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Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are two blessings which many people lose: health and free time for doing good.” (Sahih Bukhari – The Book of Ar-Riqaq)


Let’s focus on the free time part of this hadith. When we are in an exam hall, and we’ve not yet finished the paper, do we have free time to sit back or get distracted?

As long as we are alive, our life is an ongoing, continuous exam. On Judgement Day, we will be judged on what we did with every moment of it. And our results on that Day will determine our Hereafter, which of course is the rest of our lives forever. Do we have time to get distracted with worldly concerns, and temptations?

If our life exam is still incomplete, can we experience free time?

Quick Tip: Think about where most of your time goes, how many hours do you spend wasting time? How can you then use that time for good, and use it to help you pass the test of this life?

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Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Strange are the ways of a believer for there is good in every affair of his, and this is not the case with anyone else except in the case of a believer: For if he has an occasion to feel delight, he thanks (Allah), thus there is good for him in it, and if he gets into trouble and shows resignation (enduring it patiently), there is good for him in it.”-  (Muslim)

 Non believers and some believers nowadays only consider themselves fortunate if they are wealthy, healthy and don’t have any problems (which is never or rare!) But for a true believer who has trust and hope in Allah (subhanahu wa ta3ala) is lucky all of the time. 

When life is going well for us, we can be thankful to Allah (swt) for it is He who has given us the blessing. And when life is on rocky grounds, there is good in it too. There are many benefits from hardships that I can think of –

  • We learn to be patient and Allah (swt) loves patience
  • We appreciate that Allah (swt) has only given us this hardship because He knows we can handle it and grow stronger
  • Allah (swt) expiates some of our sins from every hardship or struggle we go through
  • We put our trust and hope in Allah (swt) to get us through and know that Allah will give us something better in this life or in the Akhira InshAllah
  • We deal with our problems in the best way possible, with peace of mind and heart
In all circumstances of our life, we are truly blessed and lucky. He really is the Most Merciful and Most Gracious. Alhamdulilah.

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Have you ever asked yourself – Who am I? Why am I here? What should I be doing? What is the point of life? 

I think everyone has had a time in their life when they’ve pondered about the purpose of life and what we’re all meant to be doing here. Unfortunately, some people start to get all sorts of different ideas. Some think life is all about getting rich, and ‘living the life’ as they put it. Well, then if that’s the case why aren’t all rich people happy? If that was the aim in life for all of mankind, then why don’t the people that reach it feel complete? And even if some do, what happens next? What becomes the purpose of life once you’re wealthy? And a more important question is – what’s the real point of being rich when you’re only going to leave this world at some point and leave all your wealth behind anyway?

There are probably hundreds of different theories of what people think the purpose of this life is. And sadly, millions of people live with no purpose at all, existing, rather than living.

Like Oscar Wilde once said ‘ To live is the rarest thing in the world, most people exist, that is all.’ 

But Alhamdulilah as Muslims, we know that we’re on this Earth as a test. We are in full submission to Allah (swt) and we try our best to follow the instructions we’ve been so blessed to be given in the Quran and the Sunnah. This way, we can live happy and purposeful lives. And when it is our time to go, we leave everything we have behind but take our deeds with us, which will InshAllah lead us to Jannah, completing our purpose here.

The point I’d like to make here is that it is important to regularly reflect on our purpose in this life and to keep it in check.

We live a fast-paced and busy life, with work, studies, family, and friends, not to mention the media blasting in our faces everywhere we look, telling us how to look and dress, what we should want and buy, distracting our minds constantly. It seems impossible to just stop everything for a minute and think.

We need to remember that this life is temporary; we’re only here for a short while so we shouldn’t get caught up in it, causing us to forget the whole point of it. As an example, the majority of people find university to be a few years of fun. You meet a bunch of new people, possibly your life-long friends, you join societies, sports teams, and you experience things you may not have the chance to later. It’s a blast!

But you also know that you’re only there for say ~ 3 years and the whole point of being there is to get your degree, so you make sure you study despite of all the distractions, activities and fun and you get the grades that you aimed for and you graduate. You acknowledged what you were at university for and you accomplished it.

Life is exactly the same thing. We’re here for a short time, an average of 70 years (although we have no idea when we will go, could be sooner, could be later) and then it’s bye-bye Earth, see ya never. We have families and other social relationships that we must keep; we build careers so we can earn money to put food on the table, we get married so we can share our life with someone. We have so many things that we have to do here, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that this is all for the Akhira.

 We have to make sure we are still working to gain Allah’s pleasure and aim to enter Jannah in the Afterlife InshAllah. And the beauty of Islam is that we can be pleasing Allah (swt) in everything we do, and in every aspect, making it the beautiful and complete religion that it is. In addition, when we life our life with purpose, we feel happy and at the end of the day, that’s what we all want in life isn’t it – to find happiness.

All we have to do is ensure that we have the intention of pleasing Allah (swt) in everything we do and that we are doing it for His sake and this is what I hope this whole site is all about. Making sure we’re on the right track with the right intentions and seeking Allah’s pleasure in all aspects of our life InshAllah.

Let’s pass the test of life and graduate together InshAllah.

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