بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Religion doesn’t always have to be something you allocate a specific time for, or need to be in a certain place to practice. Religion is a lifestyle, and I think differing on this perspective is what makes religion so hard to practice for some, and easy for others.
For those who view religion as something that stands alone and needs its own time away from the public world, have a hard time finding enough private time to practice it, and it becomes more of a chore on their to-do list instead of a cleansing act of worship (it depends on the person though to be honest). For those who prefer to integrate it into their daily life, I think that there are many ways you can incorporate little gestures of religious practice into your daily agenda, without having to take a “time out” of the world. So I wrote down a few things that I think are easy enough for us to incorporate in our daily lives and hopefully will make us perform these practices more than we usually do, without feeling like we have to make time for it.
1. Sibha Bracelet
So you’ve seen those bead necklace things right? The ones that you get and recite one of Allah’s names continuously for every bead you move? You know, those things:
And before we move on, I want to ask you another question, does the image below look familiar?
I guess by now you know where im going with this. You could wear a bead bracelet like the one pictured above to easily do tasbih (the act of using the sibha) whenever you’re on the go and have a few minutes. Instead of staying idle and daydreaming, you could get in a couple “AstaghfirulLah’s” and “AlhamduliLah’s” in there. It’s a neat way to incorporate religious practices into your lifestyle and overtime these subtle moments will surely add up.
2. Hijab Pin-Loss Problems (this one’s more of a tip than a practice sort of thing)
So this one might not pertain to everyone, but for those who do have to deal with the horrific ordeal of losing the only pin you had on your hijab, this is important. We’ve all had that one time when we rushed out the door choosing to tuck in our hijab rather than pin it down, because we were just that rushed. Or that one time when we only used one pin to keep our hijab together…and then somehow lost it either while fixing our hijab or randomly realizing it had gotten out when our hijab suddenly unravels. And sometimes you might be lucky enough to have someone nearby lend one to you, or an extra in your purse or something, but most times, that’s not the case and you have to go about your day with a lose hijab that can just about unravel and fall off to the floor any second. Which is quiet distracting and uncomfortable. I have found that the best way to deal with this problem, is to get a bunch of pins and put them in your car, in the passenger floor matt. Secure them in the matt and no matter where you lose your pins, your spares are only a trip-to-the-car away (and since in American you practically can’t go anywhere without your car, you’re always going to have them nearby). For me this has been a life saver whenever I go to the park and somehow lose my pin!
3. Lectures on the Go
This one takes a bit of preparation. So as much as I hate to admit it, but wonderful as it is to listen to Islamic lectures, it’s not something I do very often despite the fact that I should. Islamic lectures are a great way of learning new things about the religion as well as renewing your iman, however they are quite lengthy, and the only time I find myself ever listening to one is at the mosque and even then my attention span makes it impossible to actually listen. However recently, I’ve been getting in the habit of downloading the lectures from youtube to my iPhone and listening to them in the car. It’s such a great way to make use of your time in traffic, and not only that, but being preoccupied with the listening and soaking-in of the information really makes that rush hour traffic breeze by!
Do you have any tips or tricks to add to this list?