Wednesday, December 03, 2014

5 Tips To Be A Productive Muslimah Homemaker

Bismillaah

As salaamu alaikum!!!

Recently I've been focusing on myself, taking some time to focus on some things that I consider important. Al Hamdulillaah it has been going well thus far. Today I want to share some tips on how to start being productive in your life.

We know as Muslimahs that time is very important and we aren't to waste it.


Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:
[1] ‘’Time wasting is more serious than death; because time wasting cuts you off from Allaah and the home of the afterlife, whereas death cuts you off from the worldly life and its people.’
Some of the people squander time and waste their time with actions even in that which is impermissible. For this reason you find some of those people who are heedless, they make the expression using the words ‘killing time’ as if (time) is an enemy!! The time is a type of wealth and what goes away from it does not return. The one who has intellect, he is the one who values his time and he is cautious from killing and squandering it.
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Translator: Abu Anas Atif Hasan
http://al-badr.net/muqolat/2670
We don't want to waste time and we want to get the most from it everyday. 
I share a lot of tips over the past here at MP and living some of the tips (I'm still learning and growing myself) I can say for sure, we a MP stamp of approval that if you do these things, and Allaah knows best, you will be on the road to being productive. In shaa Allaah. If you can't do everything, then pick one of these tips and strive everyday to be consistent with it and then add to it.
1. Make du'aa to Allaah to be productive
Islaam is beautifully and Allaah has made this religion perfect. What religion do you know covers how to use the bathroom, how to pray, how ask for forgiveness etc? So productivity is covered in this blessed deen.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْهَمِّ وَالْحُزْنِ وَالْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْبُخْلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَضَلَعِ الدَّيْنِ وَغَلَبَةِ الرِّجَالِ

‘O Allaah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’

Say this du'aa and memorize it. 
When you are fatigue from housework remember this:
It is reported on the authority of Ali that Fatima had corns in her hand because of working at the hand-mill. There had fallen to the lot of Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) some prisoners of war. She (Fatima) came to the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) but she did not find him (in the house). She met A'isha and informed her (about her hardship). When Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) came, she ( A'isha) informed him about the visit of Fatima. Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) came to them (Fitima and her family). They had gone to their beds. 'Ali further (reported): We tried to stand up (as a mark of respect) but Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Keep to your beds, and he sat amongst us and I felt coldness of his feet upon my chest. He then said: May I not direct you to something better than what you have asked for? When you go to your bed, you should recite Takbir (Allaah-o-Akbar) thirty-four times and Tasbih (Subhdn Allaah) thirty-three times and Tahmid (al-Hamdu li-Allaah) thirty-three times, and that is better than the servant for you.
(http://www.sahihmuslim.com/sps/smm/sahihmuslim.cfm?scn=dspchaptersfull&BookID=35&ChapterID=1139)
1459. `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said to me and to Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) (Ali's wife and the Prophet's daughter),

"When you go to bed, recite: Takbir (Allahu Akbar) thirty-three times and Tasbih (Subhan-Allah) thirty-three times and Tahmid (Al-hamdu lillah) thirty-three times.''

       Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "Recite Tasbih thirty-four times.''

       Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah(sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "Recite Takbir thirty-four times.''

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:  It is apparent from the difference in the narrations of this Hadith that the aggregate of the wordings has to be one hundred. For this purpose, one of these invocations should be recited thirty-four times. It will be quite in order if one recites either of the three for thirty-four times because the Ahadith on the subject say this number for any of them. In this connection two Ahadith have been mentioned by Imam An-Nawawi and the reciting of "Al-hamdu lillah'' thirty-four times occurs in An-Nasa'i. This formula of Glorification, Praise and Elevation of Allah's Name is to be recited after every obligatory Salat and before going to bed.
2. Wake up earlier then everyone in your home
It is a common statement I make over and over again, but I can say for sure that getting up early has been one of the best ways for a homemaker to be productive. Rising early and working with your hands is one of the most rewarding things we can do as women. It is a blessing to feed our families, tend/teach the children, aide the husband, and clean our homes.
If you wake up early you have a chance to get a head start on life. With seven people in my household, it would be chaotic to start my day with them. I've experience 6 people in my ear asking me 'What's for breakfast?' when I have awaken at the same time as them LOL!!!! In consequence, everyone has to wait until I get myself together before I can cook. For 6 people or are hungry, waiting is not a word they want to hear. You can also spend your early mornings learning about Islaam and studying  Arabic. 
"There is full goodness and blessing in the time following Fajr prayer. The Prophet made good use of it occupy himself with the remembrance of Allah until sunrise, whereupon he would pray two rakahs. The rightly guided generations were very committed to the observance of this good sunnah [tradition]. For instance, Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah is reported by his student, Ibnul Qayyim to be in the habit of engaging in Allah's remembrance of Allah after Fajr prayer and to say: "Verily there is in the Dunya [this world] a garden the shunner of which will not enter Paradise in the Hereafter". By this he means that the pleasure of the communion with Allaah through remembrance cannot be compared with all the pleasures of this world put together. He, may Allaah bless his soul, is also reported as saying: "This is my main sustenance; if I fail to have enough of it I will lose my vital energy" (2).
The time following Fajr prayer is full of goodness and blessings. At-Tirmidhee narrated upon the authority of Al Ghamdi that the Prophet said: "O Allah bless my Ummah in its early rising!" and whenever he dispatched an expedition or army he sent them early at the beginning of the day. Sakhr was a merchant who always sent his merchandise early in morning thus, becoming wealthy (3). That is why we find the craftsmen and traders are particular about making good use of this time. Those who sleep up to the late morning have denied themselves the blessings of this early hour." 

(http://www.thenoblequran.com/sps/sp.cfmsubsecID=IBD05&articleID=IBD050001&articlePages=3)

3. Eliminate Distractions 
There is a time and place for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Gmail. There is a time and a place for your girlfriends who want to call, go out, and visit. Get to know those times and used them! If you leave the door open to have visitors over, frequent phone calls, Facebook messaging, and no boundaries, then you may have an issue with non priorities steeping into times where priorities should come first.
Imam Ibn KathirTafsir Ibn Katheer (Abridged) Volume 9
© Darussalam 2000
“Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children.  (It is) like a rain (Ghayth), thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw.  But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment, and (there is) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure.  And the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment.” [57:20]
Allah the Exalted degrades the significance of this life and belittles it by saying,
“that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children.”
Meaning, this is the significance of this life to its people, just as He said in another Ayah,
“Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women, children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land.  This is the pleasure of the present world’s life; but Allah has the excellent return with Him.” ( 3:14 )
4. Make your intentions to be productive
Before you set out on your adventure to be productive. Make your intentions!
The Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "People will be gathered upon their intentions"[Ibn Maajah, Saheeh al-Jaami no.7898] "Mankind will be resurrected upon their intentions"[Muslim]

"Verily those slain on the battlefield will be resurrected upon their intentions" [ibn Abee ad-Dunya]

"For the ones whose concern is this world Allaah will scatter his affair, and place poverty between his two eyes. And he will not get from the world except what is written for him. And for the one whose intention is the hereafter Allaah will gather for him his affair and place contentment in his heart, and the world will come to him willingly" [ibn Maajah, Saheeh al-Jaami no.6386]

And Yahya bin Abu Katheer said, "Learn your intention for it is more serious than the action."Zayd ash-Shaamee said, "verily I like that I have an intention for everything even if it be eating and drinking"

And he also said, "have intention for everything, desiring the good, even if it be leaving for the toilet"
Sufyaan ath-Thawree said, "I have not treated anything more difficult then my intention, because it keeps changing."

Yusuf bin Asbaat said, "purifying the intention from its corruption is harder upon the workers than long striving (i.e. in their work)"
Ibn al-Mubaarak said, "maybe a small action is made great by its intention, and maybe a great action is made small by its intention"
(http://www.thenoblequran.com/sps/sp.cfm?subsecID=TZK01&articleID=TZK010005&articlePages=4) 

5. Make a routine & schedule that works for you!!!!

You gotta know how your own life works by now. Its time to use your smarts and design a schedule/routine that works best for you and your family. You can maximize benefit In shaa Allaah when you work with what you got and what you know!!! In shaa Allaah

Everyone has their own family and their own thing going on. So while its ok to take a chapter out of someone else book, just don't forget what works for them may not work for you!! So don't get bent out of shape if things may not go as planned. Also learn to say no to "extra" things that may throw you off your schedule for now, or at least until you design a schedule that helps you get your life in order.

Baraka Allaahu Feekum for reading!!! Have a beautiful day In shaa Allaah


3 comments:

  1. JAZAKALLAH khair ahsanul jazaa for such an inspiring post. I really love and enjoy your posts. Unfortunately I don't comment as much as I would like to. I do find my motivation from your blog. You go Girl :-D

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    1. Bismillaah

      Awwwwwwww thanks Aameen waiyyak!!!! This put a smile on my face

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  2. AsSalaamualaikum,
    MashaAllah loved the advice...such an inspiration as usual ��

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