The Value Of Time

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) advised to take advantage of 5 things before these five happen. He said: “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death.” – Narrated by Ibn Abbas in the Mustadrak of Hakim & Musnad Imam Ahmad. Sahih)

So why have we become accustomed to expecting we will have time for everything later? Why have we become accustomed to sleeping in late, only to say “I’ll do later” but end up wasting away our day doing absolutely nothing at all. Why is that we end up regretting things we should have done when we actually “had” the time to do it?

You will first need to learn to understand the value of time. You will not know how valuable time is until you wasted all those hours doing what you really should have been doing instead of sleeping in. Sleeping in late is great but do it too often and you will become lazy. You will become a person who is unable to do even the most simplest things. You will become a person whose motivation becomes nothing at all.

Learn how valuable time is. Use it to your advantage even if you have nothing planned through out the day. Sleep early and wake up early and you will eventually find yourself more motivated to complete things which were in the back of your mind. You will notice how much energy you have through out the day.

Set for yourself some goals and work on them. You may not be able to accomplish them today but writing them down and continuing to contemplate those goals and working towards them will eventually make you feel better about yourself.

Time is extremely valuable. You may not value it now but as the years go on you will begin to understand what you should have been doing, instead of what you should have been doing less of. 24hrs in a day. What you invest into those 24 hours, you will get in return. You invest your time into doing nothing at all, being lazy and in return you will get nothing. You invest your time into your goals, even working out or doing something little, you will get back your return investment.

I will repeat, you may not understand the value of time now but you will soon come to understand it. Don’t come to understand it when you have fallen into a deep hole and you are miserable, regretting your past. Learn the value of time now. Work on yourself and learn to manage your time. There has never has been such a thing as, “I don’t have time.” Everyone has time but not everyone knows how to manage it or they just don’t want to do it. Learn to manage your time and you will be able to manage and command your life to be in a certain position, Insha’Allah. If you really want to do something, you will have time as you have made time through out this day, even after you are tired to sit here and read this. You do have time and you are able to control it. Anything is possible, as long as you put your mind to it and learn how to efficiently with effort do what you will make the most of in this world and in the hereafter.

And Allah knows best.

Give Everything You Got!!!!

In everything you attempt to do, you always give 110% effort to be satisfied with the outcome of things. No matter what it is and no matter what type of past you’ve come from, you give it your all. Whether it be relationships, your career choices, raising your kids, working out or sports, you give it everything you got. Forget about the past and how you’ve been mistreated. Forget about the past and how you’ve failed. The moments in the present are your time to shine, to prove, you’ve outgrown and learned to adapt under any circumstance or obstacle in your way.

When you worry about others putting in the same effort, you will only cause problems and think negative of the situation you are in. No matter who you work with. No matter who you are married to. No matter what team you are on, the other persons efforts are going to be different from yours. Through their eyes and in their mind, they are giving 120% effort, while you are giving less. In your mind, you are giving more but in their mind you aren’t giving enough. You might try your heart out, break a leg, cook the best meal you’ve ever cooked but they may still not see the effort you put in. You have to remember, we will never be the same nor will we ever be equals. No two people are the same and no two people will ever love in the exact same way and no two people will have the same work ethic. One will always be above another and one will always see efforts in a different way.

You give everything you got because you’ve been raised to get up and keep going, no matter many how times you failed. No matter what you’ve got in return. It is either 110% effort or nothing at all. Your efforts should not be determined by the past nor by the circle you are in. You are going to learn, you are going to give and you are going to be the best person you can be. Give everything you got in everything you do, in order to be satisfied with the outcome. Your efforts will continue to open doors and your efforts will create so much more than you’ve imagined. Don’t look to be appreciated for what you do, the praise and appreciation is there. It is either you will be appreciated after you are gone or you will be appreciated in the present moment. Your objective is to give 110% effort! Give it everything you got!

Reflections Of UK

Asalamwalikum (Peace Be Upon You), I had just finished spending approximately a month in the United Kingdom. Many go on vacations to have a good time or see family. Some go wife hunting while I went haircut scoping. Anywhere I went, I just looked at everyones haircut and literally, almost every haircut I seen was terrible! Except for London, those barbers are good. As my cousin would say in his Yorkshire accent, “you are doing my head in with this bad haircut stuff, shut up!”

The United Kingdom was different. I had gone a few times before but this time it was different. I had got to see a lot of family which I didn’t know some of them even existed. Many would be surprised the amount of family I have and from what parts of the world and Alhumdulilah (thanks to Allah) it just keeps growing. From what I know, I have family in obviously the UK, Burma, India, South Africa, Reunion, France, Fiji and obviously Canada. There is probably more out there and more to come as my cousins get married through out the years, hopefully they marry people of different ethnic backgrounds. InshaAllah (Will of Allah) I can meet as many as I can while I am alive. Many people forget the importance of ties of kinship and how we not only as Muslims should recognize and understand that. Family is by far the most important set of friends and back bone you’ll ever have. Many people cut off family due to family  politics or unrelated issues, which as the years go on, the children growing up also cut off that tie of kinship as well, which is not permissible in Al-Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon Him) said: “One will not enter paradise if he/she cuts off relations with relatives.” Shahih Al-Bukhari

One thing I did find awkward about the UK was Muslims serving alcohol in Muslim established restaurants. I guess the ones I went to, seemed to be the popular ones, served alcohol to cater to all people but little do they know or forget that it is Allah SWT that provides for you your rizq. Allah SWT has already pre-ordained your rizq while you were in the womb of your mother. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “The constituents of one of you are collected for forty days in his mother’s womb in the form of blood, after which it becomes a clot of blood in another period of forty days. Then it becomes a lump of flesh and forty days later Allah sends His angel to it with instructions concerning four things, so the angel writes down his livelihood, his death, his deeds, his fortune and misfortune.” It was just extremely awkward and made me uncomfortable sitting in a place, knowing it is owned by Muslims serving what is already been forbidden in Al-Islam. Not just Al-Islam itself but the two other major religions Christianity and Judaism. People assume their businesses will not be successful if they don’t serve the masses. People assume if I don’t sell something which is already forbidden but makes money, I will not be able to provide for my family but it is Allah SWT that provides, not you. You and I are required to make that effort to attain whatever it is possible out there for us and It’ll be given.

This month in the UK has also been tests of patience. Never would I have imagined a month like this. When you go on vacation you just want to get away from everything. Just want to enjoy what is out there then go back home but Allah SWT had decree something else not only for myself but my family as well. Imagine being hundreds of miles away and finding out your mother has been admitted to the hospital? Not only once but 3 times in less than 2 weeks. The first time you think, InshaAllah everything will be okay but two more times after that? The pain you feel is unbearable. You can’t think straight and all you are able to do is make duaa (supplication) that everything will be okay. As The Prophet Muhammad (Peace & Blessings Be Upon) said: “Patience is as the first stroke of calamity.” – Shahih Al-Bukhari

Things did not end there but through the whole month I had remained patient and even currently now, while I’m on this flight now, I must remain patient and be persistent in my duaa to ensure everything will be okay. There are many other things going on in my life currently, where I believe some would have threw in the towel and said, “all this is just not worth it.” I’m not that type of individual. I don’t give up when life gets tough and sit down. I enjoy standing as it is. My cousin, my ace, I like to call him my twin would tell me, “someone once told me, when you get a chance to sit down, you sit the bleep down.” It only motivates me to keep on trying until the line is cut. Allah SWT has prescribed times when duaas are accepted. Duaa at the time of traveling is accepted, just as duaa in sujood, when it rains, duaa of the oppressed, and at the time of ekhama. Im sure there is more but this what I remember off the top of my head. This does not mean your duaas aren’t accepted any other time but these are the best times. So when I had boarded my flight for Toronto, I made duaa. Allah SWT will grant my duaas when the time is right. Not when you and I want but when He wants, as He is the the Creator of the heavens and the earth. As He created it all in 7 days and established His throne above His creations. You and I must stay patient through out the whole ordeal. Never give up but be persistent and InshaAllah it will happen. Allah SWT knows best.

I had enjoyed my time in the UK. My family took care of me and people I didn’t even know before took care of me as well. It was a wonderful experience. Alhumdulilah for everything they have done for me and May Allah SWT reward them for their efforts and bless them with good health, family and grant them Jannah (Heaven). I know I had told my aunties that I wouldnt write this but me, I’m a bodmon! Mi na care! I’m joking. I promised them I wouldn’t, so I won’t. All you readers have to remember is the story of Hanzel & Gretel, then you’ll know. No, they aren’t witches, I hope not. I love them though for everything they had done for me. My cousins, aunties, uncles and family friends and friends of friends.  They made my time really enjoyable.

So this was my time in the UK and what I had experienced. I do plan to go back real soon, like reaaaallllyy soon. May Allah SWT grant me patience with what I am going through and May Allah SWT also grant you, the readers, eman (faith) and deen (religion), patience and allow people to see the beauty of Islam and what it teaches about patience and how to deal with things at the time of hardship  and many more.

I’d also like to thank all the readers from all over the world. Thank you for reading what I’ve shared with you all and thank you for sharing it with others. I do hope, InshaAllah it benefitted you in some way. It has made you smile. It has made your day better. It has made things easier in your life to accept. You are free to contact me at anytime email me at mshabazz33@gmail.com

Thank you for reading. Walikumsalam.