Allah sees our efforts to support our families
Many of us may become overwhelmed when we are required to deal with our own lives as well as support our families. Islam teaches us that there is a great reward for supporting our family, and it is important for us to acknowledge this so that we feel motivated to continue as we have been and not become disheartened.
When we support our families with household chores and administration tasks, not only are we gaining rewards for providing this assistance, but we are also learning skills for ourselves that we will be able to apply to our own life. It will help us to develop our knowledge of different areas of life.
Whenever we become overwhelmed and emotionally drained, we should try our best to remember that Allah sees our efforts and He will reward us for what we do.
Another important point to note is that sometimes we may end up feeling negative about taking care of our family because we may feel that we are not being able to engage in as much voluntary worship as we would like to. We should remind ourselves in these situations that indeed, it is not as if we are wasting time on mundane and unnecessary things. We are trying our best to fulfil our duties. Indeed, our Lord is with us wherever we are and knows what is in our hearts.
We should also try to keep in mind our intention for supporting and taking care of our family. When we constantly renew our intentions in our hearts and understand that our intention should be to please Allah alone, we will feel more at peace.
In particular, the time and effort we put into looking after our parents is something which helps us to achieve great rewards from Allah. When our parents feel at peace and are happy with how we are treating them, it really helps us to build on our good deeds.
Even the time that we spend in our jobs with the purpose of financially supporting our family is beneficial for us. We read in a hadith:
Narrated Abu Mas`ud Al-Ansari: The Prophet (SAW) said, “When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah’s reward it is regarded as Sadaqa for him.” (Sahih Bukhari)
In another hadith, we read:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “The best alms is that which you give when you are rich, and you should start first to support your dependants.” (Sahih Bukhari)
May Allah make it easy for us to support our families and may He reward us for our efforts. Aameen.