• It is a measure of the passing away of life… So, Time is Life!• It is a precious resource…We have only 24 hours in a day• It is irreplaceable…Time, unlike wealth, once lost, can’t be gained back• It is something you can’t have enough of• It is something to be respected... Not only your own time, but also other people’s!• If not managed well, it is a creator of stress
Allah (s.w.t) says:“ By the time, Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, And do righteous deeds, And (join together) in the mutual enjoining of Truth and of Sabr (patience & constancy).”
Ibn Abbas (r.a.a) narrates that the Prophet (s.a.w) said,“There are two blessings which many people lose. (Theyare) health and free time for doing good” (Bukhari)
The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “On the Day of Resurrection the feet of the son of Adam will not move away till he is questioned about five matters:1.On what he spent his life2. In doing what he made his youth pass away3. From where he acquired his property4. On what he spent it (property)5. What he did regarding what he knew.”
Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w) said: “Grasp five thingsbefore five others: your youth before your old age,your health before your illness, your riches beforeyour poverty, your leisure before your work andyour life before your death.” Tirmidhi
Abdullah bin Umar (r.a.a) said, “ Allah’s Apostle (s.a.w) tookhold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if youwere a stranger or a traveler.’Ibn Umar (r.a.a) used to say, “ If you survive till the evening,do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survivetill the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening andtake from your health for your sickness, and take from yourlife for your death.” (Bukhari)
Abu Bakr Siddiq (r.a.a) used to pray: “O Allah, do not leave us in the dark (i.e. under thewrong impression about things) and do not make us one of those who are careless about time”. Umar Farooq (r.a.a) used to ask Allah for Barakah (abundance & blessings) in his time (to do more in less time) and to enable him to use it for the right purposes.
Sh. Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddi said:“The people who do not value time andwaste all their spare time are trulydeprived and at a great loss. A person’slife will pass away in the twinkling of aneye and he will be left truly empty-handed”.
Making the maximum use of their time..• Ibn ul Jawzi wrote about 1000 books in his lifetime.• Ibn Jarir Tabari used to write 28 pages every day & not waste a single moment of his day.• In Jahiz Ibn Rashid’s life, there were only 2 nights he didnot read.Ibn ul Jawzi said, “I feel sorry for those people who arebusy in play and amusement, roaming around without anyspecific purpose, sitting in the market-place staring atevery passer-by and debating & giving their opinions onthe rise and fall of nations.”
FROM THE QURAN,THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET (S.A.W), & THE PRACTICE OF THE SAHAABAH (R.A.A)WE LEARN HOW TO PRIORITIZE, PLAN, ORGANIZE & ALLOCATEOUR TIME TO USE IT IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.
The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “It is incumbent on everyintelligent person that he should spend some part of histime talking to his Rabb.”This can be done in prayer, Quran, Dhikr, while alone andamongst people. Share your feelings and thoughts with Allah.
Quran (59:18) :“And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – andfear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do”. DO A REGULAR CHECK & REVIEW OF YOUR ACTIVITIES - What am I doing for my tomorrow (my Hereafter)? - What are my duties & am I doing them (worship, etc)? - What are my dealings with people? Am I giving them their rights? - What is my character, manners & habits like? - Have I stopped lying, backbiting, telling tales, aimless talk, sarcasm and doing activities which waste time? - Where is my wealth coming from & how am I spending it?
A believer is never ‘free’; he does not haveexcess time because there is too much tobe done. If you have time left over fromyour duties, help others. If you are alreadydoing this and still have time, do somemore.
You can do Dhikr – Remembrance of Allah“So when you have finished (your duties) thenstand up (for worship) and to your Lord direct(your) longing.” Quran 94:7,8
The Prophet (saw) used to forbid‘Qil’ and ‘Qal’ (idle, useless talk orthat you talk too much aboutothers)
• Laziness• Lack of focus or identifying what one wants• Too engrossed with one’s own personal problems• Lack of self-control or self-discipline• Ego in thinking oneself indispensable• Leaving things half done• Taking things & people’s criticism too personally• Demands of society & excessive time spent on social events• Not realizing the importance & value of time
- Identify your goals- Make a list of these goals making sure you balance your different liferoles- Prioritize and make a list of things to do- Make time-tables & stick to them- Be focused on what you are doing for ex. active listening saves time- Set realistic targets (monthly,weekly,daily) plan & achieve them- Review & amend as necessary- Train people to respect your time & schedules - Ask for Allah’s help in being constant
-Find out the ways of doing things correctly.-Knowledge will stop you from wasting time in making mistakes-Be determined to succeed. Develop a winning attitude-Do not impose limitations on yourself. Do things confidently-Be honest with yourself & be realistic
Prayer is the best training (physical &mental for us in learning to be punctual,focused, single minded, self-disciplined& goal oriented. So pray the right way,with the right movements, humility andconcentration.