The Time is Now! Author: Issa Abbasi


What’s black and white, has hands and doesn’t stop for anyone?

Answer: A classic wall clock with a white background and black hands.

Wall Clock

We have just left the month of Ramadan, the month of increased worship and remembrance of Allah swt that finds us trading “normal” daily activities for more spirituality.  But for the other 11 months of the year, with the exception of our five daily prayers, Muslims live like the rest of the world.  We watch television, we go to the movies and we spend time with friends, family and those we care for.  Yet, there exists a group of people, who for any given topic, go to extremes.  Now I will admit, some people (including myself sometimes) plan way too much and way too far ahead.  If you ask me, that’s not a bad problem to have, but this post isn’t about those who plan too much or too far in advance.  This post rather is about those who lack the respect of time and have no plan.  If you don’t have a plan, start making one.  Make a plan for both the dunya and the akhira, like, now.  None of us can wait any longer to be without a plan.  NOW

A few years ago, a young girl passed away from playing the online hit computer game “World of Warcraft” for several consecutive days.  I want you to read that sentence again.

Someone, a teenager in particular, passed away from playing a video game, for several consecutive days.  What kind of society do we live in where people spend so much time enthralled in one activity that it kills them?

This example alone should teach us to remember what our time means and how valuable it is.  But for those of us who have become desensitized to hearing about death in the news, I will give you more examples of how valuable time should be to us and what we can do in our time to increase its worth.

The Value of Time

It has been narrated (and I will confirm where I found this when I find it) that the Prophet Nooh (Noah) (a.s.) said had he known he would live over 900 years, he would have spent them all in prostration to his Lord.  Can you imagine that?  We spend a few minutes in sujood on a daily basis, so imagine what it means when a Prophet says he would have spent his life in sujood and he was alive for over 900 years?!  Scary, isn’t it?

So how valuable is time?  In a hadith qudusi, Allah (swt) says “do not curse time, for I am time.”  Time is so valuable that it is real.  Do not think that time is not real.  You will be asked about how you spent your time in your youth and what you were able to accomplish.  Time is so precious, that Allah (s.w.t.) swears by it in the Quran multiple times.  Allah (s.w.t.) swear by al Fajr, Ad-Duha and Al Asr in the Quran and Allah (s.w.t.) only swears by things to take an oath by them and show their importance.

With that being said, let’s now look at what we can do with our time to make the most of it.  But before I move on, do not get me wrong, it is okay to spend time with friends, family and in recreational activities, so long as they do not distract us from our main purpose in this dunya; worshiping Allah (s.w.t.).

The Most Valuable Home Costs Minutes A Day

Massive Mansion

Time is the most precious commodities we possess and we are all charged with the duty of spending our time wisely.  The best of deeds are ones that are small but constant and with such a 24/7 society we live in, time runs away from us.  Consider this, if we all did our best to slowly work our way up a ladder for a good deed, it will become a habit before we know it.  In the summer, I learned through AlMaghrib’s Fiqh of Salah class that whoever prays twelve (12) raka’s of nafl (non-obligatory) salah, Allah (s.w.t.) will build a house for them in Jannah…everyday they do this!  To earn this right, pray the following sunnah (these are called “The Rawatib” salawat)

2 Rak’as before Fajr

4 Rak’as before Duhr

2 Rak’as after Duhr

2 Rak’as after Maghrib

2 Rak’as after Isha

If you add that up, you will get 12 rak’as of sunnah, or the rawatib salawat.  If at first 14 is a little tough, try 10 and slowly move up to 12 and then 14.  You will be amazed how easy this will become within 3 weeks (it does take 21 days to make or break a habit)!

Here’s a habit I am trying to make a fixed part of my night and I think you can as well.  After Isha or before you go to sleep, pray two rak’as of qiyam.  That’s it, just two rak’as.  In only working on this habit for two days, I’ve found this practice to be so uplifting to my spirit.  It doesn’t take much effort really, you just need to put the time in.  The best part is picking up a Quran and picking out a surah to split up over two rak’as or whatever you can read from the Quran that comes easy to you.  Don’t believe me?  Try it yourself and feel the eman rush.

It’s the Small Things that Add up Building Blocks

Okay, say you can’t easily add more sunnah salawat to your life.  Fine.  Start with something small and slowly build it up.  Within 1-2 minutes, you can read 1/3rd of the Quran.  That’s right, 1-2 minutes.  How?  If you recite Surat Al Ikhlas (Surah 112) three times, you get the reward of reading 1/3rd of the Quran.  Amazing, no?  Do you have 2 more minutes?  Yes you do, you just spent 5 minutes reading my post, so of course you’ve got 2 more minutes!  If you say “subhanal-lahi wabi hamdih” (How perfect Allah is and I praise Him) one hundred times, your sins will be forgiven for you even if they amount to the foam of the sea (source: http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/Dhikr/one.html).

Wait, there’s more!

In one minute you can say Subhan Allahi wa bi hamdihi Subhan Allah il-Adheem (Glory and praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allah the Almighty) 50 times. These are two phrases which are light on the lips, heavy in the balance and beloved to the Most Merciful, as was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim (source: http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/Dhikr/one.html).

For more amazing gems, check out this link (http://www.sultan.org/books/hisnalmuslim.pdf) for more things you athkar (remembrance of Allah (s.w.t.)) you can say.

Don’t be Defeated

Just because Ramadan is over, it doesn’t mean your former defeated attitude can come back.  Actually, you former defeated attitude isn’t welcome back, so, be rude and tell your “I can’t” attitude that it has been evicted from your soul.

Well, did you say goodbye?

Good.

Brothers and sisters reading this post, I remind myself and all of you that Ramadan is over, but the door of forgiveness never closes.  Race and hasten towards forgiveness, give money in charity to douse the fire of your sins and do righteous actions, for as small as they are, you will see them on the Day of Judgment, even if they are as small as an atom.

Again, I say this all as a reminder to myself first and to all of us that time quickly passes us by.  This post was supposed to go up on Friday, September 25th, but subhanAllah, I was distracted and had a busy weekend and here you are, reading this at the earliest on Monday the 28th.

May we all make the best and most efficient use of our time, Ameen.

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~ by Yousaf on September 28, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Time is Now! Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. JazakAllah Khair for sharing. iA, we recieve the most of each blessing that Allah has given us and use this time in dunya to strengthen our Eman and get the everlasting fruits of Jannah. It’s amazing how many blessings we can recieve in a matter of minutes. Truly, Allah is the most Merciful. Thanks for the reminder, I really needed it!
    Keep the faith and take care,
    ur sis in faith

  2. The Prophet (pbuh) said:
    “Take benefit of five before five:
    your youth before your old age,
    your health before your sickness,
    your wealth before your poverty,
    your free-time before your preoccupation,
    and your life before your death.”
    (Hakim)

    The concept of time is so important in Islam that Allah swears by it in the Qur’an:
    ‘By [the token of] Time. Verily Man is in loss, except such as have faith and do good deeds, and [join together] in the mutual teaching of truth, of patience and constancy.’
    (Surah Al-‘Asr)

    We should be spending our free time for Allah as much as we can.

  3. Good day! This is my first comment here so
    I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that
    deal with the same topics? Thank you!

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