On the thought of turning a year older, I decided to do a bit of reflecting on the past 21 years that Allah SWT has blessed me with.
A couple of things that I have learnt:
1. Make Allah your bae.
Islam comes before everything and everyone else and you will achieve great things if you remember that. Yes, it will be difficult, but don’t stop.
2. Your parents come straight after.
If you are still in your teen years, please, I beg of you, work on your relationship with your parents. I know majority of the time they are annoying and probably constantly nagging, but wallahi they are the only people in this dunya who legitimately only want the very, very, best for you. Focus on being the best daughter/son you could possibly be, change the way you treat them and I promise they will change the way they treat you. The best thing in life is having your mum as your best friend.
3. In life, there is no losing. There is only winning or learning.
If you can look at life with that perspective, if you can realise that there is forever going to be room for improvement in who you are and everything you do in life, you are guaranteed success.
4. Your friends will make you or break you.
So choose your friends wisely. Look for those who you look up to, whose character is what you’d like to emulate. Choose those who are strong on the deen, the ones who want to be with you in Jannah. Find them, keep them close, never let them go.
5. People will walk in and out of your life.
Let the ones who come, come. Let the ones who stay, stay. And most importantly, let the ones who go, go. But never, ever, ever, allow someone negative in your life. Ultimately, you are in control of who comes, stays and goes. Don’t be afraid to cut people out who aren’t having a positive impact on your life.
6. This Dunya will suck you in, chew you up and spit you out. But only if you let it.
Remember why you’re here. Keep your eye on the prize; Jannah.
7. Your akhlaq (character) is more important than your looks, your wealth, your status or power.
Focus on being a good person. A kind person. A genuine person. An honest person. A reliable person. Look to the Prophet Muhammed SAW and emulate his character.