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  • Having all this great value and importance, time is to be duly appreciated and managed. In fact, wasting time is much more dangerous than squandering property, because unlike property, time cannot be compensated. Free time is a blessing that is overlooked, and not wholly appreciated by many people.This indicates that it's very important for a Muslim to try his utmost to husband his time and make the best use of it in beneficial things. A Muslim may use portion of his time in making invocations and supplications, celebrating the praises of Allah. The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), used to supplicate: "O Allah! I seek refuge in You from sorrow and distress, and I seek refuge in You from disability and laziness."A Muslim should learn how to organize his time, and make a realistic plan for his worldly and religious duties, without any of them overlapping the other. That is to say that one should know how to arrange his priorities: the most important and the most urgent comes first, and carried out according to schedule. Organizing time also includes leaving a place for relaxation and entertainment, for 'all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.‘Verily, time is very important for our success both in this temporary world and the eternal world to come. If we waste time, if we abuse it, then we waste and abuse our lives. In the Life Hereafter we will be among the losers, who will suffer the torments in the Hell Fire, if Allah the Almighty will not forgive us. Therefore, if we really give value to our lives then, we must give due value to the importance of time.
  • We got enough time from Allah, we need to learn how to manage ourselves to use this blessing in the best way and not waste it
  • Everything we do in accordance with the Qur'an and the Sunnah is an act of worship. Such worship must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah alone. We should make use of our time (which includes our "free time") in doing beneficial things especially those that will make us closer to Allah and earn His Mercy.
  • What is time?What Is management? The process of dealing with or controlling things or people, the responsibility for an organisation
  • Box of gifts and time
  • Box of gifts and time
  • Everything we do in accordance with the Qur'an and the Sunnah is an act of worship. Such worship must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah alone. We should make use of our time (which includes our "free time") in doing beneficial things especially those that will make us closer to Allah and earn His Mercy.
  • In line with the above Qur'anic injunction, we have to discipline ourselves by giving value to the importance of time.
  • One of the methods of managing his time properly is for a Muslim to get up early and sleep early, for early hours always yield great blessings. Starting his day with prayer and the supplication of the morning brings the Muslim Allah's grace.
  • So we know what are the right deeds we should be occupied with in our life. Now, let’s look at how we can manage ourselves better to have time to do them.
  • Satan’s (audubillahi mine szajtanaradzim) gun to take our time and stop us from drawing nearer to Allah
  • Doing tasks in their due times brings about peace of mind and comfort.
  • Effective time management for Muslimah

    1. 1. Effective Time Management for MuslimahSandra Iman Pertek, 14th July 2011, Ayesha Community School
    2. 2. Waste/Abuse Waste/Abuse time your life Value Time Value Life
    3. 3. Identify yourself with below descriptions by sitting in the right placeOn the left On the rightNo time Enough timeBusy AvailableI never complete my daily tasks I am in control of my timeI think I could do more I do right thingsI waste my time “I am happy how I deal with“I wish I had more time everyday” my time”
    4. 4. A warning for everyone “The Hour will not take place before time shrinks. One year will be like a month, onemonth will be like a week, a week will be likea day, and a day will be like an hour; and an hour will be like a burning flame.” (Ibn Ahmad Hanbal, Musnad)Time gets closer, and the day and the nightapproach one another. (Mukhtasar Tazkirah al-Qurtubi, p. 374, no. 681)
    5. 5. The time is only getting shorter sowe need to learn how to manage ourselves to cope with it Allah (SWT.) gives us enough time, He knows best what is best for us…
    6. 6. What is our life like? We are nothingWe are born (our life’s exam starts) We grow We are teenagers We grow We have a family We grow Old We die.
    7. 7. And as any other exam, ourlife’s exam has a limited time…
    8. 8. Why are we here?And I did not create the jinn andmankind except to worship Me. Quran(51:56-58).And serve thy Lord until there comeunto thee the Hour that is certain (i.e.,death). Quran (15:98-99)
    9. 9. Where are you going?Do you know what you wantachieve in this life? Are you planning it?
    10. 10. What are we going to talk about today?EFFECTIVE AGENDA 1. The importance of time. TIME + 2. Worth effort deeds.MANAGEMENT 3. Time management IN MUSLIM techniques. 4. Practice! CONTEXT – Setting up the goals – Time planning.
    11. 11. The importance of time
    12. 12. Time is a gift from the Creator and its proper use will determine our outcome for eternity
    13. 13. Life as a gift from the Creator Y months X years Z daysU minutes W hoursGift = X years + Y months + Z days + W hours + U minutes
    14. 14. We are reminded that life in this world is nothing but temporary..."There are two blessings which many peoplelose: (They are) health and free time fordoing good." (Bukhari 8/421)Before we could lose this blessing we need torush to do good.
    15. 15. Day of JudgementNarrated Abdullah Bin Mas`ud Allahs Messenger (PBUH) said:"A man shall be asked concerning five things on theday of resurrection:- concerning his life, how he spent it;- concerning his youth,- how he grew old;- concerning his wealth, whence he acquired it, and in what way he spent it;- and what was it that he did with the knowledge that he had."
    16. 16. Do good deeds before any obstacles ariseThe Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), used to call on Muslims totake the initiative to do good deeds before any obstacles arise.For instance, he said, "Lose no time to do gooddeeds before you are caught up by one ofseven calamities awaiting you: a starvationwhich may impair your wisdom; a prosperitywhich may mislead you; an ailment which maydamage your health; an old age which mayharm your senses; a sudden death; the Dajjal(Antichrist); or Doomsday, which is indeed thehardest and most bitter." (at-Tirmidhi, al-Baihaqi)
    17. 17. Related by Ibn-Abbas; the Prophet (sallallahu`alayhi wa sallam) said, "Grab five thingsbefore five others: your youth beforeyour decrepitude, your health beforeyour illness, your wealth before yourpoverty, your leisure before your work,and your life before your death."[al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak]
    18. 18. Another reminder…By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), VerilyMan is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and dorighteous deeds, and (join together) in themutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience andConstancy. Quran (103:1-3)We must be prompt in doing gooddeeds, which will increase our faith andsubsequently enable us to gain Allahspleasure and mercy.
    19. 19. Have we been spending our timewisely to serve Allah (SWT.) anddeserve for Jennah?To be successful in this life’s exam, wehave to manage our time wisely bymaking plans for righteous deeds thatplease Allah the Almighty.
    20. 20. Take a minute and write down in your handouts:What does time mean to me and why is it so important?
    21. 21. Task 1. What are beneficial things that we should prompt to do?Brainstorm and stick your list to the ‘beneficialtime use board’.Time: 8 min for preparation + 2 min for grouppresentation
    22. 22. Develop your connection with Allah (SWT.) – Morning routine – Sleep routine (night and witr prayer) – Focus in Salaat in the age of distraction
    23. 23. Start your day earlyThe Prophet (sallallahu `alayhe wa sallam) always demandedthat work should start early in the morning.Aisha reported a Hadith with a similar meaning; the Prophet(sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, " Rise early to earn yourliving and do your affairs, for it brings about blessingand success." [at-Tabarani]Fatima, the Prophets daughter, said that when he saw her stilllying in bed one morning, he told her, "My daughter, get upand witness your Lords bounty, and do not be amongthe indifferent; Allah distributes daily bread betweenthe break of dawn and sunrise." [al-Baihaqi]
    24. 24. More ideas!www.1000gooddeeds.com
    25. 25. Take a minute and write down in your handouts:How can I use my time, what deedscan I do, in a way that will bring me eternal benefits?
    26. 26. So we all got some hints about effective Muslimah’s deeds… Now, as we know what we should do let’s look at how we can manage ourselves better to have time to do what really matters.
    27. 27. Time management techniques
    28. 28. Time TrapsNon-Productive Activities to Avoid Brainstorming
    29. 29. Take a minute and write down in your handouts: What are my time traps? (time wasters)
    30. 30. Planning Your Days AheadThe Peak Performance Curve• When are you most focused and attentive?• When are you most creative?• When do you feel like lounging and doing nothing?• When are you exhausted and ready for sleep?
    31. 31. Peak Performance Curve Working days:7am 10am 12pm 3pm 6pm 9pm 12am 2am Weeknds:7am 10am 12pm 3pm 6pm 9pm 12am 2am
    32. 32. Everyone has an individualPeak Performance Curve.Take advantage of the times you are mostproductive by understanding your peakperformance times and planning your dayaccordingly.
    33. 33. Task 2. Your Peak Performance Curve Based on your answers, draw your Peak erformance curve. Time: 3 min It’s normal that when your lifestyle changes, so does the curve. My Peak Performance Curve at school:7am 10am 12pm 3pm 6pm 9pm 12am 2am My Peak Performance Curve on weekends:7am 10am 12pm 3pm 6pm 9pm 12am 2am
    35. 35. Homeworks PreventionOther deadlines Reletionship BuildingCrises PlaningPressing problemsSocial media EmailsPhone calls, chats Time wastersPopular activities Plesant activities
    36. 36. DO IT NOW! Plan it !Delegate ! Forget it!
    37. 37. Task 3.Categorize activities in the matrix according to your sense of importance(pay attention to Muslim context) Time: 4 min + 2 for checking
    38. 38. • Science coursework due on 17th July• Visiting cousins• Chatting on FB• Praying my Salaat on time• Cleaning your room• Submitting application to school club due on 15th July• Dentist’s appointment• Learning Sura Al-Kawthar• Watching cartoons• Sister’s costume for final assembly tomorrow• Add activity of your own choice
    39. 39. Solution DO IT NOW! Plan it ! Science Coursework Visiting cousins Praying my Salaat Clean your room School club application Learning Sura Al-Khawtar Delegate ! Forget it! Dentist’s appointment Chatting on FB Costume for Assembly Watching cartoons your sister+ Activity of your own choice* Optional, according to one’s priorities and values
    40. 40. • Learn when to say NO• Use your waiting time• Skip unimportant, irrelevant information (social media, emails etc.)• Concentrate on your task• Don’t procrastinate, just do it now and enjoy your peace of mind
    41. 41. Practice!Setting up the goalsHabitatorTime planning – Calendar, Taskinator.
    42. 42. Setting up the goals Where are you now? FamilyFriends EducationReligion Health Community
    43. 43. Extra task1. How much time are you committing to listed areas of life? (scale 1-6, where 1 stands for little and 6 for very much).2. Mark these points on the line of every life’s area.3. Joint the points and look at the shape of your diagram. Is it balanced? What are the areas that you need to pay more Family attention on? Religion Educatio Community Health
    44. 44. Example of not balanced person Family Religion Education Community Health
    45. 45. Example of balanced person Family Religion Education Community Health
    46. 46. Setting up the goals 6 months 1 yearIslamPersonalFamilyCommunityUmmah
    47. 47. Example Setting up the goals 6 months 1 yearIslam Learn 4 long Suras Learn 30% of the QuranPersonal Don’t get angry with Easily interact with others everyone with love and compassionFamily Strengthen relations Strengthen relations with close family with far family members membersCommunity Volunteer at least 1 Volunteer at least 2 hour a week in hours a week in community work community workUmmah Be nice and talk to Prepare a blog about neighbours about Islam Islam to my peers
    48. 48. Task 4. Setting up the goals Time: 7 min 6 months 1 yearIslamPersonalFamilyCommunityUmmah *DO IT IN A SMART WAY!
    49. 49. Recognize your true goal! S Specific M Measureble A Ambitious R Realistic T Time framed
    50. 50. Task 5.Habitator Time:
    51. 51. Have a look atTaskinator, Calendar
    52. 52. How can you use these tools toimprove your time management habits? Work on them individually at home to develop the right habits.
    53. 53. Remember• Forth daily planning (prior night or early morning)• Prioritize!• Focus on our task• Cut back time wasters, analyze your time• Run weekly and monthly review! Ask someone to track you• Every time has its own task that suits it…
    54. 54. Ask yourselfHow do I make my 24 hours of the day into the worship?
    55. 55. The Last Day will not be established until… time will pass quickly. (Sahih Bukhari)
    56. 56. Questions ?Every question count and is a good one!
    57. 57. Jazzakum Allah KhairMay Allah help us to make the best use of our time…Ameen