Every businessman has to keep on top of his business to make profits. For this an annual account is taken as well as the weekly & monthly ones.
We are also doing business with Allah. We give him our time, our effort, our wealth, our obedience and He will reward us accordingly on the day of Qiyamah.
We need to take an account of our previous year. How many Salah we performed, how many with Jama’at and how many at home. How much Sadaqah we gave, how much Dhikr we did, how much loss we suffered by sinning.
We have to realise that a whole year has passed in our life which is not going to return. If we keep behaving the way we behaved previously, then we are suffering a huge loss which can never be recovered.
There was a King who called 3 of his vazeers (ministers) and gave them each a large sack. He told them to go out and fill them up with fruits or whatever they wanted.
One worked hard, climbed up the trees and collected the tastiest ripe fruits and filled the sack. He wanted to make the King happy. The 2nd one thought that the King is not going to look at what’s inside the bag so he put whatever he found which included some ripe fruit and some rotten as well, which had fallen on the ground. The 3rd one just filled grass and whatever he found and rushed back to enjoy himself.
Then the King called them over. He instructed the guards to put them in prison cells for one month. He told them to eat from whatever they had collected in the sack.
The 1st one had a nice time enjoying the fruits while the second one survived for a few days on the good fruits but then he had to eat the rotten ones and fell ill. The 3rd one had nothing to eat and died in the cell.
This is our condition. We are here to work hard and take something from here. If we are behaving properly and collecting A’amale Saleha for our hereafter, we will be successful in the hereafter. Otherwise we will suffer an unthinkable loss.
Let’s read the Tafseer of the shortest Surah of the Quran. Imam Shafi’ee Rahmatullahi Alayhi used to say; “If Allah had revealed only this one Surah in the Quran, it would have been enough for a wise person to ponder over and behave properly.”
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the wretched one.
I begin in the name of Allah the Compassionate the Most Merciful.
و العصر. ان الانسان لفي خسر. الا الذين آمنوا و عملوا الصالحات وتواصوا بالحق و تواصوا بالصبر
“By the time! Surely Mankind is at a loss! Except for people who (do 4 things)
- Believe properly,
- Do good deeds,
- Encourage one another to do good, and
- Encourage one another to be patient”
Allah has taken an oath. This Qasam shows the value of time! Because Allah only takes Qasam of precious things. If we don’t cherish time, we are loosing out.
“There are 2 blessings of Allah regarding which people are loosing out:
- Good health (by not taking care of it) and
- Free time (by wasting it)
“This Dunya is like a farming field for the Aakhirah” ie. we sow the seeds here and reap the rewards in Aakhirah. So don’t waste time. Keep busy in planting the seeds of good deeds!
Hasan Basri Rahmatullahi Alayhi says: “Son of Adam! You are but the name of days. Each day that passes in your life, you have passed”
Mawlana Umar Palanpuri Rahmatullahi Alayhi used to say “Wasting time is like committing suicide. The only difference is that, in suicide people realise the death, whereas in wasting time people fail to realise it”
Umar Ibn Abdilaziz Rahmatullahi Alayhi used to say: “The day and night are working on you, So work in them”
Abdullah Ibn Masud Radiallahu Anhu said: “I don’t regret upon anything as much as I regret on the day in which the sun sets and while my life has decreased, my Amal does not increase”
Hadith says: “Everyday, when the sun rises, it makes an announcement “Son of Adam! Do what you can in this day because It will never be returning to you”
When Ramadhan starts an announcement is made “O seeker of good! Proceed! and O seeker of evil! Stop!”
Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala, in a Hadith Qudsi says: “Son of Adam! I have created you for my worship, so don’t mess around! And I have destined your Rizq for you, so don’t tire yourself! Search for Me and you will find Me. If you find Me you have found everything. If you loose Me you have lost everything and I am better for you than everything”
Another Hadith Qudsi says: “Son of Adam! Take time out for my worship and I will fill your heart with richness and I will remove your poverty whereas if you don’t do so, I will fill hands with busy schedules and I won’t remove your neediness”
The four things we need to do are:
- Perfecting our Iman. Taking it to the highest level. This is done by studying Iman, talking about Iman, and by practicing on deeds which increase the light of Iman in our hearts.
- Practicing on good deeds. They are the five daily Salah as well as optional ones like Tahajjud Ishraaq, Vhaasht, Awwabeen etc. Giving zakah properly as well as Nafil Sadaqah. Keeping Sawm Nafl as well as Fardh. Also helping one another. Looking out for ways to attain the pleasure of Allah.
- Enjoining good and forbidding evil. Starting from home, with one’s own family members. Nurturing the young ones. Taking care of the elders and creating an environment of good within the whole society.
- Being patient upon any abuse, insult, ridicule which is hurled at us by showing an exemplary character. When you try to do good you will face many barriers. Jealous people will attack. It is in these circumstances that one has to endure patience.
May Allah give us ability to understand the meaning and message of this Surah and to utilise time to it’s full potential. Ameen