Care and Consideration

Alhamdulillah many of us are putting care and consideration into how we prepare for Ramadan. We have different abilities and priorities according to how Allah made us physically, in nature, through conditioning, and due to our ages.

In terms of our seeing and hearing, what is most important is not how we see and hear with our eyes but how we see and hear with our hearts: how we recognise the truth that there is none worthy of worship except Allah.

Different Consideration

Today’s rhyme is about a fictional old lady. She usually chooses to wear yellow shoes. Not to attract attention to her feet. Rather, to give herself ease in finding her shoes, among several other pairs, at the mosque or at events. Her eyes do not see as well as they used to.

Her decision is between her and her Lord. And if she hears sisters enter the mosque and complain at seeing shoes they deem unsuitable for hijab, she prays to Allah to guide them to be more considerate, less judging, and to busy themselves with their own affairs.

her decision

However, this fictional old lady makes itikaf at regular intervals in the mosque. And on these occasions, she wears black shoes. She desires to keep her worship private between herself and her Lord as much as she can. And therefore she pushes herself to bear the ordeal of spending half an hour to hunt out her shoes when she is ready to go home. Sometimes sisters help her, and then she prays to Allah to forgive them, and to reward them abundantly in this life and the next, for their care, consideration, and action.

Itikaf in Glasgow

(There was an Old Woman of Gloucester)

There was an old woman of Glasgow

who mostly wore kicks coloured yellow.

She lived next to a masjid,

where regularly she hid,

choosing black pumps to blend in and not show.

© 2018 Elizabeth Lymer

Care for Our Goals

Alhamdulillah, through constant connecting to Allah by worshipping Him, we purify our intentions and set better goals. And we concern ourselves more with what we can improve upon, rather than what others ‘could’, ‘might’, or ‘should’ be doing.

Allah will grant whoever recites this [the following remembrance of Allah] seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this life or the next.
Ibn As-Sunni, 71
Abu Dawud 4/321
Sahih (genuine / authentic / sound) chain of transmission.
Fortress of a Muslim

“Allah is sufficient for me.
There is none worthy of worship but Him.
I have placed my trust in Him.
He is Lord of the Majestic Throne.”

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PRAISE ALLAH ALWAYS! All praises to Allah; there is none worthy of worship but Him. May He guide us to take care and practice consideration which pleases Him, and benefits us eternally, ameen.

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15 thoughts on “Care and Consideration

  1. Nurhuda Nordin says:

    Salaam,

    I really love this rhyme and I’ve created a lettering art piece based on this. If you are agreeable, I’d post the artpiece on my Instagram account, with the relevant credits to you.

    You can find more of my works on my ig handle @woooneton. Let me know!

    1. Elizabeth Lymer says:

      Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullah,
      Masha’Allah. 🙂 I am @elizabethymer on Instagram. Please can you link to my account and paste the link to this post? If so, then I consent. May Allah put barakah in our collaboration, ameen.

  2. Jamila Jones says:

    Masha Allah, I always look forward to your next post. They are so inspiring. I love the way you see things, it’s from a perspective I would never see and it really draws me in and helps to reflect seeing things differently helping me to open my mind. Jazkallah khair sis May Allah bless you and I look forward to the next post.

  3. Noor says:

    I’m more of focusing on my own since I have a lot of things going on with my life instead of others. This is a great post for realization.

  4. Elizabeth Lymer says:

    I had someone piece together a fantasy about me from a few things she knew about me. She sat me down and told me off for all the assumptions she had made about me. I could not trust her beforehand regarding my young children because she actively avoided talking to me, so I could not rely on her to do the responsible thing of telling the parents what had occurred in our absence (so we could follow up, be it with happy references or to understand nightmares etc). Unfortunately, now I cannot trust her in any capacity because she has not shown any change in her behaviour. What waste of a potential friendship, and what a shame for her soul. May Allah the Most Kind guide us to seek knowledge for His pleasure, to avoid suspicion, and to continually strive to improve ourselves, by His grace, ameen. And alhamdulillah that He is the Forgiving. ❤

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