Monday, February 12, 2007

Keep on Kickin’

Children are an amazing creation of Allah. They teach us so many things through the manner in which they are uniquely created. It has been several months that I have been seeing my daughter grow older. We calculate our age by years whilst their age is recorded by weeks or months. It is amazing how such a small creation of Allah grows into such a big person and whilst on this journey of growth is able to teach us lesson after lesson.

Recently, I saw my daughter form a new habit; the habit of kicking her legs around and waving them continuously. I have seen her do this several times but I would never have guessed that it would occupy her for such a long period of time. Masha Allah, whilst lying on the bed she will keep herself busy and happy by waving her legs around for hours on end.

I sometimes sit and look at her kicking things around waiting for the moment when she will get tired and start to cry or decide to do something else, but on very few occasions I have managed to succeed in this attempt as I have always got tired before she has,


So a child, kicking in the air, leaves what message for us? It may seem far-fetched but it is a lesson that I have learnt and appreciated. When we were young we were pleased with little and simple things. We would be satisfied easier and become bored less quickly. Our pleasure would lie around the little world that we had created and then would become the source of our pleasure.

We can see a child doing a single activity for hours without getting bored or tired; if we ask ourselves why then we will come to many conclusions; some of which will be that they enjoy doing activities like that, or that they may have nothing better to do, or they are easily pleased and satisfied with such activities, even that it is part of their growing.

In the same manner, we should ask ourselves why we are so easily frustrated and get bored when we begin to involve ourselves in some religious activities. Are we easily bored with it and not gain satisfaction from such activities? Do we not consider it a part of our spiritual growth or necessity? Do we have something better to do than spend time worshipping Allah?

Something that a child can teach us is that the worshipping of Allah is not only an obligation but should also be a pleasure as well as a necessity; such a necessity that our days do not seem to run smoothly without the remembrance and worship of Allah. We should be dedicated in his worship just as a child is able to occupy himself for hours on end.

May Allah make us dedicated in His worship and give us the ability to worship Him without distraction. May He grant us His love and the love of His Prophet صلي الله عليه و سلم in such a manner that our lives revolve around their pleasure and that we become his true worshipers. Aameen


nuh ibn zbigniew gondek said...

As-salaam alaikum brother.

Kids are an awesome blessings. Alhamdulillah! My wife and I have 4 and inshallah - more to come!

Wa salaama,

nuh ibn

Ahmed said...

Assalam Alaykum
Jazakallah for this thought provoking and beneficial post and ameen to the duas. Its been a long time since we last spoke.
Hope you nad your family are well.


Zain said...

As Salaamu Alaykum,

Nuh Ibn

Jazakallah for passing by. Indeed children are a mercy from Allah and showing mercy to them and loving them holds many merits as well as rewards.

May Allah bless you and your family. Aameen.

Brother Ahmed

Hope all is well bhai. Alhumdulillah, me and family are okay. Hope you and your family are also in the best of health and Imaan. Insha Allah, will get in touch with you soon. Just been tied down a little with certain things.

Du'as requested.