Dear sis’ I pray this finds you well. I think it’s time for some real talk!
I am noticing too many of my sisters being distracted away from Qur’an and we can’t have that dear sister because our relationship with the Book of Allah is a VITAL ONE!!! Qur’an is not a hobby nor something we do when we are free. Shaytan is having way too much of a good time distracting us away and whispering to us that we should do everything but open Al Qur’an daily, yes my dear daily!!!
In illness and cure, Sh. Ibnul Qayyim Rahimahullah, goes in depth about the devious plots of our worst enemy and I feel as if we have been making things too easy for Iblis. I seek refuge in ﷲ against him, the accursed devil.
This is a reminder to myself and to you dear sister that we are in this noble mission of getting closer to Allah ﷻ via His Book. As Insaan we forget quickly, so keep a visual of this goal around you, on your phone, as a screen saver, in your planner, calendar etc.. and make a strong plan for it (click here to book a planning coaching session if you need some assistance with this).
When you have a plan and know what truly matters to you, it is easier to recognize when you are distracted away from that plan.
For Ex: if teaching your kids the Deen is very important to you but when you audit your time, you realize that very little time is allocated to it, it is easier for you to then readjust your time table to allocate more time to the goal of teaching your kids. If however, you are unaware of what truly matters to you, and are unaware of how distracted you are, your life goes by with your precious time allocated to things that you don’t really care about.
So the question we can all ask ourselves every now and then (even planner addicts like myself 😬) is: “Am I living according to what matters to me? If this was my last year, is my time spent in line with my aspirations and values?”
Distraction for me is anything that takes me away from spending time on what I truly want to do. So going on a walk with my loved one is not a distraction, staying a bit more in bed to rest because I feel I need to is not a distraction, checking on my sister in faith is not a distraction, spending time studying my Qur’an, teaching others, listening to lectures about Qur’an are all in line with my goals and values and I make sure that there is a specific time allocated for those in my planner. However, watching hours of TV or Netflix and mindlessly browsing the net are definitely distractions in my book.
The point here is to be intentional about your time and not allow others to lure you in their agenda which results in you following their plans while denying yourself that which will truly benefit your life in this world and the next.
The next thing you know, no time was spent actively learning the deen, no time spent on reading your Qur’an or doing something that would actually matter in your grave and in the Akhirah.
The scary part in this dear sister is that not only do we lose precious precious minutes that will never come back, but we also make it easy for the devil to take a seat near us. A ‘oudhou billah.
We assign an evil one as a comrade for whoever turns away from the revelations of the Lord of Mercy ( Qur’an 43:36)
Ibnul Qayyim explains the above ayah stating:
Almighty said that anyone who turns away from His remembrance, which is His Book that He revealed to His Messenger, and he averts and closes his eyes from it, and his understanding is blocked from contemplating and knowing the message of Allah, Almighty will assign a Satan for him as a punishment for his aversion from His Book. The devil will be his permanent comrade and will not part from his company whether he is at home or on journey, he becomes his ally and associate. What a wicked ally! What a wicked associate! (Illness and Cure p.132).
So if we don’t read, reflect (i.e Tadabbur), recite often the book of Allah ﷻ, then we should expect an evil companion to take a seat near us, ya Rabb. May Allah save us! Isn’t this motivation enough to recite Qur’an daily?
Look, if you have found yourself losing this battle with shaytan lately then my dear sister know that you are not alone and in shaa Allah we will help each other kick this enemy to the curve. It starts however by us first repenting to Allah and then actually making the effort to reclaim our time!
Alhamdulillah, if you are looking for coaching in this area, we do offer a coaching package on Time Management and Productivity from an Islamic Perspective at this link.
Reclaim your time now sis’! Time to do good is now, not later!
We ask Allah for Tawfeeq! Ameen!
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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has an ijazah in teaching Qur’an with Tajwid and has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂