Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mind your two blessings


O son, we learned two lessons, that we should be grateful for good health and optimize it to the fullest by not wasting time; that we must do as much as we can while in good health. Regret that illness have overcome us so we missed the chance to attend Habib Umar's majlis at Al-Jenderami yesterday. 

The Prophet s.a.w said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: Health and free time for doing good.”

Many people tend to lose the two blessings - health and free time, save the learned and the godfearing - the pious scholars surely. What about us?

Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah (1917-1997) in his book 'The Value of Time' said:
"One of the primary blessings, or the loftiest and most precious of all primary blessings is that of time...
"Time is the substance of life, the sphere in which man exists, the citadel of his spirit, and his subsistence - him benefiting himself and others."

So let us reflect, ponder and examine how we are using Allah's blessing of time for our own benefit and others.

We are aware of the fact that we will be judged if people come and spend time on this space yet find something unworthy for the precious time that they have spent. And we wish to remind ourselves that we should not be spending too much time online or we will lose the time that should be spent with our tasbeeh.

Wallahu 'alam.
May Allah make us use our time wisely and be grateful for all His blessings before they are taken away.

A precious book on a precious subject by
Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah
Purchase from Awakening Publications
Credit: Sheikonderun and SeekersGuidance

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