Many of us struggle with time management skills and seem to think that we have an unlimited store of time. We seem to think that we can enjoy this life to the fullest without any care or thought for the afterlife. We seem to think that practicing our faith, for example like reading the Quran or praying on time or waking up for fajr, will all happen when we are older. We seem to think that we can postpone things until an unknown date in the future, when we’re older and supposedly wiser. But what we don’t realise is that there is no guarantee for how long we will live.
We have no idea when our last day will be, yet we live our life carelessly as if we have a thousand days to go. You might have a thousand days to go, or you might just have one. You don’t know and neither does no one else. Only Allah does.
There’s a mentality in the West that life is short, so do what you want. I agree, life is short, but don’t just do what you want; do what’s important. Don’t put off things till tomorrow when you don’t know if you’ll even be there tomorrow. Seize the day.
Many of us seem to think that we can put off worshipping God and praying to Him until we are older, since we have the mentality that we should enjoy our youth and do all the things we want to do. Praying and practicing Islam come later in our list of our priorities, since we think that’s something only older people, who have a lot of free time, do.
Yes, your youth is important and it won’t come back. So spend it doing the things that will benefit you later in your life, if you get there. But if you don’t, at least you made good use of your time.
A reminder for myself before anyone else.
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