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Sleep Away the Weep

Bismillah.

Have you ever noticed what a blessing sleep is? Imagine your life without it. Being always on the go, working, playing, talking, doing nothing but never sleeping.
Imagine you got so tired that you’d rather drop down dead but you still couldn’t sleep. Oh what a refreshed, brand new person you are after a good sleep.
It covers all pains. Whether you have a headache, aching bones or just plain tiredness; or whether you’re a person who’s sad, depressed, angry, frustrated, lonely, tense, nervous or in any distressing situation, sleep is a blessing! You let go of everything, your mind relaxes and your body rests. The perfect tonic!

And then, it’s completely free! Even the poorest of people can enjoy sleep to the fullest. In fact, even more than the rich sometimes (or often). It doesn’t even matter where you are, it can be as beautiful on a roadside as on a bed of silk.
There comes a time when you just nod off. I mean you might go sleepless for a day, two days, three days but how much longer can you stretch it? You can’t. For eating, you need food, but sleep just comes, no matter what.

Even during war, the companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam) were given sleep as a gift and means of relaxing.

Have you ever really thanked Allah for this great gift? Tonight just before dropping off, think about it and say thank you to Him from the core of your heart. And make dua for those who have difficulty enjoying this gift.
These blessings make life beautiful, it’s only a matter of noticing and being grateful for them.

P.S. sleep management is important, don’t overdo it. Try following the sunnah. Share in the comments section below, what you know about the sunnah of sleeping.

Wassalam,
Hajrah. :)

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Allah says in the Quran:

اللَّـهُ يَتَوَفَّى الْأَنفُسَ حِينَ مَوْتِهَا وَالَّتِي لَمْ تَمُتْ فِي مَنَامِهَا ۖ فَيُمْسِكُ الَّتِي قَضَىٰ عَلَيْهَا الْمَوْتَ وَيُرْسِلُ الْأُخْرَىٰ إِلَىٰ أَجَلٍ مُّسَمًّى ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

Translation: Allah takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that do not die [He takes] during their sleep. Then He keeps those for which He has decreed death and releases the others for a specified term. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought. [Az-Zumar 42]

Youth-Certified, eh?

Bismillah.

Today, while visiting people for Eid, we went to neighbors of my grandmother’s. There on the bed, supported by pillows and her head lolling on one side, sat the aunty who we once knew to be quite active and cheerful. Bedridden for ten years, she had a dark shadow on her face. She looked at us as if she was seeing someone distant and hardly spoke while we sat there. Her family told us that she scarcely says or eats anything now. How would she eat with her food devoid of salt (on account of blood pressure) and sugar (on account of diabetes)?

My mind went back a few years and I remembered the time when I was a little child and when the world’s greatest superheroes are one’s parents and grandparents. They’re big and they can do everything. I remember that aunty chatting merrily with my grandmother over the terrace wall, sending us dishes of food, greeting us on Eid with delicacies. But what was her Eid like today? How would it feel to be dependent on others for things as little as having to sit up or turn your head on the pillow? The only thing she said clearly was when my mother bade her goodbye, she took her hand and said, ‘I don’t feel well’…

We all have someone ill, weak or old in our family or acquaintances. Yet do they serve as a reminder to us that we’re heading the same way? In our youth and health, we think we’re the masters of our life, but are we? Can anyone stop this ageing and weakening process? Or reverse it? Do we have any power over ourselves? What guarantee do we have that we’re going to live or be young and cool and healthy forever?

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Allah says in the Quran,

“O People, if you should be in doubt about the Resurrection, then [consider that] indeed, We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed – that We may show you. And We settle in the wombs whom We will for a specified term, then We bring you out as a child, and then [We develop you] that you may reach your [time of] maturity. And among you is he who is taken in [early] death, and among you is he who is returned to the most decrepit [old] age so that he knows, after [once having] knowledge, nothing…” [Al-Hajj 5]

Allah shows us these signs yet we’re heedless of them. We think we’re here forever. The time to act is definitely now. Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wassalam said, “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death”. (Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

May Allah give us the taufeeq to make best use of our time and to engage ourselves productively and may He have mercy on all old, weak and ill people, ease their difficulties and give them the best in both worlds.

We should try to take care of such people, visit them, help ease their pain and depression and supplicate for them. After all, we face the same some day!

An-Nisa 28:
“and mankind was created weak.”

dua for old age

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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