"Time is Money" people often claim. In lslaam, however, time is more than money or any precious material thing in this world. Of all religions, only Islaam guides mankind not only to the importance of time but also how to utilise it. Allaah and His Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) clearly tell us the value of time, why we must not waste it and how we can make use of our time wisely to increase our Eeman (Faith) and thus attain success both in this life and in the life of Hereafter.
Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that Prophet Mohammad (salallahu alayhi wa Sallam) said:
"There are Two blessings which many people lose: (They are) health and tree time (or doing good).” (Bukhari).
Indeed we displease AIIaah when we abuse time. Time must be spent to fulfil our very purpose in life which is to worship AlIaah all throughout our lives. Allaah makes this very clear in the Qur'an when He says:
“I have only created jinns and Men, that they may serve Me. No Sustenance do I require of them, nor do I require that they should feed Me. For Allah is He Who gives (all) Sustenance, Lord of Power, Steadfast (forever). “(Q51[Dhariyah]:56-58).
Everything we do in accordance with the Qur'an and the Sunnah is an act of worship. Such worship must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allaah alone. We should make use of our time (which Includes our "free time") in doing beneficiaI things especially those that will bring. us closer to A11aah and earn His Mercy.
"O you who believe, Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger and make not vain your deeds!" (Q47[Muhammad]:33).
Corollary to the above divine commandment, ask yourself: Have' you been obeying AlIaah and His Messenger? "To what extent have I used my time learning the Qur'an and the Sunnah in order to have correct Eeman (Faith), to do righteous deeds to enjoin the Truth and be patient and constant?"
As time passes by, and we enter yet another year, are we sure we are devoting our time for the Sincere worship and pleasure of Allaah the Most High? Are we taking guidance from the following very enlightening Ayat (Qur'anic verses)?
"By (the Token of) Time (throw-up the ages), Verily Man is in loss. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy”.(QI03 [Asr]:1-3).
In line with the above injunction, you should discipline yourself by' giving value to the importance of time. Be prompt in doing good deeds, which will increase your faith and subsequently enable you to gain Allaah1spleasure and mercy.
Remember that on the Day of judgement you shall be asked how you spent your life wealth and knowledge. In other words, you will be questioned on how you spent everything that AlIaah has given you as, AIIaah's Messenger (salallahu aIayhi wa salam) said: A man shall be asked concerning five things on the day of resurrection: concerning his life, how he spent it: concerning his youth, how he grew old: concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it; and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had. "
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to call on Muslims to take the initiative to do good deeds before any obstacles arise. For instance, he said:
"Lose no time to do good deeds before you are caught up by one of seven calamities awaiting you: a starvation which may impair your wisdom; a prosperity which may mislead you; an ailment which may damage your health; an old age which may harm your senses; a sudden death; the Dajjal (Antichrist); or Doomsday, which is indeed the hardest and most bitter." (at-Tirmidhi, al-Baihaqi).
The above Hadith urges Muslims to take the initiative, and not to delay good deeds; man's life is not free from impediments, such as those calamities, which can prevent him from accomplishing what could have been done earlier. Wise are those who grab available opportunities before being handicapped by obstacles.
If we are to evaluate ourselves objectively, have we been spending our time wisely for the pleasure of Allah the Almighty? Have we been spending our lives based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah? Have we been practicing Muslims?
How much knowledge of the Qur'an and the Sunnah do we know? Do we practice what we learn and impart the same to others or at least share them to our families and kin? Have we ever enjoined to others what is right and forbid what is wrong?
To be successful, we have to manage our time wisely by making plans for virtuous deeds that please Allaah the Almighty. We must spend time learning Islam based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Another Year Dies
Twelve months ago, we were welcoming a new year. Now that year is dead and a new one is born.
"O you who believe! Fear Allah, and let every soul look to what (provision) He has sent forth for tomorrow. Yea, fear Allaah: for Allaah is well-acquainted with (all) that you do." (Q59[Hashr]):18).
Minutes move into hours => into days => into weeks = > into months :=> into years - seemingly faster than ever; yet, every moment is a precious component of life and every moment counts.
Time - Use it do not abuse it. Our attitude towards time indicates our attitude towards the value of the capital of life. If we want to purchase something. We require financial capital; and if we want to do something in life, we require the capital of life, time. That is why the Qur'an exhorts us to value the time we have before life is up. Qur'an (63: 10).
Time is the measure of life, time is an amaanah (trust), time is a gift from the Creator and its proper use will determine our outcome for eternity. We are born in time, live in time and die in time is the ambit within which we operate. What we do with time is what we do with our lives. Each one must realize that every moment that passes by is an opportunity gone or abused; never to time will be up and will have to leave this physical world and give account for our lives.
The more we remind ourselves of the responsibility of the present the better we get at living the moment and the better we live the present moment the better the consequence for the future. Our attitude towards future influences our mind-set towards the rest of life.
Being positive about life ahead is among life's greatest motivators. Hope is the best attitude one can harbor towards the future; this realistic expectation that something good or better could/will happen if only we continue doing the best we can. Remember that today well-lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
"O Allaah! Make life a means for every dimension of goodness."(Saheeh jaami).
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited