"Time is our capital in this life. It has to be invested for the maximum
When the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) received the order to 'Arise and warn', he started
calling others to Islam and continued to do so, day and night, until he died.
Time was very important for him and he used every minute of it in the best
possible way. He would meet regularly with his companions to teach them Quran
and to warn them from disobeying Allah. He was an example to them in speech and
The result of this education was that the companions' faith became the most
important thing for them. And when they had to choose between their home, tribe
and good living on the one hand and the companionship of the Prophet (p.b.u.h.)
on the other hand, they chose the latter and emigrated for the sake of Allah and
exemplified sacrifice for the sake of one's belief. After thirteen years of hard
work and sacrifice in Makkah, the Prophet and his companions were granted
victory in Madinah.
Today, how are our efforts compared with those of the Prophet and his
companions? One year of our life has passed. How many good deeds have we
prepared for the day of judgment? What did we, as individuals and communities,
do for Islam? Were we distracted by our money and our children from the
obedience of Allah and Jihad for His sake? Allah said: "O you who believe! Let
not your money or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. If any
act as such, then surely they are the losers." (Quran, 63:9)
The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: "No servant will be let go on the day of
judgment until he is asked about the four matters: His lifetime: How did he
spend it? His knowledge: What did he use it for? His money: Where did he gain it
from and what did he spend in it? And his body: In what did he wear it away?"
(at-Tirmidhee) Have we used our bodies for fasting, praying, enjoining good and
forbidding evil or have we used them up by succumbing to our desires?
Muslims have to realize the importance of time: that it is their capital in this
life and that it is to be invested for the maximum return. Suppose for a minute
that every Muslim dedicates one hour a day to work for the sake of Allah. In
financial terms, this would generate a minimum of 1 billion dollars a day, 360
billion dollars a year! If such amount were to be reserved for Islamic work, it
would change the face of the earth. Suppose that every Muslim were to spend one
hour calling others to the path of Allah: millions would enter Islam!
Muslims today need to build their Ummah and revive it. And this does not come
through futile discussions but rather through work, sincere, continuous, careful
and planned. We need to strengthen the body of this Ummah and protect it from
the dangers surrounding it. We need to deepen the awareness of the Muslims about
their identity, their history, their wealth and that they are one single nation.
And to start with, we need to invest in the Muslim individual because he is the
real instrument for change.