….get you a house in Paradise and not in the Hell-fire.
There are so many ahadeeth that warn us of the dangers caused by misusing our tongues.
There are also ahadeeth that show us the virtues of using our tongues properly:
[*He is referring to the voluntary acts, not the obligatory ones.]
Everyone keeps complaining about not getting enough time to do more ibaadah (worship). Okay, what about at least remembering Allah with our tongues (e.g. saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, Astaghfirullah, etc) while we drive, do housework, work on the PC, etc?
At least this way we’ll keep adding good deeds to our hereafter bank account sand hopefully get a very pleasant surprise on the Day of Judgement , insha-Allah, when we see how many good deeds we have garnered.
And don’t say that these are “little things”. Little things add up, remember?
Ah, yes. Time. We just don’t seem to have enough time.
1) How do we spend our time at present?
Do we spend it on obeying Allah or disobeying Him?
2) Why do we need more time exactly?
Is it because we want to have more time to do more acts of obedience thereby increasing our chances of getting Al-Firdaus (the highest level of Paradise)?
Or is it because we want to do more mundane activities?
3) How can we get “more” time?
Every single person has 24 hours, so how is it that all the Prophets (alaihimissalaam) and their Companions (radiallahu anhum) managed to do SO much with their time? [And remember that they didn’t have the technology of today.]
Simple. They obeyed Allah. That’s it.
They knew that they were created to worship Him and that’s what they did.
[Remember that “worship” doesn’t just mean praying and fasting, rather it includes any statement or act that Allah is pleased with. So, spending time with one’s family, trying to get fit, going to work to earn for your family, etc. could all become acts of worship if the person does them intending to seek the pleasure of Allah.]
So what happened? Allah, the owner of time, blessed their time, which meant that they had more time to worship Him, which in turn led their time to get blessed further and…
See how it goes? Wonderful, isn’t it?
Haven’t you realised that this is why we have SO much time in Ramadan? It’s because we spend most of it worshipping Allah which in turn gives us more time to worship Allah….
A sister once made a very powerful statement. She pointed out that everyone keeps complaining about not having enough time. She asked everyone to apply the Sunnah (i.e. the way of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) which is the best way to worship Allah) in their lives and then they would see the barakah (blessings) in their time.
She pointed out how following the “little” things like saying the dua before putting on one’s clothes (i.e. saying bismillah) can make a difference.
Subhan Allah, that was an eye opener for all of us present.
So that’s what we need to do: worship Allah the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did (or at least try to get close!) and do dua that our time is blessed (the latter is also an act of worship in itself as dua is worship).
Here’s a short, succinct lecture on making the most of our time:
Making the Most of Our Time by Abu Taubah (Download)
Yes, you will. It’s as simple as that.
“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test).” [Surah Al-Ankabut 29 : 2-3]
After all, one cannot expect to get a big prize for free.
“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, “When (will come) the Help of Allah?” Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near!” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) : 214]
And these tests also show us who the cream of the crop are.
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May Allah reward the sister for her great work.
Yes indeed. Don’t be useless because you’re worth so much more than that.
Being useless by just lounging or loitering around (couch potatoes, party hounds and compulsive shoppers, I am talking to YOU) does not bring a person ANY benefit.
However, being useful will help one both in this world and in the hereafter.
Let’s be useful to ourselves (by constantly remembering Allah) and to others (by helping them out and making things easy for them).
We need to give ourselves a chance, remember?