Ending Procrastination through Islam

Salam

I’m with you if you believe that every solution lies within Islam. Everything and anything. Why? Because Islam is the religion created by Allah and Allah alone knows what’s best for His creations including us humans. Therefore, it means that if we have any problem then we should seek help from none but Allah. I seek forgiveness from Him due to my weakness: procrastination. Below is an exerpt both from IslamOnline and islam.ca on how to combat procrastination through the eyes (or kacamata) Islam.

Q: Is there any Islamic remedy for procrastination and laziness?

Answering the in-hand question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

“The perfect remedy for procrastination is to nurture sound faith in the manner of the Salaf As-Salih (pious predecessors). Prior to Islam, they were a people without any sense of human achievement or performance, but once they were exposed to the empowering message of the Qur’an, they became energized and utterly transformed; they shook off their complacency and lethargy, and became peak performers and achievers. Whatever they touched was changed anew through their dynamic faith. The Qur’an spoke thus about their faith, “Is he – who was once dead and then We revived him (through the message of Islam) and thus We appointed for him a light whereby he walks among people – comparable to one who is steeped in darkness, never able to come out of it?” (Al-An`am: 122)

The remedy for fighting procrastination, therefore, is to nurture such dynamic faith.

Coming to precise tips based on such a vision that one can readily apply in order to empower oneself and shake off the habit of procrastination, let us state the following:

1) Procrastination is a learned habit; habits are formed by repeated acts. So the best way to fight procrastination is to take immediate steps to do the thing one is postponing. So every time one is tempted to procrastinate, one must do whatever it takes to do just the opposite. It may be hard in the beginning, but by repeating it over and over, one learns to break the habit. This process must continue until one has learned the new habit and thus it becomes a second nature.

2) As you rise in the morning put yourself in a positive mind set by counting the blessings of Allah thus emulating the beautiful example of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and praying to Allah to grant you a successful day full of blessings.

3) Try to start your work after Fajr for the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, prayed to Allah, “O Allah, bless my Ummah in their early morning endeavors.”

4) Turn to Allah in supplication and seek His help in fighting sloth, laziness and helplessness through the following prayers (Du`a’s):

Allahumma innee a`dhu bika mina al-‘ajzi wa al-kasal wa al-jubun wa al-bukhl wa ghalabati al-dayni wa qahri al-rrijaal
(O Allah, I seek refuge in You from helplessness, sloth, cowardice, niggardliness, and burden of debts and domineering men.)

Laa ilaaha illa Allaahu al-`azeem al-haleem, la ilaaha illa Allaahu rabbu al-`arshi al-`azeem, laa ilaaha illa Allaahu rabbu al-ssamaawaati wa al-ardhi wa rabbu al-`arshi al-kareem (There is no god but Allah, the Glorious and Clement; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the Great Throne; there is no god but Allah, Lord of the heavens and earth and the Noble Throne).”

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: http://www.islam.ca

Change for the better.

‘Budak ni, dari dulu lagi tak berubah-ubah..sama je perangainya’ bisik hati Aisyah melihat gelagat sahabatnya yang berlari datang kepadanya– 10 min lambat daripada yang dijanjikan.

‘Assalamualaikum Aisyah, sorry lambat… [takde alasan munasabah yang boleh diberikan]..’  si ukht yang lambat sampai itu berkata.

‘Waalaikumussalam.. takpe2, mesti awak ada hal lain kan (kalau takde insyaAllah mulai hari ini ubahlah diri utk menepati masa…)’

‘….. [hanya mampu tersenyum]‘

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Bila cakap tentang perubahan.. tak ramai yang menunjukkan reaksi yang positif. Ada yang takut untuk berubah. Ada yang malas. Ada yang memang tak nak berubah kerana selesa dengan keadaan diri sendiri, merasa tidak perlu berubah kerana sudah cukup bagus. Na’udzubillahi min zalik.

Islam menuntut kita untuk berubah, atau berhijrah, daripada kufur kepada Islam, daripada syirik kepada mengesakan Allah, daripada akhlak mazmumah kepada mahmudah (e.g. kes di atas, daripada leka masa kepada menepati masa). Perubahan ini juga termasuklah peningkatan iman di dalam dada secara berterusan, pengislahan ibadah harian kita, perluasan ilmu pengetahuan yang ada, dan juga pematangan fikiran kita sebagai seorang Muslim dan manusia biasa. Hal2 tersebut berlaku dengan proses tarbiyyah yang tidak akan henti hinggalah kita mati.

Jadi bagi siapa yang rasa tarbiyyah mereka sudah cukup bagus, tidak memerlukannya lagi dan boleh hidup tanpanya adalah jenis2 orang yang patut dikasihani. Kenapa? Sebab meraka adalah orang2 yang sangat rugi, akibat ketakutan, kemalasan atau kebongkakan sendiri yang tak mahu berubah menjadi seorang yang lebih baik daripada sebelumnya.

Sesungguhnya untuk mengubah diri menjadi da’i yang lebih bagus memerlukan mujahadah yang sangat tinggi. Lagi2 di dalam kawasan yang bi’ah solehah nya kurang ataupun ‘negligent’. Mujahadah untuk lawan hawa nafsu, dan untuk memerangi bisikan syaitan yang hanya mahukan kita termasuk dalam orang2 yang rugi. Kena bermujahadah untuk berkorban masa, jiwa, tenaga, perasaan demi perubahan. Bukan itu sahaja, malah bila dah berubah kena istiqamah-juga memerlukan mujahadah yang berterusan. Wah!!!!!

Tapi ingatlah, semuanya kembali kepada diri kita juga, yang jika proses perubahan diri ini berterusan (kepada lebih baik), kita sendiri yang akan dapat faedahnya di dunia (kita sebagai orang Islam lebih mantap dan kuat, seterusnya dapat memimpin umat akhir zaman ini dengan lebih baik lagi) dan di akhirat (ganjaran pahala yang melimpah ruah).

Semoga Allah memberi kekuatan kepada kita semua untuk berubah kepada yang lebih baik. Ameen.

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