Time is Fleeting
|The beginning of a new year is celebrated in different ways by various communities. As Muslims, we do not celebrate the beginning of a new year, but we do use the occasion to reflect on the passage of time and our own mortality. Our life is measured in terms of time. We grow in time, live in time and perish in time. Time is the capital allocated to each individual.In the midst of our living, time continues on its endless journey. Each day time is equally allotted to everyone – 24 hours, and what we do with that time is totally up to us; we can either invest it or squander it. Hasan Al Basri RA, a famous Muslim scholar who was taught by one of the closest companions of Rasulullah SAW, said: “I have lived in times when many people were more careful about how they spent their time than how they spent their money.”
Time is Ceaseless
We have the opportunity to invest our time wisely, to strengthen our faith, to do good, to persevere, to become better human beings, to seek forgiveness, and seek to forgive, to change how we see others, how we view ourselves, to add value and build our self-esteem.
Hasan Al Basri RA says: “At the beginning of everyday a caller calls out: ‘O son of Adam! I am a new creation and a witness of your deeds. So take a provision from me because when I pass, for I never come back till the Day of Resurrection.”
Time is a Great Teacher
(Perception of) Time can be Misleading
“He (Allah) will ask: ‘What number of years did you stay on earth?’ They will say: ‘We stayed a day or part of a day: but ask those who keep account.” (23:112) Our challenge is ensure that we do not squander our ‘one-day existence’ at the cost of an existence that will have no end.
The reality of our lifespan
Hasan Al Basri RA says: “The world is three days: As for yesterday, it has vanished, along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work in it.”
Your eternity depends on how you spend your time in this world, use it wisely!
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