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    The Qur'an and Sunnah both emphasis the importance of time in the life of the Muslim. Allah [Subhanahu wa Ta'ala (SWT)] swears in the beginning of many Soorahs (Verses) by time or moments in time, for example: (Qur'an 89:1-2) And, (Qur'an 92:1) And, (Qur'an 93:1) And, (Qur'an 103: 1)

    When Allah swears by something of His creation, it directs our attention to the benefit of that thing. Allah said, which means: "And He has made the sun and the moon both constantly pursuing their courses, to be of service to you; and He has made the night and the day to be of service to you. And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you were to count the blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them." (Qur'an 14: 33-44) And, "And it is He Who put the night and day in succession, for such who desires to remember or desires to show his gratitude." (Qur'an 25: 62)

    The Prophet {saws} further emphasized the value of time in many authentic Hadiths (sayings of Prophet). For example, Mu'ath ibn Jabal (radhiallahu anhu (RA)] related that the Prophet {saws} said: "The slave will not go forward on the Day of Judgment until he is asked four questions: about his age and how he spent it, about his youth and how he used it, about his wealth and how he acquired it and spent it, and about his knowledge and what he did with it."

    Youth is a part of age, and is the climax of the age because young people can do so many good deeds, but when they get older, they cannot do as much. These are stages of development as the Qur'an mentioned in Soorah Ar-Rahman, which means: (Qur'an 30:54)

    If we do not use our time effectively for something good, then we will definitely use it for something bad, which destroys our rewards and our lives. For example, if you do not make thikr (mentioning Allah and praising Him), then you will be saying something else, perhaps backbiting, or perhaps talking about your children, your work, your neighbors, your friends, your enemies. What counts for you is using the time for something useful, doing good deeds and saying good things.

    Try to make a short revision at the end of each day about what you did during that day. Ask yourself: What did I do today? And what did I do that was bad today? Make repentance for the bad things that you have done and said, sincerely determining not to repeat such things. With the good, determine to do it again, do it more often, and do it better.

    Our lives are judged according to what we did with them, not according to how many years we lived. We know that life is very short, and at the end of it comes death. We do not know when we are going to die, so we have to make sure that we do a lot of good before we pass into the next life and we are unable to return to repent from our bad deeds or to do more good deeds. Time passes very quickly as Allah says, which means: "The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon and a morning." (Qur'an 79: 46) And, "And on the Day when He shall gather (resurrect) them together, (it will be) as if they had not stayed (in the life of this world and graves, etc) but an hour of a day." (Qur'an 10: 45)

    Time is very precious and if it passes, you cannot make use of it. If yesterday passed without the performance of good deeds, then it is gone; you cannot make any benefit of yesterday's time. For example, if you came to travel from one city to another and you found that the airplane that you were supposed to travel on has already left, do you think that it will be back to pick you up? Or if you were travelling by train and you missed the train, do you think that the train will reverse to come back to get you?

    When it is time for any one of mankind to die, he will ask for more time to do good deeds, as Allah says, which means: "Therein they will cry, 'Our Lord! Bring us out, we shall do righteous good deeds, not what we used to do." (Allah will reply): 'Did We not give you long enough lives so that whosoever would receive admonition could receive it, and the warner came to you? So taste you (the evil of your deeds). For the wrongdoers, etc, there is no helper." (Qur'an 35:37)

    So we must arrange our time wisely, being very careful about what we use it for. We must treat the free time that we have in which we could do good deeds as a precious resource, guarding it against waste or misuse.

    O Allah, make the end result good for us in all affairs and protect us from disgrace in this world and punishment of the Hereafter.

    Saturday : 28/09/2002

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