T I M E
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says in:
(the interpretation of the meaning)
Surah Al ‘Asr
(Time Through The Ages)
By (the Token of)
Time (through the Ages),
Is in loss,
Except such as have Faith
And do righteous deeds,
In the mutual teaching
Of Truth, and of
Patience and Constancy.
~ ~ ~
There is a Bank that credits your
account each morning with $86,400.
It carries over no balance from day to day.
very evening deletes whatever part of the
balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do?
Draw out ALL of it,
Each of us has such a Bank.
Its name is TIME.
it credits you with 86,400 seconds.
Every night it writes off, as lost,
whatever of this you have failed
to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance.
It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you.
Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits,
the loss is yours.
There is no going back.
There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits.
Invest it carefully with wisdom and knowledge.
Use your Time to pray sincerely and do good and charity;
To faithfully practice the Five Pillars and perfect your Deen.
To remember to thank Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for everything;
To adhere to the commandments of the Holy Qur’an
and the teachings of the Sunnah of the
Prophet Sall Allahu alaihi wa sallam.
In order that you may benefit the utmost in
blessings and guidance in your life living with
strength of eemaan and taqwaa ~
Seeking only the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala
for the sake of your Hereafter.
The clock is running.
Make the most of each day.
Start working on your
We should not neglect our Time or use it haphazardly; on the contrary we should bring ourselves to account, structure our litanies and other practices during each day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and specific function for self-development in our Deen and maximise its potential. The better route towards self-development is, of course, to integrate all our efforts into a structured daily life.
Acquisitiveness, that is, the passion for seeking an increase in wealth, position, the number of adherents or followers or supporters, mass production and mass organisation, may affect an individual as such, or it may affect whole societies or nations. Other people’s example or rivalry in such things may aggravate the situation. Up to a certain point it may be good and necessary. But when it becomes inordinate and monopolises attention, it leaves no Time for higher things in life, and a clear warning is here sounded from a spiritual point of view. Man may be engrossed and wastes Time in these things till death approaches, and he looks back on a wasted life, as far as the higher things are concerned.
In other words, if life be considered under the metaphor of a business bargain, man, by merely attending to his material gains, will lose. When he makes up his day’s account in the afternoon, it will show a loss. It will only show a profit if he has Faith, leads a good life, and contributes to social welfare by directing and encouraging other people on the Path of Truth and Constancy. Faith is his armour, which wards off the wounds of the material world; and his righteous life is his positive contribution to spiritual ascent. Also, if man lived only for himself, he would not fulfill his whole duty. Whatever good he has, especially in moral and spiritual life, he must spread among his brethen, so that they may see the Truth and stand by in patient hope and unshaken constancy amidst all the storm and stress of outer life. For he and they will then have attained Peace within. (Ref: Abdullah Yusuf Ali – may Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala have Mercy on him).
I have attached below an essay by Imam Abdul Malik Al-Qasim for you to read on Time.
Inshaa’Allahu Ta’ala, you will find the information beneficial to help you start working on your Time.
Fi Amman Allah
K a r i m a
What can you do in that Time?
by Abdul Malik Al-Qasim
Adapted from, “Madha taf`al fi `ashara daqa’iq”
The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said, “The best actions are continuous ones even if little…” (Muslim). After I looked at my own state and the state of those who waste their time, I wanted to encourage our souls to obey and worship Allah `azza wa jall by compiling a list of some well-known actions that Allah `azza wa jall has honored us with and prepared a great reward for those who do them. This list is also a reminder of better utilizing our time and seizing the opportunity of every hour and making use of it. My goal in compiling the list is not to point out the actions as much as to show the necessity of organizing and planning and preserving one’s time by investing it in something good.
First of all, let us talk about time, with which many are heedless and wasteful, and which importance only few recognize.
Time is like wealth, it requires our attention and care in both spending and managing. While it is possible to gather and store wealth, and even add to it, time, however, is in no way like that. For every minute that passes can never come back even if you were to spend all the wealth of this world.
So since time is preordained to be a specific period that can not be brought forward or delayed and since the value of it depends on what it is spent on, it is obligatory upon every human being to preserve time, be it little or long. One should use it in the best possible way and not be heedless about it.
In order to preserve one’s time, one must reflect on how and where to spend it. The best way to spend time is in obeying Allah ta`ala. One will never regret time spent in such acts of obedience. The only regret would be that if one were not to take yet more provisions in terms of good actions. So set your goal, O brother or sister, make your intention sincere, beginning with a desire to preserve your time and beware of wasting any minute of it.
My noble brother and sister,
I selected the time span of ten minutes (for performing particular righteous actions listed in this book) due to ease of application, so that one starts with them until he or she engages in good all the time, by Allah’s grace. In these actions there is conformity with the saying of the Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, “The most beloved action to Allah is the most continuous, even if little.” (Muslim)
Imam an-Nawawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said in relation to this hadeeth, “In it (the above hadeeth) is an exhortation to perform deeds regularly and continuously, and [an explanation] that a small deed done regularly is better than a great one that is interrupted. It is because by continuously doing a little of such actions as, [one’s] obedience, remembrance, awareness of Allah, sincerity and dedication to the Creator, subhanahu wa ta`ala, the outcome accumulates and it is multiplied exceeding what is greater but interrupted.”
The Messenger, sallalahu `alayhi wa sallam, spoke the truth. My dear brother or sister, I will give you an example of the blessing of utilizing ten minutes in righteousness. Glorifying Allah subanahu wa ta`ala by saying “Subhan Allah” a hundred times daily means that one will do so 36,500 times in a year. So take account of your soul, my brother or sister. You can only glorify Allah this much in a year if you are regular in performing tasbeeh and if you make good use of your time.
Similarly, if one reads the Qur’an for ten minutes regularly, one can finish reading it in full every two months. Is this how you do it? Ask yourself, do you complete recitation of the full Qur’an outside of Ramadan? And do not limit, my dear brother or sister, these special ten minutes, devoted to obedience, to be performed only once a day. Perhaps you will find the time after the morning prayer, or after the sunrise, or after the noon prayer, or before sleep.
Likewise, if one manages to memorize only a single verse from the Book of Allah, `azza wa jall, every day, he or she will complete memorization the complete Qur’an in only eight years.
Most of the actions mentioned are performed with the tongue, so one is able to gain rewards at all times and in all situations. So whoever wants to strive in obedience to Allah, doors of good are open and one can make one’s days and indeed all of one’s life like the ten minutes. Abu Bakra, radhiallahu anhu, related that a person said: “O Messenger of Allah, which people are the best?” He said, “Whose life is long and his actions good.” He said, “And what people are the worst?” He said, “Whose life is long and his actions bad.” (Muslim)
This is an opportunity for you, dear brother or sister. Ten minutes in which one can taste the sweetness of regularity of performing righteous actions and which can be a step towards managing one’s time, until all of one’s life becomes beneficial. Ten minutes that are in agreement with the saying of Allah `azza wa jall, “And I have not created the Jinn or humans except to worship Me.” (adh-Dhaariyaat 51:56)
Ibn ul-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “In conclusion, the servant, when he turns away from Allah and becomes preoccupied with sins (in this world), he loses days of his true life (in the hereafter). He will see the consequence of losing them the Day he says, “He will say, ‘Oh, I wish I had sent ahead [some good] for my life (i.e. true, everlasting life in the Hereafter).’ (al-Fajr 89:24)
Some actions that can be done in ten minutes:
The forenoon prayer
Recitation of the Quran
Salawat on the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam
Praying Salat al-Janazah
Remembrance of Allah, `azza wa jall
Saying Subhan Allah, alhamdulillah and Laa ilaha ill Allah
Taking account of oneself
Removal of others’ difficulties and fulfillment of their needs
Preserving ties of kinship
Listening to da`wah tapes
Visiting believers for Allah’s sake
Remembering Allah after the obligatory prayers
Making peace between people
Writing one’s will
Reading traditions of the Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam
Mailing da`wah information
Feeding the poor
Praying Salat al-Istikharah
Taking care of orphans
Serving one’s family
Spreading Islamic knowledge
Calling to Allah
Giving Sadaqa jariyyah (charity that carries perpetual award)
Guiding and nurturing one’s children
Repeating after the mu’adhdhin
Performing the night prayer