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).
Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta `aala says in:(the interpretation of the meaning)Soorah Al `Asr(Time Through The Ages)103:1-3By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages),Verily ManIs in loss, Except such as have Faith And do righteous deeds, In the mutual teaching Of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.
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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, of course!!!!
Each of us has such a Bank. Its name is TIME.
Every morning, 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 Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta `aala for everything;To adhere to the commandments of the Holy Qur’aan and the teachings of the Sunnah of the Prophet Sall Allaahu `alayhi wa sallam,In order that you may benefit the utmost inblessings and guidance in your life living with strength of eemaan and taqwaa ~Seeking only the Pleasure of Allaah Ta`aalafor the sake of your Hereafter.The clock is running. Make the most of each day.Start working on your ‘Time’