بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
*Make up your bed as soon as you get out of it.*
*Do your grooming and get dressed, every day, regardless of whether you are planning to go
somewhere or not.*
*Do not leave your home unless it is completely clean. There is no better feeling in the world than coming home to a clean and fresh-smelling home. No one wants to come home to a dirty house. When you are planning to leave, always allot yourself a few minutes extra time to clean up and handle any unexpected issues that might arise before your scheduled departure time. This will well ensure your timeliness.*
On a side note, Black People are notorious for being late. This can be prevented by allowing yourself an exorbitant amount of time to get ready. Don’t give yourself the minimum amount of time to get dressed. Get up early enough to prepare to leave at a relaxed and leisurely pace. I was always rushed growing up and I don’t do rushed well at all. Then I stayed with my cousin one week while my parents were out of town and I was exposed to an entirely new way of getting up in the morning. JUST GET UP EARLIER! It’s so simple. And there’s no need to rush! Islam means “Peace” and there is nothing in the world more liberating and peaceful than the freedom from time restraints. The devil has everybody rushing because their time is up. But we will live forever, so there is no need to hurry for anything! We don’t even celebrate birthdays. What for? Are you planning on checking out sometime soon? What are you celebrating for? It’s so silly. The devil celebrates every year he lives because he knows he is going to be destroyed any day now. But why do you celebrate a wedding anniversary if you are going to be married for the rest of your life?
*Pray before leaving. This is the prayer I recite everytime I leave the house:
“Oh Allah! We Beseech Thy Help And Ask Thy Protection.
We Believe In Thee And Trust In Thee.
We Worship Thee In The BEST Manner
And We Thank Thee.
We Are Not Ungrateful To Thee
And We Cast Off And Forsake Him Who Disobeys Thee.
Oh Allah! Thee Do We Serve
And To Thee Do We Pray And Make Obeisance.
To Thee Do We Flee And We Are QUICK!
We Hope For Thy Mercy
And We Fear Thy Chastisement.
For Surely Thy Chastisement Overtakes The Unbelievers.
*Ensure that you give yourself ample time to reach your destination, so that you won’t be in a rush while driving. There are too many reckless drivers out there already. Make sure you are not one of them. You want to be cautious and alert while driving and even if taking public transportation. Be extremely aware of your surroundings – the people and activities going on around you. I don’t drive over forty miles an hour. No, I don’t take the freeway either. I like to drive down residential streets and take in the beauty around me, which I may never have noticed before. I like looking at the houses. I got that from my father (An Architect. You always knew which house he had designed, because it was the BEST and FINEST house on the block. And I’m not just saying that because he’s my father. He wouldn’t even have to point it out.) But, that’s just me. Give yourself time for delays. You never know what you may run into (no pun intended) on your way to your destination. Try to arrive at least ten minutes before you are scheduled to be there. Then you KNOW you won’t be late, you won’t be pressed to find parking, you won’t appear disheveled when you make your entrance and you won’t have to make any excuses.*
*When you return home, put away shoes, jacket, purse, hats and keys immediately upon entering your house. That way they won’t be taunting you later. Just do it.*
*When preparing meals, wash used dishes and clean up as you go. That way you won’t have a dirty kitchen in the back of your mind while you’re trying to enjoy your meal. As an added benefit, upon completion of your meal, you will have the minimum amount of cleaning up to do.*
*ONLY eat at the table.*
*Schedule chore times. i.e. vacuum every morning and evening, have your son get into the habit of taking out the trash immediately after dinner, clean the toilet everytime you use it, clean the bathroom mirror after you do your grooming, clean the entire bathroom every night after your bath, dust every morning after you get dressed, prepare meals at the same time every day, &c.*
*Consider Ironing/Pressing clothes as the last step of laundering. In other words, don’t just hang your clothes. You are not finished until after they have been pressed.*
These are just some things I thought of. If you have any you would like to add, please leave a comment! Help your Sisters attain perfection with suggestions. Our Beloved Messenger, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah forever be upon him) taught us that, “We Must Have Regularity In Everything We Do.” This is for a reason. It makes your house run smoothly and peacefully, when everyone knows what to expect and what is expected of them.
I’ll never forget, one day, the manager was doing some work on our apartment, so I was taking a break from our schedule but after a while, my son asked the manager what time it was. He told him 4:00. So, then here comes my seven-year-old son, “Mom, it’s four o’clock, shouldn’t you be fixing dinner?” LOL