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by Aliyah, Nigeria
This blog post will cover the importance of the different types of self-care we need to have in our lives to help us become striving Muslim women for the sake of Allah SWT.
In the midst of our busy lives, it’s essential to remind ourselves of the value of self-care, especially as Muslim women. Amid our commitments as daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers, we often forget to nurture our own well-being. Yet, Islam not only permits self-care but encourages it. By tending to our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, we become empowered to fulfill our roles with strength and contentment.
Self-care is not a selfish endeavor; it’s a recognition of our intrinsic worth. Prioritizing self-care enables us to serve our loved ones and community effectively while nurturing our own selves.
Here are the three types of self-care you need to have covered, In Sha Allah.
- Physical self-care
Engaging in regular physical activities, consuming nutritious meals, and ensuring adequate sleep are acts of worship in Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized maintaining good health and showing gratitude for the blessing bestowed upon us.
“Eat of the good things We have provided for your sustenance, but commit no excess therein.” (Quran, 20:81)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than a weak believer, while there is good in both.” (Sahih Muslim)
2. Emotional self-care
Acknowledging and processing our emotions is vital. Engaging in activities that bring joy and spending quality time with friends are essential. Seeking solace in prayer and the Quran’s wisdom fosters self-awareness and growth.
“Verily, with hardship comes ease.” (Quran, 94:6)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “A strong believer is better and dearer to Allah than a weak believer, but there is good in everyone.” (Sahih Muslim)
3. Spiritual self-care
Strengthening our bond with Allah is the core of self-care. Regular prayers, Quran recitation, and supplications nourish our souls and grant us resilience to overcome challenges.
“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Quran, 13:28)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Shall I not tell you about the gates of goodness? Fasting is a shield, charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire…” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
As we juggle diverse roles, striking a balance between responsibilities and self-care is paramount. Allocating time for self-care routines and activities enhances our effectiveness in all aspects of life.
In embracing self-care, we embrace the teachings of Islam and express gratitude for our blessings. Together, let’s embark on this journey, nurturing ourselves to contribute positively to our families and communities.
May Allah bless us with the wisdom to prioritize self-care and enrich our lives. Ameen.
With love & du’as,