A Muslim gets up early in the morning with these words on his lips: “O Allah, I thank you for enabling me to sleep and for enabling me to wake up.” He cleanses himself and proceeds to the mosque for Fajr prayers so that, in communion with his believing brothers, he could acknowledge God’s majesty and his own servitude to Him. Then he sets out for his worldly business. During the day he says three more prayers: Zuhar, Asar, and Maghrib. To be able to say each of these prayers, he leaves aside his work and stands before his God, thus confirming that in his scheme of life his God receives top priority.

When hungry, he takes his meals and when thirsty, drinks water, and is overwhelmed with gratitude. He thanks God for the water that He has made available for him to quench his thirst and for the food that has enabled him to overcome his hunger. When he experiences success, he attributes it to God’s graciousness and thanks him for the ability to achieve it. If he meets with failure, he acknowledges his ineptitude and asks God to help him. When he deals with another person, he does so, wisely and kindly, realising that God is watching him and that He will one day hold him accountable for all his dealings. As night takes over, he winds up his worldly assignments, cleanses himself once again, says the last prayer of the day and goes to sleep. Before falling asleep, he prays, “O God, in your hands is my life and death. Please forgive me and let me enter the cool shadows of your mercy.”

Thus concerns of God dominate a believer’s life; he works out the plan of his life always keeping his God in mind, without ever ignoring Him.

(Dr Khalid Zaheer)

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