Cherish before you Lose: Health and Free Time

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Today, we would like to talk about something very important- something we take for granted; and this is why RasulAllah (sa) has warned about it as well. Many of us have good health, thank Allah (swt) for it. We should use it to achieve the pleasure of the Almighty.

  • Your eyes, you can see with. There might come a day when you cannot see. Read the proper books; read that which will be beneficial. Look at that which will help you. Don’t look at that which will make you earn the wrath of Almighty.
  • The same applies to your hands- today you can move them, so move them to achieve the pleasure of the Almighty. Tomorrow, you may not have that mobility. Today, Masha’Allah we can walk, we can read Salah; people are crying because they cannot read Salah as they reach to an age when they cannot bend their backs anymore, or they cannot do Rukuh, or they cannot do Sujud.

Why is it that we sometimes become oblivious of the gift of health? Really, the gift of health is a gift that many of us take for granted. Some people cannot eat a lot of the food stuff, so when we can eat, let’s eat in moderation. Thank Allah (swt). Say the prayer before eating and after eating as well. Let’s make sure we eat from that which is permissible and Allah (swt) will not be upset by it.

What is important that we realize that our organs inside operate automatically. They have no batteries; no human being has a remote control in his hand. It’s the control of Allah (swt). The heart pumps in a magical way. More than a hundred thousand heartbeats in no time Subhan’Allah! It is just that control of Allah (swt).

Then, look at the brain. How sophisticated it is. Look at the ears, the mouth, the lips and the tongue and its taste buds. How medicine and science is discovering new things every single day. This is all the gift of Allah (swt). We have it, but still we don’t thank Allah (swt) for it. We don’t use it in the right direction. We, as believers, know that it will come to an end. I might not be able to see with my eyes one certain day as we all have to die. I have to return to Allah (swt), Alhumdulillah. I have to return back to my Creator, Maker. So let’s use his gifts in order to please him not to displease him.

Many people are becoming conscious of it. We have the voice, let’s try and recite the Quran. Whilst we can, let us try Insha’Allah, to do the best of things.

Time is precious

Another thing we take for granted is time. We have free time. People use it to watch television and see the soaps. And, you know the soaps wash. What do they wash? Your brain! May be we can spend our time to watch beneficial programs. Or spend time at the Masjid and listen to the Duroos that the Ulema, scholars or Mashaykh give. May be we can spend time and sit in Halaqa. We can spend time rectifying and learn something from the Quran. It might not be directly related to religion. If a person has free time, and he can opt to improve his hand writing and do a course in calligraphy; do something that will benefit you somehow. You can use that talent not just to earn little bit of money, but even by the will of Allah (swt), to build your Akhirah, to build your paradise. May Allah (swt) grant that to us.

It is important for us not to waste our time because as the Prophet (sa) has said, the two gifts that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon us, many people take for granted. First one is health and second one is free time.

When there is free time, use it. Do not abuse it. Subhan’Allah! People sometimes say, “Oh I have got some free time, let me go to bed. I can go and sleep.” Are you depressed? If you are may be, you might think sleeping will help you. But it won’t. To be honest with you, we all need sleep. We all need a certain amount of it. Sometimes, we need to correct ourselves. We need to develop a link with our Maker. In order to understand that we have a short space of time, to pack in it as much goodness as we can before time and our health expires.

These two things are definitely going to go because even if I die as a healthy person, I am dead. When I die, what happens? My health is irrelevant, completely irrelevant.

Even time will definitely come to an end.

May the Almighty bless us all, and may He make us use our time whilst we have it in the best possible way. Ameen.

A transcription of a talk by Mufti Ismail Menk by Mariam Saeed.

Most Beloved People To Allah – Anfa’uhum

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By Eman Al-Obaid – Al-Huda Sisters, Dubai

Adapted for Hiba Magazine by Tasneem Vali

Ibn Umar reported: Two men came to the Messenger of Allah (sa), and said: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most beloved to Allah? And which deeds are most beloved to Allah?” The Prophet (sa) said: “The people most beloved to Allah are those who are most beneficial to the people; and the most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to satiate his hunger, or to walk with his brother regarding a need…and whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, then Allah the Exalted will make his footing firm across the bridge on the day when the footings are shaken.” (At-Tabarani)

Clearly, the best among us is the one who gives the most to our fellow humans. It does not specify that we must be beneficial and of help to only Muslims, we must contribute toward helping everyone. The ways in which we can be beneficial are simple:

  1. Benefit oneself – meaning stop yourself from committing Haram or forbidden acts, and obey Allah’s commands regarding all aspects of your lives (forbidden acts will destroy you).
  2. Obey the Prophet’s (sa) directives, anything that Allah and His Messenger (sa) forbade, stay away from it.
  3. Perform not only the obligatory, but also go above and beyond to achieve Allah’s love.

Obviously, to be the ‘most’ beloved to Allah, we must be the best at everything we do. We cannot be ordinary, we cannot follow what others do – we have only Allah and the Prophet to guide us. In our hi-tech space age lives, with everything labelled as Top 5 or Top 10 ways to do something, let us look at the most authentic Top 10 list on how to be Allah’s beloved.

Top 10 Characteristics of Anfa’uhum

  1. Constantly make Dua to Allah for guidance.
  2. “The best of you are those who are best to their families, and I am the best of you to my family.” (Tirmidhi) Benefit your household, family and children (not only yourself) by:
    1. Righteous upbringing/nurturing dependents.
    2. Making your family realize the greatness of Allah, teaching them about Allah, making them love the religion and confident about being on the right path.
    3. Teach your dependents prayer, fasting, charity, etc. and their importance.
    4. Meet your spouse/parents and children with a beaming, happy face.
  3. Become a good example for everyone around you – the way you talk, the way you deal with others, etc.
    1. Instil love and respect for Allah and the Prophet (sa) in everyone you meet.
  4. Benefit other Muslims (Muslims around you) with the most beloved deeds to Allah.
    1. Happiness enters your heart by doing/fulfilling righteous acts commanded by Allah.
    2. Help in removing any distress from your brother/sister in Islam, Allah will remove your distress on the Day of Resurrection.
    3. “The best of you are those who feed others and return greetings.” (Abu Ya’la, Hasan)
    4. Distress can be of any type, large or small – work, life, study, money, advice, opinion, hunger.
    5. Distress of life is nothing compared to the distress of the Day of Judgment, so make sure you help.
  5. Do not be selfish to only benefit yourself – wish the best for the others.
  6. Smile to spread happiness, Allah loves it; it is an act of charity. Meet others with a beaming smile, this is the least you can do.
  7. Do not expect any reward, gratitude, praise or thanks, help only for Allah’s sake. Wait patiently for the best reward possible from Allah.
  8. Fulfil someone’s needs; Allah will be there during your time of need.
    1. Be very helpful, examples: pick, drop, photocopy, grocery, anything at all
    2. You start the act; most people feel shy or feel it beneath their dignity to ask for help so approach them yourself in a respectful manner.
    3. Allah will deal with you the same way, when you are shy to ask for help – Allah will help you.
  9. Benefit yourself by keeping your anger away from others.
    1. Do not show your anger. When you are angry – forgive people.
    2. When you are angry, you are harming others and are of no benefit to them.
    3. Learn to suppress anger.
    4. Forgiving and pardoning people is following Allah’s commands.
    5. “The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslim is safe.” (Muslim)
  10. Treat people with most excellent manners/character.
    1. Treat others the same way you want to be treated.
    2. “The best of people are those with the most excellent character.” (Tabarani)
    3. “The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” (Daraqutni, Hasan).
    4. “The best of people are those who live longest and excel in their deeds, whereas the worst of people are those who live longest and corrupt their deeds.” (Tirmidhi)