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The year ahead

Jumuah Earmark: 16 November 2012
Topic: The year ahead

Yet another year has passed. One year further away from the glorious era of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the beloved Sahabah (Radiyallahu Anhum). One year closer to the grave. One year closer to the Day of Judgement.

Unlike the Kuffar who commence the New Year partying, the start of a new year makes a Mu’min reflect on many things. It reminds him that he is one giant step closer to his grave. Thus it propels him toward preparation for that day when he will be lowered into his abode beneath the surface of the earth – that abode which could be a garden of Paradise or a pit of Hell. It makes him reflect upon what has he earned in the past year for the Hereafter. A new year reminds him of his sinful actions of the past year and exhorts him to repent.

Many of us will soundly be able to recount the commencement of the new Islamic year last time around. So swift is this passage of time that Allah Ta’ala very emphatically takes an oath on Time.

“By the oath on time – certainly man is at loss – except those who believe and perform righteous deeds and counsel each other in good and counsel each other in patience.” (Surah Al – Asr: 1-3)

Time is certainly the greatest most precious capital in the life of every human being and more importantly in the life of every Muslim. It is an undeniable fact that every moment that passes by can never be retrieved.

Despite this reality it is the sheer nature of Man to exhaust this great blessing in the most frivolous activities. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) has warned against wastage and mismanagement of time.

Hazrat Abdullah ibnu Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhuma) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Two blessings are such that many people are deceived regarding them, good health and leisure time.” (Bukhari #6412, Sunanut Tirmizi #2304, Sunan Ibnu Majah #4170, Mishkat Vol.2 Pg. 439)

In another narration Hazrat Amr bin Maymoon and Hazrat Abdullah ibnu Abbas (Radiyallahu Anhum) narrate that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) advised a man, “Value 5 things before 5: 1) Your youth before old age 2) Your health before sickness 3) Wealth before poverty 4) Free time before becoming occupied 5) Your life before your death (Mustadrak lil Haakim #7846, Shuabul Imaan lil Baihaqi #9767,#9768, Mishkaat Vol.2 Pg. 441)

Hazrat Abdullah ibnu Masood (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
The feet of the son of Adam will not move (on the Day of Qiyamah from the plain of Resurrection) until he is questioned about 5 things:
1) How did he spend his life?
2) How did he spend his youth?
3) How did he earn his wealth?
4) Where did he spend his wealth?
5) To what extent did he practice on his knowledge (of Deen)?
(Tirmizi #2416, Mishkaat Vol.2 Pg. 443)

Man labours under the grave misconception that he will always remain sound and healthy, he hopes and wished that old age never dawns, and pines to feel younger as every day passes. But nay, every day that melts away takes a man closer to old age, closer to senility, closer to the grave. It is the handiwork of Shaytaan that drives man’s thoughts, making him feel ever younger and unmindful of death. However no sooner does a person fall ill and becomes helpless or immobile then sighs of remorse can be heard,
“If only I had taken heed and spent my good health in virtuous actions which I cannot perform today.”

Similar is the case of free and leisure of time. When one is unoccupied, hours on end will be wiled away in gross futility and unmindfulness. A person feels that these moments of freedom and easiness will always accompany him. But how beguiled is he, for no sooner do responsibility and occupation overcome him, he begins to scrounge for those precious seconds and now rues those minutes and hours which he could have utilised constructively for the benefit of this world and Hereafter.

Allah Ta’ala addresses the bondsmen, “O you who believe! Let not your wealth nor your children distract you from the remembrance of Allah. Those who do so, they are the losers. And spend of that which We have provided for you before death overcomes you and he will say: My Lord! If only you would reprieve me for a little while, then I would give alms and be among the righteous. But Allah will not grant respite to any soul when it’s time has terminated, and Allah is well aware of what you do.” (Surah Munafiqoon: 9-11)

The Noble Quran clearly warns us not to procrastinate any action or deed for later because no soul will be given a moment’s respite once departure time has arrives.

May Allah Ta’ala give us true ability to systemise our lives in such a way that we earn the blessings of this world and without being deprived of the everlasting rewards and bliss of the Akhirat (Hereafter)

The first of Muharram also brings into focus the incident of Hijrah (migration from Makkatul Mukarramah to Madinatul Munawwarah). This incident of unparalleled sacrifice for the protection and preservation of Deen occurred exactly 1434 years ago. The Islamic calendar was commenced from this incident to remind Muslims till the last day of the untold hardships and difficulties suffered in order to make Deen reach us. Loving families, flourishing businesses, adequately comfortable homes and the beloved land of their birth had to be sacrificed in order to protect Deen.

Hence the Mu’min is reminded that he must also be prepared to sacrifice to safeguard his Deen and pass it on to the generations to come.

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