UAE Friday sermon: Make use of your time

Make use of the present and spend your time wisely before it’s too late, worshippers will be told on Friday.

ABU DHABI // Make use of the present and spend your time wisely before it’s too late, worshippers will be told on Friday.

“Time is the age of the human and his life, and it is one of the greatest blessings by Allah,” the sermon will say.

Time is linked to a person’s deeds and actions, as a chapter in the Quran says: “By the declining day, Lo! man is a state of loss, save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.”

As one scholar once pointed out, this chapter simplifies the concept of time; one who manages their time correctly wins, and one who wastes it has missed on all good.

Starting the day by praising Allah and reciting thikir is a wise way to make use of this time.

“It is nice of us to start the day by praising Allah and then head off to our work, because being able to do thikir is a use of time in obeying Allah,” the sermon will say.

As the scholar Hassan Al Basri said: “Life consists of three days: As for yesterday it is gone, as for tomorrow you may not reach it, and today is yours so work in it.”

People should be wise to take advantage of the present before they are faced with regret in the future.

As a verse in the Quran says: “On that day man will remember, but how will the remembrance (then avail him)? He will say: Ah, would that I had sent before me (some provision) for my life!”

Islam puts a lot of stress on the importance of time, as prayers have a certain allocated timings, concludes the sermon.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Published: December 25, 2014 04:00 AM

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