Prioritising Our Ibadah (worship): A holy gesture
Among our plans, schedules and to-do lists, how often do we make time for our most important duty – Ibadah (worship)? We remember to go to work, to buy groceries and to attend appointments, but how often do we remember our Ibadah?
We should try to make sure to not dedicate ourselves too much to matters of this temporary life, so as to devote more time to what will benefit us in the Aakhirah (Herefafter) – the eternal life.
Of course, we earn rewards for keeping Allah in our minds and setting intentions to please Him as we go about our daily duties, regardless of how simple we perceive them to be. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW said:
“Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
We should, however, remember that making time for other Ibadah, such as praying (including optional prayers), zhikr (remembrance of Allah) and reciting Qur’an are all very important for us.
We should remind ourselves about the reward for making time for the many types of Ibadah, whether it means going about our daily tasks whilst having the intention to please our Lord, or whether we spend time reciting the Qur’an. For example, we know about the reward for reciting the Qur’an. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“Whoever recites ten Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand Ayahs (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Abu Dawood)
Perhaps merely keeping mental notes and reminders about Ibadah is not something that works for us. Thus, we should set up a system in which we are more wary of Ibadah and it’s importance.
For the aspects of our lives that we take care of with great attention and focus, we may fear that not noting them down as reminders on our phones or notebooks will cause us to forget about them. We fear that the consequences of forgetting about them will be serious, such as in the case of an important work meeting.
When we reflect on this, we realise that by putting our Ibadah on our list, we are much more likely to remember to do it. Of course, in reality, our Ibadah is more vital for us to do than any task on our list.
Prioritising and spending time on our Ibadah does not mean that the other tasks we have to do will become harder. Conversely, it will actually make the tasks of our daily lives easier, as we will be making our remembrance of our Lord our priority, He who decides for the outcome of our lives. We are never in control of the ease of our tasks, or the completion of them – this is up to our Lord.
Making time for our Ibadah will consequently make us feel less stressed about the tasks of our daily lives, because we understand in our hearts and minds that Allah is in charge of everything. We focus on Him and put our trust completely in Him – not in anything, or anyone else.