Be a Winner: Bring Yourself to Account!

by Khawlah Bint Yahya

It was night time.
He whipped his right foot and said to it, “What have you done today?”

Who was this?
He was one of our great role models— the companion Umar ibn al-Khattab.

Bring Yourself to Account!                                     

Bringing yourself to account is called muhasabah in Arabic. And we will all get the hisaab (the account) of all that we did in this life on the Day of Judgement.

Umar ibn al-Khattab radiyallahu ‘anhu said in one of his most powerful statements:

“Bring yourself to account before you are taken to account (on the Day of Judgement),” and, “Weigh your deeds before your deeds are weighed.” (“Hasibu anfusakum qabla antuhasabu, wazinu anfusakum qabla antuzanu.”)

This issue of questioning yourself and bringing yourself to account was practiced by the salaf (predecessors) of our Ummah.  Many of the sahaaba would make up the account for themselves at the end of each day, repenting for the wrong they did and determining to do better the next day.

Start of the New Year

This week the Islamic year will end and a new year will start.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to look back at the past year and, more importantly, look at how we can set new goals for the new year ahead, insha’Allah!

Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullaah) said, “You will never meet a believer except that he brings himself to account.”

How Can You Bring Yourself to Account?

Before we look at some examples of goals we can set this year, let’s look at the benefits of muhasabah— bringing yourself to account before the Day of Judgement.

  1. Bring yourself to account before an action.
    Before you do something, pause and ask yourself: Is this action pleasing to Allah [swt] or not pleasing to Allah [swt]? Hasan al-Basri said, “May Allah have mercy upon the slave who pauses at the thought of doing an action, and, if the action was for the sake of Allah, he proceeds; and if it was for other than the sake of Allah, he abstains.”
  2. Bring yourself to account after an action.
    After you perform an action, ask yourself: Why did I do this? Did I do it to seek Allah [swt] and the Hereafter or did I do it to seek the worldly life?

The most dangerous thing is being too relaxed, paying no mind to checking on your intentions and actions. Shaytan fools us when we don’t bring themselves to account and therefore miss so many opportunities to better ourselves and reach our goals in life!

Don’t shut your eyes at the result— rather imagine your success if you can just bring yourself to account for every deed.

Examples of Goals: Three Study Goals Plus Three Character Goals

I’ve heard statements like: “I have been yelling at my parents for far too long now”, “I have been wanting to learn Arabic for months now, but don’t know where to start”, and “I really want to read more Quran, but I don’t seem to get to it.”

This is your chance.

1.    Set three goals for this year. You can set three “study goals”, that is goals involving gaining Islamic knowledge, and three “character goals”, 0r ways in which you would like to improve your character.
2.    Write these three goals down on a card. Keep this card on your desk.

For example:

My Three Study Goals:

By the end of the year, insha’Allah:

  1. I will understand 50% of the Quran in Arabic.
  2. I will have memorized Juz ‘Amma (the last part of the Quran).
  3. I will have memorized the 99 Names of Allah [swt] with their meanings.

My Three Character Goals:

  1. Anger: When I get angry with my parents I will apologize straight away.
  2. Gossip: When I want to say something about someone else I will first ask myself: Would I like it if someone said that about me?
  3. Generosity: I will spend one hour a week doing a good deed for someone else.

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  1. Salman Jafri November 14, 2012

    An Excellent and motivating article at the most appropriate time. Jazzakumullahu Khairan.

  2. Shaik Inayathullah November 14, 2012

    Asslamu alaikum,
    Great Article, especially motivates youth and reminds us about account on the Day of Judgement.

  3. Ambreen binte Muhammad November 14, 2012

    3 studying goals that m gonna set are:
    1# to learn arabic language inshaAllah
    2# to complete my ongoing tafseer course.
    3# learn to recite Quran considering tajweed rules inshaAllah.

    3 character goals now :
    1# dont backbite anyone.
    2# to control my anger specially in front of parents.
    3# to say salah on time insh`Allah.

  4. Hajra November 14, 2012

    3 character goals..
    1- lower my gaze and will not see any na-mahrams, even in newspapers, insha Allah.
    2- talk politely, and kindly though how much Satan will try to make me harsh . Insha Allah
    3- will insha Allah do the opposite of what nafs says.
    May Allah( Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) help me. Ameen

  5. Ameer November 15, 2012

    Assalaamo alaikom,

    I will always (if not, most of the year)
    1. Pray on time in jamaa
    2. Read the Qur’an everyday , memorize some verses and reflect upon their meanings and implications
    3. Give da’wa whenever I could

    In shaa Allah. May Allah grant us tawfeeq.

    Kullu ‘amin wa antom bikhair 1434H

  6. Khadija November 15, 2012


    I recently got married, and I am working towards earning knowledge to become the best wife and future mother.

    My goals for this year are to:

    1) Learn Arabic so I can teach my kids inshaAllah
    2) Learn Finish my academic studies so I can start my Islamic studies to help myself gain the Islamic knowledge I need
    3) Work towards learning more about homeschool so I can homeschool my kids when Allah grants me them.

  7. Heba El-Hakim November 15, 2012

    By the end of the year insha Allah:

    My 3 Study Goals are:
    1. Memorise Juz Amma (I’m 50% complete on this)
    2. Listen to at least 2 Islamic lectures weekly.
    3. Read and study one Islamic text/book per month.

    My 3 Character Goals are:
    1. Patience: I will consciously exercise patience in all situations, especially difficult ones.
    2. Compassion: I will play with my daughter and be her teacher and friend, spending at least 1 hour everyday giving her my full positive attention.
    3. Gratitude: I will practice being grateful to Allah on a daily basis with sincerity not just “alhamdullilah” but truly recognising my blessings and being thankful to Allah for them.

    My 3 Life Goals are:
    1. Raise my daughter to be strong in her faith, independent and wise in her choices & decisions.
    2. Grow with my husband and support him at all costs.
    3. Develop my business and conduct dealings in an ethical and conscious manner.

  8. Amatulhaq@ November 15, 2012

    3 studying goals:
    #1 start a quranic Tafseer class
    #2 Review past past surah in the quran.
    #3 memorize 40 hadith anawawi

    3 character goals:
    #1 pray fagir salah ontime.
    #2 don’t get anger
    #3 don’t backbite about others

  9. sayeeda November 15, 2012


    my 3 goals are….
    #1- hifz quran
    #2-to learn arabic language
    #3-to become a daee…

  10. sayeeda November 15, 2012

    3 character goals:
    #1-help needy people
    #2-controlling my anger
    #3-respecting elderly people

  11. Ayesha November 15, 2012

    My 3 studying goals:
    1- To learn quranic arabic.
    2- To say my salah regularly with meaning.
    3- To memorize surahaas and duas.

    My 3 character goals:
    1- Try to be humble, modest and honest.
    2- Try to control my nafs.
    3- Try to keep my thoughts positive and reflect it to others so they seek positivity as well.

  12. ghulam nabi November 15, 2012

    My 3 chief goals are:

    1. learn all quranic arabic lessons
    2. teach these lessons to my school students
    3. learn 50 percent of Tafseer

  13. Irum Ghafoor November 15, 2012

    Assalam u Alaikum warehmatulahi wabarakatuhu ,
    Three Study Goals ,
    1-in sha ALLAH will Learn the Qu’ran (Translation+Tafseer+Arabic+Hifz)
    2-Will Try to learn the Ahadees.
    3-Will Teach to others whatever I’ll learn in sha ALLAH.

    Three Character Goals :
    1- Will not tell a lie in whatever situation I’ll be.
    2-Will try to strong myself enough as ALLAH SWT has explained the characteristics of Women in the Noble Qura’n.
    3-Try to be patient.

  14. fasihullah November 15, 2012

    My 3 studying goals:
    1-read,understand and memorize the quran
    2-read the hadith
    3-read the history of the prophets and ISLAM

    My 3 character goals:
    1-to remove corrupted thoughts and ideas from my mind
    2-to offer salah on time
    3-try to be honest, truth teller and please ALLAH(swt)

    • Sarvath November 17, 2012

      I read a lot so I won’t say I will read Hadith etc, but inshallah I will do my best to implement what I read. I will stop myself from doing wrong, but at the same time I will try to stop others also from doing wrong. I will respect others feelings when I talk. I will check myself when I am gossiping. Inshallah

  15. Faiza Asad November 15, 2012

    Three Study Goals:
    1.To read the entire Quran with translation and reflect upon the verses.
    2.To listen to islamic programmes and lectures to increase my knowlege and refresh my iman.
    3.To read informative books about islam.

    Three Character Goals:
    1.To refrain from backbiting as much as possible.
    2.To control nafs and fight with it.
    3.To raise my kids in an islamic way and bring an islamic environemnt to my home.

  16. ABDUL RASHID, ODISA November 15, 2012


  17. sadaf November 16, 2012

    allhumdullillah I found this site and started learning arabic & Quraan…….. May Allah reward you for your efforts……
    what A perfect time to share my goals for next year which I was already set a month ago….

    study goals on which I’m already working are

    1. Inshallah trying to learn at least 10 para of Quraan with word by word translation and tafseer in this year.
    2. Inshallah memorize 10 last suraas from Quraan and at lest 10 first ayaahs from suraa kahaf.
    3. Inshallah making a note book and daily note an ayaah with explaination that how it describes past and what its lesson for today … May allah make it easy and grant me tofeeq for this

    for chracter betterment I would love to

    1. Inshallah Try to keep patience even someone irritate me…. and ask for hadayat for him or her (I know its difficult but if Allah’s will)
    2. Inshallah not a single lie …
    3. Inshallah try for not to judge and make opinion on others….. (But this promise is not for whoes intrests and deeds are against the teaching of Islam ).
    May Allah grant us tofeeq… and we could achive our goals……

  18. sumaiyamehboob November 16, 2012

    Asalam alaikum
    1:Inshallah i will listen the brief explaination of quran daily two times a day morning and evening.
    2:Revise ama para daily after asar namaz.
    3:Learn some surahs like yaseen,ar rehman,waqia,muzammil,inshallah
    1;inshallah will follow Huzur saley ala alahi wa salam in every way.
    2;will listen to my parents.
    3;will show others also the right path.

  19. abid November 16, 2012

    Mashallah good practical advice, we need more of this.

  20. Aziza November 18, 2012

    Alhamdullilah what a beautiful initiative. JazakAllah Khair!

    3 Study Goals:
    1.To memorize Juz Amma
    2. To improve my tajweed
    3. To pronounce Arabic letters as perfectly as possible.

    3 Character Goals:
    1. To strive to do everything for Allah’s sake ONLY.
    2. To show gratitude to Allah and to my parents and family and all who help me.
    3. To learn to stay calm and trust Allah.

  21. Hasan Muhammad November 18, 2012

    Study goals:
    1)To memorize 1/4 Juz of Amma with meaning insha allah.
    2)To attend weekly word-for-word Quran review class without fail insha allah.
    3)To memorize day to day duas with meaning insha allah.

    Character goals:
    1)Not to get angry at unimportant & silly things – insha allah
    2)Not to back bite – insha allah
    3)Not to lie – Insha allah. May Allah(swt) make it easy for all of us.

  22. Rayyah Noushad November 19, 2012

    Study Goals:-
    1)In Sha Allah Completing 50 % vocabulary of Quran from the course
    2) In Sha Allah study Quran with tafseer (starting with Amma juz)
    3)In Sha Allah Keeping good balance and finding enough time for gaining islamic knowledge through books & lectures along with my academic studies.

    Character Goals:-
    1)In SHa Allah Trying to be patient at all moments and not talking back when someone shouts or dishonor me.
    2)In SHa Allah, not judging people and preventing from backbiting.
    3)In Sha Allah trying to be in the best of character said in hadees while treating people and mingling with others.

    Routine :-
    1)In Sha Allah to make a habit of praying thahajjud .
    2)In Sha Allah trying to learn cooking dishes and helping mother in her work.
    3)In Sha Allah Using facebook mainly for the purpose of dawah.

    Imp:- In Sha Allah Writing out this list of mine and sticking it where i can see and follow it. Thus making it a daily reminder.

  23. Dr. Abdullah Kamran November 24, 2012

    Three study goals, by the end of this year insha’Allah:
    1. I will understand 50% of the Quran in Arabic.
    2. I will have memorized Juz ‘Amma (the last part of the Quran).
    3. I will have read the whole Quran with meanings, and the tafseer of as much part of the Quran as possible

    The three character goals will be insha’Allah:
    1. While angry, will try to control the temper to the utmost
    2. Will try to avoid speaking ‘lie’ – even in joke, as far as possible
    3. Will spend a part of my income, to support at least 5 students to pursue their studies, without revealing to them as to who has supported them.

  24. Rabiya November 25, 2012

    I am very much inspired and motivated by the articles on this site. these have provided me with a vast knowlege how to improve my self to be a good muslim. i have set my goals
    1. i will learn quran with all my heart and soul this year.
    2. Will improve my knowledge regarding islam.
    3. will do at least one good deed everyday and will refrain from TV, music and every thing that will drive me away from right path.

  25. farina December 26, 2012

    marsha Allah this artical was really inspiring . It tought me exactly how to do muhasa… better start our hisaab now before it is too late . Will we get another day allahu aalam.
    my goals (insha Allah) 1.To try and learn the meanings and understand the quran as much as I can and teaching others what I learnt and understood from the Quran. memorising at least 25 suras or more.
    2.Not to waste my time just talking useless things sp on the telephone . To say as much of zikr as possible when ever I am working. To av0id backbiting and listening to gossip.
    3 Read more hadiths and try to practice then in my life and teach my children and family at least one hadith a week. to fast as manyof mymy qadha fasts

  26. துல்கருணை May 4, 2013

    தமிழ் மொழிபெயர்ப்பு சரியாக இல்லை

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