Involve Islam in Your Work Life
Here are a few tips on how we can practically do so.
Being busy at work all day sipping coffees and typing away on the computer doesn’t mean we should forget our Great Lord, Allah (glorified and exalted be He). There are many ways we can remember Allah (glorified and exalted be He) while at work:
a) Be Sure To Read Salah at Work: Prayer is the perfect break for your mind and soul, allowing you to praise Allah (glorified and exalted be He) while relaxing yourself as well. Faith takes priority over work: don’t let work ever become an excuse to miss Salah!
b) Read Islamic Books While Commuting Or During Lunch: This helps you gain Islamic knowledge instead of being involved with work 24/7. If you are not a big fan of reading, pick up a nasheed CD and pop it in your stereo in the car or listen on your iPod.
c) Involve Yourself In Charitable Activities: This doesn’t necessarily have to be financial, even helping someone will count. Not only will you be helping out people in greater need than yourself, but you will also be pleasing Allah (glorified and exalted be He).
Involve Islam in Your Family Life
We all have an endless list of things to do after we return home from work, including cooking, cleaning and looking after the children. However, it is possible to incorporate “deen building” into all these activities:
a) Read Quran Together: Take time out every now and then to reflect on the Glorious Qur’an with your family. Even if it’s only 20 minutes a day, it is definitely worth doing this together!
b) Watch Islamic Lectures Together: YouTube is such a big phenomenon these days and it’s great for us Muslims too. The number of interesting Islamic lectures available are endless, so get on the Internet and have a look. You can even keep on in the background while doing the cooking.
c) Prepare Meals Together: Why should you have to cook alone? Try and get your children and husband involved! Not only will the meals be prepared quicker, but you can also discuss your day with each other. Especially in Ramadan, preparing Iftar together can allow you to reflect on the fast that you are undertaking collectively.
With the help of Allah (glorified and exalted be He) and the examples of the greatest women of Islam before you, it is possible to balance your family life, work and deen even if you are a woman in this busy modern age. Don’t give up and become overwhelmed by just one aspect in your life. Prioritize your roles and keep giving your best knowing that Allah (glorified and exalted be He) will always be there for you!
Your sister in Islam