Everyday's a blessing... Praise Him
Have you ever thought that upon waking up in the early morning hours, you were already blessed? That just by opening your eyes you are indeed given another day full of blessings? And from the moment you stood up and went to prepare your breakfast, did your things-to-do, prepare for school or work, wash yourself and wear your neat clothes, walk out your cozy home and went to your office from a high business-class buildings or to your well-known school; every step you take, you are blessed.
Blessed with a wonderful life. Blessed with something to eat. Blessed with a safe home to stay and rest and sleep. Blessed with neat and comfortable clothes to wear. Blessed with good shoes you walk with. Blessed with endless you opportunities that lay before your eyes. Blessed with every smiling face that meet you everyday. Blessed with the air you breathe and the life you have each day... each day a chance to be blessed and a chance to thank Him and Praise Him for these blessings.
Yet why do we tend to forget? Astaghfirullah.
Why do we forget to praise the Almighty for every little thing we have that a lot of people do not have? Why to we forget that it was Him and not us who made all of these things with us possible? Why do we forget that we were dead when we are asleep and He wake us up once more each day, to give us another chance to ask for forgiveness and correct our wrongs, do things right, worship and praise Him in the easiest way we can? Sometimes we become so engrossed with our daily lives, our stressful works, our loads of readings and exams at school that we forget (even just for a moment) why we were here in this world in the first place: To worship Him and no one else.
And what's the best way to worship Him, to praise Him and to thank Him than to follow his commandments. To please Him by doing what He command us, His slaves, to do and avoid those He forbade us to do. And how best to do these than to approach Him and talk to Him directly without barriers? To praise Him and say His name again and again. To feel His presence with the silent serenity of Prayer? And what's best than doing it five times a day?
Yes, I am talking about Salah, the Five obligatory Prayer. Imagine talking to your Creator as if you can actually see Him, or if not at least He sees you. To Pray and praise Him, with the utmost intention of pleasing Him is far sweeter than honey or anything in this dunya; it is something so indescribable. And each prayer will take only 5-10mins each. How much is 50 mins to our 24 hours or 1,440 minutes in a day? How much worth are we willing to sacrifice just to meet an old friend yet we cannot sacrifice any for Him? In fact even if we pray for 24/7, it will never be enough for what He gave us. MashaAllah!
Astaghfirullah. We can never be perfect. But striving hard to do better and be better Muslims each day is worth trying. We only have to do it sincerely, with the pure intention of pleasing Him and not pleasing other people. To my brothers and sisters in Islam, no matter how busy our life might seem, we should never forget that we will only stay in this world temporarily. We have to learn more about our deen, about Islam and follow the teachings of Islam according to the verses in Qur'an and the examples of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
May Allah keep us on the right, straight road and blessed us both in this dunya and the next life to come.