Remember we discuss Suratul Asr?
Tell me again why the emphasis on time by Allah?
Time is a fleeting element. It always run out on you. The time that you have in your hand is the only thing you have now. Once it passes you, you will never get it back.
Let us look at ourselves. Are we making full use of our time? Making full of it as what Allah create us for.
So why did Allah create us?
Ad Dzariyat 51: 56
And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).
If Allah creates us for us to worship Him alone, should we not ask ourself how we can do that in the time that He has given us?
Let us look at a hadith that, Insya Allah, will help guide us and motivate us how we can make full use of our time and what we have in our hands. All for Allah’s sake.
hadith of ibn Abbas radi Allahu anhu reported in the mustadrak of Al-Haakim, musnad Imam Ahmad, and others, with an authentic chain of narration. In this hadith the Prophet sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam said to a man while he was advising him:
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.”
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasalam advised us to take advantage of five things (that we may have) before one loses it.
Let’s have a look at it
1. Youth before being old.
You are all young my dear children. There are numerous advantage of being young. Let us brainstorm the advantages of being youthful relative to being old
ii. Ability to learn
iii. Ability to retain knowledge
iv. Ability to move about
v. A sharper mind
vii. good sensories
ix. plenty of ideas
So many things you can do when you are young with so much zest and gutso. Imagine that you rush to gain knowledge now and if Allah wills that you live long, there is so much you can gain with the ilm that you have learned since young such as
i. worship for Allah
ii. benefiting the people
2. Health before sickness
Masya Allah Alhamdulillah you all are bestowed by Allah health since you are born. Health may not stay with us forever. This is a ni’mah. remember to never stop thanking Allah for such a blessed ni’mah.
Let’s brainstorm on the difficulties of being sick
i. Difficulties to move. Making it more of a challenge to worship Allah.
Of course Allah has given us ease by allowing us to make solah in may ways. But just imagine that if you have never make prostration before. Can you feel the loss of not being able to make a proper prostration when you are sick and confined to your bed lying down and not be able to put your forehead and nose on the ground prostrating to Allah?
ii. Missing out opportunities
To rush and seek ilm. Learn ilm now and may our eemaan increases to cope with any test that Allah may sent to us. (May Allah protect us)
iii. Frustration and depression
Indeed the trials of sickness is tough. The more reason we must seek ilm before one falls sick (May Allah protect us from this) so that it will become our salvation in getting closer Allah. And that it will help us fend off the whispers of Shaytan.
3. Richness before poor
There is hadith recorded in both Bukhari and Muslim reported by Ibn Abbas that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam said,
“I looked into paradise, and saw that most of its inhabitants were the poor, and I looked into Hell and saw that most of its inhabitants were women.”
But being poor is no easy matter. Those among the poor who are admitted into jannah has the highest of eemaan. Being poor is a trial. We seek refuge in Allah from being poor in any state.
We will never know what Allah has destined for us. But we know what we have now.
Brainstorm what opportunity that you have now when you have wealth.
i. Give sadaqah
ii. Help the poor
iii. Seek ilm
iv. Sufficient (and more than sufficient) food to give you energy
v. Perform Hajj and Umrah
vi. build masjid
viii. buy good books
ix. help build school
x. access to medical facilities
4. Your free time before you become busy
If you think you are busy with your school work, extra activities and all sort, trust me you will get busier. And each time you get busier, you’ll probably wish that you do something good when you are less busy.
The world will always keep one busy. You will find your hands full of things to do and so many not done.
But have you seen so many successful people in both dunya and the deen successful on both sides. They can do everything including community work and have time to go to classes and also write books perhaps.
The key is to make proper time planning. Identify the major work that needs to be done and write down daily schedule on how you want to plan your day, week, month, yearly, next five years, next ten years and so forth.
When you do this Insya Allah you will find that you do have time and you can take up new challenges or new lessons or increase in hifz and so forth.
5. Life before death
When you die, everything will cease. You can’t add anymore good deeds to your akhirah account except the three mentioned in a hadith
Abu Hurayrah rahimahullaah reported that Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three types: an ongoing sadaqah, a knowledge (of Islaam) from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes du’aa for him.”(Muslim and others)
And that is exactly what you should chase for when you are still alive.
i. giving sadaqah – especiallymore if you have the means to do so
ii. dispensing knowledge to benefit others – and how would you do if you are not seeking ilm to start with
iii. raising righteous child – and this also requires ilm.
Only when you are alive you can accumulate the shares of interest and bonus in the akhirah. Do not be like the disbelievers as per mentioned by Allah in the quran
Surah al mu’minoon 23: 98-100
Until, when death comes to one of them (those who join partners with Allâh), he says: “My Lord! Send me back, (99) “So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!” No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected. (100)
They will be those who will regret and ask to be return to life again.
You have to wake up now and grab the opportunity of life for a blissful ending of akhirah. Do not be like those who only wake up when they die. And you would feel that the life in the world was just so short like a blink of an eye and ended up regretting either not doing much or doing nothing at all.
Indeed among the name of the days of resurrection is Yaumul Hasrah which means the day of regret. The disbelievers will regret not believing and the believers will regret not doing more good deeds.
May this hadith motivate you to make full use of your time, to strike it when you are young and healthy and most importantly alive. To make plans and arrange your daily life so we could fill it in Allah’s pleasure and in pursuit of knowledge and more more good deeds.
May Allah make our time filled with barakah.