“The most beloved deed to Allah is the most consistent — even if it is small.”
—The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
Sure we’ve all heard the term “consistency is key” — but what does it really mean? Consistency, at its core, is about the myriad of habits that make us who we are. Habits that can come to define us in every aspect of our lives. Our good habits can lead us to success, while our bad habits (if not controlled) can cause us to fail miserably.
Good habits are hard to form but easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form, but hard to live with.
We’ve compiled a list of ideas you can implement to form some good habits. So if you want in with the rewards mentioned in the hadith above, check out some ideas you can implement below:
Waking up early
The time of Fajr is a blessed time that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned. He made a dua: “O Allah, bless my Ummah in its early hours.”
Reciting adhkaar (supplications/prayers) every morning or evening
‘…And glorify the Praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun and before (its) setting.’
—Surah Qaaf, 50:39
Beginning your meal with the remembrance of God
When eating, Muslims are to recognize that all of their blessings come from Allah. These duas (supplications) are recited whenever you’re eating whether it be a sip of water, a snack, or a full meal.
Consistently sponsoring an orphan for as long as you can
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “I and the one who sponsors an orphan will be in Paradise like these two” – and he gestured with his forefinger and middle finger, holding them apart.
Reciting the Quran at a set time everyday
“Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah. Such are the parables which We put forward to mankind that they may reflect.”
—Surah Al-Hashr, 59:21
Taking care of your body by working out regularly
Our faith reminds us that our bodies are an amanah (a trust from Allah) and so we have a duty to take care of our health.
Visiting your neighbours every week/month
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry.”
Volunteering your time for a cause (e.g.: food bank, homeless shelter, etc.)
“Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives.” —[Bukhari]
Donating consistently to a cause of your choice
“Allah, the Exalted, says, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”
–Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
Giving back to the earth (e.g.: planting trees, recycling, etc)
“Eat and drink from the provision of Allah, and do not commit abuse on the earth, spreading corruption.”
—Surah Baqarah, 2:60