May peace be with you!
Instead of long house-cleaning-sessions, I want to purify my soul.
Instead of preparing big meals and spending long time in the kitchen, I want to taste the sweetness of Islam by reading the holy book.
Instead of blaming myself, I want to be thankful for my God-given abilities.
Instead feeling overwhelmed, tired and burnt-out, I want to fight against the devil and his awful whispers (audhu billahi).
Instead of getting upset with too much to-dos, I want to strive for a higher spiritual level while doing things.
Instead of waiting for better days to come, I want to live the moment.
Instead of longing for more me-time, I want to cherish the gift of having children.
Instead of criticizing the kids, I want to show them the beauty of our deen (Islamic way of life).
Instead of complaining about things, I want to try to make every single deed, every chore and duty a spiritual act:
Praising Allah while hanging the laundry, fully being there while changing nappies, reciting the Holy Book while chopping the vegetables, being grateful for the life we live while sweeping the floor, cherishing the gift of having kids while spending time with them, fulfilling all these duties consciously and trying to give my best while making every single act a witness of my faith.
There is so much reward in trying to give your best in daily life, so much good in providing healthy food and a nice home for your family, in playing with children and being consciously there for them.
There is even no need to be sad about not fasting this year because the Prophet (sws) said in an authentic hadith: “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him. And nothing will be subtracted from the fasting person’s reward.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, and others)
Allahu akbar, God’s mercy is really to be found everywhere. Every deed we do as best as we are able to do is accepted as an act of worship. It is our personal attitude that makes the difference and changes the daily living and every mundane act into a prayer for Him; to gain His pleasure and to make all our living worship to Him.
These are my intentions for the second half of Ramadan, inchaallah.
And with these thoughts I wish you a blessed weekend!