Time is inevitably running, make sure to ponder and act upon the very powerful Reminder from our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peave and blessings be upon him):
Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” (Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)
- Health before sickness – the human body, a fragile construction
Imagine while lying in bed, having fever and immense pain in the limbs. How awful is that? Almost every muscle in the body refuses to obey in order to get up and perform e.g. our obligatory prayers, how fragile is a human being? Make use of your healthy condition and be grateful.
- Take advantage of youth before old age – ageing, an inevitable process
There are plenty of strange and absurd myths which promise you eternal youth. Why? Because the youth is the phase of life where you have the highest energetic level. You feel like you can move mountains. One should make proper use of this energy before being not able to, due to physical or mental disabilities. While you can put your forehead on the ground or pray on more rakah or fast an extra day in the young ages, this might not be possible when we get older, so make use of your youth before the inevitable ageing process takes it away.
- Wealth before poverty – spend to increase
Allah says in the holy Qur’an: The likeness of those who spend their money for God’s sake, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn), it grows seven ears, every single ear has a hundred grains, and God multiplies (increases the reward) for whom He wills, and God is All-Sufficient for His creatures needs, All Knower. [Qur’an 2:261]
People might be rich the one day and homeless on the other, there is no way of knowing when our wealth would be taken away from us. So spend of what you have before it is taken away. Even a half of a date can be given as a charity, refer to the following hadith:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Save yoruselfs from hellfire by giving even half a date-fruit in charity” (Sahih Al-Bukhary, Volume 2, Hadith 498)
- Free time before preoccupation – spend your time wisely
Can you think of a time where you had plenty of spare time? And now you are employed, working 9 to 5 and have dozens of other things to take care of, thus having no free time or time to spend on reading even a single page of the Qur’an? While having time, make the most out of it, hence don’t waste it in fruitless activities. Use it wisely to please Allah today before your life is filled with other worldly obligations.
- Life before death – no one knows the hourLife is a blessing given by Allah the almighty. Be grateful and every morning you wake up, be grateful to be granted another day on earth. It is another chance to improve, another chance to do well, another chance to take advantage. Death can overcome you in the next second; no one knows when it will overcome one but the almighty says:
“When their specified time arrives, they cannot delay it for a single hour nor can they bring it forward,” [Qur’an 16:61]
Lastly let me put the following hadith as the final word for this article:
Ibn Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, took me by the shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler on the road’”.
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