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6 hadiths on the importance of time and timekeeping

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6 hadiths on the importance of time and timekeeping

You can make time your friend or your enemy, and this is how.

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We all think we have all the time in the world until we don’t seem to have any at all. In the Holy Quran, Allah (swt) swears by time, and reminds us that “surely man is in loss.” Time is surely a blessing unto us all and so, how do we treat time, and how do hadiths instruct us to behave in relation to it?


1 . No surprises

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “The man who best understands time is he who is not taken aback by its proceedings.” [Ghurarul Hikkam]

2 . Five key matters

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.” [Musnad Imam Ahmad]

3 . Never trust time

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “Whoever trusts time is betrayed by it, whoever attaches great importance to it is abased by it, whoever is angry with time, it spites him even more, and whoever takes refuge with time is forsaken by it. Not everyone who throws hits the target. When the sultan changes, so does the time.” [Biharul Anwar]

4 . On the day of Judgement

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The feet of a servant will not touch the ground until he asked about his life and how he spent it; his knowledge and how he acted upon it; his wealth and how he acquired it and spent it and his body and how it was used.” [Tirmidhi]

5 . Contending with time

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “Whoever resists time is spited by it even more, and whoever surrenders to it is not safe either.” [Ghurarul Hikam]

6 . If time could speak…

Ali ibn Musa Al-Ridha reportedly recited these lines of poetry composed by his grandfather Abdul Muttalib:

All of the people place the blame on time
When the trouble with time is only ourselves;
We reprove time while the fault lies within us
If time could speak, it would surely mock us.
The wolf shuns the meat of a fellow wolf
Whereas we devour each other in broad daylight.
Attired to deceive with our beautiful clothes,
Yet woe betides the stranger when he approaches us.

[Uyoon Akhbar Al-Ridha]

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You can make time your friend or your enemy, and this is how.

We all think we have all the time in the world until we don’t seem to have any at all. In the Holy Quran, Allah (swt) swears by time, and reminds us that “surely man is in loss.” Time is surely a blessing unto us all and so, how do we treat time, and how do hadiths instruct us to behave in relation to it?


1 . No surprises

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “The man who best understands time is he who is not taken aback by its proceedings.” [Ghurarul Hikkam]

2 . Five key matters

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth before you become old; your health, before you fall sick; your wealth, before you become poor; your free time before you become preoccupied, and your life, before your death.” [Musnad Imam Ahmad]

3 . Never trust time

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “Whoever trusts time is betrayed by it, whoever attaches great importance to it is abased by it, whoever is angry with time, it spites him even more, and whoever takes refuge with time is forsaken by it. Not everyone who throws hits the target. When the sultan changes, so does the time.” [Biharul Anwar]

4 . On the day of Judgement

The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The feet of a servant will not touch the ground until he asked about his life and how he spent it; his knowledge and how he acted upon it; his wealth and how he acquired it and spent it and his body and how it was used.” [Tirmidhi]

5 . Contending with time

Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “Whoever resists time is spited by it even more, and whoever surrenders to it is not safe either.” [Ghurarul Hikam]

6 . If time could speak…

Ali ibn Musa Al-Ridha reportedly recited these lines of poetry composed by his grandfather Abdul Muttalib:

All of the people place the blame on time
When the trouble with time is only ourselves;
We reprove time while the fault lies within us
If time could speak, it would surely mock us.
The wolf shuns the meat of a fellow wolf
Whereas we devour each other in broad daylight.
Attired to deceive with our beautiful clothes,
Yet woe betides the stranger when he approaches us.

[Uyoon Akhbar Al-Ridha]

Also check out…

Self analysis and gratitude – do you take time to think and thank?

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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