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].
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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