Asalamualaykum & Good Morning Dear Moms,
Sometimes waking up is the hardest task of my day. Many of you may share this feeling with me, especially if recent events in the world and in your life are bringing you down. If you can change those events then by all means go ahead. But if you can’t, than that’s okay too. You can instead change your thoughts; how you feel within, and what you choose to fill in your heart so that you can carry out your day with as much peace as possible despite the chaos. And many times that is the answer, because you understand as a Muslim that following verse for the Holy Book,
With my closed eyes I whisper to myself , ‘We have reached the morning and at this very time unto Allah belongs all sovereignty…’ and or any other morning supplications.
On those days when I feel like pulling the cover over my head and pretending the sky is still an abyss of black, and the brilliant colors of dawn haven’t pierced through the clouds yet, I do the following before jolting out of my bed and into the day:
I keep my eyes shut gently and very consciously welcome myself to a mindful exercise. Not in what occurred yesterday, or in what may occur in my day ahead, but in my present moment. I don’t judge, question, or label anything that I’m feeling, whether positive or negative. I simply allow thoughts and emotions to flow into my mind, and then flow out. I then say or think the following stream of thoughts.
Today is a new day, alhamdullilah and all is the way He has decreed it to be. The sun, the trees, the rain, the wind, all are exactly the way He has placed them, in their designated spots. And they will all play out their roles according to His will. I picture myself in this gigantic Universe by first taking a deep breath, a calm breath, one that reaches the depth of my core. I notice how small I am in this Universe. I ask Him in his Greatest names to give me strength and guide my through my day. I smile because I realize that He in His Magnificence controls all, and will control all for the rest of my day(s).
I notice the space feels clear, calm, and nurtured. I allow this energy to fill the empty spaces within me, starting from the tip of my nose where I first took in the air, circulating throughout my body from head to toe, nurturing every single cell created and belonging to Him. I empty out any uneasiness, tension, fear, and I place it with Him. I ask Him for ease, balance, wisdom, and for ability to carry out my day, and to make my acts a source of worship. I ask Him to allow me to greet moments of my day with presence and peace so that even the smallest of task, the most mundane of task, has a tiny meaning, and an intention to please Him.
I am grateful for everything, and especially for the life which He gave me once again on this new morning. At this very moment I ask him to expand my heart with love, compassion and gratitude. I’ve been blessed with another day, more time, I will use this time to carry out all my roles with submissiveness and humbleness only for Him.
I have children that need me. I will cultivate this feeling in my home, and treat them with kindness. I will hold, smile, and be gentle towards them. I will allow them to feel safe and loved, just like I want to feel.
I take a few more deep breaths, very consciously choosing to fill any empty spaces within me with purpose, direction, and a few seconds later I exhale releasing any blocks, hesitation, and fear.
I feel at peace, I feel motivated, I feel grateful. I am alive and ready Alhamdullilah.
A beautiful supplication by the Prophet (p.b.u.h), “Whoever says this when he arises in the morning, and (again) in the evening, and then dies either that day or that evening, he will enter the Garden.” -— Prophet (ﷺ)
“Oh god, you are my Lord; there is no God but you. You created me, and I am your servant. I uphold Your covenant and Your promise to the best of my ability. I seek refuge in you from the faults of my own doings. I acknowledge the blessings You have showered upon me, and I acknowledge my shortcomings. So forgive me, for indeed, none forgives sins except You.” (Sunan an-Nasā’ī, Tirmidhī, Sunan Ibn Mājah)
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ