Is My Life Being Wasted?

When we are unable to do rewarding, tangible and meaningful acts as frequently as the heart desires (deeds that bring about a sense of achievement) as a result of being busy with the seemingly mundane stuff such as washing or cleaning etc. it leaves us with a sense of frustration or a feeling of precious time being wasted.

It is then when we need to remind ourselves that in reality a deed becomes rewarding when prioritised according to the way Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) requires us to priorities it.

Worship and obedience require sabr (patience) and hikmah (wisdom). Sabr helps us in being constant and consistent in performing a good deed and hikmah is required to choose the more pleasing deed to Allah, out of the multiple acts of obedience as per the requirement of that particular moment. For example, it would be inappropriate that instead of feeding the crying baby the mother chooses to do dawah at that particular time. Although both deeds are obligations, the situation requires her to prioritize feeding the crying baby at that particular time.

Every segment of our life can be meaningful if done solely for the sake of seeking the pleasure of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alaa). We’ve been given the power to program our brains how we wish. Therefore, a believer’s standard to consider something worthy or unworthy should be according to divine standards. Don’t let yourself be demotivated if you find yourself doing that halal act which your heart does not consider worthy of acknowledgement.

Remember, ultimately its your intention that makes your halal deed worthy not the standards of this world. Strive towards your Creator with ikhlas, sabr, consistency and hikmah and feel His Rahma envelop you and the contentment encompass you. This will hold you up in the times when you are just about to give up.

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Maria K. Siddiqui

Maria is an artist, counselor and art therapist in training.