Time is life!
World renowned Islamic scholar Hasan Al-Basri used to say, “Every day when dawn breaks, the day proclaims: O son of Aadam! I am a new creation (of Allah) and a witness to your actions. Therefore take your share of me because when I leave, I won’t return till the day of Qiyaamah (The Resurrection).”
Time is life! Time consciousness plays a vital role in molding life creatively. Short or long, if every moment and breath in our life is utilized effectively and fruitfully, we would never have to grieve. The saying is that time drifts like fog in our grievance and whirls like wind in our happiness. Or, that’s the perception about time. In the mundane life, how much ever one’s life gets longer, it appears very short when it is the death that remarks the end of any living being. At the time of death, the years and decades that the man lived would appear shriveled as short as the lifespan of a thunderbolt. It’s been told about the great Prophet Noah (PBUH)- the Angel of death approached Prophet Noah (PBUH), who lived more than thousand years before and after the deluge altogether. The angel asked him: “Having lived at the longest among the Prophet’s of Allah, what do you feel about this mundane life?” Noah (PBUH) responded “It’s like a dwelling with two entrances. We enter through one and exit through another.” (Narrated by Yusuf Al Qardawi in his book Al Waqthu Fi Hayathil Muslim)
Believe this story or not, it’s a reality that at the time of demise, the fallen lifespan would seem like a very short duration for every man. The Day they see it, (It will be) as if they had tarried but a single evening, or (at most till) the following morning (79:46). One day He will gather them together: (It will be) as if they had tarried but an hour of a day… (Quran 10:45).
Without seeking our consent sun peeps in, moon rises and sets, and years hasten. Lifespan declines and age rises. With the silent journey of seconds we turn helpless. At the end, man would whine “Ah! How quickly time flew by“. We are those who realize the vigor of childhood in youth and the liveliness of youth in senility. What’s the use of whining over empty hands after everything is lost?
According to Scholars, we must heed three things in order to utilize our time effectively:
- The warning from Prophet that we ‘ll be asked by Allah about every second (we spent on earth) and will not be able put a foot forward without answering those, should always reverberate in our musings.
- Keep away from all such traits that kill our time
- Never procrastinate things to tomorrow if they can be carried out today
Those who realized the eminence and importance of time would make their leisure time blessed with every possible righteous deed. Such people would not indulge in righteous deeds with a reluctance or uneasiness; never leave things half way due to laziness and would never procrastinate the other part or entire matter for another day. Those who procrastinate would whirl up in poignant grief till end of their lifetime. While bedridden with sickness, world renowned author Gabriel Marquez once wrote : “If at all I get another life, I would never close my eyes even for a minute, because I realize that every minute when I close my eyes, what I am losing is sixty seconds of light”.
Through the supplications and invocations that Prophet(PBUH) has taught us, every dawn and dusk we are asked to recite like this “O Lord, I seek refuge in You from anxiety and grief and from weakness and laziness.” (‘Hisnul Muslim’ – Dua book published from Makaa Mukarrama)
Consciousness regarding time is indeed the vigilance in regards to life.