As busy mums with young kids, we sometimes feel as if we don’t have the time to do as much ibadah as others do, or that the constant interruptions of our children take away our concentration and make us feel as though we are not deriving the best from our Ramadan. Well, don’t despair dear mothers, Allah Knows our intentions and he has Mercy on the mother. I came across a lovely post by a mother who explains this in a most beautiful way. Enjoy.
A Note to Myself…
This Ramadhan…I must Remember that:
When I get down into Sajda and the kids giddy up on me, I must remember, Allah is Al-Haleem (The Forbearing). Maybe it’s more about building perseverance than just performing prostrations
When my energy levels run dry and the kids push all the buttons, I must remember, Allah is Ar Rahman (The Merciful). Maybe it’s more about showing compassion than preaching independence.
When I’m about to break the long fast, and little summons of ‘wash me!’ rise from the bathroom, I must remember that Allah is Al Kareem (The Most Generous). Maybe, (undeservingly), He is giving away a huge piece of Jannat in exchange for a tiny morsel of food
When I can finally sit peacefully on my prayer mat at night to connect with Him but they won’t fall asleep, I must remember, Allah is Al-Qadir (The Omnipotent) . Maybe He only wants to see my one hand raised in prayer while the other rocks His little creature to sleep.
When at the parking lot, after a hectic food shop, they won’t sit and buckle up, I must remember, Allah is Al-Baseet (The Expander). Maybe He’s advancing me to the next level of fasting, which is much more than refraining from just food and drink.
When I want to shut down, do nothing because I’m exhausted, hungry and thirsty but all they want to do is play, I must remember, Allah is Al-Mu’id (The Restorer). Maybe He wants to restore my energy, through laughter, love and making others happy.
When feeling thirsty, my kids insist on going to the park on a hot sunny day, I must remember, Allah is Al-Gafur (The Forgiving). Maybe He will forgive more sins for cheering climbs and pushing swing seats.
When all the mess and untidiness makes me want to explode, I must remember, Allah is As-Sabur (The Patient one). Maybe, I need to count the times I have messed up, to realise how lucky I am that HE is always willing to forgive.
When all my efforts and hard work go unnoticed with loved ones, I must remember, Allah is (The Bestower). Maybe its about feeling ashamed of my ungratefulness for His continuous and countless blessings.
When I feel compelled to use my power and dominion as an advantage over HIS Amanah, I must must remember, Allah is Al-Haseeb (The Reckoner) and not just maybe but CERTAINLY, there is no escape from HIS displeasure and reckoning.
May we all have the opportunity to embrace an upliftingly spiritual Ramadan, InshAllah!
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.