Tuesday 27 January 2009

Energy and Dhikr

Most days when it’s this cold, it’s a struggle to get out of bed and I wake up head-achey and blurry-eyed. This is the second day running though that I am getting out of bed full of energy and bursting with life. I feel like I did when I was 18 and was so skinny because of the nervous energy that would not let me sit still. My feet are tapping now and I am bouncy and happy. As usual my brain is on overdrive and the one thought that is pre-occupying me is how can I use this burst of energy? Do I just absorb it into my every day tasks? Do I do something new and special?

The hadith below comes to mind:

Narrated Ibn Abbas: Allah’s Messenger said, “There are two blessings in which many people incur loss. (They are) health and free time (for doing good).” ~Al-Bukhari

Subhan’Allah, I love that our faith offers us guidance at every turn and for every situation. This coincides with something my husband has been reading (and reading to me) from an Urdu book about some of the ulema of India. One of these pious men indicated that even if a person’s heart is not entirely in it, or they are not able to be fully attentive, they should still engage in dhikr. This cleans the heart and improves the iman, so that after some time the dhikr is done with attentiveness and concentration. The above hadith indicates that we take the blessings of health and free time for granted. The second sources indicates that time spent in the remembrance of Al-Wadud is not wasted.

In the meantime I am charging through my work, which is mostly people asking for help with their housing problems, parking tickets and litter on their roads. I have my word document open where I can write down my thoughts to blog later and the sun is shining outside. Hopefully I will have plenty of this good vibe to share with my children later.

How would you use your energy, health and spare time in the best way?

"Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task) still labor is hard, and to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention." ~Al-Quran 94:7/8

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