Title of this post was inspired by a sister who mentioned “istighfar marathon” on the last day of Rejab a few days ago, that got kinda stuck on me hehe.
So I was inspired by some sisters in a book club who were working towards their goal of 70k istighfar for the previous month of Rejab which had just left and now in this month of Syaaban the aim is also 70k, of selawat.
Not sure about you but I tend to turn the other way seeing huge numbers like that, it seems impossible at first glance. I mean it’s like thousands guys.. But when she broke it down it’s actually 2k per day, which is still a huge number but what really got me was how she explained that the numbers are just goals. It’s good if you can reach it but what really matters is the effort! The effort to incorporate dhikr into your everyday and the fact that you don’t need to wait for a specific time to do it, makes it doable! So you can do it before starting work/study, after every fard prayer, while cooking, while waiting and so on. And she said that it has had a positive effect on her and she feels the difference.
Personally I’m not aiming for 2k per day(not yet at least) because I know myself. I can’t push myself towards lofty goals if I don’t start small and gradually and consistently build the habit. So I invite myself first, and invite you to build this daily habit of dhikr so insyaAllah it’ll strengthen with the dawn of Ramadhan and that it will continue even after. 30, 50, 100, 200? Bismillah!