkward questions and solicited donations, another used Imam Suhaib Webb’s name to ask for donations. Please be careful.

  • Be very wary of any shaykh/imam/public figure adding you as a friend on Facebook unless you actually have a personal relationship with them.
  • Check their official outlets for links to their real pages. Shaykhs will never solicit you for donations directly. Ever.
  • If they are raising funds, it will be through an established organization (e.g. their masjid, institution or a known organization like Islamic Relief, Nour DV etc.)
  • There will be an official campaign, usually with videos of them endorsing a fundraiser.
  • Report the fraud.

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32 Comments

32 Comments

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    Basmah

    January 14, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    The moment you mentioned ‘ Facebook ‘ it was clear it cannot be him. No honest ,responsible person would do something so important on Facebook.

    I Hope many read this .
    Jazakumallah khair sisters.

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    Chow

    January 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Should we assume then that if the sheikh has added you on FB as a friend that he is in fact the bogus guy?

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      Fauzia Mohamed

      January 14, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      Most shuyookh have a fan page but this impostor had a personal page. So that would be one way of identifying the correct page.

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    sulaiman Bala

    January 14, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Jazakallah kayan. Please share this experience with Islam channel on the cable network for its wide coverage.

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    sadia

    January 14, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Oh I was asked by he very same person yesterday about donation but when I saw the nigerian details I knew something was not right…. I was goig to

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      sadia

      January 14, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      I was going 2 say I was going to ask another shaykh to to see if he knew this profile but was debatig whethershaykh YQ will getupset if it were really him

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        Fauzia Mohamed

        January 14, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        Do not be afraid of asking sister. I would hate for you to have donated to a scammer.

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          sadia

          January 14, 2014 at 2:51 AM

          Alhamdulillah I did not donate because as soonas I saw nigeria I knew this was fake…. plus y would a shaykh personally contact and insist as if its an emergency

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            murtala abukhadijah

            January 14, 2014 at 3:54 AM

            pls,i will not like u to give up on nigeria.over 90 million muslims 75% youths under 30.how can u brothers forsake us.prophet musa prayed to Allah”will u punish us for the actions of the foolish among us?”all u need to do is to seprate the cheep from d grains.

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            Qasim

            January 15, 2014 at 1:48 PM

            Nigeria is not a charity case!

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    Anony

    January 14, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    It kind of seemed obvious from the beginning lol. First of all, he wouldn’t ever just write, the generic “salaam”, I would imagine him writing the full, “Aselamulaikum”, especially if it was a stranger he was messaging. Second, his sentences have so many grammatical mistakes and simply don’t make sense, I wouldn’t see a person with a PHD doing that….Also, his responses on chat were pretty rude, that’s a complete giveaway.

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      Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      January 14, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      Dear Anony

      Our Comments Policy does not allow Anonymous comments. Please use your name, a Kunyah or a valid blog handle. Further comments from you on this site will not be allowed if in violation to this policy.

      Best Regards
      -Aly

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    Salman

    January 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Clues:

    1. Most important giveaway- Adding you instead of you adding him. Never seen a Sheikh do that unless he’s a close friend.

    2. Asking for donation after adding.

    3. Clear grammatical mistakes in chat. From what I know of Sh. Yasir, it’s impossible that he will murder English like this guy just did.

    4. Not sure of the donation amount.

    5. Jumping from bank account to bank account- Malaysia-to-UK-to-Nigeria.

    6. NIGERIA- another dead giveaway!

    7. Conversation on phone- how can one not recognize it’s not Sh. Yasir.

    8. Telling to keep it private / anxiety / frustration another easy one to notice.

    PLEASE DON’T LOOSE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY!

    Always give to reputable organizations or after proper verification.

    Wassalam.

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      sadia

      January 14, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Indeed nigeria was a big give away for me

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    murtala abukhadijah

    January 14, 2014 at 3:36 AM

    i am a nigerian muslim and i want to tell this forum that in nigeria becouse of the diverse nature of the countrys population,the youths in the south especially the south east who are mostly non muslim tend to use thier street exposure to I.T to defraud people wherever possible.now they are begining to see oppurtunities in this inpersonation thing on revered islamic schollars but i pray allah will expose them.

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      Taoheedah

      January 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Salaam brother, I don’t think as Muslims, we should generally label a people as bad.

      Painting a particular ethnicity with the same brush is not always a good idea. I am sure we do have good and bad people in the south eastern Nigeria as well as good and bad people in south western Nigeria too.

      As for where in Nigeria this fake Yasir Qadhi is from, we simply do not know, we do not have any evidence for now until he is hopefully caught.

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    KAMILU ABIODUN ADISA OLADIPUPO

    January 14, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Thanks for ths informations, infact it’s enlightable. I want to let everybody know that all west africans are curropted via sorts of fraud. May Allah (swt) help us to track down all these rogues In Shaa Allah. Ma Salam

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    grant

    January 14, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    thanks for exposing this imposter …. i been saying this for quite some time now … all you need to do is add “insha’allah” and some “masha’allahs” after a sentence to pretend to be a muslim

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      Taoheedah

      January 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      he may or may not be a Muslim, I don’t think we have enough evidence. May Almighty Allah guide him and forgive him.

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    Yasir Qadhi

    January 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Salaam Alaikum

    This person has harassed many people in our names, and I pray that Allah guides him before his death and causes him to publicly repent.

    Please be aware that the only official Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/yasir.qadhi. And it is a FAN page, not a PERSONAL page, and I never ever contact people asking them to add me.

    This fake person uses a personal page and adds numbers to the end of the address, for example http://www.facebook.com/yasir.qadhi.1

    He has done the same for at least seven other Western scholars (and probably a few Eastern scholars as well?!)

    Yasir Qadhi

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    Zaid

    January 14, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Forget everything else, the fact that he said “well said” (which for some reason made me Lol), was far more then sufficient proof that something was terribly wrong with the guy.

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    sakib

    January 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I could see it was fake when he asked the question: “have you been following my teachings?” This is not the kind of language fitting for a Sheikh to use.

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    Wael Abdelgawad

    January 15, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Poor grammar, asking for donations to his own account, the mention of Nigeria… All big red flags.

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    akbar

    January 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Assalamualaykum,
    I am Nigerian and Nigeria is not all dead neither does it always raise red flags. It is just so sad and pathetic what some of these people do, however its not yardstick to paint all with same brush, however its important we verify some of these claims, and there should be a clear demarcation between requesting for assistance and stealing by impersonation.
    The only advise we give is you can go to any length for the authenticity of claims these people even steal from Nigerians so sad. As its obvious, its not only in Nigeria its a network now from India to US, Malaysia and UK, people should not just be naive.
    Seriously, I actually can’t deny this problem exist and that its by a few people to destroy a lot of good.

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    Lenny

    January 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Sounds like the fake solicitation calls reported at http://www.callercenter.com. I’ve been reading a lot of complaints lately about calls coming from anonymous numbers, the callers claiming to represent different charity groups and are asking for donations. While some of the calls may be legit, it’s sad that those scammers are taking advantage of people’s trust and concern for other people.

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    Qasim

    January 15, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Not all from Nigeria is bad. Nigeria is a diverse country with many nations within the nation. we have over 200 languages (not dialects). With many religions… it is what you can call a melting pot.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9h4TIqGvos

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    Khalida

    January 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    lol @ the conversation. I can never ever imagine a Shaykh who spent most of his life in the West having such horrible English (no offense to anyone). It irritates me when people have so many grammatical errors. I applaud you for your patience, Sister.

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    umair

    January 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Can anybody tell me the official facebook of Sheikh Yasir Qadhi? Many people are believing this fake FB accnt as the real!

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      Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      January 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Shaykh YQ’s official page is https://www.facebook.com/yasir.qadhi

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        Meraj Siddiqui

        August 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Assalamoalekum,
        Strangely I just experienced something similar to what has been stated in this article. The impersonator of Sh. Yasir Qadhi asked me to send 1000 dollars to west Africa for Muslim brothers/sisters

        Here is part of the transcript:
        Yasir Qadhi (impersonator)

        BTW, I need your help with an urgent errand. Shaykh Omar is currently in western Africa for the Ebola disease campaign; control, prevention and containment etc. There’s urgent need for $1k. To get the suit and kit for our Muslim ummah there.

        I was wondering if you can be of help

        the sum is payable via Western union money transfer to him directly

        Alhamdulillah, jzk for your dua’s may Allah accept from us all

        Yasir Qadhi (impersonator)

        Okay jzk

        Send donation via Western Union Money transfer Beneficiary Name : Omar Ali Location: West Africa Test Question: insha Test Answer : Allah

        Furnish me with a copy of the receipt after making donation inshaaAllah

        Me:
        Is there a number of Omar Ali in West Africa, where we can reach him. Our Masjid president may want to speak to him or to you to validate, before we can proceed. My apologies, but that is how they normally operate, specially with western union. If there is an account of yours, or Memphis Islamic Center then this may not be needed.

        Yasir Qadhi (impersonator)
        +234807 846 4190 for Omar Ali, this is a direct donation

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    Aish

    March 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Wow some people can’t possibly be that ignorant… ! “furnish me your email” are you kidding me?

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Studies show the most common New Year’s resolutions revolve around finances and health.  Unfortunately, they also show only a relatively small number will keep most or all of them. The rest will mostly fail within the first few weeks. Here are 7 powerful techniques to make sure you’re not one of them.

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It’s the end of the year, and I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking – after wondering if New Year’s is halal to celebrate, you probably want to lose some weight, make more money, talk to family more, or be a better Muslim in some way.  The New Year for many of us is a moment to turn a fresh page and re-imagine a better self. We make resolutions and hope despite the statistics we’ll be the outliers that don’t fail at keeping our New Year’s resolutions.

Studies show the most common New Year’s resolutions revolve around finances and health. Unfortunately, they also show only a relatively small number will keep most or all of them. The rest will mostly fail within the first few weeks.

Given such a high failure rate, let’s talk about how you can be among the few who set and achieve your goals successfully.

1. Be Thankful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)

Allah Gives You More if You’re Thankful

You’ve been successful this past year in a number of areas. Think of your worship, career, relationships, personality, education, health (physical, mental, social, and spiritual), and finances. Take a moment to reflect on where you’ve succeeded, no matter how trivial, even if it’s just maintaining the status quo, and be thankful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for those successes.

When you’re thankful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), He increases you in blessings.  Allah says in the Qur’an:

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you give thanks (by accepting faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily, My punishment is indeed severe’” [14:7] 

In recent years, there’s been more discussion on the benefits of practicing gratitude, though oftentimes it’s not clear to whom or what you’re to be grateful towards. We, of course, know that we’re not grateful simply to the great unconscious cosmos, but to our Creator.

Despite this difference, there exist interesting studies on how the practice of gratitude affect us. Some of the benefits include:

  • Better relationships with those thanked
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved psychological health
  • Enhanced empathy and reduced aggression
  • Better sleep
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved mental strength

Building on Your Successes

In addition to being thankful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), reflect on why you were successful in those areas.  What was it you did day in and day out to succeed? Analyze it carefully and think of how you can either build on top of those present successes, or how you can transport the lessons from those successes to new areas of your life to succeed there as well.

In the book Switch by Dan and Chip Heath, they note that we have a tendency to try to solve big problems with big solutions, but a better technique that has actual real-world success in solving complex problems is to instead focus on bright spots and build on those bright spots instead. You have bright spots in how you’ve worked and operated, so reflect on your successes and try to build on top of them.

2. Pick One Powerful, Impactful Goal

Oftentimes when we want to change, we try to change too many areas.  This can lead to failure quickly because change in one area is not easy, and attempting to do it in multiple areas simultaneously will simply accelerate failure.

Instead, pick one goal – a goal that you are strongly motivated to fulfill, and one that you know if you were to make that goal, it would have a profoundly positive impact on your life as well as on others whom you are responsible to.

In making the case based on scientific studies, James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, writes:

Research has shown that you are 2x to 3x more likely to stick with your habits if you make a specific plan for when, where, and how you will perform the behavior. For example, in one study scientists asked people to fill out this sentence: “During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on [DAY] at [TIME OF DAY] at/in [PLACE].”

Further down, he states:

“However (and this is crucial to understand) follow-up research has discovered implementation intentions only work when you focus on one thing at a time.”

When setting your goal, be sure to set a SMART goal, one that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Bound.  “I want to lose weight” is not a SMART goal.  “I want to achieve 10% bodyfat at 200 lbs in 9 months” is specific (you know the metrics to achieve), measurable (you can check if you hit those metrics), achievable (according to health experts, it can be done, realistic (it’s something you can do), and time-bound (9 months).

3. Repeatedly Make Du’a with Specificity

Once you lock onto your goal, you should ask for success in your goal every day, multiple times a day.  Increasing in your du’a and asking Allah for success not only brings you the help of the Most High in getting to your goal, it also ensures it remains top of mind consistently.

A few of the best ways to increase the chances of a supplication being accepted:

  • Increase the frequency of raising your hands after salah and asking for your intended outcome.
  • Asking while you are in sujood during prayers.
  • Praying and supplicating in the last 3rd of the night during qiyam ul-layl.

When you make your du’a, be specific in what you ask for, and in turn, you will have a specific rather than a vague goal at the forefront of your mind which is important because one of the major causes of failure for resolutions themselves is lacking specificity.

4. Schedule Your Goal for Consistency

The most powerful impact on the accomplishment of any goal isn’t in having the optimal technique to achieve the goal – it is rather how consistent you are in trying to achieve it.  The time and frequency given to achievement regularly establishes habits that move from struggle to lifestyle. As mentioned in the previous section, day, time, and place were all important to getting the goal, habit, or task accomplished.

In order to be consistent, schedule it in your calendar of choice. When you schedule it, make sure you:

  • Pick the time you’re most energetic and likely to do it.
  • Work out with family, friends, and work that that time is blocked out and shouldn’t be interrupted.
  • Show up even if you’re tired and unmotivated – do something tiny, just to make sure you maintain the habit.

A Word on Automation

Much continues to be written about jobs lost to automation, but there are jobs we should love losing to automation, namely, work that we do that can be done freely or very cheaply by a program.  For example, I use Mint to capture all my accounts (bank, credit card, investments, etc) and rather than the old method of gathering receipts and tracking transactions, all of it is captured online and easily accessible from any device.

Let’s say you wanted to give to charity, and you wanted to give a recurring donation of $5 a month to keep MuslimMatters free – all you have to do is set up an automated recurring donation at the link and you’re done.

Likewise, if you’re saving money for a goal, you can easily do so by automating a specific amount of money coming out of your bank account into another account via the online banking tools your bank provides.  You can automate bill payments and other tasks to clear your schedule, achieve your goals, and keep you focused on working the most important items.

5. Focus on Behaviors, Not Outcomes

We’re often told we should set up SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timebound.  However, one way to quickly fail a goal is by defining success according to outcomes, which aren’t necessarily in your hand.  For example, you might say as above:

“I want to be at 10% body fat in 9 months at 200 lbs.”

This is a SMART goal, and it’s what you should aim for, but when you assess success, you shouldn’t focus on the result as it’s somewhat outside the scope of your control. What you can do is focus on behaviors that help you achieve that goal, or get close to it, and then reset success around whether you’re completing your behaviors.  As an example:

“I want to complete the P90X workout and diet in 90 days.”

Here, you’re focused on generally accepted notions on behaviors that will get you close to your goal.  Why? Because you control your behaviors, but you can’t really control the outcomes. Reward yourself when you follow through on your behavior goals, and the day-to-day commitments you make.  If you find that compliance is good, and you’re getting closer to your goal, keep at it.

Read the following if you want to really understand the difference in depth.

6. Set Realistic Expectations – Plan to Fail, and Strategize Recovery

After too many failures, most people give up and fall off the wagon.  You will fail – we all do. Think of a time you’ve failed – what should you have done to get back on your goal and complete it?  Now reflect on the upcoming goal – reflect on the obstacles that will come your way and cause you to fail, and how when you do fail, you’ll get right back on it.

Once you fail, ask yourself, was it because of internal motivation, an external circumstance, a relationship where expectations weren’t made clear, poor estimation of effort – be honest, own what you can do better, and set about attempting to circumvent the obstacle and try again.

7. Assess Your Progress at Realistic Intervals

Once you’re tracking behaviors, simply mark down in an app or tracker that you completed the behavior.  Once you see you’re consistent in your behaviors over the long-term, you’ll have the ability to meaingfully review your plan and assess goal progress.

This is important because as you attempt to perform the work necessary to accomplish the goal, you’ll find that your initial assessments for completion could be wrong. Maybe you need more time, maybe you need a different time. Maybe you need a different process for accomplishing your goals. Assess your success at both weekly and monthly intervals, and ask yourself:

  • How often was I able to fulfill accomplish my required behaviors?  How often did I miss?
  • What was the reason for those misses?
  • Can I improve what I’m doing incrementally and change those failures to successes?  Or is the whole thing wrong and not working?

Don’t make changes when motivation dies after a few days.  Don’t make big changes on a weekly basis. Set an appointment on a weekly basis simply to review successes and challenges, making small tweaks while maintaining the overall plan. Set a monthly appointment with yourself to review and decide what you’ll change, if anything, in how you operate.

Be something of a Tiger mom about it – aim for 90% completion of behaviors, or an A grade, when assessing whether you’ve done well or not.  Anything below 90% is a failing grade.

(ok, so Tiger Moms want 100% or more, but let’s assume this is a somewhat forgiving Tiger Mom)

Putting it All Together

Set ‘Em Up

  • First, take a moment to reflect and be thankful to Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) for what you’ve achieved, and reflect on what it is you’ve accomplished and what you’ve done in the way you worked and operated that helped you succeed.
  • Next, pick one goal and one goal alone to achieve, and use the SMART goal methodology to be clear about what it is.
  • Once this is done, make du’a with strong specificity on a regular basis during all times, and especially during the times when du’as are most likely to be accepted.

Knock ‘Em Down

  • Schedule your goal into a calendar, making sure you clear the time with any individuals who will be impacted by your changed routines and habits.
  • On a daily basis, focus on completing behaviors, not the outcomes you’re aiming for – the behaviors get you to the outcomes.
  • Plan on failing occasionally, especially a week after motivation disappears, and plan for how you’ll bounce back immediately and recover from it.
  • Finally, on a daily and weekly basis, assess yourself to see if you’re keeping on track with your behaviors and make adjustments to do better. On a monthly basis, assess how much closer you are to your goal, and if you’re making good progress, or if you’re not making good progress, and try to understand why and what adjustments you’ll make.

What goals do you plan to achieve in the coming year?

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