Salah (prayers) are the second pillar of Islam. It comes before Saum (fasting).
It's OBLIGATORY on all Muslims and your saum is incomplete without Salah!
-Pray 5 times a day understanding its importance and realizing that it is God you are standing in front of!
Looking at a na-mehram (any person with whom marriage is allowed in Islam) is NOT allowed!
A Muslim should lower his/her gaze at all times
* Eye contact with na-mahrams
* Staring at the pictures in newspapers/magazines
* TV - we stare at the TV without realizing that we are being sinful for every na-mahram that comes on the screen.
It is said that if a person sees a na-mahram and lowers his/her gaze immediately from the fear of Allah, his rewards are plenty with his Lord!!
INSTEAD-read Quran/observe nature and say Subhaan Allah!(All praise to Allah)
Each flower/tree or leaf that you look at and praise Allah (say SubhanAllah) on the day of judgment that flower/tree or leaf will speak in your favor and say this human looked at me and praised You!
Quit music or try refraining from it
Narated By Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari : That he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful." - [Sahih Bukhari Vol.7, Book 69, #494B]
INSTEAD: switch to
*Dars e Quran
*Recitation of Quran
*CD's of Islamic lectures etc
Back biting is considered more sinful and worse than Adultery!!!
So if you think that talking on the phone or meeting friends might result in back biting then avoid it.
*Avoid talking to NaMehrams unnecessarily e.g. talking to classmates or on the phone etc
Talking to na Mehrams (unless if it is very important), is NOT allowed.
*Abusive language: When you abuse some one it doesn't harm him, it just adds to your sins!
God hates people who abuse, so don't use it even if you don't mean it!
*Be VERY careful how you use your tongue, hurting some one with your words, is DEEPER and STRONGER than physical pain!
INSTEAD: Tell people about Islam.
It is obligatory on us to spread the word of Allah, as we are the Ummah of the last Prophet.
Don't get into fights, stay away and if you get into one and loose your temper, practice patience (sabr) and walk away.
Narated By Abu Huraira : The Prophet said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink ( i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)" – [Sahih Bukhari, Vol.3, Book 31, #127]
People will probably think you're a coward, but God thinks you're a lion!
Choose: Unworthy selfish people or Ever-Loving and Forgiving God?
And for God's sake don't go around shaking hands with na-Mahrams!
Don't Waste Time
Try and cash every moment by doing Dhikr.