The Importance of Time in Islam “Killing time is not a murder, it is a suicide.” Time is one of the greatest gifts Allah has given us,  yet we often neglect it. Muslims must be conscious of time in all that they do, particularly when it comes  to prayers, Zakat and Fasting. When duties and good  deeds aren’t performed on time, they lose meaning,  impact and blessings. Time is the most precious  thing man has in life, but many people waste their  time in trifles so that man must invest his time by  doing good deeds. 

 Importance of Time in Life

 All know that Every moment is great in  Life. Time is more than money as money spent can be  earned again however once time spent can never be  earned. There is a common saying that ” Time and Tide  waits for none.” It is as true as existence of life on the earth. It runs continuously without stoppage. Therefore,  This never waits anyone. So man should never spend his  precious and priceless minutes without purpose and  meaning at any stage of life. 

 Everyone should always understand  the meaning of time and use it accordingly in positive  way to fulfill some purpose. One should learn  something from this continuously running time. Hence,  it is God’s handiwork which, like all Creation, is under  

His command. In this regard, The prophet Muhammad said that Allah commanded men not to blame dahr “for I [God]  am dahr.”

Also, Allah said in Holy Qur’an: “By (the Token of) Time  (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have  Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual  teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy. (Quran  103:1-3).” 

In Surat Al’ Āsr Allah showed that this world is not permanent.  Nobody comes into this world to live forever. So that  Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated that: ” Take advantage of  five questions before five other questions: your youth before  you get old; your health before getting sick; wealth before  becoming poor; your free time before you become preoccupied,  and your life, before your death” [Musnad Imam Ahmad] .There  is an old wisdom which shows the power of running time. It  reveals that time is like a sword if man do not cut it, it will cut  him. 

 Time in Islam

 Religion of Islam warned people from wasting time  since it is one of the blessings given by Allah. Hence,  Muslims should take advantage out of time before it  passes and nothing there would nothing left in their  hands except regret and grief. Allah stated in Holy  Qur’an : “O you who believe, obey Allah, and write to  the messenger, and do not make your deeds valueless!”  [Quran,47: 33]. In hereafter, Allah will ask people about  how they were using their time in life. The Prophet 

Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The feet of a servant  will not touch the ground until he asked about his life and  how he spent it; his knowledge and how he acted upon it; his  wealth and how he acquired it and spent it and his body and  how it was used.” [Tirmidhi].  

 Time Management

 People need to manage their time effectively.  They do many different activities each day. Some of  these are routine activities that they do every day. There  are some steps that each man can implement them in  his day. Firstly, prioritize tasks which means that man  should complete most important tasks first which is the  golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the  two or three tasks which are the most crucial to  complete. For instance, muslims do their five prayers on  time and doing all forms of worship Allah. Secondly,  learn to say “no”. Making a lot of commitments can  teach one how to juggle various engagements to  manage his time. This can be a great thing. 

 Thirdly, sleep at least seven or eight hours. Some  people think that sacrificing sleep is a good way to hack 

productivity and wring a couple extra hours out of the  day. This is not the case. Most people need seven or  eight hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to  function optimally. Then, Devote the entire focus to the  task at hand. Close out all other browser windows. Put  the phone away. Out of sight and on silent. Find a quiet  place to work. At last, Do not allow unimportant details  to drag you down. One often allows projects to take  much, much longer than they could by getting too  hung up on small details. As a result, everyone should  invest and care time carefully. 

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 Benefits of Time Management

 Human must use time in doing profitable deeds which benefit all members of society.  Muslims should manage their days according to  the style of their living. Then why some people are  successful while others complaining about the  shortage of time. Because some people do not  understand that time is the blessing and they 

waste it in useless things. So that man must apply  principles of Islam religion whether instructions of  Holy Qur’an or Hadith of Prophet Muhammad  (PBUH). Muslims should follow approach of  prophet Muhammad in using time. As He divided  His time into three parts; the first part is for His  God, the second part is for His family and the third  part is for Himself. Everyone should not delay their  duties and should organise their priorities. 

 Others will be mentioned here. When  People manage their time well and effectively, they  usually accomplish more things in their life. Time  management is a skill that almost everyone needs  to learn nowadays because one often gets  distracted by other things. The number factor of  being successful person on career or studies is  time management. Subsequently, one can do many  activities on a day such as going to work, doing  some exercise, spending time with family, learning  something new, etc.

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