What to do?

I met with a few ladies last night and as usual the conversation was revolving around those very same topics… food, clothes, shopping, husband, children, servants… etc and I was wondering how to divert their attention, so very imperceptibly, towards what I wanted to share with them… the significance of the days that we are witnessing… the glorious ten days of Zilhajj…

And then out of nowhere emerged this great opening as I heard one of them saying something about wudhu… in fact she was suggesting that to reduce the difficulty of salah we should try and pray as many as we can in one wudhu… And so dived right in and said well this is the ease of our religion that we don’t really have to make fresh wudhu for every salah… but I have experienced that if I pray with a fresh wudhu, it greatly affects my level of concentration and satisfaction in salah… and even otherwise wudhu washes away our sins and so the heart becomes light… also it is a means through which we brighten our faces so that our Prophet (S.A.W) will recognize us on the day of judgement…

When I saw the look of interest in their faces I told them that since it is the blessed time of the year in which Allah is extra pleased with all our good deeds, so we should try and do every act of worship with more attention, love and devotion to Allah… And in doing so our worship will become a comfort and enjoyment for us instead of a burden which we carry around with such fatigue and boredom…

One of them asked me what is so special about this time of the year and so this was my chance to tell them briefly about the ten best days of the year…

The next question was what was the specific worship of this ashra? And I told her the Hadith about increasing the zikr of la ilaha illa Allah… Allahu Akbar… and Alhamdulillah… and then of course it is recommended that we increase the quality of our salah and recitation etc… make lots of duas and give sadaqah… help others… become a beneficial member of the community…

Although in writing and reading all of this took some time but my actual talk hardly took me a couple of minutes… and then the usual conversation took over… but my task was done and I was quite happy that Allah had allowed me to share whatever best I could…

Later in the night when I was about to go to bed I recalled this short talk of mine and I felt like there was something missing in what I answered that lady about what to do in these ten days… I should have shared some details but then I didn’t want to overwhelm them…

And so I decided that I should write about it… but instead of giving you a to-do list, I would rather share with you just one thing from my own personal experience and inshaAllah I hope that it will give you many ideas to maximize your rewards and blessings in these days…

What I did was that one day before the coming of Zilhajj, I played a couple of short videos from youtube on this topic… and while I was listening I took a pen and my daily journal and began making a planner right on the spot… this was very effective because when In the past I used to just listen with the intention that I will make my planner and checklist later… then that time would not come so easily because as you get busy with other things, the motivation that you get while listening to the lecture, gets lukewarm and most of the important points get erased from the memory… Another advantage of making a planner along with listening is that you will listen most attentively because your intention is to make a commitment with it…

So even if you have not done it before, I urge you not to waste the remaining days… because as my teacher says: if you fail to plan then you plan to fail…

So give shaitan a kick and a punch… and start planning for a most productive week ahead… the effort is just in taking the first step… Allah’s blessing and mercy will come like rain…

May Allah help us all to achieve the true faith and love of Him… which is the best blessing anyone can ever have in this world… ameen

 

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