It’s a new year and it’s time to make those promises to ourselves all over again. Whether you get caught up in the calendar change or not, it’s always good to take a nice hard look at ourselves and see what we can do to up our game.
I’m sure, as we speak, a Muslim troll is preparing vicious keyboard strokes, sisters are videotaping overly glamorous hijab tutorials and a Muslim hipster is doing something alternative against the mainstream. All of us trying to make our mark, and none of us are perfect. But we should strive fo dat ihsan. And even when we can’t make BIG changes happen in the ummah, let’s try to work on the small stuff, starting with ourselves.
Here are Lanterns’ 11 resolutions for the coming year…
(Why 11 you ask? Well… that’s because we like to take Ramadan off!)
- Make wudhu, not tsunamis. Please. – Sincerely, wudhu tsunami survivor.
- Stop counting down to iftar like NASA is about to launch a rocket to mars.
- Don’t be a Facebook keyboard warrior, speak to Allah, not the rest of the world.
- Build a brother up, not break him down. Back biting is NEVER ok.
- Jumma time is time to focus on the khateeb, put away your thoughts and save them for later.
- Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.
- Revive a Sunnah, go do something just like the Prophet (SAW) used to do.
- Go to the mosque and resist the urge to not scream at a running child.
- Think of one good thing today. And focus on that.
- Practice ihsaan every day – let your actions speak for themselves
Here’s hoping that 2015 is your year to be better than ever!