بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إِنَّ هَؤُلَاء يُحِبُّونَ الْعَاجِلَةَ وَيَذَرُونَ وَرَاءهُمْ يَوْمًا ثَقِيلًا
“Indeed, these [disbelievers] love the immediate and leave behind them a grave Day.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surah Al-Insaan (The Man): 27]
Surah Al-Insaan teaches us about the limited nature of time. Anything that is limited has greater value than something that is unlimited. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) tells us to race towards good deeds; we should race because we don’t know if we’ll get another opportunity to do good, and we should race towards different kinds of good deeds, because we need to gather as much reward as possible.
The days of Ramadan, that we recently experienced, limited and hence special. During this special month there are many diverse kinds of good things to do. In the coming and going of this month, in our experiencing it is a lesson for us: time is limited; there are many things to be done, so prioritize. The difference between how we live life in regular days and during the days of Ramadan is that we have our priorities right. We eat, stop eating, sleep and wake up all for Allah (سبحانه وتعالى). We want to say our prayers on time, recite the Qur’an, and say taraweeh prayers, while at the same time taking care of things of dunya which are unavoidable. We want to do all of this because we know the barakah of this month, and we know that it will soon come to an end.
We should apply this strategy to our everyday life; it can come to an end at any time. We have to do whatever there is to do in this life, for this life is dar ul ‘aml. In the life hereafter, there will be no chance to do good deeds and save ourselves from hell fire, or even to get a higher rank in Jannah. Not only is this life limited, but within this life, the time where we can do righteous deeds is limited as well. As we get older, certain faculties are taken away from us, so we must make best use of the time when we can do good deeds to the best of our abilities.