Ramadhan Reflections Day 20

– 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):

By time,

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

precious.

 

– 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.

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