Assalamu alaikum Akhee's & Ukhtee's (brothers and sisters).
I came across this nice article and decided to forward it because it is worth
reflecting how is it exactly that we are spending our time. How are we going to
account for what we did? We must start preparing now, so that we don't get stuck
in that hour where no one will help one other. Anyway here's the article.
I decided to be mindful of how I spend my time......
Since last night my young son has been unwell. When I got back from work this
evening, I decided to take him to hospital despite my exhaustion. Indeed,
fatigue for his sake is rest. There were many waiting; perhaps we will be
delayed by more than an hour. I took my number and sat down in the waiting room.
There were many faces, young and old, but all silent. Some brothers made use of
the many booklets available in the waiting room. Some of those waiting had their
eyes closed, while others were looking around. Most were bored.
Once in a while the long silence was broken by a nurse calling out a number.
Happiness appears on the one whose turn it is, and he gets up quickly; then
A young man grabbed my attention. He was reading a pocket-sized Quran
continuously; not raising his head even once. At first I did not think much
about him. However, after one hour of waiting my casual glances turned into a
deep reflection about his lifestyle and how he utilizes his time. One hour of
Instead of making benefit of that hour, it was just a boring wait. Then the call
for prayer was made. We went to prayer in the hospital's mosque. I tried to pray
close to the man who was reading the Holy Quran earlier in the waiting room.
After the prayer I walked with him. I informed him of how impressed I was of him
and how he tries to benefit from his time. He told me that most of our time is
wasted without any benefit. These are days that go from our lives without being
conscious of them or regretting their waste. He said that he started carrying
the pocket-sized Quran around when a friend encouraged him to make full use of
his time. He told me that in the time other people waste he gets to read much
more of Quran than he gets to read either at home or in the mosque. Moreover,
besides the reward of reading Quran, this habit saves him from boredom and
He added that he has now been waiting for one and a half hours. Then he asked,
when will you find one and a half hours to read Quran? I reflected; how much
time do we waste? How many moments of our lives pass by, and yet we do not
account for how they passed by? Indeed, how many months pass by and we do not
read Quran? I came to respect my companion, and I discovered that I am to stand
for account and that time is not in my hand; so what am I waiting for?
My thoughts were interrupted by the nurse calling out my number; I went to the
doctor. But I want to achieve something now. After I left the hospital, I
quickly went to the bookshop and bought a pocket-sized Quran. I decided to be
mindful of how I spend the time. That was my intention when I put that Quran in
my pocket. How many people will do this?
And what great reward is for the one who guides others to this idea?
By: Sister Maymuna Hasan