Dhikr During Delay

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We sit there, staring out the window, with hundreds of cars bustling around us.  We squirm in impatience and sometimes fight the drooping of our eyes. We clutch the steering wheel in anticipation or grasp the pole in irritation.  We mumble our colorful vocabulary or just groan when no words can be found, thinking we’re all alone suffering in that vehicle, even with a crowd of bus riders around us.

But, sometimes, we forget that the All-Hearing is very much in our presence.  So, we’re, in fact, not left alone to suffer.

Do we ever realize though, that maybe, just maybe, our Creator doubled or tripled our travel time for the sole purpose of mentioning His Name?

The five minute bus ride may turn into ten minutes.  The twenty minute commute may turn into an hour. But would it really hurt any of us to spend those extra minutes uttering Praise instead of anger?

We might be late for class, or even worse, for an exam, but at least we can be on time for remembering our Lord.

Out of His Love for us, He may have very well chosen us to receive this extended time.  He wants to hear US give Glory to His Name, and what greater honor could there be?

Traffic jams are all frustration and no excitation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of our trapped time, especially because in every second there’s a blessing.  Our journey on Earth will never be lengthened from its destined time, so let’s appreciate the extension of our travel to, from and around campus. And after all,

“So remember Me; I will remember you” (Al-Baqarah, 2:152)


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