Naheed experienced mixed emotions as she anxiously anticipated the cricket match. Yet at the same time, she felt guilty that watching it would be a waste of time.
Once the match began, the cheering sound of her siblings tempted her to step out of her room and have a “quick glance” at what was going on in the match. The so-called glance that was supposed to have taken only a few seconds actually took half an hour. At the end of the day, she had seen most parts of the match.
Coincidentally, the next day in class, as if Allah was giving her a message, the following ayah was part of the lesson in class:
وَمِنَ النَّاسِ مَن يَشْتَرِي لَهْوَ الْحَدِيثِ لِيُضِلَّ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ وَيَتَّخِذَهَا هُزُوًا أُولَئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ مُّهِينٌ
“And of the people is he who buys the amusement of speech to mislead [others] from the way of Allah without knowledge and who takes it in ridicule. Those will have a humiliating punishment.”
She started pondering on how much of a waste the previous day had been watching the match. She had achieved nothing. She made the intention notto make the same mistake again.
The following day, the next time the match was being played. Naheed tried her best to keep herself distracted as much as possible. She sat in her room, prayed, recited the Quran and completed her homework. She would leave the room occasionally, just to see the score but wouldn’t sit in the TV lounge for long.
At the end of the day, she was content that she spent her time doing good rather than engaging in Lahw-Al-Hadith.