Allah, the Almighty Lord, addresses Muslims thus:
“O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.”Surah al Hashr 59:18
Umar Ibn al-Khattab (R.A) is authentically reported to have said:
حاسبوا أنفسكم قبل أن تحاسبوا، وزنوها قبل أن توزنوا، فإن أهون عليكم في الحساب غداً أن تحاسبوا أنفسكم اليوم، وتزينوا للعرض الأكبر، يومئذ تعرضون لا تخفى منكم خافية
“Hold yourself accountable before you are held accountable and weigh your deeds before they are weighed for you. It will be easy for you tomorrow (i.e. the Day of Judgement) should you evaluate yourself today, and be prepared for the great assembly on a Day when all things will be revealed and nothing will be hidden.”
Self-assessment or Self-evaluation is the act or process of judging one’s own achievements or progress. In Islamic parlance, it is called as Muhasabah or Ihtisaab.
Purpose of Self-Evaluation:
- Islah – Reformation
- Ihsan – Improvement & Excellence
- Itqan – Enhancing Quality of work to obtain the most perfect result.
Self-evaluation process trains you to advance through the stages of Islam – imaan, ihsaan, itqaan – every striving to quality for successively higher levels.
Having attained imaan, one reaches for ihsaan. Ihsaan means to continue improving performance without giving up. It is a continuous process that involves islaah of performance.
Alluding to the improvement he sought in his people, Prophet Shuayb (A.S) said to them: I seek nothing but reform.
Reform, therefore, must be the vision of a Muslim. One must work efficiently and effectively to quality for the title ‘excellent’. And excellence is not an ordinary thing nor can it be achieved by wishful thinking!
As Allah says إِنَّ سَعْيَكُمْ لَشَتَّىٰ ‘Indeed, your efforts are diverse’ and وَأَن لَّيْسَ لِلْإِنسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ ‘And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives’, I am presenting some models of Deeds Management, that is Self-evaluation sheets. It is left to individuals to strive his/her utmost to attain excellence in this world and in the Hereafter.
Remember the Promise and Declaration of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala:
وَمَنْ أَرَادَ الْآخِرَةَ وَسَعَىٰ لَهَا سَعْيَهَا وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَـٰئِكَ كَانَ سَعْيُهُم مَّشْكُورًا
“Whoever desires the Hereafter and exerts the effort due to it while he is a believer – it is those whose effort is ever appreciated [by Allah]” Surah al Israa 17:19
- SELF-ASSESSMENT SHEETS: SOME MODELS
- Model 1
- My Daily Sunnah Practices
- Model 2
- Model 3
- Model 4 (For Ramadhaan)
- Model 5 (For first 13 days of Dhul Hijjah)
- Self-evaluation Guide (External link)
- Personal Development Plan Outline (External Source – Good one)
Key Steps: Set your intentions right, make du’aa to Allah, build self-confidence, continue to do your best, evaluate your performance, try to overcome shortcomings, do better next time. Repeat the process.
Always remember this ayah:
My Success can come only from Allah. Upon Him I trust, and unto Him I turn.
Note dated 23rd Dec. 2017: This Page was previously named ‘You can Write’.