I was able to sip my tea quietly and watch the baby play with his sock... yes a sock ;) lol alhamdulilah it's the simple things, at that young age.
I really enjoy the peace and quiet.... it is a good time to reflect and gather my thoughts before the morning picks up pace.
If you have one child or more, you learn to appreciate the 5 or 10 mins of calm and quiet moments. You also learn, your thoughts are clearer and it is good time to mend and renew your relationship with Allah.
I truly believe every parent needs that time. Whether you are up extra early, or in the middle of the day when children take a nap... there is nothing like those reflecting moments when you can connect with your Lord. No loud noise, no screaming, no movement... complete reflection.
A moment to open the Quran and read His words, and read just what we need to help increase our iman, our gratitude, and renew our hope.
A moment to put our hands together for duaa, and ask for us to have strengh, guidance, patience and ease on our days journey.
Our relationship with Allah has a lot to do with how we treat people, how we view the world, how we look at things...
Are you feeling cursed not blessed? Are you showing gratitude to Allah for what you have? “...If you are grateful, I will surely give you more....” (14th Surah, verse 7)
Are you constantly angry? Have you asked Allah to soften your heart?
Al Imran- 3:134 Those who spend [in Allâh's Cause - deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allâh loves Al-Muhsinûn (the gooddoers).
Feeling like your sins are too much? Did you ask Allah for forgiveness? do not despair, Allah is so forgiving!
Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful."
We get close moments in our daily prayers... I totally understand with children how it can be hard to focus and really connect.. but there are some things we can do about that
1.) Adab- we should teach our children the importance of prayer and learn early that when others are praying they should not be so loud :) .. they will talk sometimes and they are children, but they must use their inside prayer voice ..which is a bit lower then the inside voice
2.) Keep hands busy- Make the announcement, okay in 10 mins we are getting ready to pray so please get your coloring book, reading book, or puzzle. We truly cannot expect 100 percent of the time children can sit really still until prayer is over. I do not know about you but mine have ants in their pants lol so they must keep their hand busy. InshaAllah I will share some games children play while parents pray
3.) Misri bunch, adams world, zaky's adventures.. take your pick and the children can be engaged watching their favorite islamic show. Zaky has one on prayer that we love mashaAllah!
InshaAllah we can take advantage of those quiet moments and salat times... and get more from our moments with God