Like my 90-year-old grandmother always says, “Getting younger day by day!” The daily grind causes every Muslim mom to creak and crack, or ding and bang into things which cause bruises, cuts, scrapes, and scars. You’d think with every new year, we’d be able to walk better than our toddlers and prevent more mishaps. However, if you’re anything like me; my fast moving pace causes me to only find new bruises, cuts, or scars only after the fact like in the shower or in bed, and I notice, “Wow! That’s why I hurt there earlier today…”
These are all signs of our mortality, reminders that life is ever so short. Rather than whine about and dwell upon this inevitable truth of aging, we should focus on life’s blessings. With every pain in our body, we can recall that Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala tests those He loves most. Therefore, we should always be grateful that we are alive as true believers of our One Creator.
So, with every burn while cooking, say, “Alhamdulillah!” remembering that it’s only your finger, not your body or house.
When you sprain an ankle while keeping up with your kids, say, “Alhamdulillah!” that you didn’t break it and know that you’re still keeping up with your kids.
And, if you’re so fortunate to have your knee give out just by pushing the grocery cart (like me…urgh!), say “Alhamdulillah!” and chuckle with me here:
Without even knowing me, the Urgent Care doctor said to my daughter and I, “Now tell your husband this happened because you’re TOO active, NOT because you’re getting old!” My daughter laughed as I quickly replied, “You must be a mom,” to which she quickly said, “Yes. Now, demand some rest!”
Point is: with every headache, back pain, tight joint, bleeding cut, just follow the sunnah of our beloved Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam by placing your hand where you feel pain and say three times:
Bismillah, In the Name of Allah.
I seek refuge in Allah and in His Power from the evil of what I find and of what I guard against. [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and others]
May we always be mindful of our mortality and grateful for bodily pain, for there’s always something that can be worse. Ameen!
Now, off to my Jumper’s Knee exercises…
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