There are plenty of mornings all we want to do is hit the snooze button, ignore the alarm clock and roll deep inside our covers. Worse, the mornings when a baby’s cry, toddler’s scream or a teenager’s whine called the same “I don’t want to wake up” thoughts that resonates in your mind. Worst; those morning wake up calls happens 3-minutes before your scheduled alarm…”Aww, come on!” you want to join in their cries, whimpers and huff’s of pain; rather than attend to them…Ode the morning of a Muslim mom!
However, I’ll never forget how my business mentor shared the idea that hitting the snooze button is like starting your day off with a broken promise to yourself–NOT a great feeling to start your days, is it? It was great for the first week–then, one day I hit it off and totally missed an appointment from sleeping in; so I added a second alarm.
I’m thought I’m NOT going to “break MY promise to MYself”, so I started setting 2 alarms a good 9-11 minutes apart. When I anticipate much difficulties I’ll even add a third. Hubby was always used to my walking across the room snoozing and popping in my huff’s to bed; so he didn’t even notice I wasn’t “snoozing”…I was just “dismissing” multiple alarms. I know that’s not the point of my business mentor’s advice.
Then, I stopped! I “Shoo-ed Shaytan!” and said, enough is enough! I kept the 2nd alarm, and committed to waking up, not popping back into bed but popping up to get my day started. Rarely does hubby or my girls wake up before me; why would they when they have the gentle, loving tender back rubs, hand rubs and cheerful “As-salamu alaykum” melodies sung into their ears. I follow-up with incentives like, last one up is last to get X (good reward). If the pleasantries don’t work, I give the count of 3 warning or else I resort to the Sunnah of sprinkling water.
The Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam said: May Allah have mercy on a man who gets up at night and prays, and awakens his wife; if she refuses, he should sprinkle water on her face. May Allah have mercy on a woman who gets up at night and prays, and awakens her husband; if he refuses, she would sprinkle water on his face. [AbuDawood]
That usually does the job–but, still I’d prefer my pleasantries than the annoying alarms.
Yeah, yeah, I tried nasheeds as a morning alarm, what happened? Snoozed or dismissed.
As Muslim moms, we watch how hard it is to wake up dreaming of the time someone would offer the same pleasant wake up call day in and day out. Then, it hit me…
I didn’t die!
Allah subhan Allahu wa Ta’ala granted Me another glorious gift: My Life!
One more day to greet His majestic Earth, be with My unique family members, Enjoy My life to worship Him and Only Him!
What better alarm clock can there be!?
What better incentive can we ask for?
It’s of Allah’s miracles: He Woke Us Up To Our Lives!
So, dread no longer. Sing the melodies “As-salamu alaykum” up in the air for your whole family to hear as well as the angels who just watched over your restful (or restless) sleep.
Be happy, stay merry, enjoy the cheers of life.
Try it out and please report back your experience below. Did you shock your family? At the very least…insha Allah, No tired, exhausted Muslim family member would yell back at you; inshaAllah, the pleasantries will be returned with a cheery more melodious “Wa-alaykum asalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu…Mama!”
Then, Enjoy this realization Together and recite the wake up du’a
Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return.
Praise is to Allah Who gave strength to my body and returned my soul to me and permitted me to remember Him.
There is none worthy of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is Able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worthy of worship but Allah. Allah is the most Great. There is no might and and power except by Allah’s leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me.
Enjoy your wake up call!
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