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Checklist for Spiritual Development

Mirza Yawar Baig

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I wrote in my book, Islam for Beginners:

[alert type=white ]”It has been said that true bankruptcy is a full belly and an empty soul. Religion must be a matter of conscious choice.”[/alert]

So here’s a checklist to show us the state of our soul.

1. How much time do you spend in personal Ibaadah, by yourself alone, daily?

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2. How much time do you spend in reflection daily and do you keep notes of lessons learnt?

3. How much Qur’an do you read daily?

4. Do you pray Tahajjud daily without fail?

5. What other Nawaafil do you pray?

6. Do you fast on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 days of Dhul Hijjah and 2 days of Ashoora regularly?

7. Do you make Itikaaf for the last ten days of Ramadan regularly every year?

8. What is the quality of your Salah in terms of concentration, happiness in the heart, comfort to the soul and can you distinguish each of these clearly?

9. What is the extent of your charity?

10. What do people think and say about your Akhlaaq? How do you know?

11. How much do public approval and popularity matter to you? What’s the proof of that?

12. Do you make money out of Islamic activity especially Daawa? Because Allah told us to spend in His path, not to make money out of the path.

13. Do you have a Musleh? Who is he and how is he qualified to be a Musleh?

14. What is the condition of your heart? How do you know?

15. How much of what you tell others do you practice yourself?

16. How careful are you with what you eat? Do you eat or drink something where the ingredients are unknown?

17. Is your income Halal?

18. How careful are you with what you look at and listen to?

19. When was the last time you wept in solitude for the love of Allah?

20. How many of your actions and words are influenced by what people may think and how many are purely for Allah’s pleasure?

If all the answers are positive then rejoice because you’re at zero. Not negative but at zero. You just passed kindergarten. You are at the threshold.

Welcome now to the rest of the journey which can only begin once we’ve crossed these hurdles.

Finally a meter with which to measure how successful we are in achieving our spiritual development:

Recite (O Muhammad) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur’an), and establish As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents Al-Fahsha’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, shamelessness) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism and all rebellious deeds) and the remembering (praising) of (you by) Allah is the greatest indeed [than your praising Allah]. And Allah knows what you do. Ankabut 29:45.
 

Allah states that the Salah prevents us from all kinds of sins because it keeps alive His remembrance in our minds and hearts. It reminds us about who we obey and worship and that He is our witness. How can someone who claims to believe in Allah and is aware that Allah is watching and knows what one is doing, still commit sin?

So if we find ourselves praying but still lying, cheating, slandering, dealing in Riba, indulging in all kinds of shady activities, then we need to question our very belief. Knowledge that is not reflected in action, doesn’t exist except as proof against ourselves on the Day of Judgment.

Allah also mentions the reward for the one who prays – that Allah mentions him in the presence of those who are around him. What more do we need to motivate us?

May Allah help us, protect us and save us from ourselves.

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Mirza Yawar Baig is the Founder & President of Yawar Baig & Associates. He is an international speaker, coach, trainer and facilitator, specializing in leadership in family businesses.

6 Comments

6 Comments

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    Ibn Adnan Al-Yutaawi

    December 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    What’s a Musleh

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    Naila

    December 10, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    A much needed article. I too would like to know details about Musleh, please.

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    Shameemah

    March 27, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    Given from the possible meaning of the name Musleh: Reformer, Advisor (see below link, I couldn’t find anything more substantial on the web). Musleh may refer to an Islamic advisor probably with formal Islamic training – is my guess. Hopefully, someone more knowledgeable may respond.

    http://www.special-dictionary.com/names/m/musleh_10.htm

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    The Muslimah Guide

    November 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Subhanallah, thank you so much for this reminder. I will be sure to print it out and inshaa allaah go through it mindfully and honestly.

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    farah imran

    March 1, 2018 at 2:52 AM

    Ma Sha Allah , I will In Shaa Allah check my self on daily basis.

    GREAT CONCLUSIONS INDEED…..

    Sharing these good words on my blog with the reference.

    JAZAKALLAH KHAIR

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    Westernmuslim

    June 17, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    In my country there is no such mosque where you could spend itikaf. :( Insha’Allah some day I will live somewhere where it’s possible.

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