Self-Analysis (beneficial activity)

25 02 2008

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

I pray that you all are doing well. I recently just learned something at a [amazingly powerful] event that I attended and certainly wanted to rush to share it:

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The goal of this activity is to cleanse one’s heart of sins and other such vain activities that cause one’s heart to deteriorate and harden. There is always one certain sin or another that you and I find very difficult to let go. Simply just pull out a sheet of paper and a pen and do a quick diagnosis of the sin that is constantly committed. On the sheet of paper, write the sin (or write it in a way that you only know) and beneath it take notes on the following pointers:

  • 1. Why the sin is committed?
    • What are your thoughts and feelings while the sin is done? Are you remembering Allah or no reminder comes to mind?
  • 2. When is the sin committed?
    • Mainly in the morning, afternoon, when you’re bored, when you are tempted, etc…?
  • 3. What state are you in when the sin is committed?
    • Does some other deed lead to this sin? Are you primed to inevitably fall into the sin?
  • 4. Who are you with when the sin is committed?
    • Bad company? Alone?
  • 5. What can be done to avoid the sin in the future?
    • Here you will counteract all the causes that lead to the sin
      • Du’a / supplication
      • Paste reminding ayaat or ahadith around the area where the sin is often committed
      • Leave bad company or avoid being alone and stay in a good company of people who fear Allah
      • Talk yourself out of it and beat the Shaytan and you nafs

This self-analysis seems quite simple and perhaps “pointless” but it is very different to simply “know” when or why something is done and to actually “write” your thoughts down into words. Insha’Allah I pray that this will benefit many of us who try so hard to leave a certain deed but easily fall right back into it.

May Allah grant us the ability to have control over our nafs and desires; and may He make us of the Mukhlaseen who are too firm on the Deen of Islam to be tempted by the shayateen, Aameen thuma ameen.

Wassalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Heba


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