On Babysitting & Laziness…

I happen to be a babysitter… but I know that I’m not cut out to be one.

Babysitting can be frustrating sometimes, especially for someone to whom fondness of babies doesn’t come naturally. Truth be told: being in the baby’s constant company has resulted in me developing warm, fuzzy feelings for him. Thank God he’s my own nephew, or else I would have torn my hair apart long ago!

If I had things my way, I’d be living totally detached from society. Caring for another human being is a new experience for me. But I’m grateful for this experience. Not only can I brag about it on my college application but it is also preparing me for caring for my babies in future in sha Allah.

Moreover, life seems less hectic when I keep myself busy. I think I’ve begun to understand a little about the evils of the idle mind. No wonder all those young people do whatever they can get their hands on. I can’t believe I’m saying this but yeah, laziness sucks big time.


Here are three wise sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) regarding laziness:

  1. Narrated Abu Huraira, Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.” (Bukhari, Book #21, Hadith #243)
  2. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to seek refuge in Allah from laziness by mentioning this du’a (supplication) daily: O Allah, I take refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being over powered by men.’
  3. Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges. The ruler who has authority over people, is a guardian and is responsible for them, a man is a guardian of his family and is responsible for them; a woman is a guardian of her husband’s house and children and is responsible for them; a slave (‘Abu) is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it; so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges.(Bukhari, Book #46, Hadith #730)

(Hadith quoted from The Different Masks of Laziness (Part 1) – Productive Muslim)