Ramadan Reflection Day 5: It's About Time
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Time is fair.
Everyone has the same amount of it. Nobody has more, nobody has less. What fascinates me is that within is fixed amount of time, some of us are able to do so much while others among us complain about having not enough time.
One fine example of the former group is Umar Abdul Aziz. He ruled for only 2 years. However, within that short about of time, he managed to (with the help of Allah) bring so much prosperity to his people. So much so that he managed to eliminated poverty! There was a time during his rule when nobody was eligible to receive the zakah (obligatory charity), because everybody was well off. Subhanallah!
All of that in just 2 years?
I think time is neither too much nor too little. Time is enough, if only we use it wisely.
"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." ~ William Penn
2 days ago I started "fasting" from my social media. I am determined to only check my social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube) an hour or so everyday before I go to bed.
This is to train myself to not be too attached to these sites.
Not too long after separating myself from social media, I realized how much free time I actually have. Consequently, I realized how much time I've wasted (Astaghfirullah).
The time that I thought was free, was not actually free. It's priceless!
So as replacements for the hours that I would've spent on the social media, I spent it with other activities instead like reading a book and reviewing my lecture notes.
As I write these words down, I realized how pathetic I am at spending my time. But that realization is a good thing, because it's the first step to change.
We do have time. It's just that we wasted so much time to a point where we think that we need more of it. When in fact, we have enough.
By time, indeed people are losers.
I hope I am not among those people. Ameen.
When I deprived myself of social media, suddenly I asked myself, "Okay, now what should I do?"
I have two options: either I figure out a replacement activity (hopefully something beneficial) or I could complain of boredom (i.e. a state of not knowing what to do).
The key word in the above statement is "options". Meaning, I do have a choice. I can choose to do something with the free time that I have or I can choose to be bored.
Yes, boredom is a choice.
I am responsible for my boredom. I am responsible for getting myself into it, and I am responsible for getting myself out of it. So there is no use in me complaining about it and ruining other people's day.
If I am bored, I need to deal with it myself. If I don't have anything beneficial to do, then I need to find something beneficial to do.
The world is big enough to supply me with enough beneficial things to do. Things that I can enjoy. It is impossible (and ridiculous) for me to think that there is nothing on earth that I can do to fill my time wisely.
I can read a book, write a blog post (hey, I'm doing that now!), call my parents, go out for a walk, clean up my room, do my homework, learn how to cook, take photos of nature, read the news, listen to educational podcasts, balance my accounts, do the laundry, wash my dad's car, buy my mom flowers, go travel, raise awareness of a serious world issue, watch an awesome documentary, etc.
Those are some of the things that I can think of off the top of my head. If I Google "what to do in my free time", I'm sure there many other things that I can add to the list.
Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that I shouldn't make time for play at all. Play is important. Sometimes I need to relax. The point is I shouldn't preoccupy my life with play. I don't want to turn my life into a toy that I play with all the time.
What kind of life will I be presenting in front of Allah?
So I need to take control of my life. This is my life and I am fully responsible before Allah about how I spend it. I am the author of my own story.
The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that boredom shouldn't exist because there are so many alternatives to boredom.
But we still complain of boredom.
Speaking for myself, I think one of the main reasons is laziness.
"I don't want to do that. Too much work. I'd rather sleep."
To me, laziness is more of an excuse than a reason. It's not that I don't know what to do, rather I don't want to do it. I know there are more beneficial things that I can do with my free time, but I choose not to do it because I'm too lazy to get off my bum (literally and figuratively).
Like boredom, laziness is a choice.
If I have a passion for life, then laziness shouldn't exist in me. If I have a mission in life, then laziness shouldn't exist in me. If I have a noble purpose in life, then laziness shouldn't exist in me.
I think there has to be a point in our lives when we say, "Enough is enough!"
Enough with this lame excuse. Don't turn this excuse into a justification of why we are not doing the things that we are supposed to be doing right now.
Don't justify our time wasting, when there is no justification for wasting time.
"I saw those people (the righteous salaf) and how they were more careful about their time than about their money." ~ Hassan Al-Basri