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How to Develop, Maintain and Model True Islamic Identity (Part 2)

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Still guessing what that ONE question is?

It is the same as you imagined the stranger asking you.

‘Who are you?’

Take a minute or two to answer, then read through the O.D.D.S formula below to reinforce your definition.

Using the O.D.D.S Formula to Develop, Maintain and Model True Islamic Identity

O: Open-up. Open-up to Allah SWT. Awaken your consciousness of Him as the All-Seeing and All-Hearing.

Then make it a daily goal to remember Him in whatever you do. After all, you are the needy servant and He SWT is Rich and free of all needs. Such strong relationship with Allah SWT will enable you turn to Him as your only Helper and the One to guide you through your identity issues and struggles.

Remember Allah SWT knows what you hide or make apparent, so open-up to Him. He SWT said,

“O Adam, inform them of their names.” And when he had informed them of their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:33)

Try this: Make a resolve for every act you perform, to do it sincerely for His sake while remembering that He is All-Seeing and All-Hearing. Pray with devotion and consciousness of Him, eat your meals with a sincere intention and focus on your studies and learning to gain beneficial knowledge – to benefit yourself and the Ummah – not for showing off.

D: Du’a and Dhikr Drive. You need to make du’a for courage, sincerity, perseverance, steadfastness, dignity and wisdom like our Prophet SAWS. These positive qualities will help you pull through challenges like inner whispers and doubts about your identity.

You also need to engage in constant remembrance for a calm heart and purified soul, to keep you connected with Allah SWT.

Try this: Make morning and evening adkhaar, engage in adhkaar while indoors and outdoors, start all deeds with bismillah, make dua for friends and loved ones in their absence, always say alhamdulillah.

”…Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Ar-Ra’d, 13:28)

D: Daily Drills. Take action with small, daily and consistent habits.

Blog_Oct10_insideBe deliberate with those habits through your outward behavior such as modest dressing, spreading salaam and inviting people towards Islam. Look for ways to reach out and impact sincerely with these habits even if in little ways.

Try this: Model what Islamic identity is all about kind words, smiling, charity, engaging with others positively and inviting to the truth. Strive to be a good role model and mentor in your home, school and community.

A’isha RAaa said that Rasulullah SAWS said: “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small.” 1

S: Support System. You need a righteous support network to help you maintain your true identity. A network to share experiences with, get advice and learn about ways to enhance your identity.

You can be a source of support and similarly enjoy support of others especially in today’s world where the right models and mentors are few. Good support will keep you steadfast while knowing that you are not alone and also help maintain your goal of consciousness and closeness to Allah SWT. Find such company and remain in their midst because you will be raised with those you love.
 
Try this: Join groups, charitable organizations, humanitarian services, volunteering units, and other such causes where true Islamic culture is upheld. Or start your own if none is existent where you live.
 
The story of life
 
We do not live in a perfect world. 

Each day, you will get tested and tried in different ways. You will face challenges, threats, frustrations and other issues especially regarding your identity. 
 
But that is the story of life. It is a pattern clearly webbed in past generations.
As Muslims, our connection with Allah SWT – which sustains and nourishes us in every facet of life – should remain unchanging in the face of challenges. The strength of this relationship defines our true Islamic Identity.
 
The time is N.O.W
 
It’s time to revive your Islamic Identity in both personal and public matters. You need develop or redevelop it; then maintain and model it.
 
True Islamic identity… 
 
* Aligns with your inborn fitrah;
* Is a global culture of humanity;
* Should define your lifestyle;  
* Is superior to all other cultures; 
* Gives you the guidance and knowledge you need in order to fulfill your greatest potential.
 
True Islamic culture corresponds with the true Islamic identity. It is an identity based on sincere intention (in your heart), constant striving (with your limbs) and submission to Allah SWT in all affairs (with a pure soul). Your identity reflects on your lifestyle.
 

Reality Check

 

Let’s go back to that stranger still waiting to hear the answer to, ‘Who are you?’
Now let’s take the question to the next level. If that person is confirmed to be our beloved Prophet SAWS and he wants to follow you back home to confirm your identity, what will he find?
 
Will he find a lifestyle that corresponds to a true Islamic identity or otherwise?
 
The time is NOW. Start living the O.D.D.S lifestyle.
 
Do you struggle with your Islamic Identity? In what ways will you strive to live a lifestyle matching with the true Islamic identity? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
-The Miraculous Road to Success-event cover copy
 
  1.   Bukhari  and Muslim

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24 Responses

  1. pullen.kelly0109@gmail.com'
    Aafiya

    MashaAllah, such a great article to remind us what our real priorities should be. May Allah swt reward you sister for caring enough to share this encouragement with us. Alhamdulillah. Assalam o Alaikum.

  2. Sagirsulaiman60@gmail.com'

    Assalamu alaykum warahmatullah. Basically this is a great article. A lots of encouragement, achievement in it,perhaps may Allah enabled us to use the lessons been from it. And may he make it beneficial to us and others particular

  3. ibraheemproffmk@gmail.com'
    ibrahim muhammad

    MashaAllah, such a great article. May Allah swt reward you for caring enough to share this encouragement with us. Alhamdulillah.

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  5. Anwarwidad@hotmail.fr'

    In fact, I read the first part, it’s a wonderful thing to know more about this matter. To have an identity is completely important, however, to lose one like Islamic identity , as we see today, is a great shame

  6. tazree96@gmail.com'
    Nousheen Sharmila Tazree

    JazakAllah khairan for such a beneficial piece of writing. I think the part where I fall short is continuation of the habits. And learning new good habits is easy but I find it difficult abstaining from the negative ones

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