In this world, we live within time and space which are of course both Creations of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
So we are bound by space and time.
But do we ever give the appropriate importance to our time?
I know we always say “I must make time for this and time for that… time to go to work, time to make money, time costs money, time is money and so on. ” This is not what I mean. Are we getting our priorities right as with regards to time?
How are you spending your time today? Do you know why you was given today, did you appreciate this day, that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) blessed you with and what did you do with your time?
Or are you just spending your day idle and procrastinating? Putting off what you have to do for later? Thinking that you will be given the extra time to do beneficial activities later. I am also asking myself the same question…
We have to reflect on our purpose in life and why we have been given time in our lives, however much time Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will permit us with.
Our life in this world is only temporary and it is a test for the life in the Hereafter, which will be our eternal life.. The purpose of our life is :
And I (Allâh) created not the jinns and humans except they should worship Me (Alone). (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56)
Worshipping Allah not only on when we perform our prayers but doing every action of our lives for His sake and to please Him.
Once we grasp the truth and purpose of our existence then it is possible for us to appreciate and use our time correctly.
Ibn-ul Qayyim said, “The highest, most worthy and most useful of reflection is what is intended for Allah and the Hereafter.”
Imam Hassan Al-Banna, said “Time is life itself.”
Imam Shafi’i said,”Out of my company with Sufis, I benefited only two things, one of which is their saying: like a sword, time will cut you if you do not cut it. …” In other words, if you do not spend time doing something useful, you are the loser by wasting it.
Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said: “One’s time is in fact his age. It is the material of his eternal life either in everlasting joy or painful torture. It passes more quickly than clouds do. It is only the time one dedicates to Allah that constitutes one’s real life and age. The rest does not count; the life he leads in it is only animal life. Compared to a life of indulgence in appetitive activities, false aspirations and negligence of Allah’s remembrance – and at best in sleep and being idle – death is a much better alternative.”
The Prophet (salallahu alahi wa salam) said:
Take advantage of five matters before five other matters:
1) Your youth before you become old, 2) Your health before you fall sick, 3) Your richness before you become poor, 4) Your free time before you become busy, 5) Your life before your death.
Also it has been reported that he (salallahu alaihi wa salam) said:
Narrated by Ibn Abbas:
The Prophet (Salallahu alaihi wa salam) said, ‘There are two blessings which many people lose: Health and free time for doing good”
[Al- Bukhari 76:421]
On the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:
If you live until the evening, then do not expect to live until the following morning. And if you live until the morning, then do not expect to see the evening. Take from your health for your sickness and from your life for your death.