Friday, June 24, 2011

Let it go, but prepare to be responsible

Assalamualaikum wbt.

It's summer holiday for most of the overseas students, and also semester break for some of the local students. Doesn't matter where you study, the main issue here is: more free time for everyone!

Yes, free time. I remembered a post that i made a long time ago : balang masa dan penyakit M which reflected on how do we blame on time for not giving us enough space to complete our thousands daily business. 24 hours, a complete portion of day and night arranged by the Most Knower, is considered too little when we're busy. 

Now, alhamdulillah the exams are over, and the holiday is here-so now how will us comment on the 24 hours given by Allah? More time to sleep? More time to watch tv,movies, playing games, facebook-ing, etc??

There is a quotation from Saidina Ali r.a : Time is like a sword. If you don't cut it, it will cut you. (Masa ibarat pedang. Jika ia tidak digunakan untuk memotong, ia akan memotong kamu).

Friends, there is one negative habit that we always do, and sometimes we even don't realize it. It is procrastination. Yup, suka bertangguh. This is our enemy to the time that Allah has allocated on us to manage. Always happen on people who thinks that they have more time to do other things, before the deadline. And when the deadline is just around the corner, we'll regret for not using our time efficiently. Guess what, you will work till the eleventh hour and unable to complete your task as good as others who done it in an ample time .

One thing that I would like to stress on for this not-so-good habit : you lose more when you let the time pass by.

Our beloved prophets, Rasulullah SAW once mentioned in a hadith, narrated by Ibn Umar,

"Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a traveler/wayfarer."
 Ibn 'Umar used to say:
"When evening comes, do not expect (to live till) morning, and when morning comes, do not expect (to live till) evening. Take from your health (a preparation) for your illness, and from your life for your death."


Some of you might already know this hadith, as it is also among the famous forty hadith of an-nawawi. The essence of the second part of this hadith is : do not procrastinate things. Do not wait to do your work in the evening or night when you are in the morning, and same for the opposite.

Time passes by without waiting for us. And as a Muslim who believe in Allah as Al-Razak, we should realize that when we do nothing, we may already lose any approaching chances that we will get IF we work earlier.
Allah SWT loves a person who use his time effectively, and He hates those who just do nothing to change his fate. Allah SWT already mentioned in Al-Quran, surah Al-Rad verse 11,

 "Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah)"

Another thing that we need to consider is that every second that we have, will be asked by Allah SWT on the Day of Judgement. The day where there is no help except the help from Allah, and there is no shed that is better than Allah's shed. Astaghfirullah, how can we answer in front of Allah of the time that we had during this temporary life. Of the time that we waste in this world, of the words that we say, and of the action that we   do. The day where our mouth will be shut, and the limbs will admit any wrongdoings. It is up to you to let the time goes by, but prepare to be responsible in front of Allah.

May Allah gives us strength to manage our time in the way that Allah bless. Plan your time, as the one who fail to plan, is planning to fail.

This is a reminder mainly for myself, may it benefits others too.

All that Allah has said, is true.

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