Tuesday, 10 February 2015

THE VALUE OF TIME

I hope this meets you at a TIME when it would make the most impact in your life. Time is a very essential commodity in the making of a Muslim. This is seen in various sections of the Qur'an where Allah swore by time. In Qur'an 103:1, Allah says ‘By the time'. In Qur'an 93:1, He says ‘By the glorious morning light'. In Qur'an 92:1, He says ‘By the night as it conceals (the light). Also in Qur'an 89:1, He says ‘By the dawn'.The fact that Allah swore by time and the different packages in which it comes, emphasizes the fact that we have to attach the appropriate importance to it. We have to value it the right away. There also are other parts of the Qur'an where Allah talked about time.

Time is all the moment a man spends from his birth till his death. Time is another word for LIFE, of which whatever vanishes in it can never be replaced. Time is a treasure which is more valuable than money, because money squandered or lost can be replaced, but time lost can never ever be replaced. 

Time comes in different packages. We have the happy time which seems to pass quickly, hard times which seem to pass slowly. We have time of good-health and time of ill-health, time of comfort and time of discomfort. We have the leisure time and we have the time when we are busy. There's time to hustle and there's time to keep calm and enjoy.

Some people would engage in irrelevant acts and tell you that they are killing time. They are actually committing suicide because that portion of their life which is wasted can never be regained.

What is the value of time? As earlier said, time is all the period you spend from birth till death, hence, it has to be properly organised. The unimportant shouldn't overshadow the important, the important shouldn't take precedence over the more important, while the time-less shouldn't prevail over the time-specific. Setting a portion of time for rest and refreshment is part of organising your time because the soul, heart and body get tired after being used for a long time. Thanks to the advancement in technology, you can keep track of time by checking your wristwatch, cell phone, laptop, wall clock, e.t.c. Even as Muslims, we are taught how to determine the passage of time through weather conditions and change in climate.

You still don't know the value of time? Time is not like a call-credit plan which rolls over. The fact that you have extra minutes which you didn't exhaust yesterday, doesn't mean you can use it today. It's gone forever. There's no carry over. There's no point trying to save time. You can only use it wisely.

At times, a year would pass by as if it was only a month. A month would pass by as if it was a week. A week would pass by as if it was a day. A day would pass by as if it was only a moment. And at the end of the day, you're amazed because you can't pinpoint what you've achieved. The weekend is over before you realise it. The month is over, it's time to pay the rent and you realise you're not even over the rent from last month.

Dear Muslimah, a day must not pass you by without you adding to your wealth of knowledge, for you shall account for every second spent, on the day of Accountability.

Are you still wondering what the value of time is? It’s so sad that a lot of us don't know the value of time. But I tell you, if you want to know the value of a year, ask a student that failed, and is a year behind or has to repeat a class or has an extra year. That year means a lot to him.

If you want to know the value of a month, ask a mother who delivered a premature baby. All she needed was a month for the baby to be fully developed. Don't tell her that a month doesn't matter.

If you want to know the value of a week, ask a person in-charge of a weekly newspaper or magazine. To him, everyday is a deadline.

 If you want to know the value of a day, ask a mother, a wife or a child, who is waiting for a loved one to arrive, but can't wait because they are unbelievably happy.

 If you want to know the value of a minute, ask a person who just missed his flight by a minute. He gets to the terminal and is told ‘just missed it man, you just missed your flight'.

 If you don't know the value of a second, ask a person who just escaped an accident. He says ‘It was just a second ago, the car passed and the accident happened'. A second could have cost him his life. 

And if you still don't know the value of a millisecond, ask a person who participated in the Olympics and lost gold because of a millisecond. To such a person, a millisecond would have changed the world history.

My esteemed readers, are you still confused about the value of time? In fact, being a Muslim should make you more conscious of time because you have been commanded to observe solat at a certain time. If time wasn't important, then maybe our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) wouldn't have taught us that certain acts of worship are most rewarding at certain times.

It is time for action. Sleep early so that you can wake up to observe the night prayer (tahajjud), which is slated for the third part of the night. Remember Allah when other people are sleeping. Whenever it is raining, supplicate. Between the Adhan and the Iqaamah, speak with Allah. On Mondays and Thursdays, fast, just as the Prophet (S.A.W) did. There are various acts of Ibaadah which you must engage in before you run out of time, because you never can tell when your clock would stop ticking. The Prophet (S.A.W) advised us to exploit our free time (leisure) before we become busy.

Dale Carnegie said in his book titled ‘How To Stop Worrying and Start Living', ‘Our problem is not ignorance, but inaction'. What action are you taking today in order to make the best use of your time (your life)? Are you still thinking of the value to attach to time? Then I advise you to pick up a copy of the book titled ‘Time In The Life Of A Muslim'. Read it, digest it and I pray you do have a change in attitude (for the better) afterwards.

 Ma'a salamah!

 Written by AMINAH FASHOLA

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