5. This Ramadan. . .Be The Master Of Your Own Intentions

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5.The truth is, as much as we would like to dedicate all of our time in the month of Ramadan to acts of worship, we all have responsibilities and commitments that don’t cease simply because Ramadan starts. That’s why turning every “mundane” action into a form of worship is the optimal way to stay engaged in worship throughout the day.

For example, cooking iftar can cut into valuable time during the day. You can be irritated that you’re “wasting” your time on cooking, or you can transform your intention. You’re now cooking to feed your fasting family:

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Whoever gives iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”

If your intention is to please Allah through making food for the people you love, every moment you spend stirring and kneading and rolling and baking will be rewarded inshaAllah.

Ka’b ibn Ujrah reported: A man passed by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and the companions of the Messenger of Allah saw his vigor and hard work. They said, “O Messenger of Allah, if only this were done in the path of Allah.” The Prophet said, “If he goes out striving to benefit his small children, then it is in the path of Allah. If he goes out striving to benefit his elderly parents, then it is in the path of Allah. If he is striving in order to suffice himself, then it is in the path of Allah. If he goes out to show off and boast, then it is in the path of Satan.”

Source: Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 15640

The above hadith is very comforting as many of us usually feel like we’re missing out on rewards in Ramadan because of work or school; but Alhamdulillah with intentions they can become for the sake of Allah too. 

So don’t feel bad this Ramadan if you have exams, or your work is taking up much of your time, Allah knows, and insha Allah you’re being rewarded for it.

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