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7 Inspiring Hadiths to Empower Yourself

Picture the listless dry leaf that allows the wind to carry it in all directions then eventually settles down only to get trampled on.

What about the strong tree that defies the wind and other elements?

It stands tall and firm exuding confidence. It grows in new directions transforming itself inside out from its roots, branches, bark, leaves to fruits year after year – withstanding the changing temperature, seasons and other forces.

Just like the tree, you are alive and full of energy.

You need to grow and stretch yourself in different directions. Learn to remain strong and sincere on your beliefs. Make positive choices and changes day after day – no shaking!

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There’s no better time than NOW for you to take charge of your own life and empower yourself.

Standing tall and strong with just the right dose of confidence.

Or don’t you think so?

Here are 7 hadiths to inspire your self empowerment and make you firm.

1. Abu Hurairah reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

Verily, Allah does not look at your appearance or wealth, but rather he looks at your hearts and actions. (Muslim)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Cleanse your heart and be sincere in all of your acts and speech. Whatever you do, do it for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) alone.

2. Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah said:

A servant does not have faith until he believes in providence, both its good and its evil, and until he knows that what afflicts him could never have missed him and that what missed him could never have afflicted him. (At-Tirmidhi)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Give things your best shot while having belief in the predestination of Allah. Know that He is in absolute control. Your aim should be to strive for excellence and to better yourself continuously.

3. Abu Barzah reported: The Prophet said:

Verily, among what I fear for you are the seductive temptations in your stomachs and private parts and the misguidance of desires. (Musnad Ahmad, Sahih)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Overcome your nafs by engaging in constant purification. Be conscious of the inclination of the soul and what it can cause. Do not give in to its every whim and desire, rather stand upon true guidance.

4. Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said:

“O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?”

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

Tie her and trust in Allah. (At-Tirmidhi)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Set big goals and remain steadfast having trust in Allah (SWT); while reaching for those goals.

5. Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet said:

There are two blessings which many people waste: health and free time. (Al-Bukhari)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Utilize your time and health in making positive choices and changes; don’t procrastinate. And don’t wait for tomorrow for tomorrow may never come.

6. Abdullah Bin Mas’ud narrated: The Prophet said:

A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it; concerning his youth, how he grew old; concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had. (At-Tirmidhi)

Self Empowerment Lesson

You need to check yourself from time to time. Question yourself before you are questioned. Value your life and the opportunities within by taking advantage of your strengths – while keeping tabs of the weaknesses.

7. Abu Hurairah reported: The Messenger of Allah said:

No one is born except upon natural instinct, then his parents turn him into a Jew or Christian or Magian. As an animal produces their young with perfect limbs, do you see anything defective. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Self Empowerment Lesson

Nurture your fitrah (natural inclination) by upholding your Islamic identity and living as a true representative of Islam.

On a final note, remember that it is your duty to follow the Prophet and his sunnah. From his life, you will find lessons for your growth and empowerment.

Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (3:31)

Over to you – Which of these hadiths inspire you the most and make you firm? And why?