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A Day in the Life: Rewind.

Thursday Morning

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7:00 AM: Alarm clock buzzes.
Get up, stagger to the bathroom—shower on.
Work clothes on, hair looks good, coffee brewing in the kitchen.
“It’s 7:30! Shoot!”

7:30 AM: Jump in the car, coffee in hand.
Try to make it to work on time without spilling coffee.

7:55 AM: “Phew! Made it.”
Burn through the first 4 hours.

12:00 PM: What is that noise? “Oh, it’s my stomach growling—lunch time.”
Inhale food, pray dhuhr (the noon prayer) in the chapel.
Tap feet while waiting in line for the second cup of coffee.
“What are you wearing? I know it is summer but come on, you are practically naked.”
Next in line.”

1:00 PM: Run back to the office.

5:10 PM: Look outside the window—“Why is it dark? It’s ten past five?!!”

5:15 PM: Finish up, turn computer off.
“Gotta hurry home, I only have a little time left for maghrib (after sunset prayer).”
“Come on, come on, move!”

5: 45 PM: “I think I still have my wudhu (ablution).” Shoes off, rug on the floor—
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatu Allah, Assalaamu alaykum wa Rahmatu Allah (peace and the Mercy of Allah be upon you).”

6:00 PM: Sizzling oil, boiling water, growling stomach, salivating tongue.
Plop on couch, take a deep breath, “What a looong day.”
Food on a tray, TV on, national anthem just done—“Play ball!

6:15 PM:Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest).”

9:00 PM: “What a game!”
Check email, facebook. Update blog.

10:30: Brush teeth, get in bed—“Did I pray `isha (the night prayer)?”

Friday morning
Same routine as Thursday.

12:00 PM: Lunch time. Eat on the way to the masjid.

12:35 PM: “Still got five minutes before the khutbah (sermon).”

Open the Qur’an—it’s Surat Ali `Imran (Chapter of the Family of `Imran) Ayah (Verse)191:

3:191

“Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire” (Qur’an, 3:191).

 

“HOW?! I barely have enough time to eat!”

Now pause, rewind and start from the top.

Thursday morning

7:00 AM: Alarm clock buzzes. Get up.

 

الحمد لله الذي أحيانا بعد ما أماتنا والبه النشور

“All praise is to Allah who granted us life after He caused us to die, and to Him is the return.”

Stagger to the bathroom.

اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الخبث والخبائث

“O Allah I seek refuge in you from the male and female devils.”

Shower on.
Work clothes on, hair looks good, coffee brewing in the kitchen.

7:30 AM: “It’s 7:30! Gotta go.”
Run out the door.

بسم الله توكلت على الله لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله

(I leave) with Allah’s name. I rely on Allah. There is no power to do good or abstain from evil except with Allah’s help.

Jump in the car, coffee in hand.

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ

“Exalted is He who has subjected this to us, and we could not have [otherwise] subdued it” (Qur’an, 43:13).

Will make it to work on time without spilling coffee—“Insha’ Allah (God willing).”

7:55 AM: “Made it, alhamdullilah (praise be to Allah).”
Burn through the first 4 hours.

12:00 PM: What is that noise? “Oh, it’s my stomach growling—lunch time.”
Bismillah (in the name of Allah).”
Inhale food, pray dhuhur in the chapel.
Tap feet while waiting in line for the second cup of coffee.
“What are you wearing? astaghfiru Allah (I seek forgiveness in Allah).”
Next in line.”

1:00 PM: Run back to the office.
Look outside the window— “Subhan Allah (glory be to Allah), it’s maghrib (the prayer after sunset) time already?!”

4:45 PM: Go down to the chapel, pray maghrib. Back to the office.

5:00 PM: Finish up, turn computer off.

5:30 PM: “Home sweet home.”

اللهم إني أسألك خير المولج وخير المخرج ، بسم الله ولجنا ، وبسم الله خرجنا ، وعلى الله ربنا توكلنا

O Allah, I beg of You the blessing of entering this home and leaving it. With Allah’s name we enter and with His name we leave. And on Allah, our sustainer, do we rely.

Assalaamu Alaykum (peace be upon you)

5:35 PM: Sizzling oil, boiling water, growling stomach, salivating tongue.
Plop on couch, take a deep breath, “What a looong day. Alhamdullilah.”
Food on a tray, TV on, national anthem just done—”Play ball!”

6:15 PM:Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.”

اللهم رب هذه الدعوة التامة والصلاة القائمة، آت محمد الوسيلة والفضيلة، وابعثه مقام محموداً الذي وعدته

O Allah! Lord of this perfect call and of the prayer which is established for all time. Grant Mohammad the path and Excellency and raise him up in a praiseworthy position which you have promised.

6:30 PM: Get to the masjid.

اللهم افتح لي أبواب رحمتك

“O Allah open your doors of mercy for me.”

9:00 PM: “What a game!”

Check email, facebook. Update blog.

10:30 PM: Brush teeth, get in bed.

باسمك اللهم وضعت جنبي ، وباسمك أرفعه فان أمسكت نفسي فارحمها وان أرسلتها فاحفظها بما تحفظ به عبادك الصالحين

“O Allah, by your name I lay my side and by your name I left it up. If you hold my soul then have mercy on it and if you send it back then preserve with that by which you reserve your righteous servants.”

Friday morning

Same routine as Thursday.

12:00 PM: Lunch time. Eat on the way to the masjid.

12:35 PM: Still got five minutes before the khutbah. Open the Qur’an—it’s Surat Al-Imran Ayah 191:

3:191

“Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire” (Qur’an, 3:191).

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك تبارك اسمك وتعالى ‏ ‏جدك ‏ ‏ولا إله غيرك

Glory to Thee, O Allah, and Thine is the Praise, and Blessed is Thy Name. and Exalted is Thy Majesty. and there is no other object of worship beside Thee.

About the author

A. Elasmar

A. Elasmar is of Palestinian decent and was raised in Qatar. He earned a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. A. Elasmar is active in his local masjid, helps organize a halaqa, and gives Friday Khutbahs. He is also active in da`wah and is a guest lecturer for a World Religions class. His former pseudonym for this website was Nomad78.

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