By Ruhaifa Adil
Allah created a woman to fulfill so many important roles. She is a source of comfort for her husband, a lap of peace for her children, and the coolness of the eyes for her parents.
However, in discharging her duties towards her family and other responsibilities, sometimes we Muslimahs feel left out from the countless means of earning more rewards that other can take advantage of. It is not always possible for us to head out to the mosque as often as we like, or work to spread the deen (religion) of Allah. Our monthly menstrual cycles also take away five to seven days of worship, leaving us with a feeling of being left out from amassing as much as we can before the Day we all stand before Allah, counting and tabulating our deeds.
But where there is a will, there is a way. Here are five special ways for every Muslimah to earn more rewards while staying at home!
Encourage your husband/ father/ sons to pray at the mosque
Even if it is not possible for you to head out to the mosque, make sure you call out and remind your husband or your father when it’s time to go for prayers. Even if the men of your family are very punctual in heading to the mosque for every prayer, make sure you remind them when its time, so that you can partake in the reward of praying in congregation!
Cooking or organizing the meal for the day is the duty of almost every woman. What could be better than to make this task a way to earn more rewards? Every day, after the meal is cooked, take out a small portion of food. Either send it to a neighbour, give it away to a poor person as you head out to pick kids from school, or let your household help take it as they head home at the end of the day. Do not let Satan ridicule you in thinking what one small meal can do to alleviate the hunger that surrounds us, neither let him fool you into planning a big food giveaway event one day and take you away from this sadaqah (voluntary charity) in the way of Allah.
3. Think of Allah
The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Allah the Exalted says: I am as my slave expects me to be, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (that is, in the assembly of angels).” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Just think of Him! As you work, clean, cook, drive, or settle down to sleep, keep Allah in your thoughts!
4. Use your spare seconds to maintain ties of kinship
Don’t let your busy schedule stop you from taking out five minutes to call and speak o your parents. Drop in a small text to your sister. Leave an email for your uncle. With the ease of smart phones, all of this can be done when we have a few seconds to spare. Use these seconds to earn unbelievable rewards that you will cherish when you stand before Allah!
“… and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of ) the wombs (kinship)…” (al-Nisa’ 4:1)
5- Say Bismillah before everything
The barakah (blessings) of Bismillah (in the name of Allah) cannot be ignored! As you get on with the mundane tasks of the day, turn each one of them into an Ibadah (act of worship) by saying Bismillah. Saying Bismillah not only adds blessings to the task but also realigns our niyah (intention) by reminding us that we begin with the name of Allah and for him. Begin with His name and turn your whole day into an Ibadah!
Ruhaifa Adil is a mother of four, a practising Muslimah, an avid reader, and a passionate writer. She works primarily as a trainer for mothers and teachers, advocating a multi sensorial, learner-centred approach, which she has learnt through her work as a remedial specialist for children with dyslexia. She is also an author of English textbooks, based on the teachings of the Quran (currently under editing), and creative director of a tafseer app for kids. Her latest project is Qutor.com, a website that helps connect Quran teachers and students.