There is no doubt that all of us long for being good Muslims; but how can we be so?!
It might be a big question for many of us whether how to live a life most matching with Islamic teachings and values. Some people read and read and read books and sources in search for a better answer to the question; some might go to different classes to find the answer; there are also people who seek the answer inside preaching and lecturing sessions. There are people who prefer to acknowledge the importance of thinking -as Islam says one hour of thinking can be better than 70 years of worshiping- and reflect on the question.
One cannot really pick either ways as the best as each of them can work
for some people better. But there is a simple, yet important point that
we all need to follow to achieve the abovementioned goal: whatever you
know about Islamic tasks and values, follow them; yeah, whatever... Just
If you take care of observing simple points you already know, little by
little God will teach you further things you need to know. However, that
is not all... God has also promised to help believers who observe their
tasks. Never underestimate tasks we normally do everyday as something
less important; saying prayers, fasting, not telling lies, reciting Holy Quran, not
backbiting, paying Zakat and Khoms, helping poor people, aiding orphans,
giving money in alms even in very short amount, being kind to others,
being first to greet the others, respecting the elders, avoiding
forbidden things, etc. are just a short list of things all of us know;
by simply following these things, we will inshallah enjoy further helps
from God to become better people and Muslims.
I will talk about each of these virtues and ways of improvement in near future inshallah.