What we saw as just activities, outings, dinner time, lunch prep, homework, madresa etc.- it all required ton of energy and commitment from our parents to fulfill these duties.
Giving birth is easy. Its raising the child that's hard.
If we truly want to make an impact on our children by guiding them to success in both Deen and Dunya, we have to invest the time. Being a parent is super difficult some days.
We have to be:
- Available (present, in the moment)
- Fully committed
- Be involved
- Be patient
Now this doesn't mean that we have to commit all our waking hours to our children. Its about the time during which we are present, to be 100% invested. Being aware of what we are teaching or doing. As it will all come back to us one day.
This example of raising children is helpful in understanding our purpose here.
The title of "Muslim" is not enough. Sitting back and doing the bare minimum will give us the same minimal results.
If we commit some time daily towards learning and applying the knowledge of Islam to our life. Imagine the results.
Daily prayers is like feeding ourselves and children, it nourishes us and is required. Some ways we can commit more effort to deen:
- Learn from online lectures on different topics (life of the Prophet PBUH, etc)
- Learn Quran with tajweed (I didn't realize how many adults do this, I hope to start it some day iA)
- Recite Quran for 15 mins
- Give charity or help someone
This concept applies to everything in life. Marriage, children, job, business, health & most importantly: our faith.
Notes from: "Everything comes from Allah" by Shaykh Hussein Abdul Sattar