Another Year Passes By and Time Moves On

We are asked in the Qur’an; “O you who profess Faith! Carefully consider what you have sent forth for the future…”[Qur’an 59:18]. It is with that in mind that we realize that a new year has begun and another year has passed; minutes move into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into months, months into years  …  seemingly faster than ever before. Every moment is an opportunity to do something and every moment that has passed is never to return. So, every moment is a precious component of life and every moment counts.

Time - Use it, do not abuse it

If we consider the fact that Allah has stipulated time as a means of calculation [Qur'an 9:36], that Islam undoubtedly emphasizes the significance of time [Qur'an 76:2], and that we are advised to value our time on earth [Qur'an 63:10]; it is no wonder that we are instructed in the saying of the Prophet (phub) not to abuse time.                               
In the Qur'an, Allah swears Wal 'Asr/by the token of time, as testimony to certain realities. The reality that time is a witness ...


~ a witness to life and death
~ a witness to what has passed in human history
~ a witness to success and failure, to the rise and fall of individuals and communities
Our attitude towards time indicates our attitude towards the value of the capital of life. If we want to purchase something, we require financial capital; and if we want to do something in life, we require the capital of life, which is “time”. That is why the Qur’an exhorts us to value the time we have before life is up [Qur’an 63:10].

We need to realize that …
•    time is the measure of life, time is an amānah (trust), time is a gift from the Creator and its proper use will determine our outcome for eternity.
•    we are born in time, live in time and die in time (Qur'an 64:11); time is the ambit within which we operate (Qur'an 103). What we do with time is what we do with our lives (Qur'an 67:2).
•     Each one must realize that every moment that passes by is an opportunity gone, used or abused; never to return. Soon time will be up and we'll have to leave this physical world (Qur'an 3:185) and give account for our lives (Qur’an 99:7-8)
•    The more we remind ourselves of the responsibility of the present the better we get at living the moment and the better we live the present moment the better the consequence for the future (Qur'an 59:18).

Attitude towards the Future

Our attitude towards the future influences our mind-set towards the rest of life. Being positive about life ahead is among life's greatest motivators. Hope is the best attitude one can harbor towards the future; this realistic expectation that something good or better could/will happen if only we continue doing the best we can. Remember that today well-lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Wise are the words of the one who said …"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Let us live our lives with the prayer of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in mind…“ O Allah! Make every moment of life an opportunity for increased goodness.”

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