• 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 (swt) 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 &
Ibn Abbas (raa) narrates that the Prophet (saw) said, “There
are two blessings which many people lose. (They are) health
and free time for doing good” (Bukhari)
The Prophet (saw) said: “A servant of Allah will
remain standing on the Day of Judgment till
he is questioned about:
1. His age & how he spent it
2. His knowledge & how he utilized it
3. His wealth & from where he acquired it
4. In what (activities) did he spend it (wealth)
5. His body & how he used it.”
Allah’s Messenger (saw) said: “Grasp five things before
five others: your youth before your decrepitude, your
health before your illness, your riches before your poverty,
your leisure before your work and your life before your
Abdullah bin Umar (raa) said, “ Allah’s Apostle (saw) took
hold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you
were a stranger or a traveller.’
Ibn Umar (raa) used to say, “ If you survive till the evening,
do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive
till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening and
take from your health for your sickness, and take from your
life for your death.” (Bukhari)
Abu Bakr Siddiq (raa) used to pray:
“O Allah, do not leave us in the dark (i.e. under the
wrong impression about things) and do not make us
one of those who are careless about time”.
Umar Farooq (raa) 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 andThe people who do not value time and
waste all their spare time are trulywaste all their spare time are truly
deprived and at a great loss. A person’sdeprived and at a great loss. A person’s
life will pass away in the twinkling of anlife will pass away in the twinkling of an
eye and he will be left truly empty-eye and he will be left truly empty-
How the companions of the Prophet (saw) made the maximum use of
• 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 did
• Ibn ul Jawzi said, “I feel sorry for those people who are
busy in play and amusement, roaming around without any
specific purpose, sitting in the market-place staring at
every passer-by and debating & giving their opinions on
the rise and fall of nations”.
FROM THE QURAN,
THE SUNNAH OF THE PROPHET
(SAW), & THE PRACTICE OF THE
WE LEARN HOW TO PRIORITIZE,
PLAN, ORGANIZE & ALLOCATE
OUR TIME TO USE IT IN THE BEST
The Prophet (saw) said: “It is incumbent on every
intelligent person that he should spend some part of his
time talking to his Rabb”.
This can be done in prayer, Quran, Dhikr, while alone and
amongst people. Share your feelings and thoughts with Allah.
Quran (59:18) :
“And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and
fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do”.
DO A REGULAR CHECK & REVIEW OF YOUR ACTIVITY
- 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
- What is my character, manners & habits like?
- Have I stopped lying, backbiting, telling tales, aimless talks
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 have excess
time because there is too much to be done. If you
have time left over from your duties, help
others. If you are already doing this and still have
time, do more.
You can do Dhikr – Remembrance of Allah
“So when you have finished (your duties) then
stand up (for worship) and to your Lord direct
The Prophet (saw) used to forbid
‘Qil’ and ‘Qal’ (idle, useless talk or
that you talk too much about others)
• 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 or balance your life roles
- Prioritize and make a list of things to do
- Make time-tables & stick to them
- Be focused on what you are doing, 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 to be 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 and