To start our year of Motivation, my first set of tips are geared specifically to clearing our heads, turning off the chatter, and focusing on what’s most important to us, as Muslim Moms! Only until we put the very important things at the forefront of our views, will we be able to STOP PROCRASTINATING and MAKING EXCUSES as to why we’re not being as productive as we want and therefore need motivation to complete our assigned or obliged tasks from beginning to end.
So, today’s tip is: Just Keep It Simple!
And, today we’re solely going to focus on what’s going to keep us away from hellfire: Shirk! Taking partnership or association to Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
rival: a :one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess. b : one striving for competitive advantage
And they set up rivals to Allah, to mislead (men) from His Path! Say: “Enjoy (your brief life)! But certainly, your destination is the (Hell) Fire!”
(Qur’an 14: 30)
And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else). If only, those who do wrong could see, when they will see the torment, that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is Severe in punishment.
(Qur’an 2: 165)
Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshiped).
As Muslim moms, we have a tendency to make simple things complex. We drown in the details. We let emotions consume us. We get frustrated by what’s supposed to happen, what has happened, and what is happening. We worry. We get anxious. We get flustered. Let it go! Give into the simplicities of life. For example,
If we just remember the one sin that will assure us Hellfire (shirk) then inshaAllah (God willing) we’ll be able to:
a. Be proud of ourselves, first and foremost for being Muslim!
b. Maintain our humility, be thankful to Allah for our deen, and praise Him and only Him as often as possible.
c. Stop thinking life is about all the details, emotions, events, A,B,C or X,Y,Z.
d. Acknowledge that life can and IS THIS SIMPLE! Just stay away from shirk, and I’m not talking about the haram shirk like alcohol, pork, dating; but the hidden daily extravagances that keeps us away from living a simple life for Allah and dedicated to the worship of Allah like:
- money (complaining we never have enough),
- food (desiring to have the best, most expensive, often wasteful foods in our kitchens),
- household items (getting the next best thing that only sits in a cabinet only to be used for “special occassions” once-twice a year),
- electronics (getting the newest thing when your 5-month old item works perfectly fine…who needs faster, faster, faster, anyways?)
- cars (having it much bigger then the family really needs),
- clothes (too much of it), and
- everything else we’re so caught up in “keeping with the Joneses”.
I can go on and on…but, the point is we need to “Just Keep It Simple for Allah!” Stay Away From Shirk (period).
After returning from the oppressed lands of Gaza, then the extravagance of Saudi Arabia, and moving to the glit and glam of L.A. and Hollywood down our street, my husband and I made HUGE simplicity in life strides with our girls in every single category listed above. It has made us closer to Allah, and closer to one another as a close-knit family. It forced us to really find purpose and truly define the difference between “wants” and “needs”.
Insha Allah, I want you to ponder deeply all the benefits of Keeping Life and Things in Life Simple yourself. Because it is Your personal journey that you take yourself that allows you to better your life…to Keep It Simple and Stay Motivated to please our Only One Creator, Allah.
Everything else is life can just wait, because really…NOTHING else is more important than staying away from shirk. Please share any personal discoveries you embarked upon below!
- Reflecting in Tears that Allah Knows All!
- Daily Du’a for the Busy Muslim Mom #14: Talking Less & Listening More, All for the Sake of Allah
- Don’t Be Deceived By Worldly Things. A lecture by Shaykh Zahir Mahmood
- Muslim Mommy Motivation Tip: At Least Use the 80-20 Rule
- Daily Du’a for the Busy Muslim Mom #8: Dealing with Difficult Moments…with Muslims