Before I begin, I would like to confess that I am a striving Muslimah myself like anyone of you. Therefore all these reminders are for me and you both.
I pray to Allah (swt) that we all become firm in our faith, steadfast on the straight path and gain the reward as promised by Him.
1. Gain knowledge
Being a mother, wife, daughter and a homemaker, all at the same time is not that easy as we all know. But as a Muslimah we have a responsibility towards our Deen. Serving our Deen is the basic purpose of our life. In this regard, seeking knowledge takes the first position. Without knowledge, we won’t know what to do and how to do for the sake of Allah (swt).
The Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” (at-Tirmidhi)
2. Learn It, Be it!
Whatever we learn or understand, whether it is a verse of the Quran, a Hadeeth or any Dua, we should make sure that we start applying it in our daily life.
Once we start observing them, they become a part of our habit and eventually our character.
3. Get smart via smart phones
The big question is how to manage time for learning while juggling between household chores, kids and other responsibilities.
Almost all of us own smart phones and there are lots of beneficial apps available from which we can benefit. Listening to Islamic lectures widens our thoughts and hearts. Play them while cleaning, cooking, nursing your baby etc. so that you use your time in a productive way.
4. Some verses a day keep the devil away!
Use some time of the day, especially when the kids are sleeping, to go through the verses of the Quran so that we are able to concentrate more.
5. Sharing is gaining
We are obliged to share the knowledge Allah (swt) has provided us with, which has become very much easier in this age of technology. We can adopt our own ways to share what we learn. But, not to forget, every small deed should start from home. We should never consider ourselves superior to the other.
6. Serving the family
Doing even the smallest chores at home with the intention of seeking Allah (swt) pleasure will make them fruitful, even making a cup of tea for your hubby.
7. Long-lasting impression on the little brains
Use your creativity to instil Islamic values into the little minds of your children. Simply remind them that their family, toys, dresses are all signs of Allah’s (swt) love, this can be understood even by a toddler.
To conclude, living a life as a productive Muslimah or at least trying to be one, will remind people around you about Islam and it might benefit them as well. All our actions are solely based on our intention as per Hadeeth. Therefore we should strive for good only to please Allah (swt) alone. Keeping our hearts, as clean as possible, is a quality of a Muslimah for “Allah (swt) does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.” (Muslim)
In the end, don’t forget to keep making Dua, not just for yourself but for others as well.