JURUS PRAKTIS I’TIKAF BERSAMA BALITA MAXIMIZE YOUR I’TIKAF

Sepuluh hari menjelang akhir bulan Ramadhan merupakan waktu yang tepat bagi umat Islam untuk memburu Malam Lailatul Qadr. Malam di mana doa-doa dikabulkan dan merupakan malam yang lebih baik dari seribu bulan.

Namun bagi seorang ibu, tidaklah mudah memiliki keinginan mulia untuk bisa melaksanakan i’tikaf (berdiam di masjid) sambil membawa anak yang berusia balita. Banyak yang harus dipikirkan segala risikonya agar tidak merepotkan dan tidak mengganggu jamaah lainnya.

Berikut ini adalah beberapa tips praktis bagi muslimah yang ingin itikaf bersama anak tercinta:

1. Luruskan niat karena Allah. Mengikuti itikaf merupakan ibadah khusus yang perlu kesiapan jasmani dan ruhani yang prima. Restu dan dukungan Allah menjadi sandaran utama supaya kita dimudahkan segalanya, termasuk ketika itikaf membawa balita.

2. Cari masjid yang kira-kira ramah terhadap anak-anak. Maksudnya ramah adalah masjid tersebut sudah terbiasa menerima jamaah itikaf yang membawa anak. Biasanya para pengurus masjid sudah menyediakan kebutuhan yang diperlukan.

3. Persiapkan segala keperluan ibu dan balita untuk ganti selama 10 hari berada di masjid di dalam sebuah tas yang bisa menampung barang yang banyak.

4. Bawa pakaian secukupnya untuk ganti ibu dan balita selama 10 hari. Saat 1 helai sudah dipakai, kita bisa langsung mencucinya di ruang mandi di masjid. Biasanya masjid menyediakan tempat untuk cuci jemur para jamaah yang itikaf.

5. Bawa mainan dan makanan yang paling disukai oleh balita. Jika dia bosan, maka ibu bisa langsung memberikan mainan tersebut. Mainan yang tanpa suara lebih diutamakan agar tidak mengganggu kegiatan ibadah.

6. Bawa kantong plastik beberapa lembar sebagai antisipatif jika si kecil membuat berantakan mainan atau makanannya.

7. Bawa tilam dan selimut yang biasa digunakan balita di rumah agar dia merasa seperti di rumahnya.

8. Ajak bicara baik-baik atau gendong ke tempat lain jika balita mulai membuat ulah karena bosan. Terutama pada waktu ibadah utama.

8. Kerja sama dengan suami dalam menjaga balita.

9. Beri reward jika balita mampu bersikap baik saat itikaf.

Sumber: http://www.dakwatuna.com/2015/07/09/71537/10-jurus-praktis-itikaf-sambil-membawa-balita/#ixzz3fSF7DPWX

I’tikaf is an extremely important Sunnah.

According to Aishah (RAA), the Prophet (PBUH): “Used to perform i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty & Majestic, took him.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Itikaf is the most amazing way to end your Ramadan and a great opportunity for us to gain immense rewards and strengthen and boost our imaan.

The following are six ways in which we can maximize benefits from our i’tikaf:

1. Purify your Intentions

The reward for every action we take depends on our intentions. This is why when sitting in I’tikaf we should purify our intentions. Although we may think that because we are going for i’tikaf our intention is clear, think about it just more time: Am I really going to worship Allah, or to have fun with my friends?

Am I going for the sake of Allah, or to show off my religiousness to friends and family?

It is very important that we understand this and purify our intentions before going to i’tikaf or everything we do in those 10 days may just go to waste!

2. Schedule & Monitor Your Daily Worship

Prepare a schedule for worship. Set targets and plan what you want to do every day, down to every hour. This will help you spend your time more efficiently and effectively.

What you can do is to make a check list of daily tasks and check them off when completed.

3. Recite Qur’an Abundantly

Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. It is the month in which Allah revealed the Qur’an and thus this is the month we need to spend more time with the Qur’an than any other time of the year!

Our pious predecessors used to increase their Quran recitation during the last 10 days of the Ramadan. We should make it a point to recite the Quran in excess during our i’tikaf.

4. Dua & Repentance

During i’tikaf a person has all the time in the world and is devoid of all the daily distractions. So what better way to spend that time than by making dua and asking Allah for forgiveness?

Allah loves when His slaves repent to Him. He wants His slaves to ask Him for everything he or she wants or needs. I’tikaf is the perfect time to ask Allah for what you want (make sure it is halal!). You could even make a list of your dua’s so you don’t forget.

5. Refrain from Sinfulness and Idle Talk

A person sitting in i’tikaf must refrain from immoral behavior. The mu’takif should keep in mind that he is a guest in the house of Allah and should thus be extra careful of his behavior. Sinfulness, idle discussions, debates and arguments should be avoided at all cost!

6. Exert Yourself!

Once again brothers and sisters, the last ten nights of Ramadan are the most blessed nights of the entire year! During i’tikaf a person is completely free of any distractions and has a lot of time on their hands and can exert themselves in worship easily. This is why we need to do as much as possible to get in as much worship as possible; especially during the nights of the 21, 23, 25, 27, 29!

Source: http://insider.pk/life-style/religion/ramadan/six-ways-make-itikaf/

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