Thursday, 31 October 2013

Time in Islam Part 3: Allah Tells Us About Time

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Time in Islam Part 3: Allah Tells Us About Time;

Time in Islam;

In the final part we want to further encourage our readers and outline the etiquettes of time according to Islam.

The Prophet (PBUH)  said:
”Take advantage of five matters before five other matters:
 your youth before you become old;
 your health, before you fall sick;
 your wealth, before you become poor;
your free time before you become preoccupied,
and your life, before your death.”
[Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih]

Our approach to time management should be with a sense of urgency to do good deeds with our life before we can no longer make any use of it.
The whole language of the hadith points to the limited nature of our lives and time running out.

To put things into perspective the following 3 categories really summarise our life.

Have Loads of Free Time
Have A Lot of Energy
But No Money

Have A Lot of Energy
Have More Money
But Claim Don’t Have Free Time

Have More Money
Have Loads of Free Time
But Don’t Have Energy or Health

Now relate that to the above hadith and really think about it and what can you do now to get most out of each phase of your life and how you can contribute to Islam or attain closeness to Allah.

To further this point the following Ayah is showing the reality that every moment that passes is a moment that brings us closer to death.
 Allah (SWT) says:
Transliteration: ”Kullu man alaiyha faan”
Translation: All that is on earth will perish
[Surah al-Rahman, Ayah 26]

If we ponder on the hadith and the Ayah then we can appreciate that all of the above is linked to the principle of shukr, or gratefulness.
Each one of the five matters are five blessings of the highest magnitude from Allah to us; Youth, health, wealth, free time and life itself.
Allah, Most Glorious, has informed us of the secret of keeping and increasing our blessings:
Translation: “…If you are grateful, I shall certainly give you increase”
[Surah Ibrahim, Ayah 7]

Scholars explain that true gratefulness is to “use the blessing for what they were intended for” or “That one not disobey Allah using the blessings He has given”.
So, for instance, we should spend our youth in seeking beneficial knowledge; our wealth in sadaqah and our energy to worship Allah as much as possible.

In the following Hadith Qudsi on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:
“Allah said, ‘The son of Adam wrongs me for he curses Ad-Dahr (Time); though I am Ad-Dahr (Time). In My Hands are all things, and I cause the revolution of day and night’”

Thus by cursing time, one is indirectly cursing Allah.
We must be very careful when we do not appreciate and insult time and what Allah has blessed us with.

Allah clearly mentions:
Translation: “Allah does not burden any human being with more than he can bear”
[Surah Baqarah, Ayah 286]
So if Allah has mentioned this to us how can we claim without trying that we have no time for more Ibadaah and more effort to please Allah? If we really try then we will find that Allah will inn shaa Allah make it possible.

How can we complain about lack of free time, when there are many Muslims around the globe who are busier than us because they are proactive at their day jobs and in Islamic studies and dawah, wealthier than us because they push themselves to succeed and more healthier than us because they maintain their health? And I personally know many of these proactive Muslims who truly appreciate the blessings from Allah so Allah is constantly increasing them as He The Almighty has promised us.

Alhamdulillah, we are blessed with ample time and modern conveniences to efficiently use them and extract the barakah from. We need to use technology and modern developments in order to benefit us as those same tools can either benefit us and be used as tools to glorify Allah and spread His deen, or they can be used to waste time and waste the blessings He has granted us.

I sincerely pray that Allah gives us the strength to be the best Muslims and strive for success, and answer the call of our Ummah who really need us to help them survive through poverty and struggles. Ameen.

Source: iQur’an and Productive Muslim

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