All praises to the Lord of the Worlds who has out of his infinite mercy blessed us with endless blessings. Glad-tidings to the servant of the Almighty who is showered with countless bounties day in and day out. Most unfortunate is he who does not recognize these blessings and bounties and is not thankful for them.
The Prophet (ﷺ) states in a Hadith:
“There are two blessings in which most people are in great loss: 1) Good health and 2) Free time.” (Bukhari)
How true the Prophet (ﷺ) is! Many of us have had or have good health and free-time. However how many of us can answer with a true heart that we used these two blessings the way that they are meant to be used or have showed appreciation towards the Almighty the way we should have?
The Almighty has not given us this good health to waste, He has given health and time to us for a purpose; that we worship him the way He is meant to be worshipped, to spread His religion and to call people towards Islam; and to help Humanity who are in dire need of help.
Then again, how many of us have put this good health to use?
How many of us have worshipped Allah the way he is meant to be worshipped?
How many of us have helped the religion of Islam?
How many of us have thanked Almighty Allah for the good health that he has blessed us with?
These are all questions that we should ponder upon. As the saying goes, “The only time you realize the value of a gift is when you lose it.”
By the time we realize the value of these special gifts bestowed upon us, we would probably have lost them by then. Then no matter how much regret we have, they will never come back.
Think about our free time.
How many hours are spent sitting in front of the television?
How many hours are wasted merely listening or watching a game of football?
Imagine how much we could have worshipped the Creator and attained his pleasure and high status in the hereafter. Have we no value for this time?
A saying of Imam Shafi’ee (Allah have mercy on him): “Time is like a sword, cut it before it cuts you.”
He is trying to say that don’t waste your time. Every second that passes by will never come back. We must put all this time into good use. The Prophet (ﷺ) has said in a Hadith:
Take advantage of five conditions before five others:
1) Youth before old age.
2) Good health before sickness.
3) Free time before you become occupied.
4) Wealth before poverty.
5) Life before death. (Hakim, and Bayhaqi, and others)
This free time of ours should be spent in the remembrance of the Almighty. On the Day of Judgement, the people of heaven will only have one regret; they will regret all the free time they wasted in the world. The reason for this regret will be that they could have achieved a higher status in Paradise if they didn’t waste their free time.
May Allah Most High give us the ability to spend our free time worshipping the Almighty Allah. Ameen