A positive affirmation is a statement that increases your hope and inner strength. Positive self-talk improves your attitude and actions.
By Sheima Salam Sumer
Here are 26 Islamic affirmations:
1. I call on God whenever I need His guidance.
“And your Lord said, ‘Call on Me, I will respond to you.’” (Holy Quran 40:60)
2. I take responsibility for my life.
“A human being can have nothing but what he strives for.” (53:39)
3.Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I keep it simple.
“And they have been commanded no more than this: To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practice regular charity; and that is the Religion, Right and Straight.” (98:5)
4.I remember that my life purpose is to worship God.
“I created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me.” (51:56)
5.I hope in God’s mercy.
“My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.”(39:53)
6. I turn to God first.
“It is You we worship, and You we ask for help.”(1:5)
7. I love my Prophet (pbuh).
“Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O you who believe! Send you blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” (33:56)
8.I remember God as much as possible.
“Remember your Lord morning and evening, deep in your heart with humility and with fear; and also in a low voice; do not be of those who are heedless.” (7:205)
9.When I want to change my life, I change myself first.
“…Surely Allah does not change the conditions in which a people are in until they change that which is in themselves…” (13:11)
10.Tests are a normal part of life. I am patient when they come.
“You shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves, and you shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if you persevere patiently and guard against evil then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.” (3:186)
11.I am always thankful to God.
“…Remember Me. I will remember you. Be grateful to Me and never show Me ingratitude.” (2:152)
12.God gives me more when I am thankful.
“If you give thanks, I will give you more…” (14:7)
13.I use my reason.
“It is He Who has created you from dust; then from a sperm-drop; then from a leech-like clot; then does He get you out as a child; then lets you (grow and) reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old though of you there are some who die before and lets you reach a Term appointed; in order that you may use your reason.” (40:67)
14. Every night I think of three things I am thankful for.
“…If you count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to number them…” (14:34)
15. I seek God’s help with patience and prayer.
“Nay, seek (Allah’s) help with patience and prayer: and most surely it is a hard thing except for the humble ones.” (2:45)
16.God emphasizes His Mercy more than any other attribute.
Every chapter (except one) in the Quran begins with “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.”
The Prophet said, “When God decided (to create) a creation, He wrote a writing which is with Him upon His Throne, namely, “Verily, My mercy has overtaken My wrath.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
17. I avoid quarrelling.
“And obey Allah and His Messenger and do not quarrel, for then you will be weak in hearts and your power will depart, and be patient; surely Allah is with the patient.” (8:46)
18.My hardships are there to bring me closer to God.
“Allah does not want difficulty for you, but He wants to purify you, and to complete His favour upon you, that you may be grateful.” (end of verse 5:6)
19. I prioritize the next world.
“So as for he who transgressed, and preferred the life of this world, then indeed hellfire will be his refuge.” (79: 37-39)
20.Truly I am of the believers.
“Who is better in speech than the one who summons people unto God, and performed a good deed and says, ‘Truly I am of the believers.’” (41:33)
21.I remember God’s grace.
The Prophet said: “Whosoever intends to do a good deed but does not do it, Allah records it with Himself as a complete good deed; but if he intends it and does it, Allah records it with Himself as ten good deeds, up to seven hundred times, or more than that. But if he intends to do an evil deed and does not do it, Allah records it with Himself as a complete good deed; but if he intends it and does it, Allah records it down as one single evil deed.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
22. When I turn to God, He turns to me.
The Prophet said: “God says: ‘I am to my servant as he expects of Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in his heart, I remember him to Myself, and if he remembers Mein an assembly, I mention him in an assembly better than his, and if he draws nearer to Me a hand’s span, I draw nearer to him an arm’s length, and if he draws nearer to Me an arm’s length, I draw nearer to him a fathom length, and if he comes to Me walking, I rush to him at (great) speed.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
23. Gratitude and patience are my predominant states of being.
The Prophet said: “How excellent the affairs of the believer! His affair, all of it, is good for him, and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If prosperity comes to him, he is thankful, and if adversity falls on him, he perseveres patiently. So it is all good for him.” (Muslim, Ahmad)
24. I take my precautions and rely on God.
A man said to the Prophet, “Should I tie up the legs of my camel and then rely upon God, or should I leave it free, and then rely upon God to take care of it?” The Prophet said, “Tie up its legs, and then rely upon God.” (Tirmidthi)
25. Whenever I feel dissatisfied, I look at those with less.
The Prophet said: “When one of you sees another who is superior to him in point of wealth and creation, let him look to him who is below him. That is more proper that you hold not in contempt the favor of God towards you” (recorded in Bukhari and Muslim).
26. I speak only good.
The Prophet said:“Whoso believes in God and the Last Day, let him speak good, or keep silent.” (Bukhari, Tirmidhi)
(This is a modified version of an article that originally appeared in Quranacademy.io)