Prerequisite for Making a Change in One’s Life

What is the prerequisite of making a change to my life?

We have to have a planned road or series of steps in order to make a change in our current state. If we don’t plan, as they say in management, ‘if we fail to plan then we plan to fail’. Know that it’s just not going to happen. You may do it for a day, two days, three days, maybe a month, but then, in no time we’ll be back where we were, and so we have to have some clear plan. So how do we go about it?

First and foremost, we should be clear about the concept of change itself, because that what we are looking at, change - a change in our lifestyle, a lifestyle which was negligent, haphazard with regard to the adherence to the Qur'an and Sunnah, to one which is consistent, steady focused on the Qur'an and Sunnah. How do we make that change?

Change itself only takes that decision to change. Once we make that decision, change starts. It is making the decision which takes a long time, that’s what takes time. For us to finally say, ‘yes, I’m going to do it for real’, sincerely from the bottom of our hearts we say ‘yes, it can be done and yes I’m going to do it’. It takes time to come to it, not a half hearted decision like ‘I think, In shaa; Allah, I’m going to try’, ‘maybe’, you know, we have all these terminologies to justify not making that final decision. So that’s what we have to address first, that decision. If we really and truly believe in Allah, we truly know who Allah is, then that decision will be automatic. But it is because of our shaky beliefs, our half-hearted commitments that this is a difficult step.

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