Thursday, March 01, 2007

Beautiful Intention & Reminder for Mothers

...When she has her first baby, she must manage for another
life even more dependent on her personal sacrifices. By the
second, third, or fourth child, her days and nights belong
almost entirely to others. Whether she has a spiritual path or
not, such a mother can seldom resist a glance at the past, when
there were more prayers, more meanings, more spiritual company,
and more serenity. When Allah opens her understanding, she will
see that she is engaged in one of the highest forms of worship,
that of producing new believers who love and worship Allah.
She is effectively worshipping Allah for as many lifetimes she
has children, for the reward of every spiritual work her children
do will be hers, without this diminishing anything of their own
rewards: every ablution, every prayer, every Ramadan, every
hajj, and even the works her children will in turn pass on to
their offspring, and, so on till the end of time. Even if her
children do not turn out as she wishes, she shall be requited in
paradise forever according to her intention in raising them,
which was that they should be godly.
Aside from the tremendous reward, within the path itself it is
noticeable that many of those who benefit most from khalwa or
"solitary retreat of dhikr" are women who have raised children.
With only a little daily dhikr and worship over the years, but
much toil and sacrifice for others, they surpass many a younger
person who has had more free time, effort, and "spiritual
works." What they find is greater because their state with Allah
is greater; namely, the awe, hope, and love of the Divine they
have realized by years of sincerity to Him. May Allah(swt)
grant us all patience with out children and raise them as good,
pious, godly people, Ameen.

-Nuh Ha Mim

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