– I still remember when we planned out our activities for
the Duyog Ramadhan 2013. I told my officemates that this
Holy Month will be quick and may happen so fast. I guess
I was right. We now have more or less ten more days to go.
– Because of this, I took time to reflect on the essence
of how we spend our time. In the Holy Quran,
Surat Al-Asr (The Declining Day):
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Except for those who have believed and
done righteous deeds and advised
each other to truth and advised
each other to patience.
– Thus, time may have subjective meaning from each
and everyone of us. But time will always be
– It took me also to remember what early Muslim scholars
say about time:
“You should not neglect your time or use it haphazardly;
on the contrary you should bring yourself to account,
structure your litanies and other practices during each
day and night, and assign to each period a fixed and
specific function. This is how to bring out the spiritual
blessing (baraka) in each period. But if you leave
yourself adrift, aimlessly wandering as cattle do,
not knowing how to occupy yourself at every moment,
your time will be lost. It is nothing other than your life,
and your life is the capital that you make use of to reach
perpetual felicity in the proximity of God the Exalted.
Each of your breaths is a priceless jewel, since each of them
is irreplaceable and, once gone, can never be retrieved.
Do not be like the deceived fools who are joyous
because each day their wealth increases while their
life shortens. What good is an increase in wealth when
life grows ever shorter? Therefore be joyous only for
an increase in knowledge or in good works, for they are
your two companions who will accompany you in your grave
when your family, wealth, children and friends stay behind.”
– Imam al-Ghazali (may God’s mercy be on him)
– Have a great week ahead. Lets spend it more in increasing
knowledge and do good to our family, friends and neighbors.