Life is a Huge Collection of Time

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Have you ever walked out of a store feeling like you may have forgotten to get something else but you didn’t have enough time to get back in there because you are in a hurry to beat the traffic. As we clean our homes each day to remove the collection of dust and reorganize our closets we are engaging ourselves with the time it takes to improve our quality of space.  Our activities day in and day out define how our time is spent. Lately, as I have been spending some productive time on my p.c.  it always seems that the time goes by so quickly. I feel guilty that there could be other valuable things that I could be doing.  Indeed, life is a huge collection of time.  We should value our time not only for ourselves but also according to what we are able to do for others.  Thus, Islam has made it clear to me that my time is limited and that it is a favor from Allah. Therefore, it is upon us to take it as our provision as it is the most valuable thing we possess in our lives and it will not return to us until it has been spent and elapsed.  For example, our children have been blessed with many skills and abilities, so why don’t we develop them and direct them to doing good? We should give time to our children and strive to develop their skills. Also, how much of the Quran have we memorised? Or how many hadith of the best of Allah’s creation, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, have we memorised? Have we studied his life or the lives of his noble Companions? So why don’t we give our children some of this great benefit?  The vacation and holidays we spend are of benefit for our families and are nothing more than a time in our lives. Thus, it does not mean that we cannot take our children out for trip or to travel, as to relax and enjoy ourselves as long as this remains within the realms of what is permissible and affordable. The religion of Islam has laid great emphasis and importance on the issue of time in our lives.  Indeed, Islam has clarified to me the value and blessing of time, as well as informing mankind that their life spans have been accounted for and our time is limited.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Do (good) deeds according to your capacity… God does not grow tired of giving rewards unless you tire of doing good… The (good) most loved by God are those that are done regularly, even if they are small.” Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 24

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