I wish all my dishes, spoons, forks, and cups were disposable!!
I wish they could invent disposable pots too. These are my wishes every time I go inside my kitchen and see the mountains and hills made by my dishes. Every day I wash the dishes then use them, then wash them again.
I say Bismillah and start to wash the dishes. I remember the few times I go eat out, looking at the waiter take the dishes for someone else to wash. I also remember our dear sisters under fire who are forced to leave their houses–don’t they wish to be in my shoes, washing the dishes? I remember my dear friend who can’t stand for a long time because of her back pain.
So when and where can I sit and enjoy someone serving me? Oh… yes… I was happy to remember these verses:
“Offered to them will be golden trays and cups, and they will find everything the hearts desire and the eyes wish for. You live therein forever. ” The Quran, 43:71
“Serving them will be immortal servants. With cups, pitchers and pure drinks. They never run out, nor do they get bored. ” The Quran, 56:17-19
So it’s in Jannah, I have to go to Jannah, and how will that happen while I spend so much time in my kitchen? OK- I can do this through my kitchen:
1-Correct my niyyah (intention). I do this to help my husband, my kids, and myself be strong to carry our mission Allah swt create us for and do our role for Islam.
2-Muslims should be clean themselves and their houses should be clean.
3-I should use the time spent in the kitchen doing dhikr or listening to a good tape.
4-Don’t let bad thoughts come to my head and seek refuge from the shaitan.
After all these thoughts I discovered that I finished washing the dishes so I turned to leave the kitchen but I found my stove begging me to clean those black spots!! I remembered our mother Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, telling us that for three months the prophet’s house had no cooked food: only dates and water. So I started to clean my stove with the feeling that I’m the richest and the happiest person on earth.
“My Lord, direct me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to do the righteous works that pleases You. Let my children be righteous as well. I have repented to You; I am a submitter.” The Quran, 46:15
Eman A. Sayed
Eman Sayed lives in Cairo, Egypt, with her four children and is interested in religious studies, parenting, and health.