“Don’t we need time and space to sit for a few minutes so that we can get close to Allah? Sometimes I just barely have time to make my salaah before getting back to work!”
I know how you feel and you’re not the only person to have this thought float to the surface and then you feel bad because, really, shouldn’t you be finding time to get close to Allah? Well, recognising that you need to, and want to, get closer to Allah(SWT) is already a first step which you will get rewarded for insha’Allah. May Allah (SWT) reward you for clicking on whatever link you did because this topic resonated with you, and believe me, you are not alone.
First, recognise that our ibaadah is not limited to the 5 pillars of Islam alone. Yes, they are important and we have to tend to these first, but… our entire lives as Muslims can be ibaadah should we make the correct intention. For example, “Oh Allah, I am going to work today so that I can earn Halal income in order to take care of my family as is your command.” or some variation of that… you’ve just turned your work commute into ibaadah, you get rewarded for sitting on a train and reading your book, listening to your podcast, or whatever… AND its a small step to getting closer to Allah(SWT)!
How absolutely awesome is this?!? Think about the implications, our entire lives can become ibaadah, one big swirling journey to Allah(SWT). Alhamdulillah. This isn’t easy, however, this takes a mix of will and mindfulness. We are already stuck in our day-to-day habits where we just go through the motions and are unaware of life around us and more importantly, what it means and how it affects us. So take time, one little piece of life at a time. Choose it, reframe it with your intention and try to live it that way every day. Remember that Allah (SWT) loves the smaller actions that are done consistently more than the big grand gestured which are done only once.
After this hard work, you will see little aspects of your life change as well because of the barakah your actions will bring. You will see Allah (SWT) in every day little things when you pay attention to it. you will see His hand in your daily life. I have seen this my self and I realised that it’s just little things where you see the sign of Allah(SWT) and it might be something very mundane but you get this feeling and realise that what you’re looking at has a very special message for you and you alone. It’s hard to describe, but trust me… follow what I’ve mentioned above and insha’Allah you will see for your self.
The main message here is that you should turn your daily life into one where you are constantly aware of Allah(SWT), this will change your perspective which will lead to your actions changing and insha’Allah your life in this world will only change for the better and in turn build your Aakhirah as well.
May Allah(SWT) guide us all to the path which gets us closer to Him.