In life, we have to make decision, from small things to the big one with much consideration. But often we can’t stretch the time to think longer and decision should be made quickly. Upon making a quick or early decision, is it possible not to it in a rush? Surely, it is.
Here are some effective tips to make decision earlier in Islam.
- Think Before You Decide
Why many people often regret the decision they have made? It’s because they don’t really think before decide on something. Making decision as early as possible is important, but to think about it carefully is more important. By thinking, you have done a thorough analysis, drawing possibilities, and brainstorm yourself. Don’t forget to consider the implications of your decision. Also read Ways to Make Good Decisions in Islam
- Do Research and Ask Around
As if thinking is not enough, you will be doubting whether your decision is right. It’s alright to have many questions arise after that. If you’re not convinced enough you can always do your research or ask around to more experienced people.
Upon listening to others’ opinion, you’ll be either more convinced or find a better solution.
- Pray to Allah SWT
Involve Allah SWT in every business and it will go well. Don’t forget to make dua to Allah SWT so that you won’t fall into the wrong direction. Make dua after Salah, make dua every time you are in doubt. Allah’s helping hand will always be there. Also read Law of Necessity in Islam
- Put Into Action
After doing everything necessary, now come the real deal. You have to put into action under the guidance of Allah SWT. Now that you have come into a decision, quickly act upon it before the evil whisper of Shaytan reaches you and put you in doubt once again.
- Make Decision Only When You’re Calmed Down
Upon making an early decision, one may do it in a rush and extreme feeling. Both condition won’t make a good decision. Decision making is a stressful process which can be more difficult with the fog of emotion to blur it. Make sure that you have calmed down when you make a decision. Also read How to Avoid Getting Angry in Islam
- Consider All Possibility
Before coming down into one final decision, there must be several options. Instead of considering others to be not right, weigh all the possibility. Narrow the choices into top three that you think make sense the most. After that, it will be easier for you to pick one as the best.
- Trust Your Intuition
There is a thing called intuition or gut feeling. Upon deciding about something important, follow what your intuition tells you. When you’re in doubt, gut feeling can read the situation better. Also read How to Make a Good Decision in Islam
Follow your intuition is best rather than letting your heart takes the lead. You can’t trust your heart which easily blinded by emotion. Depending on your heart while making crucial decision is like driving with your eyes blindfolded.
- Look at the Bigger Picture
Even if you have tried your best so that your decision is not rushed, you always have the tendencies when you make an early decision. However, you have to be visionary upon deciding something. It must have a positive purpose in the future. Avoid making decision which clashed with your belief, serving unjust to the society, or lack of meaning.
- Ask for Allah’s Guidance
“O Allah! I ask guidance from Your knowledge, And Power from Your Might and I ask for Your great blessings. You are capable and I am not. You know and I do not and You know the unseen. O Allah! If You know that this is good for my religion and my subsistence and in my Hereafter, then You ordain it for me and make it easy for me to get, And then bless me in it, and if You know that this is harmful to me in my religion and subsistence and in the Hereafter, then keep it away from me and let me be away from it. And ordain for me whatever is good for me, and make me satisfied with it”. The Prophet added that then the person should name his need”. (Bukhari)
In every step of your life, don’t forget to look for Allah’s guidance. It also applied when you’re about to make a decision so that you can minimize the error. Also read Tips to Getting Closer to Quran
- Keep Remembrance of Allah SWT
Always keep your mind occupied by Allah SWT. Remember Him through dhikr, every morning and evening. Ibn al Qayyim has said that dhikr holds numerous benefit such as erasing hardships, sadness, anxiety.
“Believers, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening.” (33: 41)
- Avoid Negative Thoughts
Setting your mind right is important when you make a decision. Calm your heart first and be assured that you’re about to make a right decision. Erase all the hesitation and negative thoughts from your head. Also read How to Avoid Negative Thoughts in Islam
- Start It with Bismillah
Here is the last but not least. Don’t forget to say bismillah before you act. Bisnillah has its own miracle, in which Allah SWT will provide you with shelter, and protection from danger. You should make this one a habit
“Then I will come upon them from the front and from the rear, and from their right and from their left. And You will not find most of them thankful.” (7:17)
So those are the effective tips to make decision earlier in Islam. The most important thing you should remember is that making decision early doesn’t mean it has to be rushed. Considering everything carefully help you to make a good decision which you won’t regret later.