Muslim Mindfulness?

Even though the terms ‘mindfulness’ and ‘meditation’ may be relatively new to many of us, they are ancient concepts which have been around and within us since time immemorial.

Being a mother and a free-lancer, I barely find time to sit down and meditate in complete silence. But, to me, mindful meditation is the internal talk within my heart. It’s practicing to search for the stillness, despite the external commotion, to be a better version of myself, by feeling the need to be accountable, moment by moment, to see the greater good in small tasks, I find boring, but necessary; to reason with myself, that serving Allah’s creation is also a task that holds much reward, despite finding the responsibility overwhelming at times. And to see a situation from the lens of gratefulness and look for the silver-lining when gloomy thoughts begin to weigh me down.

The way I cope is taking a day at a time, and I’d like to share this short dua to be recited daily, morning and evening, as a gentle reminder to treat each day and each emotion as a guest, give it your best self, for whether it is good or bad, it will pass in the next 24 hours; make every day count!

“This is a fresh, new day, over us a ready witness. If we do good, it will take leave from us with praise, and if we do evil, it will part from us in blame. O God, bless Muhammad and his Household, provide us with the day's good companionship and preserve us against ill-parting from it caused by doing a misdeed or committing a sin, whether small or great! Make our good deeds within it plentiful, empty us therein of evil deeds, and fill what lies between its two sides for us with praise and thanksgiving, Wages and stores, bounty and beneficence! O God, appoint for us in each of the day's hours a share from Thy servants, a portion of giving thanks to Thee, and a truthful witness among Thy angels!”

Hazrat Ali Zain ul Abidin , Great Grandson of the Holy Prophet Mohummud pbuh

[excerpt from Sahifa al Kamilah.]

Contributed by Marzieh Abbas.

Marzieh is the author of “Hamza’s Pyjama Promise”-a children’s book on mindfulness through Wudhu.

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