بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
One of you asked for more lectures of time management so here goes…
[Reminder: I’m still waiting for feedback from those of you who have not gotten around to it yet.]
Here’s a lecture to remind us of the importance of each SECOND.
Making Every Second Count by Dr. Bilal Philips (Download)
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)
Sad but true…