From Qur'an || From Hadith

From Qur'an Surah Al-An'am (The Cattle) 6:164

Say: "Shall I seek a lord other than Allah, while He is the Lord of all things? No person earns any (sin) except against himself (only), and no bearer of burdens shall bear the burden of another. Then unto your Lord is your return, so He will tell you that wherein you have been differing."

None can bare the burden of another... meaning each of us are responsible for our own actions in this life. we better be sure that we are following the correct understanding of Islam, within the guidelines of the Qur'an and the Sunnah... cause on the day of judgment we will not be able to point fingers at any one else.. not even our sheikhs, imams or maulanas. May Allah (swt) give us the correct understanding of Islam and help us to abide by all aspects of it.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Leisure Time or Lost Time?

Do we consider how much time we spend on activities that are not truly beneficial?

On the issue of how one benefits from one’s free time, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
“There are two blessings whose profit [or reward] many people lose: good health and free time” (Al-Bukhari)

One may ask, “What, from the Shareeah point of view, is the problem with, for example, watching a football game for three hours?”

It is not just a question of “what is the problem with it?” The issue for a Muslim is: do I really have that time to spend wherein I am not benefiting myself at all? Can I afford to lose that time which I will never get back again? When I stand in front of Allah, can I really feel that I have used that free time, which is a bounty from Allah, in an acceptable fashion?

When the goal and purpose of a Muslim’s life is clear in his mind [to please Allah and achieve Paradise], he will not waste a lot of time in doing things that do not benefit him in achieving that goal and purpose. All his activities will be focused on the idea of moving him toward his goal—neither away from it nor in a static position with respect to it.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with rest and relaxation when needed. Indeed, it is a necessity. However, it could be argued that there are some ways that are simply non-beneficial or perhaps even harmful.


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