How should women find time for Madani activities?
Imam Fakhruddin Razi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه has stated, ‘I understood the meaning of Surah Al-‘Asr from an ice-seller who was calling loudly in the marketplace, ‘Have mercy on the person whose capital is melting’; ‘have mercy on the person whose capital is melting.’ Listening to it, I said to myself: ‘This is the meaning of
وَ الْعَصْرِۙ(۱) اِنَّ الْاِنْسَانَ لَفِیْ خُسْرٍۙ(۲)
The life which has been granted to a man is passing quickly like melting ice. If it [life] is wasted or spent in useless things, then man is in a total loss.’ (Tafseer-e-Kabeer, vol. 11, p. 278, summarised)
If we do not use the time which is passing as ice melts in performing the deeds that please Allah Almighty, virtuous deeds and calling to righteousness, we will certainly be in loss.
Most of the Islamic sisters cannot carry out Madani activities due to household chores and other responsibilities. They should ponder whether they really have responsibilities or they are engaged in unnecessary activities besides the necessary activities of everyday life which are obstacle in their way. There is a famous saying: ‘Do the deeds that should be done, otherwise you will get busy with useless things.’
Women are busy with many useless things along with household chores which waste their time. For example, we do not often ponder the things like talking on mobile phone for a long time, getting busy on social media for hours and wasting time in chit-chat with our neighbours.
Making a schedule is an excellent way to save time and spend it in good things. We should write down our schedule and display it at a proper place in our home where we can see it easily and we should display a clock on the wall near the schedule so that we can see easily the both, clock and schedule.
Check the schedule of every day in the beginning of the morning as to how you have to spend that day according to hours and minutes, this will make it easy to act upon it.
After performing Fajr Salah and the recitation of the Quran, Islamic sisters are usually busy with the chores like making breakfast, sending children to Madrasah, making lunch and dinner, washing and ironing clothes, sending children for tuition and helping them do their homework. If these tasks are written as a schedule by dividing time, then efforts should be made to do work at its specific time which has been written, so they can save enough time which can be used to carry out Madani activities.
Remember! No matter how hard Satan makes us feel lazy, we should not get lazy in performing Madani activities of Dawat-e-Islami. We should not consider them a burden, but rather a blessing. In reality, their relation is with our real life (i.e. the Hereafter).
Koi kaam aysa karoon Zindagi mayn
Kay raazi ho Tayri riza Ya Ilahi!