"Be conscious of Allah wherever you may be; follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe (the former) out, and behave good-naturedly towards people." - Prophet Muhammad

As we move past the half-way mark of this month of reformation let's build upon the foundations we've hopefully laid so far. ⠀

Now is the time to target habits that don't serve us. We all have behaviours that almost seem hard-wired into our psyche that we wish we could replace or improve upon. Let's capitalise on this month by stripping away the unnecessary and focusing on what's truly important to us. ⠀

We've created a free one-page downloadable PDF - the Jeem Habit Maker, designed to help you break old habits and make new habits.⠀

Take some time to examine the triggers, reasons and motivations for certain behaviours and use the same technique to forge a new way forward.⠀

Join us this Ramadan to harness the energy of the holy month by nurturing beautiful Qur'anic and Prophetic characteristics. ⁣

At Jeem we believe in quality rather than quantity. Less is more: we don't plan to overwhelm; we plan to inspire.⁣

It's so easy to start the month at full pelt, only to fizzle out of energy towards the crucial final nights. It's even easier to let the awesome routines we develop during Ramadan fade away after Eid. Trust us - we've been there, done that and got the t-shirt!

With Ramadan around the corner, we're taking some time out this week to gather our thoughts, prepare a plan and set some achievable goals iA. Over the last few years we've found that time and...

OK Google! Alexa!⁣

Did you know that use of smart assistants within the home ranges from 2 to 18 commands a day?⁣

We vividly recall one of our Hajj mentors reflecting upon communication with our Creator during prayer and outside of prayer. ⁣

He saw it as a fluid environment: one where the communication continues regardless of time of day but varies in intention and intensity. ⁣

He even jokingly suggested that you could talk to Allah during your drive to work and passersby will just assume you're on a bluetooth call.⁣

As we called out to our digital device yesterday evening, the action reminded us that maybe we should call upon Allah similarly - ask anything - with expectation, with hope, with clarity...⁣
Mondays trend to bring with them a particular blend of feelings and thoughts: inevitability, gloominess, dread. ⁣

But they don't have to!⁣

Taking just 5 minutes of time out before your Monday gets going can be all it takes to reframe your day.⁣

Use those 5 minutes to consider any combination of the following ideas:⁣ 
"The cure for the pain is in the pain." - Rumi

Whilst recently on a phone call with a dear friend we discussed this quote as we talked, surrounded by so much pain. He on the brink of a devastating loss, and I, seeing more deaths in my work as a doctor in recent months than in so many previous years.⁣

In the midst of this global pandemic, with the light at the end of the tunnel seeming increasingly distant, this quote really resonated with us. ⁣

The pain we all feel, for ourselves and for each other, can be instructional and a catalyst for realisation and transformation.⁣

2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year that has pushed many of us to our limits. Cherishing what we have has never been more important. ⁣It's a perfect time to harness the power of gratitude and embed it in our daily routines. As the New Year approaches, it’s an opportunity to focus on what’s important, what perhaps needs to be more important and what can be cast aside!

A third of resolutions don’t make it beyond January. More often than not it’s because they’re not the right resolutions. So how does one make the right resolutions?

Fortunately there’s a wonderful blueprint to approaching New Year’s Resolutions to be found at the epicentre of the Islamic spiritual calendar. The Nights of Destiny in Ramadan form the chronological launchpad for many of our pledges, promises and plans to ourselves and to Allah. 

Essential to the success of the process is to focus on core areas that constitute the tapestry of our lives.

So here are seven steps to help make resolutions for 2021 that have a greater chance of sticking.

Getting the balance right

In today’s world, it’s a sign of strength to go against the grain and challenge the status quo. The temptation is to consume every form of media we are bombarded with in order to keep up or even ahead of the curve. But what impact does this unconscious behaviour have on our life goals or even our mental health?

At times, when we look at what others are putting out in the world, we can feel frustrated at our perception of what we have managed to achieve or create. Does it ever feel as though other people are more able to produce something new where you struggle? In reality, the assumption is probably unfounded. The frustration of being stuck in a rut or not being able to afford yourself time away from the desk to gain clarity of thought is a true luxury in our current era.

 "When a creative artist is fatigued it is often from too much inflow, not too much outflow.— Julia Cameron 

When we are generating new ideas, output or even the promise of something new on the horizon, our brain spends less time comparing ourselves with others and discourages us from wasting time on things that hold us back.

Try calculating your own input to output ratio and see if it affects patterns in your daily life. Be generous with what you’ve learned and be sure to pass on and teach what you have learned along the way.